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CONTENTS

Abrams Books for Young Readers  2

2 The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza

4 The Taming of Lola: A Shrew Story

5 Bear in the Air

6 Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

8 Just Like Mama

9 Because I Am Your Daddy 10 Ballroom Bonanza: A Hidden Pictures ABC Book

12 Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

13 My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

14 Orange Peel’s Pocket

16 Over at the Castle

17 The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale

18 Oops! 20 Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure

21 My Friends the Flowers

22 Counting Birds

22 Peter Blake’s ABC

23 How to Survive Modern Art

24 Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story

25 Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

26 Can You Find It? America: Search and Discover More Than 150 Details in 20 Works of Art Amulet Books 27

27 How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog)

28 Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

30 The Popularity Papers

32 Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

33 Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities.

34 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

36 The Sisters Grimm Book Seven: The Everafter War (paperback)

37 The Sisters Grimm Book Eight: The Inside Story

38 The Fizzy Wizz Kid

39 Anxious Hearts

40 The Girls (paperback)

41 Secrets of the Cicada Summer (paperback)

42 Test (paperback)

43 The Chronicles of Faerie: The Book of Dreams

44 For Girls Only: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Girl

Also of Interest  45 Holidays, Promotions, and Concepts 46 Illustration Credits  48 Information to the Trade  49

Art from Ballroom Bonanza, page 10.


Abrams Books for Young Readers | Spring 2010

The long-awaited Also available by Laura Numeroff Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger The Jellybeans and the Big Dance ISBN: 978-0-8109-9352-5 USISBN $15.95 CAN $17.95 978-0-8109-9352-5 5 1 5 9 5 9 780810 993525 New York Times bestseller Publishers Weekly bestseller “Children will fall in love with this book’s characters . . .” —Dance Teacher magazine "Sure-to-be children's favorite . . ." —Boston Globe “It will be hard for young readers to resist this book.” —School Library Journal

Illustrated by David McPhail When Sheep Sleep ISBN: 978-0-8109-5469-4 USISBN $15.95 CAN $19.95 978-0-8109-5469-4 5 1 5 9 5 9 780810 954694 New York Times bestseller “Numeroff’s bedtime romp makes for a nice, lulling adventure, the perfect capstone to a busy day.” —Orlando Sentinel “Dreamy watercolors by McPhail and frisky verse . . .” —Child magazine “A popular book for young readers.” —Nashville Tennessean

Illustrated by James Bernardin Would I Trade My Parents?

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companion t o t he bestseller!

THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG BOOK BONANZA By Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Glitter on ! jacket

The sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Jellybeans and the Big Dance! The Jellybeans are back—this time in the library stacks to discover the varied and wonderful world of reading. When the Jellybeans go to the library to do research for book reports on the things they enjoy, Anna, who loves books, is more excited than anyone. Emily finds a book on ballet, Nicole finds a book on soccer, and Bitsy finds a book on famous painters. But will Anna find the perfect book, too? This energizing story promotes a love of reading by proving that there is the perfect book for everyone. Just as jellybeans are all different flavors but go great together, the girls again use their different strengths and talents to work as a team and make their school Book Bonanza a success.

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Laura Numeroff is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Would I Trade My Parents?, When Sheep Sleep, and The Jellybeans and the Big Dance. She lives in Los Angeles. Nate Evans coauthored The Jellybeans and the Big Dance. He lives in Statesboro, Georgia. Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of The Jellybeans and the Big Dance. She lives in Boston.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MARCH

4 | PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8

THE TAMING OF LOLA A Shrew Story By Ellen Weiss Illustrated by Jerry Smath A hilarious picture book spin on The Taming of the Shrew that shows it doesn’t pay to misbehave Little Lola the shrew is a troublemaker, and a mean one at that! Her constant demands have shredded her family’s nerves. Her siblings are fed up, and her parents have just plain given up, so she always gets her way. But the real trouble begins when Lola’s cousin Lester comes to stay with her family. Turns out, he’s meaner than she is! Suddenly Lester is the one getting special treatment, and Lola is ignored. A shrew showdown is inevitable. Will Lola be tamed? Or Lester? This sly take on a familiar tale shows that, often, getting your way means getting along.

Also available Illustrated by Jerry Smath

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Ellen Weiss has been writing for children since 1972. Her books have won three Children's Choice Awards, and her spoken-word recordings have won a Grammy and a Grammy nomination. She lives in New York City. Jerry Smath has written and illustrated more than forty books for children. His work has received much praise, including a Children’s Choice Award, a Kids First Award, and a Parents’ Choice Award. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MAY

PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8 | 5

BEAR IN THE AIR By Susan Meyers Illustrated by Amy Bates A bestselling Abrams author and illustrator team up for a perfect summertime book! When a teddy bear is lost by the child who loves him, the bear begins an amazing journey to get back home again. From swimming in the ocean with the fish, to flying in the sky with the gulls, to being found by a sailor, and even being carried off by the wind, the bear meets new friends and travels to many places he never dreamed of. Reminiscent of such classics as The Velveteen Rabbit and the award-winning Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this tender picture book with beautiful seaside imagery will capture readers’ hearts with the bear’s summer adventure as he finds his way back home where he belongs.

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Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!

The Dog Who Belonged

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to No One

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Susan Meyers is the author of acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling children's books, including Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! and Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! She lives outside San Francisco. Amy Bates is the illustrator of The Dog Who Belonged to No One. She lives outside Philadelphia.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


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Also available Illustrated by Nikki McClure

All in a Day ISBN: 978-0-8109-8321-2 USISBN $17.95 CAN $23.95 978-0-8109-8321-2 5 1 7 9 5 9

780810 983212 New York Times bestseller Publishers Weekly bestseller

★ “This uplifting picture book succeeds in introducing children to the perennial promise of tomorrow through lithe language and honed imagery.” —Kirkus, starred review

★ “A handsome, effective piece of bookmaking that captures the glory of a day and the possibilities it holds.” —Booklist, starred review

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abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com

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PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4 AND UP | 7

MAMA, IS IT SUMMER YET? By Nikki McClure

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A beautiful book about appreciating nature and the change of seasons— from cut-paper artist Nikki McClure, illustrator of the breakout bestseller All in a Day Young children see the passage of time through seasonal changes to the world around them in this charming book, illustrated with Nikki McClure’s extraordinary cut-paper art. A little boy who can’t wait for summer asks his mama, “Is it summer yet?” Mama says, “Not yet, little one,” then points to the signs that spring is turning to summer—the softening of the earth, the nest-building of squirrels, the budding of trees—and encourages her son to savor the beauty of each day. Following the success of All in a

The first day of summer

★ “The word ‘lovely’ gets tossed around, but it seems to fit McClure’s amazing artwork.” —Booklist, starred review

is

June 21!

