Looking Forward: 2008 Titles in the Coming Year
Colleen Mondor of the blog Chasing Ray had a good idea. She thought it might be nice if some bloggers posted a list of titles that they’re really looking forward to reading in the coming months. I know I have a couple items on my plate that I’m keeping an eye peeled for. So here are some books I’m looking forward to reading at at some point in 2008.
Little Boy with a Big Horn by Jack Bechdolt, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Purdy. Plus it’s always fun when people re-illustrated Little Golden Books.
A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
They say it’s YA. I think I’ll err on the side of hoping for it to be middle grade so that I can justify reading it. It’s on my shelf, waiting.
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor
You know, I wasn’t the biggest fan of her take on Cinderella, but I think that was just because I’m tired of that story. Thumbelina, on the other hand, doesn’t get a lot of attention and it’s one of my favorites. So this sounds like it might be fun. Tentatively enthusiastic.
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Because here I am, practically 30, and I still can’t get over Wait Till Helen Comes.
Babymouse #8: Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Aw yeah. Gimme gimme gimme that Babymouse luvin’.
Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks
Y’all read Evil Genius already, yes yes? Yes? No? Uh-oh. Get thee to a library and read Evil Genius, pookies. That was sweet succulent stuff and it had me hankering for more. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Let’s see here. A) I’m a Lenore Look fan. B) I’m a LeUyen Pham fan. C) It sounds rather magnificently awesome and is maybe even an early chapter book. Fingers crossed.
The Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy
Yay! A new Meghan McCarthy title! And it describes how toilets work in space. What more do you need?
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great by Gerald Morris
Yep. Mr. Morris is aiming younger these days. I’m intrigued.
That nameless Abraham Lincoln biography coming out in December by Kadir Nelson
I heard about it at ALA. When you see the pictures (not yet available), you’ll want it too.
Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker
Pretty pretty. Me want.
The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I actually had a copy of this. It was in my hand, it looked so good, and then I went and took pity on a sixth grader who was desperate desperate to read it herself. So I lent it to her and have never seen the kid again. Ah well. Eventually I’ll find another and read it.
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
I got this one at ALA and haven’t reviewed it yet. Still, hellooooooo future classic!
Trouble by Gary Schmidt
Don’t know anything about it, actually. Just the author’s name. Sometimes that’s enough for me.
Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman
Think of it this way. It’s Art Spiegelman in easy reader graphic novel form.
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
It’s Wanda Gag meets Virginia Lee Burton. And gorgeous. Did I mention gorgeous? Gorgeous.
A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas
Remember What Will Fat Cat Sit On? I knew Ms. Thomas had another book in the works, but jaded sap that I am I deduced that it would have to suffer second-novel-syndrome, even if it were a picture book. I wondered how anything could stack up to her debut. And then I managed to read it at the Harcourt booth at ALA and it is… quite possibly… even better than the first. Maybe. I dunno. I’d have to have a copy in front of a class of first graders to be certain but if there’s one book I want this year, this is it. Gimme gimme gimme.
I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Willems
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
And if he were to write a phone book for the state of Alabama I’d probably have some interest in reading that as well.
Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Francois Roca
Jonah Winter always gets the best illustrators. For that matter, he does some great subjects, and Francois Roca has clearly put some work into his art.
That’s all that I can think of at the moment. I haven’t included some of my top books if only because I’ve already read them. The rest of these should be coming down the pike any day now. I can’t wait. Do you guys have the inside skinny on upcoming cool pics? Lemme know.
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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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