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MacArthur’s World War II
A revisionist biography of one of the greatest American heroes of the twentieth century, revealing how incredible—and improbable—Douglas MacArthur’s Pacific victory in World War II truly was.
“Mark Perry provides a well-written, insightful portrait of a commander whose occasional military genius vied with an overweening ego that alienated his superiors in Washington and led to his eventual downfall.” —New York Times Book Review
“A compelling, succinct account of a deeply flawed but brilliant leader, a man seemingly created for the circumstances through which he lived… With fluid prose and fascinating personalities, The Most Dangerous Man in America should appeal to military history and biography buffs alike.” —Shelf Awareness for Readers
“A riveting and accessible biography of General Douglas MacArthur… simultaneously providing insights into his behavior and filling in needed and appropriate biographical nuggets in order to illuminate his bigger than life persona… a noble portrait of an often misunderstood and complex 20th-century American… Without diminishing the humanity of the book’s central protagonist, Perry captures the conundrum of being a great man and presents a story that is full of its own kind of romance and adventure.” —Washington Independent Review of Books
“[A] dazzling biography…[a] deft portrayal centered mainly on MacArthur’s World War II years…” —Boston Globe
“Mark Perry’s enjoyable ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’ amply captures the general’s ‘proud and egotistical’ streak…” —Wall Street Journal
“[An] engrossing book on the great, though greatly flawed, general… fans of military history and general readers will have much to enjoy and to ponder: The author offers a vivid and convincing recounting of MacArthur’s tremendous skill as a pioneer of air-land-sea battle in the Pacific, along with ample evidence that ‘proud and egotistical’ MacArthur ‘was his own worst enemy.’” —Washington Post
“A gripping read, this book will be valuable to the novice and specialist alike…” —Library Journal
“[An] excellent…limited examination of MacArthur’s life in the critical years preceding and including WWII…an informative and easily digestible rendering of [MacArthur and Roosevelt’s] uneasy but effective cooperation in winning the war in the Pacific.” —Booklist
6 Eisner Award Nominations for Consortium Publishers
Nominations for the 2014 Eisner Awards have arrived! Consortium publishers are pleased to have 6 nominations this year. The nominations are as follows:
Best Anthology: Nobrow #8: Hysteria, edited by Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro, from Nobrow Press Ltd.
Best Publication Design: Little Tommy Lost, Book 1, designed by Cole Closser, from Koyama Press.
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12): Hilda and the Bird Parade, by Luke Pearson, from Nobrow Press Ltd.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Adventures of a Japanese Businessman, by Jose Domingo, from Nobrow Press Ltd.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Incidents in the Night, Book One, by David B., from Uncivilized Books.
Best Writer/Artist: Luke Pearson, author of Hilda and the Bird Parade, from Nobrow Press Ltd.
Enchanted Lion author, Liniers was nominated for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7). Check out Liniers’ other title, Macanudo #1!
The winners will be announced at San Diego Comic-Con International on Friday, July 25, 2014. Congratulations to our publishers!
The complete list of nominees can be found at http://www.comic-con.org.
The Shark Whisperer from Scarletta Junior Readers
Look out for this action-packed story of adventure, fantasy, and humor that reveals the wonders of ocean and marine life published to coincide with Earth Day (April 22) and World Oceans Day (June 8)
After his most klutzy move ever, falling into a pool of sharks, things for Tristan Hunt begin to look up. Tristan is invited to an ocean-themed summer camp in the Florida Keys where he discovers that he and the other young teens there have very special and rare talents when it comes to the ocean. After the camp receives a distress call from ocean animals, Tristan and his new friends get pulled into a daring rescue in the Bahamas. With the help of sharks, dolphins, a quick-escape artist octopus, and some seabird bombers, the campers must use their young talents in an attempt to outwit an evil shark-finning, reef-blasting billionaire.
“With help from an array of friendly wildlife, a band of summer campers stages a rescue and stymies a ruthless harvester of shark fins in this series opener.