Day, Nikki McClure once again uses her intricate paper cutouts to create timeless images of nature and family, showing their importance to a richly lived life.

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Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. She is the author and illustrator of Abrams’ Collect Raindrops and the illustrator of All In a Day, by Cynthia Rylant. Kirkus said her “illustrations make such nebulous concepts as hope and renewal accessible to young readers,” and Publishers Weekly said children will enjoy “the tenderness of McClure’s images.” She lives in Olympia, Washington.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


APRIL

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JUST LIKE MAMA By Lesléa Newman Illustrated by Julia Gorton The perfect book for a mother and child to share on Mother’s Day and throughout the year Just Like Mama is a beautiful testament to the love between mother and daughter, and especially how, in a child’s eyes, a mother does everything perfectly, from cooking to playing to simply loving. There are some things that no one can do as well as a mom: “A pile of apple pancakes, each one shaped into a moon, and cocoa with a cloud of cream, stirred with her special spoon. Nobody cooks breakfast just like Mama.” Nor gardens, hosts tea parties, cooks supper, or tucks her child into bed. No one does it just like Mama can. And in the end, nobody loves Mama just like her little girl does.

Mother's Day is

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The Eight Nights of Chanukah

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Lesléa Newman is the author of fifty books for adults and children, including Abrams’ Eight Nights of Chanukah. She has received many literary awards, including poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Julia Gorton is the illustrator and designer of many books for children, including Abrams’ Score! 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire. She teaches design at Parsons the New School for Design and lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MAY

PICTURE BOOK | AGES 3–8 | 9

BECAUSE I AM YOUR DADDY By Sherry North Illustrated by Marcellus Hall From the author-and-illustrator team behind the bestselling Because You Are My Baby comes this tribute to fathers. How much do fathers love their children? Enough to fly them to school in a plane? Enough to dig for the biggest dinosaur the world has ever known? From exploring dark caves to leading a marching band to even being a space alien, a father’s love is unconditional, and he will do anything to make sure all of his child’s dreams come true. The dynamic duo of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall team up once again to treat parents and children to a story that

Father's Day is

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June 20!

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Also available Illustrated by Marcellus Hall

Also available By Sherry North and Marcellus Hall

Because I Am Your Daddy is a great read-

fathers on Father’s Day.

City I Love ISBN: 978-0-8109-8327-4 USISBN $16.95 CAN $21.95 978-0-8109-8327-4 5 1 6 9 5 9

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★ School Library Journal, starred review ★ Kirkus, starred review

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780810 994829 “Wry but always inviting images . . . lifts a familiar premise far above the ordinary.” —Publishers Weekly

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Sherry North is a former writer and producer for CNN Headline News, and the author of Because You Are My Baby. She lives with her husband in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Marcellus Hall illustrated Abrams’ Because You Are My Baby and City I Love. He lives in New York City.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


10 | CONCEPTS/PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8

International praise for Ballroom Bonanza “Donkeys do the disco, zebras put on the Ritz . . . What fun! And what better way to teach the children their A to Z . . . A musical menagerie inspires bedtime storytellers everywhere.” —The Guide (Australia)

Praise for the work of Nina Rycroft Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


APRIL

CONCEPTS/PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8 | 11

BALLROOM BONANZA A Hidden Pictures ABC Book By Stephen Harris and Nina Rycroft Illustrated by Nina Rycroft Animalia meets Dancing with the Stars in this animal dance party that teaches ABC’s with dance styles from around the world and musical instruments of all shapes and sizes. In this colorful and flamboyant largeformat alphabet book, animals from around the globe gather for a dance contest in the world-famous Tower Ballroom. Who will win? The camels dancing the conga? The flamingos dancing flamenco? Or the penguins doing the polka? But wait—what are the mischievous monkeys up to? Turns out they’ve stolen the band’s instruments— twenty-six in all! The reader must find all of them hidden within the artwork so that the grand finale can begin! Ballroom Bonanza teaches children about some of the most popular styles of dance, and helps them learn their ABC’s.

SPECIFICATIONS: 48 pages, full color, 10 x 12" Hardcover with jacket ISBN: 978-0-8109-8842-2 US $16.95 CAN $21.95

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Nina Rycroft's first picture book, Little Platypus, was a 2001 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. Stephen Harris is an award-winning writer of books and radio scripts. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MARCH

12 | HISPANIC/PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8

DEAR PRIMO A Letter to My Cousin By Duncan Tonatiuh A debut picture book by an exciting new author and artist who cleverly uses writing to open new worlds From first-time Mexican author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh comes the story of two cousins, one in America and one in Mexico, and how their daily lives are different yet similar. Charlie takes the subway to school; Carlitos rides his bike. Charlie plays double Dutch on the sidewalk; Carlitos plays among the local cacti. Dear Primo covers the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of two very different childhoods, while also emphasizing how alike Charlie and Carlitos are at heart. Spanish words are scattered among the English text, providing a wonderful way to introduce the language and culture of Mexico to young children. Inspired by the ancient art of the Mixtecs and other cultures of Mexico, Tonatiuh incorporates their stylized forms into his own artwork. The book includes a glossary of Spanish words.

