October 2019

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Birthday

UNDER
THE BROKEN
SKY


A Junior Library Guild Selection

by award-winning poet / author 


MARIKO NAGAI
 
A beautifully told MG 
novel-in-verse about
a Japanese orphan’s experience
in occupied rural Manchuria
during World War II.

Christy Ottaviano Books/
Henry Holt/Macmillan

Published for middle-grade readers but necessary for all of humankind, Under the Broken Sky is a breathtaking work of literature.”BOOKLIST
starred review

Echoing the hardships and redemption of many novels about World War II, this well-timed story about a lesser-known group of refugees adds an important chapter to the narrative of human oppression and survival.”
SLJ

“Told with frank, unsentimental honesty and pain that lives in the space between words as much as in the words themselves. An afterword includes historical context on Manchuria in World War II and a reminder from the author that refugee families to this day leave their homes because they have no choice; this story offers readers a moving way to put themselves in such families’ shoes.” –BULLETIN   

Literary and historically insightful, this is one of the great untold stories of WWII. Much like the Newbery Honor book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Under the Broken Sky is powerful, poignant, and
ultimately hopeful.

An Associate Professor at
Temple University Japan, Mariko Nagai has received the prestigious Pushcart Prize in both poetry and fiction, as well as many other accolades including the 2016 Arnold Adoff New Voice Poetry Honor for her debut MG novel in verse, DUST OF EDEN (Albert Whitman).

Look for COLD SPRINGS in Fall 2020 (Christy Ottaviano Books).
 


Acquisitions and Licensing
 

Sigaliot has licensed Hebrew rights to Gianna Marino’s JUST LIKE MY BROTHER (Viking), called out by Kirkus as “magical” and “brilliant.”
 

Scholastic has licensed paperback book club rights to Michael Paul’s ROAR: A DINOSAUR TOUR (Crown), a Baker’s Dozen Best Book of 2019.

 

Scholastic has licensed paperback book clubs rights to Lynn Marie’s MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES: A ZOMBIE TALE (Sterling), a Mighty Girl “hauntingly funny” title.

 

Happy Book

Birthday

LLAMA LLAMA
SECRET SANTA SURPRISE

Penguin Young Readers Licenses

LLAMA LLAMA is a TV STAR!

The sixth NETFLIX media tie-in 8×8 based on Anna Dewdney‘s bestselling pre-school brand.

Just in time for the holidays. 
Includes stickers!

Also–
Introducing Llama Llama’s
very own 
YouTube Channel.


All the Llama Llama videos
in one place!

Speaking of Llama Llama…
 

Happy Book

Birthday

Look, Look–
It’s a plush
and a book!


And there’s MORE!

Genius Brands International, Inc.
announces multiple market milestones:

 Kellogg’s Promotion Features Llama Llama on 80 Million Cereal Boxes; Publishing and DVD Release Success; New Branded Product at Retail; and Upcoming November Season Two Premiere on Netflix.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN
from your favorite llama!

Here’s to THANKS and GIVING
all year long…

Booktacular #5
on the 

NYT Bestseller List
32 weeks
(
10.26.19)

East/West’s 236th week!
including–

Kimberly and James Dean’s 
PETE THE CAT AND
THE PERFECT
PIZZA PARTY

Giving East/West TWO titles 
on the 10.12.19 list.

And #2 on 

Bestseller List
(10.21.19) 

along with 

PETE THE CAT
TRICK OR PETE

also listed:

at #27
(10.10.19) 

Happy Book

Birthdays

PETE THE CAT 
AND THE SUPERCOOL
SCIENCE FAIR

by
NYT Bestselling Creator 
James Dean

Harper Collins

and

PETE THE CAT
SAVES CHRISTMAS 

paper-over-board edition
of Pete the Cat holiday fun
created and illustrated by 

James Dean.

Story by Eric Litwin. 
Harper Collins 

And check out this cat-licious
PTC video!