Twelve-year-old Tristan joins other newbie Seasquirts invited to a sea park in the Florida Keys and is delighted to discover not only that he can talk to sharks, but his new camp mates are endowed with similarly unusual abilities. These range from porpoiselike echolocation to hagfish-style “mucus deployment skills.” These are all quickly put to the test when a trio of older camp teens is captured by a gang of “finners” in the Bahamas. The hastily planned rescue features a massive poop attack from flocks of birds, a bit of lock picking by an intrepid octopus and exhausting treks over land and sea to evade thugs on jet skis. Though sometimes a little too human—sharks talk to Tristan in West Indies accents: “Mon, we no want to eat your bony butt!”—the sea life, along with reefs, bioluminescence and other marine wonders, is generally depicted by Prager, a marine scientist, in accurate, vivid detail. The story’s color and energy fade in the wrap-up chapter, which is largely explication, but overall, there’s more than enough action and humor to pull readers along.
Some may feel that the climactic eco-revenge is carried a bit far, but it’s a splashy startup with a promising premise.” ~ Kirkus Review
Kirkus Review Posted Online: Feb. 19th, 2014
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2014
Dr. Ellen Prager is a marine scientist and author, formerly the chief scientist at the world’s only undersea research station in the Florida Keys. With her ability to make science fun and understandable for people of all ages, she has built a national reputation as a spokesperson on earth and ocean science issues. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, NPR, The Discovery Channel, and more. Dr.Prager has participated in research expeditions to locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and throughout the Caribbean. She now acts as the science advisor to the Celebrity Cruise ship Xpedition in the Galapagos. She lives in Miami, Florida, where she spends her time writing, consulting, and spending as much time on and in the ocean.
Antonio Javier Caparo is an illustrator, comic artist, and graphic designer. His works have been published in children books, young reader books, and magazines in North America, South America, and Europe.
Ellen Prager lives in Miami, FL, United States.
Antonio Javier Caparo lives in Montreal, ON, Canada.
Author Tour Dates:
The SHARK WHISPERER
US $9.95 / CAN $10.99
Scarletta Junior Readers Spring 2014
-Lexile® Measure: 800
-Correlates with Common Core Standards for English Language, Explore Figurative Language, Vocabulary Acquisition & Use, Language Progressive Skills, Foundational Skills, and Understand Difference between Fact & Fiction
-Correlates with Common Core Standards for Scientific Understanding of Natural Phenomena, Use & Interpret Maps, Comprehend relationship between Plants, Animals and Physical Environment, and Understand Impact of Humans on Environments
Visit Scarletta’s webpage here: http://scarlettapress.com/scarletta-j-r/
- The Today Show – April 8, 2014 (Guest Expert on Oceanography)
- Ocean’s Day, Tallahassee, FL – April 9, 2014 (also children’s week at the state capitol)
- The Today Show – April 14, 2014 (Guest Expert on Oceanography)
- Georgia Aquarium Lecture Series, Atlanta, GA – April 17, 2014
- Shark-Con, Tampa, FL – May 3 & 4, 2014 (guest speaker)
- The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC – June 8, 2014 (World Oceans Day Guest Speaker)
Other events in: Miami, FL; Florida Keys; Tampa FL; Williamsburg, VA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf venues
Publishers Weekly reviews I Carry Your Heart With Me from Cameron + Company
Publishers Weekly recently reviewed I Carry Your Heart With Me from Cameron + Company. This delightful book is a children’s adaptation of the beloved E. E. Cummings poem, beautifully illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough. Showing the strong bond of love between mother and child, within nature and throughout life, Cummings’ heartfelt words expressed through McDonough’s lovely illustrations combine to create a fresh, yet classic, portrayal of love.
“In her first children’s book, artist McDonough imagines the mother-child relationship as the centerpiece for the e.e. cummings love poem “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in],” written using its original format and punctuation. In serene mixed-media collages, a mother with soulful eyes, rosy cheeks, and her hair in a short, black bob accompanies her daughter through the early stages of her young life, from infancy to her daughter’s first excursion into the world on her own. Tucked within a cozy nest or seen flying overhead, a cut-paper mother bird and its offspring mimic the mother and child during their bonding moments, as do two whimsical paper elephants, scrawled in cursive ink and newsprint. Decorative hearts, leaves, water motifs, and assorted fabrics are also integrated throughout, complementing rather than overwhelming McDonough’s rich, solid colors. The message of growth, nurturing, and boundless love will reach readers, while Cummings’s emotional and succinct verse stands autonomously: “and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant/ and whatever a sun will always sing is you.” Ages 2–6. (Apr.)”