SPECIFICATIONS: 32 pages, full color, 8 1â „2 x 11" Hardcover with jacket ISBN: 978-0-8109-3872-4 US $15.95 CAN $20.95

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Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He graduated from Parsons the New School for Design, where he studied writing and illustration. He divides his time between Mexico and New York City. This is his first picture book.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


APRIL

AFRICAN AMERICAN/PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8 | 13

MY FRIEND MAYA LOVES TO DANCE By Cheryl Willis Hudson Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Young dancers will twirl and leap as Maya and her friend share a love of dance in two very unique ways. The pages of this rhyming picture book themselves seem to dance, thanks to the charming verse of Cheryl Willis Hudson and the vibrant colors and motion of Eric Velasquez’s paintings. A young narrator tells readers about her friend Maya, who absolutely loves to dance. In fact, Maya can’t get enough of dance: the music, the costumes, the grand entrances, the pirouettes, the magic of recitals, and the final bows. She even loves the hard work of practice. But Maya isn’t dancing just for herself.

Also available Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Her friend the narrator plays a role, too. True friendship is showcased as the narrator and her pal share the magic of dance as each can experience it.

The Other Mozart: The Life of the Famous Chevalier de Saint-George ISBN: 978-0-8109-5720-6 USISBN $18.95 CAN $24.95 978-0-8109-5720-6

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780810 957206 “Elegant paintings, framed in regal hues . . .”

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>> National dance magazine publicity

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Cheryl Willis Hudson is the cofounder and editorial director of Just Us Books, an indepen-dent publisher of black-interest books for children and young adults. She has written many books for children, and lives in New Jersey. Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of numerous picture books and a recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for new talent. He lives in Hartsdale, New York. You can learn more about him at www.ericvelasquez.com.

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Praise for the work of Rose Lewis Bank Street College Best Children’s Books Child Magazine Best Books Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards BookSense Book of the Year finalist

★ “Destined to become a classic.” —Kirkus, starred review

★ “A loving portrait of a single mother and an adopted child [that] gently accentuates the importance of incorporating the child’s culture into her new life.” —Booklist, starred review “Offers abundant reassurances of love to adopted children . . .” —Publishers Weekly

Also available

Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown ISBN: 978-0-8109-9337-2 US $16.95 CAN $20.95


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ORANGE PEEL’S POCKET By Rose Lewis Illustrated by Grace Zong From the bestselling author of I Love You Like Crazy Cakes comes a sweet story of a little girl who learns about her native country. One day Orange Peel—who got her nickname by eating orange peels when she was little—and her classmates learn about China. Everyone asks her questions about the country where she was born. But she doesn’t have all the answers. So she joins her mother on her errands to find out. The shops they visit are owned by people from China, and each has a story to tell. From Mr. Fan the tailor, who speaks about silk, to Ma Sang, who owns an antiques store and writes poetry, each shopkeeper tells Orange Peel something about China. Orange Peel can’t wait to tell the kids at school about everything she has learned, but first she discovers gifts that have been slipped into her pocket by the store owners, all of which link her to the place where she was born. With its tender text and modern, thoughtful art, Orange Peel's Pocket is a wonderful look at China's influence on the world.

SPECIFICATIONS: 32 pages, full color, 8 1⁄2 x 11" Hardcover with jacket ISBN: 978-0-8109-8394-6 US $16.95 CAN $21.95

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Rose Lewis is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Love You Like Crazy Cakes and the award-winning Every Year on Your Birthday. She lives in Massachusetts with her daughter. Grace Zong was born in Illinois and moved to Korea when she was seven. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and has homes in New York and Korea. This is her first picture book.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MARCH

16 | PICTURE BOOK | AGES 3–6

OVER AT THE CASTLE By Boni Ashburn Illustrated by Kelly Murphy A counting book and companion to the funny Hush, Little Dragon, featuring more of the charming medieval village In this clever reworking of the classic folk song “Over in the Meadow,” readers meet villagers who spent their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, dancing, and more. The text counts up from one baby dragon to ten court jesters, and kids will enjoy counting along with each of the characters as they go about their daily work. At the end of the day, all the villagers look out their windows for a special surprise from their dragon neighbors. Readers will pore over illustrations filled with the same unexpected, warm humor as Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy’s first collaboration, Hush, Little Dragon.

Also available By Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy

Hush, Little Dragon ISBN: 978-0-8109-9491-1 USISBN $15.95 CAN $17.95 978-0-8109-9491-1

SPECIFICATIONS: 32 pages, full color, 10 x 10" Hardcover with jacket

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>> Author appearances: Wisconsin and Michigan

“Hilariously deadpan . . .” —San Francisco Chronicle

Boni Ashburn is the author of Hush, Little Dragon. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and four children. Visit her online at www.boniashburn.com. Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of Hush, Little Dragon and several other picture books. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.kelmurphy.com.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MARCH

ARCHITECTURE/PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4 AND UP | 17

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS An Architectural Tale By Steven Guarnaccia A humorous retelling of “The Three Little Pigs” filled with clever artistic and architectural references In this quirky, sophisticated retelling of “The Three Little Pigs,” the pigs and their homes are nods to three famous architects—Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright—and their signature homes. Each house is filled with clever details, including furnishings by the architects and their contemporaries. Of course, not all the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Which one will? The wolf, and readers, are in for a clever surprise ending.

SPECIFICATIONS: 32 pages, full color, 9 1⁄2 x 13 1⁄2" Hardcover with jacket ISBN: 978-0-8109-8941-2 US $18.95 CAN $24.95

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Steven Guarnaccia is the chair of the illustration program at Parsons the New School for Design. He is the author of several books for children and adults, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


18 | PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4 AND UP

Also Available By Joëlle Jolivet and Jean-Luc Fromental

365 Penguins ISBN: 978-0-8109-4460-2 USISBN $17.95 CAN $21.95 978-0-8109-4460-2 5 1 7 9 5 9 780810 944602 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award New York Times bestseller Publishers Weekly bestseller Seen on Martha TV Heard on NPR “Pièce de résistance . . . a real treat.” —Daniel Pinkwater “Integrates challenging math concepts and environmental concerns into a clever narrative . . . Units on penguins and global warming will never be the same.” —School Library Journal “It’s the fun of the rapidly multiplying penguin horde that carries the book.” —Chicago Tribune

Also available Illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet Panorama: A Foldout Book ISBN: 978-0-8109-8332-8 USISBN $19.95 CAN $21.95 978-0-8109-8332-8 5 1 9 9 5 9

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Tales from Shakespeare ISBN: 978-0-8109-9453-9 US $17.95 CAN $21.95

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OOPS! By Jean-Luc Fromental Illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet Joëlle Jolivet and Jean-Luc Fromental’s follow-up to the awardwinning 365 Penguins is a tale of unexpected cause and effect. In a distinctive oversize package and illustrated with Joëlle Jolivet’s signature retro, eye-catching style, Oops! follows the family from 365 Penguins through the streets of Paris as they try to get to the airport for their vacation. Back at their apartment, their house-sitting aunt slips on some soap, setting off a chain of events that creates some extreme roadblocks for the family’s trip. A movie shoot, a parade, policemen, rampaging bears, aliens, and much more collide in this remarkable new picture book adventure. A gatefold page at the end explains in detail the train of chaos on the previous pages.

