Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bulk of Sendak Collection Leaving Rosenbach


The Sendak trustees have served notice that they are exercising an option in a 1969 agreement between the author and the Rosenbach to reclaim all items owned by the estate - 98 percent of the Sendak collection housed at the Rosenbach. Sendak items will begin the migration to Connecticut in October in a process that may continue through the end of the year, said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.

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Please Don't Feed The Pigeons!


 I don't think Mo Willems pigeon would be a fan of this sign located all over a parking lot in Jackson Heights, New York. However, he might just walk right past it to visit this bakery steps from the sign.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS Q and A with Jessica Verday



UPDATE THE WINNERS ARE BN100 and JVB.  Thank you to all who entered!



Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.  You can visit her online at www.jessicaverday.com.  She was happy to take some time to answer questions about her new book Of Monsters and Madness.







Q&A - OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS (I asked the questions in red).  

1.      I really enjoyed your book Of Monsters and Madness.  How did you come up with this title? - I’m so glad you enjoyed OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS! I’m not really sure where the idea for this title came from. I was thinking one day about the book overall, and how it was sort of a mash up of mad scientists mixed with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and that made me think of monsters. Then the title just kind of popped into my mind. Originally, EDGAR & ALLAN was the title when I wrote the book, but it was changed after I had a discussion with my publishing team and we agreed that the title drew too much attention away from Annabel, our leading lady.

2.       Why did you choose Edgar Allan Poe’s writing to connect with your ideas for this book?  Do have a personal connection to any of his stories? - Like a lot of people, I grew up reading Poe and would be hard pressed to name just one or two stories that were my favorites, but I was always particularly drawn to Annabel Lee. The funny thing is that when I first had the idea for this book I was imagining what would happen if Edgar Allan Poe had been inspired by real life events to use as fodder for his dark stories. Once I had that idea, the connection to Annabel Lee came from there.

3.       There are lots of unexpected moments in the book and surprise turns.  Is there one part that you enjoyed writing the most? - I really enjoyed writing the medical scenes that took place in Father’s basement laboratory. They took me really far out of my comfort zone and I’m quite proud that I was able to write them. (Usually, I’m so squeamish that just the sight of blood makes me feel queasy!) But there was something uniquely fascinating about watching these scenes unfold.

4.       Is there any hidden meaning behind Annabel wearing the scarf?Ahh, very astute of you to pick up on this. There most definitely is a hidden meaning to Annabel wearing the scarf and while you see the reason why she wears the scarf at the end of this book, book two reveals even more!

5.       I read you write all your books by hand using lots of notebooks and pens.  Did you also write Of Monsters and Madness by hand?  How many notebooks and pens did it take?  Do you then type the whole thing? - OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS was initially started in a notebook, and then I switched to a computer as my deadline drew closer. I only used one notebook and three pens.

6.       Do you want to share any ideas that you are developing for the sequel? - The sequel (tentatively titled OF PHANTOMS AND FURY) picks up where book one left off, and introduces another fantastic literary character -- Dorian Gray. Not only does he have quite the impact on Annabel’s life, but she learns more about her background and who she truly is. Book two was a really exciting book to write and I hope you like it as much as OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS.

7.       Are there any other literature characters or authors you would like use in future stories? - I do have one famous author in mind that I’m working on a story for, but I can’t give it away just yet... I’m always on the lookout for interesting stories that can be retold or famous people to write about. I keep a running list of future stories to tell.There are so many to choose from!

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 Check out the review stops all next week!




Monday, September 08, 2014
Book Briefs
Guest post and giveaway
Bookaholics Ananymous Online
Review and giveaway
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Mundie Moms
Review and giveaway
The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Guest post and giveaway
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Live to ReadGiveaway only
Jump Into Books
Review and Giveaway
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Miss O’s Library Land
Q&A and giveaway
Write All the Words
Guest post for Banned Books Month
Friday, September 12, 2014
Pamela Thompson’s Blog
Guest post and giveaways
The Book Beacon
Review and giveaway
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Curling Up with a Good Book
Q&A and giveaway
The Children’s Book Review
Guest post and giveaway
Sunday, September 14, 2014
A Backwards Story
Review and giveaway

Monday, September 15, 2014
Pinky’s Favorite Reads
Q&A and giveaway

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Grandparents Day - September 7, 2014

This Sunday is Grandparents Day.   

