Reporting: Harper Collins Fall 2007 Library Preview (Part Five)
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Another example of this was the newly reprinted Caldecott Honor title Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry. It’s pretty cute, I have to say. Initially Harper Collins had to stop reprinting this book because the pages were too big to fit on the … uh …. printing machines (I don’t understand the logistics, but that was the general idea). Also the "film for the jacket was lost" but they found a comparable image to replace it. Now it’s in a smaller size with a couple cuts here and there, but it reads pretty well. We’ll see how the die-hard Caldecott enthusiasts greet it.
This table managed to sell the new Will Hobbs book Go Big or Go Home to me, in spite of its boy-book cover (tres extreme sportsy). It sounds semi sci-fi, though, which I’m a sucker for. Little selling was needed to get me psyched about Simon Winchester’s The Day the World Exploded: The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoahere). It just looks cool. Plus it’s coming out on the 125th anniversary of the explosion in question. Suh-weet! Good non-fiction is always hard to find.
The cutest picture book was The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill, and I’m still sad that they didn’t have galleys for it sitting around. It’s almost a Horton Hatches the Egg kind of tale, but the ending is incredibly smart. Plus the cow’s name is Marge. How can you resist a long eyelashed bovine Marge? You can’t. I saw that Roxanne Feldman flipped over Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic. Roxanne commented on how much she loves how Urbanovic creates humanistic creatures without sacrificing their animal qualities. An editor agreed with, "They look like characters but they also look like they smell."
Last table, and it’s a doozy. The Greenwillow Books table is a good one to end a day with. Particularly since their sequels made many of my fellow tablemates drool profusely. First they pulled out an upcoming New Policeman sequel (pretty pretty cover there too). Then they topped that with a new Diana Wynne Jones sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. Yes, I know that Castle in the Air was sort of a sequel, but this one’s a lot more direct. Called House of Many Ways it’s due out in June. Clearly this is a case of the film upping public interest in further stories about Howl. Other sequels include the newest Last Apprentice book by Joseph Delaney. Attack of the Fiend is out in March. These books are huge in New York, and Tim Burton may or may not be optioning the rights as we speak. Great cover on the newest book, by the way. Truly beautifully creepy. A new Tom Truehart book by Ian Beck also looms, which convinces me even more that I should really review the first one. *sigh*
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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