SPECIFICATIONS: 40 pages, full color, 10 3⁄4 x 14 1⁄6" Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8109-8749-4 US $17.95 CAN $23.50

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>> National publicity >> Illustrator featured at TLA, April

RIGHTS: US AND ITS TERRITORIES,

14–17, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas

>> Illustrator tour

POSSESSIONS, AND DEPENDENCIES, CANADA, AND THE PHILIPPINES, ENGLISH

Jean-Luc Fromental is the author of about thirty books, including novels, travelogues, children’s books, and comics. He also writes for film, television, and newspapers. He lives in Paris. Joëlle Jolivet is an internationally acclaimed illustrator. Publishers Weekly has called her books “vibrant . . . dazzling,” and School Library Journal said they “are as aesthetically impressive as they are informative.” She lives in Ivry, France.

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Also available By Stephen Huneck Sally Gets a Job ISBN: 978-0-8109-9493-5 USISBN $16.95 CAN $18.95 978-0-8109-9493-5 5 1 6 9 5 9

780810 994935 Sally Goes to the Beach ISBN: 978-0-8109-4186-1 USISBN $18.95 CAN $20.95 978-0-8109-4186-1 5 1 8 9 5

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SALLY’S GREAT BALLOON ADVENTURE

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By Stephen Huneck Beloved and bestselling Sally goes up, up,

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and away in a hot air balloon ride!

ISBN: 978-0-8109-8287-1 When Sally’s family visits a hot air balloon field,

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the loyal black Labrador retriever is tempted by the smell of fresh chicken coming from one of the

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balloons. She follows the delicious scent to a balloon

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basket, and—whoops!—the balloon takes flight!

>> Sally balloon cardboard mobile >> National publicity >> National pet and dog publicity

Beautiful panoramic scenes and Sally’s trademark witty thoughts accompany her latest adventure in

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the open skies, in a book that is sure to charm dog

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owners and fans of intrepid Sally.

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Stephen Huneck is an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Along with his wife, Gwen, he is the owner of Stephen Huneck Galleries on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; in Woodstock, Vermont; and in Breckinridge, Colorado. His hand-carved furniture, sculpture, and woodcut prints are included in various prestigious private and museum collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of American Folk Art. Stephen, Gwen, and Sally live in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. To learn more about Sally, visit www.dogmt.com.

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MARCH

PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4–8 | 21

MY FRIENDS THE FLOWERS By William Lach Illustrated by Doug Kennedy A wonderful introduction to gardening for school and at home One little bee loves to visit his friends—who just happen to be flowers! He visits with Marigold, who scares all the bugs; Sunflower, who has a big happy face; Daffodil, who nods his head; and even some Impatiens, who hang around the shady parts of town. From fiery snapdragons and gorgeous camellias, to prickly pears and the bells of forsythias, the bee introduces young readers to the many flowers that add color and character to our world. Doug Kennedy’s funny and evocative

The first day of spring is

March 20! Also available By William Lach

Also available Illustrated by Doug Kennedy

Baby Animals: Little Ones at Play in 20 Works of Art ISBN: 978-0-8109-9457-7 USISBN $14.95 CAN $16.95 978-0-8109-9457-7

Pirate Pete ISBN: 978-0-8109-4356-8 USISBN $15.95 CAN $18.95 978-0-8109-4356-8

illustrations bring the rhyming text and flowers to life. The book concludes with a photograph and description of each flower, along with easy steps for a child to plant three gardens (container or earth) of his or her own.

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Can You Hear It? ISBN: 978-0-8109-5721-3 USISBN $18.95 CAN $24.95 978-0-8109-5721-3

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Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini ISBN: 978-0-8109-7025-0 US $15.95 CAN $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-8109-8397-7 US $16.95 CAN $21.95

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>> Mailings to key school gardening organizations

>> Launch event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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>> Illustrator appearances: The South >> Author appearances: New York area >> Window-display contest

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William Lach is an avid gardener and editor who has worked with a number of botanic gardens on book and stationery projects. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Doug Kennedy has collaborated on a number of books with his sister, Kim, including the Pirate Pete books and Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini. He lives in Monroe, Louisiana.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


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PETER BLAKE’S ABC

By Alice Melvin

By Peter Blake

Birds of all sorts fill the pages of this lovely, rhyming counting book that leads children through a spring day from dawn to dusk.

Peter Blake, the British Pop artist renowned for designing the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, turns his attention to the alphabet.

Swans, swallows, peacocks, geese, and starlings appear in

British Pop artist Peter Blake has an eye for the quirky and

this charming story that leads children through a spring day

the overlooked. Best known for the pivotal role he played in the

from dawn to dusk. Deep in the countryside, the day begins with

development of Pop Art, Blake has never stopped working. This

a solitary cockerel’s crow, sunlight falling on two lovebirds in a

charming ABC book is composed from the extensive collection

cage, and three China ducks on a wall. Magpies, chickens, and

of objects and ephemera he has gathered in his studio during his

many other familiar birds are lovingly portrayed in Alice Melvin’s

long career. Designed in close collaboration with the artist, Peter

intricate signature style, while a rhyming text makes this an ideal

Blake’s ABC displays the strong graphic sensibility and the love of

book to read aloud with children learning to count.

popular culture for which he is renowned. This charming book will delight readers young and old alike.