"The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day"


This year you might need to celebrate again in early October with the release of a new title Grandma and her Chocolate Labrador by P.J. Fischer.   In this touching story, Grandma's family moves away and she misses them dearly.   She takes a visit to the attic to relive her childhood memories.  In the attic, Grandma tries playing with a number of different things, but something still seems missing.  Then Grandma thinks to herself, "I just miss my old dog Buddy".   Grandma thinks to herself  she is too old for a new dog,  However, her neighbor has a special surprise for her and Grandma gets a new friend.  As the saying goes, "dog is man's best friend" or in this story "dog is grandma's best friend".  

Look for this title in early October from Minted Prose publishing.  Make sure you celebrate by reading a special story with your grandparent on Sunday! 

Monday, September 01, 2014

NOT JUST A DOT by Loryn Brantz




This new picture book looks at a small dot that is feeling unimportant.   The author uses a number of different pictures to look at all the uses for a small dot.    

Dots have all sorts of purposes. "How can this little girl ask for ice cream without you on the question mark?"   The author makes the dot realize how important it is in the world.

The reader learns that the whole world is seen as a dot if you go high enough.

This book takes a modernistic approach to explaining something simple and the illustrations do the same.  The cover is a combination of New York City and Outerspace.   The illustrations take me back images of the Jetsons. 
There are many books about dots and this title comes just in time for the International Dot Day Celebration on September 15.  Check out this new title.   Also check out The Busy Librarian blog for great ideas for International Dot Day.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Floating Library on the Hudson!



The Floating Library is a pop up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City. It will be open September 6- October 3.



"The library afloat on water is always on the verge to sail into the distance just as books contain the magic to transport our minds to unknown terrains. A reader is a dreamer/traveler/pirate as to open a book is to embark on an adventure into the wider world as well as dive deeper into oneself. Given this, the Floating Library celebrates boats and books to map a path towards a waking life, self-organization, citizen autonomy and fertile imagination."  -  Lilac Museum

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am taking the Great Ivy and Bean Reread Challenge!

THE GREAT IVY + BEAN REREAD CHALLENGE

Parents, get your reader on board with the Great Ivy + Bean Reread Challenge! This year’sInternational Ivy + Bean Day is on Saturday, October 18th. And boy, have we got some treats (no tricks!) in store for your little reader.
We’re kicking things off today with The Great Ivy + Bean Reread Challenge! Encourage your reader to take the challenge and reread all 10 Ivy + Bean books in the 10 weeks leading up to Ivy + Bean Day–then enter your email address for a chance to win a prize for your Ivy + Beanie.
Each week we’ll randomly choose a winner to receive a prize. Weekly prizes might include an Ivy + Bean personalized lunchbox, an Ivy + Bean Button Factory, a set of Ivy + Bean mini-notes, or an Ivy + Bean personalized folder.
How does that sound? Is your little reader ready for the challenge?
On your mark…get set…yow!

Here is a week-by-week breakdown:
Week 1, August 4th, 2014 : Ivy + Bean (Book 1)
Week 2, August 11th, 2014: Ivy + Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go  (Book 2)
Week 3, August 18th, 2014 : Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record (Book 3)
Week 4, August 25th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Book 4)
Week 5, September 1st, 2014: Ivy + Bean Bound to be Bad (Book 5)
Week 6, September 8th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance (Book 6)
Week 7, September 15th, 2014: Ivy + Bean What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7)
Week 8, September 22nd, 2014: Ivy + Bean No News is Good News (Book 8)
Week 9, September 29th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (Book 9)
Week 10, October 6th, 2014: Ivy + Bean Take the Case (Book 10)

Post and full information appears at Chronicle Book Blog