Publishers Weekly – Reviewed on: 03/24/2014 Release date: 04/01/2014
i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
Book Launch @ Mrs Dalloway’s, Berkeley, CA, March 27, 2014. Image Source: http://www.matirose.com/blog/
Portland Locals: Come to Story Time!
Mati Rose will be reading i carry your heart with me at Green Bean Books
Tuesday, April 15 at 11 a.m.
Free fun for kids of all ages!
E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.
Mati Rose McDonough lives in San Francisco where she regularly encounters lucky elephants, talking birds, and a mysterious girl who always wears feathers in her hair. These creatures of mystery and grace remind her daily that no one is too old for magic or too young for beauty, so she paints their stories for fans of hope and adventure all over our dear world. McDonough studied painting at the California College of the Arts. She has been featured in several magazines and books including Artful Blogging magazine and The Handmade Marketplace. http://www.matirose.com/
Learn more about Cameron + Company here: http://www.cameronbooks.com/about-us/
I CARRY YOUR HEART WITH ME
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Cameron + Company Winter 2014
Kirkus Starred Review for Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire from Creston Books!
It’s a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are dressed in their togas, Elvis has his bagpipe, the hyenas their jokes, the fox his magic tricks, the sheep a protest poem, and the cash box is stuffed with money from ticket sales. A perfect day. Wait a minute . . . Where is the cash box? Why are those coyotes on motorcycles? And who pushed those Porta Potties down the hill?
“In an extremely belated second chapter-book–length outing, Cazet’s bovine best buds kick up their heels in Red Tractor Farm’s “First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival.”
From the outset, it’s a struggle to keep the audience and the scheduled performers in line—both groups being a mix of domesticated or thoroughly undomesticated sheep, chickens, wolves and weasels (plus Irene the rhino and a few four-legged vacationers from “Africa World”). Unsurprisingly, a steady string of minor disasters keeps things fizzing. A chorus of overexcited chickens lets loose a barrage of eggs (“Geeze Louize, girls!…Couldn’t you use precautions?”); an impromptu port-a-potty race breaks out during intermission; the crowd enjoys much amateur poetry (“Getting milked / I find quite pleasin’. / I think it’s the way / They does the squeezin’ ”), and the money box repeatedly disappears. Despite all this, the two redoubtable ruminants carry the day to a weary but triumphant close. As in Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World (2003), Cazet rolls out a tale equally rich in urbane innuendo and slapstick hilarity, cast in well-spaced lines of fluent prose and illuminated with lots of comical monochromatic ink-and-wash views that feature expressively posed animals in casual human dress or, in aptly named Elvis the rooster’s case, a “white luminescent jumpsuit.”
Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)” ~Starred Kirkus Review: Posted Online: March 14, Kirkus Review Issue April 1st
Reading Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire and watching my 6 year old giggle with delight is the most rewarding end to my day! ~ Angela M, PGW Sales & Marketing Assistant
Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire
July 15, 2014
Hardback / Cloth over boards
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Cows
Ages 6 to 11, Grades K to 6
Minnie and Moo are beloved characters in an early reader series of twelve titles. They’ve been encouraging children to read on their own for many years. The first Minnie and Moo middle-grade title appeared in 2003 to great acclaim.
School Library Journal wrote:
“Loaded with silly fun, droll illustrations of varying sizes, and familiar farmyard “characters,” this latest dose of bovine antics, in its expansive new format, is sure to please old friends and make new ones.”
Kirkus gave the chapter book Minnie and Moo a starred review and it was a nominee for the Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award.
Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 50 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Reader Medal. An elementary school teacher for 25 years, he lives in the foothills of the Napa Valley.
MacArthur’s life in the critical years
“A gripping read, this book will be valuable to the novice and specialist alike…”
“[An] excellent…limited examination of MacArthur’s life in the critical years preceding and including WWII…an informative and easily digestible rendering of [MacArthur and Roosevelt’s] uneasy but effective cooperation in winning the war in the Pacific.”
“Perry provocatively reinterprets the volatile relationship between F.D.R. and Gen. Douglas MacArthur.”
“A study of quiet authority… A majestic overview with an engaging sense of the nuance of character.”