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32 pages, full color, 8 1⁄4 x 9"

64 pages, full color, 7 1⁄4 x 7 7⁄8"

Hardcover with jacket

Hardcover with jacket

ISBN: 978-1-85437-855-2

ISBN: 978-1-85437-816-3

USISBN $14.50 CAN $18.95 978-1-85437-855-2

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>> Outreach to art, bird, and children’s interest publications

Alice Melvin is one of the most highly regarded young illustrators in the UK. Her first book, the interactive An A-to-Z Treasure Hunt, was published in 2008.

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>> Outreach to art publications

Peter Blake is a pioneer of the Pop Art movement. His interest in and appropriation of popular culture, as seen in his portraits of movie and pop stars and his re-creations of commercial packaging, predated Warhol. He continues to work today, and generations of artists have cited him as an influence.

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ART/NONFICTION | AGES 14 AND UP | 23

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An A to Z Treasure Hunt ISBN: 978-1-85437-755-5 US $14.95 CAN $16.95

A Is for Artist: An Alphabet ISBN: 978-1-85437-556-8

HOW TO SURVIVE MODERN ART

US $19.95 CAN $27.95

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By Susie Hodge A clear, accessible, fully illustrated introduction to modern art Modern art arouses many different responses. Suspicion, controversy, and misunderstanding are among the most frequent.

The Coloring Book ISBN: 978-1-85437-849-1 US $18.95 CAN $20.95

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But it doesn’t have to be like that. Here is a clear, fully illustrated introduction to what often seems like a daunting subject. Covering everything from Impressionism to the Harlem

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Renaissance, from Cézanne to Postmodernism, and illustrated in full color, this book is a thorough yet manageable guide to art in the modern world and is ideal for anyone wanting to come to grips with this fascinating subject.

Shape ISBN: 978-1-85437-779-1 US $22.50 CAN $24.50

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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-85437-749-4 Miffy the Artist

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ISBN: 978-1-85437-823-1 US $11.95 CAN $15.50

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Susie Hodge has written more than thirty books on art history

The Scribble Book

and practical art, and has many years’ experience teaching

ISBN: 978-1-85437-774-6

art, design, and art history to a wide range of age groups.

US $14.95 CAN $16.95

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MARCH

24 | NATIVE AMERICAN/NONFICTION | AGES 8–12

BLACK ELK’S VISION A Lakota Story By S. D. Nelson The only picture book that tells the amazing true story of Black Elk Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elk’s Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of the Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee, to his time with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, this biographical account follows the Oglala-Lakota medicine man Black Elk (1863–1950) from childhood through adulthood. Told through Black Elk’s voice, the book brings to life what it was like to be Native American at that time. The Native people found their land overrun by Wha-shi-choos (white men), the buffalo slaughtered, and their people gathered onto reservations. Through it all, Black Elk clung to his childhood visions, which

Also available by S. D. Nelson

planted the seeds to help his people—and all people—understand their place in the Circle of Life. The book includes archival images, a timeline, a bibliography, an index, and S. D. Nelson’s signature art.

The Star People:

Gift Horse:

A Lakota Story

A Lakota Story

ISBN: 978-0 8109-4584-5

ISBN: 978-0-8109-4127-4

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A Lakota Story

ISBN: 978-0-8109-8399-1

ISBN: 978-0-8109-9367-9

US $19.95 CAN $25.95

USISBN $15.95 CAN $18.95 978-0-8109-9367-9

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S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of the Dakotas. He is the author of three previous children’s books for Abrams. School Library Journal called Gift Horse “fluid in both narrative and illustrations,” and Kirkus said Star People was “an exemplary offering.” He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MARCH

SCIENCE/NONFICTION | AGES 8–12 | 25

MAMMOTHS AND MASTODONS Titans of the Ice Age By Cheryl Bardoe, in association with The Field Museum of Chicago Brand-new evidence and theories come to life when a frozen baby mammoth is unearthed. Mammoths and mastodons roamed the earth for millions of years, and then suddenly went extinct. What was everyday life like for these cousins of the modern elephant? How did they fit into their Ice Age landscape? Why did they disappear? This fascinating book presents the latest research, drawing on the recent discovery of a fully frozen baby mammoth, which has allowed scientists to learn more than they ever could have just from study-

Also published in association with The Field Museum Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest ISBN: 978-0-8109-5734-3 USISBN $16.95 CAN $18.95 978-0-8109-5734-3

George Washington Carver ISBN: 978-0-8109-9366-2 USISBN $18.95 CAN $20.95 978-0-8109-9366-2 5 1 8 9 5

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and other finds will help them discover ways to save elephants from extinction. Photos of fossil site digs, scientists at work, and prehistoric artifacts, as well as commissioned artwork, bring the story of these creatures to vivid life. Includes a

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ing bones. Scientists hope the frozen beast

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Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth ISBN: 978-0-8109-9486-7 USISBN $19.95 CAN $25.95 978-0-8109-9486-7

bibliography, glossary, and index.

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Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas ISBN: 978-0-8109-5475-5 USISBN $18.95 CAN $20.95 978-0-8109-5475-5

>> National publicity >> Author appearances: Chicago

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Exhibition schedule Publication coincides with The Field Museum exhibit Mammoths and Mastodons, which will travel to up to ten venues through 2014.

SPECIFICATIONS: 48 pages, full color, 10 x 10” Hardcover with jacket ISBN: 978-0-8109-8413-4 US $18.95 CAN $24.95

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Confirmed: • March 5–Sept. 6, 2010:

• Oct. 13, 2012–Jan. 13, 2013:

The Field Museum, Chicago • Nov. 25, 2011–April 15, 2012: Missouri History Museum, St. Louis

Museum of Science, Boston • Feb. 15–May 27, 2013: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Cheryl Bardoe is the author of Abrams’ Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, which received a prestigious Orbis Pictus Honor for nonfiction from the National Council of Teachers of English. She formerly worked on exhibits at The Field Museum and is currently earning an MFA in writing for children from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She lives in Chicago.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


MARCH

26 | AMERICANA/NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK | AGES 4 AND UP

CAN YOU FIND IT? AMERICA Search and Discover More Than 150 Details in 20 Works of Art By Linda Falken In association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art A patriotic and inspiring addition to the successful Can You Find It? series The Can You Find It? books have delighted countless children, inviting them to look more closely at works of art by searching for hidden details. This new title features paintings, prints, and textiles from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each work is characteristically American, and each is filled with a wealth of details

The Can You Find It? series

to discover.

