101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die has made its debut appearance in the New York Times bestseller list for November 29, ranking at #6 in the Hardcover Graphic category! The fiery graphic novel from Nobrow Press serves as a sort of musical autobiography, as artist Ricardo Cavolo recommends musicians with anecdotes about the impact they had on his life. Published in September, the book has earned rave reviews from the A.V. Club, Graphic Novel Reporter, Bleeding Cool, and Shelf Awareness for Readers. Congratulations to Nobrow Press and Cavolo! We hope to see this stunning piece of artwork and memoir on the bestsellers list for weeks to come.
Fifteen Dogs Wins Giller Prize!
Congratulations to André Alexis, who has won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books! Publishers Weekly announced the news on November 11, following with an e-blast to its subscribers. The Giller Prize is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes, often considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the U.S. The judges called Fifteen Dogs “a novel filled with balancing acts: humor juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age old question, what’s the meaning of life?” Alexis was awarded the $100,000 prize at a black-tie ceremony on November 10. Biblioasis titles Arvida and Martin John were finalists.
Three Enchanted Lion Books featured in NYT Book Review!
Enchanted Lion is undeniably on a roll! In addition to The Tiger Who Would Be King being voted one of the ten New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015, The Snow Rabbit and Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop were both featured with glowing praise in the November 8th edition of the New York Times Book Review. The Snow Rabbit, a wordless picture book by Camille Garoche (Princesse Camcam), details two sisters’ adventures through a snowy, winter countryside. It was published on November 3rd. Christopher Silas Neal writes in his review, “The art, meticulously crafted with hand cut paper and photographed like a miniature stage set, is layered and charmingly precise.” Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop is a heartfelt story by Kitty Crowther about a little frog named Jeremy who’s afraid of the dark. Reviewer Maria Russo writes, “Crowther imbues a familiar scenario with elegance and surprise, especially in her gray, lime green and red pencil drawing: The floor of the frogs’ house is covered in water, and Jeremy’s worst imaginings look respectably scary.” Scritch Scratch was published in September. All this praise comes after the announcement of The Tiger Who Would Be King making the coveted New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year list on October 29th. The gorgeously illustrated JooHee Yoon interpretation of James Thurber’s classic fable also received glowing reviews from other acclaimed publications, including the Wall Street Journal, and a starred review from Kirkus. The book was published in September. If you haven’t already caught up with these three amazing titles, do yourself a favor and check them out today!
Wordless Wonder Sidewalk Flowers Continues Its Winning Streak
Sidewalk Flowers continued its streak of critical acclaim by being named one of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015 by the New York Times last week. In an earlier article, a New York Times reviewer remarked, “I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.”
According to the New York Times Best Illustrated article, Sidewalk Flowers is, “Something to treasure,” our reviewer, Carmela Ciuraru, called this dazzling wordless book. As a girl and her father walk home through city streets, she notices flowers sprouting in unexpected places. She picks them, accumulating a bouquet that she distributes to a dog, a dead bird, a homeless man and finally, back home, her sleeping toddler sibling. In Smith’s elegant and moving drawings, as Ciuraru wrote, “the only pop of color on the first page is the girl’s bright red hoodie, redolent of Peter’s snowsuit in Ezra Jack Keats’s ‘The Snowy Day.’ More color suffuses these pages as the pair gets closer to home.”
Sidewalk Flowers is the recipient of five starred reviews: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Quill & Quire. The book was also recently honored with the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration 2015 in Canada, publisher Groundwood’s home.
By JonArno Lawson & Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Trade Cloth, Picture Book | $16.95
NYT Names The Tiger Who Would Be King a Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year!
The New York Times Book Review has chosen The Tiger Who Would Be King as one of ten best illustrated children’s books of 2015! The news was officially announced October 29. The announcement states, “Each page teems with evocative images of animal life. The effect is ferocious and ravishing, capturing the beastliness of war along with emotions that include pride, boredom, shock and sorrow.” The gorgeously illustrated interpretation of James Thurber’s classic fable was published by Enchanted Lion Books in September. Unsurprisingly, this recognition isn’t the only praise the book has been received. The October 23 edition of the Wall Street Journal raved, “Yoon’s tumultuous illustrations have tremendous force . . . The story is sobering indeed, a narrative echo of both world wars, and it ends with the bleakest kind of peace.” In late August, Kirkus gave the book a starred review claiming it to be, “A stunning visual interpretation from Yoon . . . A picture book that will be embraced due to its successful handling of difficult themes.”
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Dave Eggers’ New Title Appeals to Young Readers and Their Parents
Award-winning author Dave Eggers has a new book out that is geared to a much younger audience than his usual crowd. This Bridge Will Not Be Gray takes a look at one of this country’s most celebrated and debated icons, the Golden Gate Bridge. Tucker Nichols, who with his brother Jon wrote and illustrated the children’s book Crabtree (McSweeney’s), provides the deceptively simple cut-out illustrations that enrich the text and give it an edge. The finished story brings to life a history lesson that will appeal to kids and their grown-ups.