“Second only to his monumental self-regard was Douglas MacArthur’s ability to polarize those who encountered him. Thus Mark Perry’s achievement in this even-handed and insightful assessment is all the more remarkable. Concentrating on the events of World War II, he reveals in telling detail the strengths and weaknesses of this most controversial military figure.”
—Lewis Sorley, author of A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam
NY Times Sunday Book Review- The Beatles from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
David Brown, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal, reviews The Beatles from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
“What must anyone born this century make of the Beatles? They didn’t command attention by swinging naked on demolition balls. They wrote songs called “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “All You Need Is Love,” sentiments so quaint they’d trigger thousands of snarky tweets if the tunes were released today. They wore matching suits. Without an accompanying CD, download or hyperlink, how can a book convey the revolutionary impact of their music? How can you present the case, as the husband-and-wife team Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom do in “The Beatles,” that “from boy bands to punk rockers and rap singers, you could say it all began with those fresh-faced, cheeky lads from Liverpool”?
To make the Beatles as approachable as possible, Manning and Granstrom (whose previous children’s books tackled even more distant subjects, like Charles Dickens and Stonehenge) start by presenting John, Paul, George and Ringo as ordinary kids. With Granstrom handling the bulk of the artwork and Manning the text, the soon-to-be-Beatles cope with fractured families and the deaths of parents, are teased at school and struggle to fit in with new friends. They immerse themselves in books and listen to the radio in their bedrooms.
Once the boys form a band, the book speeds through their music and careers, devoting sections to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the recording of “Yesterday,” the launch of Apple Records and other recognizable milestones, right up through the Beatles’ messy breakup. Manning and Granstrom cram trivia onto every page, but it’s hard to say what third or fourth graders will make of facts about the reggae origins of “Ob-La-Di Ob-La Da” or the role of Pete Best’s mother in the Beatles’ careers.
“The Beatles” connects most viscerally when it makes the band’s accomplishments relatable to any preteen reading it; as when Lennon writes “Strawberry Fields Forever” about a childhood haunt, and when hard-working mothers inspire McCartney’s “Lady Madonna.” Boomer parents are likely to feel relieved that the passage on “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” makes no reference to psychedelics (although Manning doesn’t flinch from saying that Lennon was “murdered by a deranged gunman”).
As a tour, “The Beatles” lacks some magic and mystery. Banal phrases like “beautiful songs” and “experimental music” may not inspire younger readers to take the aural trip that is “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Granstrom’s drawing style falls somewhere between “Caillou” and “Doonesbury.” She nails her characters’ evolving hairstyles and Lennon’s slender, pinched nose, but the other Beatles, McCartney in particular, are less identifiable. Here and there, the book also suffers from its European bias (Manning is British, Granstrom Swedish). A ’60s timeline juxtaposes world news with Beatles highlights, but when it comes to 1968, it cites protests “against the threat of nuclear war between the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union” as key events, not mentioning the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
But “The Beatles” makes its larger point: that friends who met when they were young joined together to discover the joys of making music, worked tirelessly to realize that dream (through repeated gigs in raucous bars and clubs — no “American Idol” vault to fame here), then drifted apart into lives of their own. For 21st-century kids, the fact that they did it without texting, apps or Auto-Tune technology — and on records “made of a sort of plastic” — may be the most consciousness-expanding lesson of all.” ~ David Brown, NY Times Sunday Book Review- Children’s Books: March 16, 2014
“This slim, cheeky book is a delightful introduction to the Beatles, and the fresh, full-of-life art will draw kids right in” ~ Booklist Issue: March 15, 2014
The Beatles blast from the past: http://tinyurl.com/q4l6slz
Mick Manning has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his wife Brita Granström.
Their distinctive books have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Prize, the English Association 4-11 Award, and The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award. They live in the Scottish Borders, Scotland.
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Spring 2014
Kirkus Starred Review for Sunrise from Tanglewood
“Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy.