A Family Fun “Our Favorite Things” selection

Among the works featured are Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emmanuel Leutze; The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak, by Albert Bierstadt; and Thanksgiving Turkey, by Grandma Moses.

Can You Find It?

Can You Find It Outside?

ISBN: 978-0-8109-3279-1

ISBN: 978-0-8109-5795-4

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USISBN $12.95 CAN $15.95 978-0-8109-5795-4

Looking at American art has never been so much fun.

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ISBN: 978-0-8109-5046-7

ISBN: 978-0-8109-5794-7

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>> Memorial Day and Independence

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Linda Falken has worked in children’s book publishing for many years. She is currently a senior editor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where her work combines two of her favorite things: art and books. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

abrams | spring 2010 | www.abramsyoungreaders.com


Amulet Books | Spring 2010 MAY

MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL | AGES 8–12 | 27

HOW I, NICKY FLYNN, FINALLY GET A LIFE (AND A DOG) By Art Corriveau A fresh and evocative new voice in middle-grade fiction (and a great boy-meets-dog story!) Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce. He’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home from the shelter Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nicky isn’t sure about this canine intrusion. Soon, however, he’s on the path to finding out why a seeing-eye dog would be left at an animal shelter, and along the way discovers that Reggie is a true friend. But when Nicky tries to reconnect with his dad, he puts everything on the line, including the life of his new best friend. Art Corriveau is a brilliant new voice in middle-grade fiction, and this is a heartfelt SPECIFICATIONS:

and honest look at the effects of divorce

264 pages, 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4"

and the wonders of friendship.

Hardcover with jacket ISBN: 978-0-8109-8298-7 US $16.95 CAN $21.95

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>> Advance reading copies >> Author to attend ALA Midwinter, Jan. 15–19, 2010, in Boston

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>> Boston-area media outreach

Art Corriveau’s first novel, Housewrights (Penguin), was for adults and was called “one of the better debut novels of [the] year” (Library Journal), while Publishers Weekly said, “Corriveau is a smooth, evocative writer who creates engaging characters.” His adult short fiction has been anthologized in literary journals. As a travel writer, he has lived in and written about Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand, and Hong Kong. He holds an MFA in writing from the University of Michigan and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Over 25 Million in Print! #1 New York Times bestseller #1 USA Today bestseller #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller #1 IndieBound bestseller

Praise for the internationally bestselling Wimpy Kid series Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award nominee Nick Jr. Magazine Comics winner

CBC Children’s Choice nominee A Time Out New York Kids New Classic

“One of the most successful children’s series ever published.” —Washington Post

“Move over, Harry Potter . . . There’s a new set of titles dominating the bestseller list for kids’ chapter books, and there’s nothing ’ fantasy’ about these.” —Andrea Yeats on NPR’s All Things Considered

“The Wimpy Kid is a force to be reckoned with.” —Houston Chronicle “Spot-on humor and winning formula . . . has taken the word ’ reluctant’ out of ’ reluctant readers.’ ” —USA Today

“Kids love the series because they get visual breaks in between the text, and because it’s funny.” —Newsday

“Parents and educators applaud it as a visually friendly gateway for unwilling readers.” —New York Times

“Hooks the target audience with its printlike font, straightforward language, and copious cartoons.” —Booklist

★ “Genre-busting series . . . spot-on humor

“An egocentric yet lovable character . . . witty voice coupled with memorable characterization.” —School Library Journal

“Greg is sarcastic and sharp-witted.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

“Dependable laughs . . . Traversing the chaos of middle school with you, Greg lets you know you’re not alone.” —Chicago Tribune

and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.


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THE POPULARITY PAPERS By Amy Ignatow A hilarious debut novel, told in scrapbook style, about best friends and their disastrous attempts to conquer middle school Lydia and Julie are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, and human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey jock, and faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, the harder Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, the farther they get from their goal­—and each other. Amy Ignatow understands friendship and the fifth grade, and she knows just how to wring humor out of ordinary and extraordinary moments.

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Amy Ignatow is an illustrator and teacher who has also been a farmer, a florist, a short-order vegan cook, a dancing chicken, an SAT prep instructor, a telefundraiser, a wedding singer, a ghostwriter for Internet personal ads, a reporter, and an airbrush face and body painter working under the name “Ooga.” She graduated from Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and their cat, Mathilda, whom they believe to be well-meaning despite all evidence to the contrary.

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32 | MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL | AGES 8–12

ATTACK OF THE FLUFFY BUNNIES By Andrea Beaty Illustrated by Dan Santat With all the sly humor of a B-movie, this novel about alien, mind-controlling rabbits will make readers dizzy with laughter. When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy. Happily, the Rockman twins, veteran watchers of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, are well prepared for dealing with monstrous beings from outer space. If only their fellow campers were so lucky. Andrea Beaty, the author of several very funny picture books and a mystery novel, here reaches new heights of hilarity and verbal dexterity in a novel sure to become a camp—ba-dum-dum—classic.

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Andrea Beaty is the author of the picture books When Giants Come to Play and Iggy Peck, Architect and the novel Secrets of the Cicada of Summer (see page 41). She blogs about funny books for kids at www.ThreeSillyChicks.com. Learn more about her at www.AndreaBeaty.com. Dan Santat’s Guild of Geniuses won the 2004 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for best debut author-illustrator. He has since illustrated many books, including the Otto Undercover series, by Rhea Perlman. He is also the creator of the Disney animated series The Replacements. He lives with his family in Southern California. Visit him at www.dantat.com. amulet | spring 2010 | www.amuletbooks.com


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GRAPHIC NOVEL | AGES 8 AND UP

MEANWHILE Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. By Jason Shiga Follow the tabs to create your own story in this innovative, interactive graphic novel! Chocolate or vanilla? This simple choice is all it takes to get started with Meanwhile, the wildly inventive creation of comics mastermind Jason Shiga. Jimmy, whose every move is under your control, finds himself in a mad scientist’s lab, where he’s given a choice between three amazing objects: a mind-reading device, a time-travel machine, or the Killitron 3000 (which is as ominous as it sounds). Down each of these paths there are puzzles, mysterious clues, and shocking revelations. It’s up to the reader to lead Jimmy to success or disaster. Meanwhile is a wholly original story of invention, discovery, and saving the world, told through a system of tabs on every page that take you forward, backward, upside down, and right side up again. Each read creates a new adventure!