“Eggers’s featherlight humor provides laughs throughout…” Publishers Weekly Starred Review
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
By Dave Eggers, Art by Tucker Nichols
978-1-940450-47-6, US $19.95
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Five Stars for Written and Drawn by Henrietta!
The Horn Book Magazine has given Written and Drawn by Henrietta its fifth starred review! The November/December issue calls the book “a nail-bitingly thrilling story” and “a clever explication of the creative process.” The children’s graphic novel by Argentinian cartoonist Liniers features the recurring character from his famous comic strip, Macanudo, and is available now from TOON Books. The September issue of School Library Journal declared that it is “sure to be a hit with emerging readers and young fans of graphic/cartoon stories during storytime or independent reading,” and on September 15 Booklist raved, “Liniers’ playful graphic novel is an ideally accessible alchemy of engaging, energetic storytelling and a fresh artistic perspective.” On June 22, Publishers Weekly said, “Liniers’s creation brims with the power of invention, and Henrietta’s boldness (and her confidence in her own talent) inspires,” while the May 15 issue of Kirkus Reviews called the book “a graphic ode to the pleasures and challenges of composition.” Written and Drawn by Henrietta has also been released by TOON Books in a simultaneous Spanish language edition, Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta.
Creston’s Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine Receives Critical Acclaim
One of the most overlooked mathematical figures in history finally gets her due in a new children’s book that is receiving praise from readers and reviewers alike. First-time children’s book author Laurie Wallmark introduces children to the mathematician credited with giving us the world’s first computer program in a book rich with information and historical detail. Illustrator April Chu provides a stunning visual backdrop to this fascinating story. The book also features author’s notes, a timeline, and bibliography. A perfect addition to any classroom or school library.
“A splendidly inspiring introduction to an unjustly overlooked woman.” Kirkus Starred Review
“(Illustrator) Chu brings the same grace and precision to this book as she did to In a Village by the Sea, and her finely detailed pencilwork is ideally suited to the schematics, blueprints, and mechanical implements that surround Lovelace and Babbage as they work, not to mention the stately apparel and architecture of their Victorian surroundings. Ages 5-up.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Her father, Romantic poet Lord Byron, was bewitched by language, but numbers captured Ada Byron Lovelace’s imagination. Raised by a mother with a passion for geometry, young Ada filled journals with invention ideas, including a flying machine. This picture book, which will receive a starred review in the November 1 issue of Booklist, is a beautiful tribute to the whole life of the female computer pioneer.”
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Written by Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by April Chu
9781939547200, US $17.99
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Readers to Eaters Finds Niche in Children’s Food Literacy
A recent Publishers Weekly article profiles Seattle-based publisher Readers to Eaters and its founders Philip Lee and June Jo Lee, both publishing industry veterans. The article touts Lee as a visionary in this area of publishing with a focus on helping “families gain a better understanding on what and how we eat.”
Published by Readers to Eaters
A Year Without Mom Strikes a Heartfelt Chord With Reviewers
A Year Without Mom is a powerful and starkly illustrated memoir that follows 12-year-old Dasha as she navigates the tricky waters of family life, school, and friends. All of this set against the backdrop of politically charged Moscow in the early 1990s. When her absent mother sends for her from America, Dasha must face the most dramatic change of her young life. Ages 10-14
A Year Without Mom has been featured in New York Magazine’s The Cut’s 10 Big Fall Memoirs:
“Chronicling her life as a 12-year-old in Moscow, the illustrator Dasha Tolstikova captures the terrible confusion of being excluded by preteen friends. When Masha and Natasha start skipping history class, Dasha is torn. Soon, they stop coming to first period: “I know they are just sleeping in and not hanging out somewhere together, but it still makes me sad, being at school by myself.” When she’s transferred to a higher math class, her friends don’t talk to her for two days, “but on Friday, they wait for me by the front gate of the school and say hello as I approach. We never talk about what happened.”
“Dasha’s strange and difficult 13th year — she’s left with her grandparents as her mom decamps to America for graduate school; her dad’s long gone to Los Angeles — coincides with the end of the Soviet Union in this perceptive story about change, aloneness, ambition and, ultimately, resilience.”
“Cataclysmic though the end of Soviet rule is, it occupies just a few pages of this heavily illustrated book: “one morning we wake up and Gorbachev…is taken prisoner by some bad people,” Dasha writes, then “good guy Yeltsin…comes to the rescue.” Of far greater moment than seismic political activity are the everyday concerns of a middle school girl.”
Fascinating and heartfelt. (Graphic memoir. 10-14)
“Set amid the disintegration of the Soviet Union, this absorbing graphic memoir follows a year in the life of a 12-year-old Moscow schoolgirl left in the care of her grandparents while her mother studies in the U.S. “Grandpa wakes me up and has the tea brewed by the time I shuffle into the kitchen, but I am on my own for everything else,” Dasha explains. Working in black and white enlivened by occasional splashes of red and blue, Tolstikova (The Jacket) uses a distinctive, naïf pen-and-ink style to capture the bare streets of wintry Moscow and the lively expressions of Dasha and her friends.” Ages 10–14. Agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency. (Oct.)
A YEAR WITHOUT MOM
By Dasha Tolstikova
Trade Cloth, Picture Book