After Stockton’s invasion of Warren in Ashen Winter (2012), Warren’s residents take refuge at Uncle Paul’s farm. Determined to take back their town and unwilling to listen to teenagers who think the plan’s tactically unsound, Mayor Petty leads a frontal assault on Stockton. It ends badly, but that gives Alex the chance to lead a bold, unexpected counterstrike. Once Warren’s retaken, Petty disagrees with Alex’s argument that they need to fortify against future assaults and manipulates Alex into running for mayor against him. Dirty politics create hostility toward Alex’s family. They face abandoning more than just their farm for a defensible location. Their small group ingeniously battles long odds and starvation while creating their new home and greenhouse, necessitating daring stealth raids of Stockton’s stockpile—raids with terrifying stakes. Throughout the novel, every decision has consequences, and characters must constantly decide what they are willing to pay. Reluctant Alex’s leadership is presented as a burden rather than privilege, and his coming-of-age doesn’t prevent other characters from shining. As the small community’s population increases through new arrivals, everyone must learn not only trust, but how and when to forgive. The writing, even in transitory moments of peace, never lets readers forget that potential catastrophe lurks around every corner.
A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching.” ~ Kirkus Review Issue Date: March 1, 2014 | Online Publish Date: February 19, 2014
“I had THE BEST time with all 3 of Mike Mullin’s books!!!!! You wouldn’t believe how excited I was, after more than a year of waiting, to read Sunrise, the third book in what I consider to be the best YA/Teen series being published right now. Mullin is a talented writer whose characters are life-like, smart, and engaging. His ideas are well-planned and thought out. Teenage Alex is a born leader and many of the adults in the books look to Alex for solutions. There are still many violent, selfish, mean people left in the world where there isn’t enough food, shelter, or warmth. All the people in my family have also been hooked on this series, which goes to show how appealing they are to all ages. Alex and girlfriend, Darla, use their brains and their skills to lead the remaining people to a safe place to live. They name their new village Speranta, which means Hope. Absolutely brilliant ending to this wonderful series. I am sorry this is the last book but it provided many hours of gripping adventure and a wild, exciting ride. The kind of fun that means I’ll read them again and again over time.” Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque
Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin’s first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mullin has always been
involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at the central library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. He has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than 20 years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer,
school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mullin wrote his first novel in elementary school — Captain Poopy’s Sewer Adventures. He’s been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall was his first published novel. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats.
Watch this video clip and find out more about the series from Mike Mullin: http://alturl.com/esoe8
March 2014 Author Events:
3/12, Indiana, Mike Mullin will be signing at the Public Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center in the Tanglewood Press booth #1656 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
3/14, Indiana, Mike Mullin will be signing at the Public Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center in the Tanglewood Press booth #1656 from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. Mike will be part of a panel discussion on “Cultivating Resilience through Books for Teens” with Laurie Gray and Tracy Richardson from 4:15 to 5:15. Mike will also be signing books immediately after the panel discussion right outside the room.
3/15, Indiana, SUNRISE Launch Party, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, (317) 255-2598. Snacks, taekwondo demos, readings and more! 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
3/19, Wisconsin, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1 East Towne Mall, Madison, WI 53704, (608) 241-4695. Help celebrate the conclusion to the ASHFALL trilogy, SUNRISE. Learn how to break a board with your hand, watch Mike break a concrete block, ask questions, and get your books signed! 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
3/28, Missouri, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 721 Gravois Road, Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 326-4619. Help celebrate the conclusion to the ASHFALL trilogy, SUNRISE. Learn how to break a board with your hand, watch Mike break a concrete block, ask questions, and get your books signed! 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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Learning Powerful Lessons
The Battle of Darcy Lane
Author: Tara Altebrando
On Sale: 4/22/2014
- 2/24/14: Publisher’s Weekly, review (online, February): “Altebrando brings rich, realistic depth to all of her characters… It’s a smart, sensitive portrait of an age when change is in the air, for better or worse.”
- 2/24/14: Foreword Reviews, review Spring 2014 issue: “…told through elegant prose and authentic dialogue. Julia will become the reader’s best friend even as she loses her own, learning powerful lessons about competition, community, and genuineness.”
- 3/1/14: School Library Journal, review: “Altebrando’s clear, intelligent writing captures the sweet details that comprise Julia’s everyday life… charming and authentic”
- 3/4/14: ReaderKidZ.com, review: “The Battle of Darcy Lane is much more than a triumph-over-a-mean-girl rivalry story. Instead, it is a tender, multi-layered tribute to the celebration of innocence, the power of nature, and the promise of true love. This novel serves as the perfect study of the best and the worst in human nature, and the strength required to remain true to oneself.”