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Jason Shiga graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in pure mathematics. He is the author of more than twenty comic books and the inventor of three board games, two card tricks, the greedy mug, the bus clock, and the world’s second-largest interactive comic, which spanned twenty-five square feet. His puzzles and mazes have appreared in McSweeny’s and Nick Magazine. He lives in Oakland, California.

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AWARDS FOR JASON SHIGA 2004 Eisner Award 2003 Ignatz Award 2007 Stumpton Trophy Award 1999 Xeric Grant Recipient

PRAISE FOR JASON SHIGA “Crazy + Genius = Shiga” —Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics “If humankind ever finds itself at the brink of its own destruction and I am given the task to fill a small, space-bound time capsule with a collection of ten graphic novels that would present to alien eyes the best that the cartoonists of Earth had to offer the universe, Jason Shiga’s Meanwhile would surely be among my picks.” —Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese “A creator of comix that can be at once funny, disturbing, thoughtful, deconstructed, and cleverly put together.” —Time online “Meanwhile is a wallop of a book/graphic novel! It delivers action, choices, problem solving, and engagement. And it reminds me of my own efforts in writing Choose Your Own Adventure, which I take as a great compliment coming from Jason Shiga. I wish I had written this book! Run, don’t walk, to your favorite bookseller and pick up a copy!” —R. A. Montgomery, Choose Your Own Adventure author “Ingenious” —Edward Packard, Choose Your Own Adventure author


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An Excerpt from

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Oh yeah, one other thing I almost forgot about: Dwight. Dwight is the guy who carries Origami Yoda around on his finger. The strangest thing about Origami Yoda is that he is so wise even though Dwight is a total loser. I’m not saying that as an insult. It’s just a fact. Dwight never seems to do anything right. Always in trouble. Always getting harassed by other kids. Always picking his nose. Always finding a way to “ruin it for everyone,” as the teachers say. If he could just listen to Origami Yoda’s wisdom, like the rest of us, he would have it made. But no, he ends up barfing in class because he ate thirteen servings of canned peaches at lunch, or stealing a girl’s shoe, or wearing shorts with his socks pulled up above his knees.

He even manages to turn his good points into loser points. See, he is the total origami master of our school. First he made cranes and frogs and all that, then he started inventing his own stuff. Origami Yoda is not just a perfect paper version of Yoda, it’s also Dwight’s own design. He’s not the first person in the world to make an Origami Yoda, of course. There are a bunch of them on the Internet. But Dwight didn’t download instructions; he actually created his own Origami Yoda. But it’s one thing to make a paper Yoda, and it’s another to ask people to talk to it. That’s what makes him a loser. You can’t go around school with a paper Yoda on your finger talking to people. I bet even Origami Yoda would tell him that, if he would just listen.

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THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA By Tom Angleberger This quirky novel by an exciting new talent is one part mystery, one part school story, and one part celebration of the wisdom of Yoda! In this funny, perceptive exploration of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class, Dwight, a loser, dispenses surprisingly good advice to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a kid from popularity-crushing embarrassment. Is the puppet tapping into the Force? Dwight’s classmate Tommy decides to investigate, to figure out how Yoda can be so wise when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel, and discovers that greatness sometimes comes in unlikely packages.

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Applying for a job as a newspaper artist, Tom Angleberger was mistakenly assigned to cover local government meetings. Fifteen years and countless town council meetings later, he is still writing more than drawing, currently as a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He began work on his first book while in middle school. He writes a popular blog, sam.riddleburger.com. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. They live in Christianburg, Virginia.

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36 | MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL | AGES 8–12

THE SISTERS GRIMM Book Seven: The Everafter War By Michael Buckley Pictures by Peter Ferguson The seventh, secret-revealing installment of the blockbuster series Sabrina and Daphne’s prayers are finally answered when their parents are awoken from their sleeping spell. But their happy reunion is short-lived, as they are soon caught up in the war between the Scarlet Hand and Prince Charming’s Everafter army. As the family works to help the prince’s ragtag group of rebels and protect their friends, Sabrina comes face-to-face with the family’s deadliest enemy—the mysterious Master—who

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THE SISTERS GRIMM Book Eight: The Inside Story By Michael Buckley Pictures by Peter Ferguson The latest thrilling addition to the Grimm family saga After the shocking ending of The Everafter War, this book picks up with Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck stuck in the Book of Everafter, where all the fairy tales are stored. The girls (and Puck) must chase the Master through a series of stories, unwittingly changing the tales in their haste to save their kidnapped baby brother. Soon they are confronted by the Editor—the book’s guardian—who, along with an army of tiny monsters known as Revisers, threatens the children with dire consequences if they don’t stick to the stories. As they chase their quarry and dodge the Revisers, they meet Alice, Mowgli, Jack the Giant Killer, Hansel and Gretel, the Headless Horseman, and more. But will they find their brother before the Master does him harm?

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780810 943247 Michael Buckley has written and developed shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV Animation, the Sci-Fi Channel, the Discovery Channel, and VH1. In fall 2009 he launched a new series with Amulet Books: NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son. Peter Ferguson is a comic book and editorial artist who has published his first picture book with Tricycle Press. He is also the illustrator of the young adult novels The Anybodies and The Nobodies, by N. E. Bode; Endymion Spring, by Matthew Skelton; and DJ MacHale’s Pendragon series. He lives in Japan.

