Reporting: Little, Brown Spring/Summer 2008 (Part Three)
(CONTINUED FROM PART TWO)
And finally, Little, Brown has a new graphic novel imprint called Yen Press. A whole lotta manga is involved, which is fine but I made it clear to editor Rich Johnson (once called "the Jerry Springer of comics", whatever that may mean) that when it comes to quality manga for children instead of teens, the pickings are slim. Mr. Johnson talked up a manga title out right now called With the Light: Raising an Austistic Child, which is the most serious topic using this format that I’ve seen promoted first-hand.
There’s always a special super-secret guest at these things, and this year it was Robie H. Harris. I’d never seen Ms. Harris speak before, and she was present primarily to promote her new book Mail Harry to the Moon, with illustrations by Michael Emberley. She also mentioned that she has a picture book out with Molly Bang in Fall of ’08 called The Day Leo Said "I Hate You", which sounded intriguing.
I’ve waiting this long to show you the food, but I couldn’t wait much longer. Check out the delicious cupcakes Victoria had special ordered just for this event. Here is what everyone else got . . .
. . . . and here is what I got . . . .
Mmmmm. Buttercream. Now Victoria claimed that there weren’t any cupcakes without blood, but as we can clearly see from Example B, I somehow managed to find the only one. On the other hand, these things were the size of a big man’s fist. So no objections from this quarter. Yum.
There were other books, but I think I’ll end on that delicious note. *slurp*
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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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