 


PW Deal Announcements 


  
 
 

Hans Christian Andersen Nominee NORA HILB is featured in our October Illustrator Highlight.


Fa-BOO-lous 

     October News and Reviews


Debut Middle Grade author Ernesto Cisneros and 
Efrén Divided 
(Harper Collins, March 2020; an Indies Introduce title)

Featured in PW: 

 

KIRKUS applauds Eileen R. Meyer’s THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN:
Poems About our 16th President 
(Charlesbridge / Nov. 2019/ illus. David Szalay)
Telling Abraham Lincoln’s story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off. The portrait orientation of the volume is the right choice for our tall president, and Szalay’s attractive, folksy art manages to capture the homespun spirit of the poems. The collection will make excellent reading aloud in the classroom, a few a day. A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography so much fun. 

Eileen recently presented at the Illinois Reading Council and the Association of Illinois School Library Educators Conference. And if are in the Chicago area, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Eileen at the Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grover!

 

For Eileen’s full book launch, visit her website:  https://www.eileenmeyerbooks.com/news/

And another nod from

Gianna Marino’s NIGHT ANIMALS NEED SLEEP TOO
(Viking, February 2020) 
“In Marino’s follow-up to NIGHT ANIMALS, the search for ‘somewhere dark and quiet’ to sleep doesn’t go easily for Possum. Marino’s illustrations of Possum and company—struggling to stay awake, playing dead, and running for their lives—are hilarious and endearing, as is her dialogue. Beaver: ‘Oh, Possum! I am so sorry you’re dead!’ Bear: ‘He does that sometimes.’ Brief facts on the nocturnal animals depicted appear on the inside of the dust jacket. 
A midday bedtime book that will keep readers laughing.

More accolades for Erin Dealey’s lyrical holiday story SNOWGLOBE WISHES:  “heartwarming … a winsome, hopeful portrait of family and community bonds” (PW) and “warmhearted … filled with goodwill and hope” (SLJ).

Speaking of the holidays:

WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER
by Karen KilpatrickLuis O. Ramos Jr. and German Blanco (Imprint/Macmillan)

is featured on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List.

Also named one of the “Best Children’s Books of 2019” by Parents magazine!


  
“The illustrations shine in this tale of how Pencil and Eraser became unlikely BFFs.  Our kid reviewers cracked up at the facial expressions of the characters and realized that the drawings looked better when a bit was erased.  Parents appreciated the message that even if someone initially rubs you the wrong way, you can still be friends.”

 
The influential parenting website Red Tricycle, with a UVPM of 1,572,434, chose Lynn Marie’s MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES as one of their favorite Halloween Books.

 

“The classic tale of Goldilocks gets a Halloween-themed twist when Moldilocks winds up in the house of the Scare family.
Fun illustrations and the underlining tale about adoption added to a happily ever after ending make this charming book 
a perfect Halloween tale.”

Mark A. Vieira’s FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD (Running Press) is featured in 
PW’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Art and Photography:

And check out this review from Leonard Matlin!

“No one knows more about the tantalizing and provocative films of the early 1930s than Mark Vieira, and no one has access to better still photos. His 1999 volume SIN IN SOFT FOCUS covered this territory but as it is out of print, it’s to film buffs’ benefit that TCM has commissioned a new entry in its ongoing series of beautifully packaged books…

With exquisitely showcased illustrations and informative text, this book meets the high standard one would expect from its author and publisher.”

Upcoming next month from Mark A. Vieira, et al: 
ADRIAN: A LIFETIME OF MOVIE GLAMOUR, ART AND HIGH FASHION (Rizzoli) 

 

LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA by Anna Dewdney is a Scholastic Book Clubs Book of the Week, and the focus of the 11th Annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.

And check out the Llama Llama inspired video! 

Speaking of cool videos…

Click on the image to view the book trailer for 
Patricia Newman & Mehrdokht Amini’s NEEMA’S REASON TO SMILE,
featured on Mackin Community’s blog:

 

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We are thrilled and thankful to represent such amazing talent.


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