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38 | MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL | AGES 8–12

THE FIZZY WHIZ KID By Maiya Williams A funny, sympathetic look at instant fame, by an author who knows Hollywood from the inside When Mitchell Mathis moves to Hollywood with his academic parents, he soon realizes he’s the only ordinary kid in a school of the powerful and famous. There’s Skywalker Wong, whose parents are special effects gurus. And Julia Jodie Schwartz, named after her agent father’s two highest-earning clients. And Dash Silverman, whose parents write the movies that everyone else seems to have memorized. In an attempt to feel like less of an outsider, Mitch goes to an open casting call, where he ends up being cast in a soda commercial that launches a popular catchphrase. Suddenly he’s on TV, signing autographs, and riding in limos. But when the ad starts getting negative attention and he doesn’t have time for his old friends and interests, fame doesn’t seem like so much fun anymore. He’ll need all his “acting” skills—and the help of his Hollywoodsavvy classmates—to figure out how to go back to being a normal kid again.

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Maiya Williams was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and Berkeley, California. She attended Harvard University, where she was an editor and vice president of the Harvard Lampoon. Publishers Weekly called her first book, The Golden Hour, “action-packed and laden with good humor.” She is a writer and a producer of television shows and lives with her husband (also a television writer, and the president of the Writers Guild of America) and their three children, a Labrador retriever, and a variety of fish in Pacific Palisades, California.

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YA NOVEL | AGES 12 AND UP | 39

ANXIOUS HEARTS By Tucker Shaw An epic romance by the bestselling author of The Girls “Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you . . .” Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years before them. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were to be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva. A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and affirms the hope that true love can be reunited.

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Tucker Shaw, who has been featured on The Today Show, is the author of Everything I Ate and many popular books for teens, including Confessions of a Backup Dancer and The Girls (see page 40). He lives in Denver, where he is a food editor for the Denver Post.

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40 | YA FICTION | AGES 12 AND UP

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THE GIRLS By Tucker Shaw No boys allowed! Fans of Gossip Girl will delight in this irresistible novel. Meet Mary: She’s beautiful, she’s nice, and her ski star boyfriend is cheating on her. Meet Crystal: She’s a townie, she works at Mod Jeans, and she’s cheating with Mary’s boyfriend. Meet Sylvia: She’s nasty, she’s rich, and she’s got something up her Pradadesigned sleeve. Meet Amber: She’s a flake, she’s the barista at the hottest coffee shop in Aspen, and she serves up gossip even hotter than grande skim lattes. Meet Peggy: She’s Mary’s best friend, she’s a snowboarder and aspiring chef, and she has no idea how to cope with all these girls. An elite Aspen prep school sets the stage for jealousy and intrigue as the lives of many girls tangle into a wickedly fun mess. A modern retelling of Clare Booth Luce’s classic play The Women, The Girls is a quick-witted, stylish comedy about friendship, love, and most important, gossip!

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Tucker Shaw, who has been featured on The Today Show, is the author of Everything I Ate and many popular books for teens, including Confessions of a Backup Dancer and the forthcoming Anxious Hearts (see page 39). He lives in Denver, where he is a food editor for the Denver Post.

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MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL | AGES 8–12 | 41

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SECRETS OF THE CICADA SUMMER By Andrea Beaty “The kind of satisfying read that Summer Reading is all about.” —School Library Journal Lily has read every Nancy Drew book in the library. She’s great at spying clues and keeping secrets. She has to be. She has secrets of her own that no one can ever find out. When summer brings lying, stealing Tinny Bridges to town, Lily must depend on her own wits to keep ahead of this sly newcomer. Tinny takes candy from the general store and blames Lily. She tries to steal Lily’s friends and even her father’s affection. Worst of all, she seems to know Lily’s secret. When Tinny goes missing, only Lily has an idea what happened to her. But for Lily, finding Tinny means confronting her hidden past. Drawing comparison to Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie (Horn Book), this lyrical, moving debut announces the arrival of a great storyteller who writes from the

Praise for Secrets of the Cicada Summer

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Andrea Beaty was raised in a small southern Illinois town, where her family ran a tiny grocery store. When she wasn’t roaming the nearby fields with her brothers and sisters, she was reading Nancy Drew mysteries up in the branches of a maple tree. Andrea now lives outside Chicago with her family. She is the author of When Giants Come to Play, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, Iggy Peck, Architect, illustrated by David Roberts, and a new novel, Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies (see page 32). Andrea blogs about funny books for kids at www.ThreeSillyChicks.com. Learn more about her at www.AndreaBeaty.com.

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42 | YA NOVEL | AGES 12 AND UP

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TEST By William Sleator A pertinent, futuristic thriller—in which standardized-test scores become a matter of life or death Pass, and have it made. Fail, and suffer the consequences. A master of teen thrillers tests readers’ courage in an edgeof-your-seat novel that echoes the fears of exam-takers everywhere. Ann, a teenage girl living in the security-obsessed, elitist United States of the very near future, is threatened on her way home from school by a mysterious man on a black motorcycle. Soon she and a new friend are caught up in a vast conspiracy of greed involving the mega-wealthy owner of a school testing company. Students who pass his test have it made; those who don’t, disappear . . . or worse. Will Ann be next? For all those who suspect standardized tests are an evil conspiracy, here’s a thriller that really satisfies!

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and ecological concerns, and are sure to appreciate the spoofs on NCLB.” —School Library Journal

For forty years William Sleator has thrilled readers with his inventive books that blend real science with stories that explore our darkest fears and wishes. His House of Stairs was a groundbreaking book for young adults, and was named one of the best novels of the twentieth century by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Critics call his writing “clever and engrossing . . . and just plain fun” (Booklist) and “gleefully icky” (Publishers Weekly). He divides his time between homes in Boston and Thailand.

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THE CHRONICLES OF FAERIE The Book of Dreams By O. R. Melling The long-awaited conclusion to the Chronicles of Faerie series Dana Faolan, the heroine of The LightBearer’s Daughter, has not adjusted to her new life in Canada and is using her access to the land of Faerie as a means of escape. She’s unprepared to battle the dark forces that threaten to sever the human world and Faerie for good. It will take the help of all the protectors of Faerie (many of whom were featured in the previous Chronicles of Faerie books), plus the assistance of a sexy and mysterious French Canadian boy, for Dana to meet the challenge of her destiny—as a half-human, half-fairy—to save her two worlds. As Booklist said in a starred review, Melling’s writing “shimmers with magic, myth, and romance.”

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