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Maxwell the Monkey Barber Book Trailer!

Cale Atkinson has developed an adorable 8-bit book trailer for Maxwell the Monkey Barber (Atkinson; 9781771471039; Owlkids Books; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $16.95) over at All the Wonders! Check it out here, along with an interview about Cale’s creative process in creating Maxwell and his menagerie of customers.

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Travels with Henry James
Travels with Henry James

Chock full of charm, wit, and biting criticism, this new collection of travel essays by Henry James will reintroduce the novelist as a formidable travel companion—whether for a trip from Lake George to Burlington, an evening at the theater in London, or an afternoon visit to an art exhibit in Paris. From the town of Saratoga in upstate New York to the city of Ravenna in Italy, James will surprise and delight readers with his insights into places they thought were familiar and suddenly make them feel nostalgic for places they’ve never been.

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Kirkus & PW Stars for Turn On the Night!

Turn on the Night (By Geraldo Valério; 9781554988419; Groundwood; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $18.95) has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly! Turn on the Night comes out next month on September 13th.

“A little girl falls asleep—clutching her picture book and her stuffed-animal hen—and a joyous, wordless adventure unfolds…The stylized, brightly colored animals are friendly and cooperative, figuring out together how to access the tantalizing star. It is hard to choose a favorite among the illustrations, which use composition, form, and color to full advantage to animate the three animals and spin a magical tale. More than a bedtime story: a treat from a masterful artist.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A giddy sense of possibility permeates this enchanting wordless story. Valério (My Book of Birds) opens with an overhead view of more than a dozen homes, clustered in a field of supernaturally green grass underneath an inky night sky… Dwelling in images of sinuous animals, sweeping landscapes, and the sheer joy of running for the sake of running, Valério’s paint and pencil artwork almost vibrates with the idea that not even the sky is the limit in one’s dreams.” – Publishers Weekly

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Annick Press = Indiefab Book of the Year Finalists! Annick titles have been named Indiefab Book of the Year Awards finalists by Foreword Reviews! The Foreword Indies are “awarded to independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose books not only meet our editorial standards, but also blow our minds.”

Foodprints (Paula Ayer; 9781554517183; Trade Paper; $16.95) and Give Me Wings!: How a Choir of Slaves Took on the World (Kathy Lowinger; 9781554517473; Trade Cloth; $21.95) have been named finalists for Juvenile Nonfiction Children’s Books. To learn more about Foreword Reviews and the Indiefab Book of the Year Awards, check out the press release here.


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Macavity: “A World of Mischief and Hilarity”

With the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” returning to Broadway and the unstoppable reign of kittens over the internet, Faber & Faber’s series of new editions of individual picture books featuring T.S. Eliot’s feline characters from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats couldn’t come at a more perfect time.

Macavity, Eliot’s infamous “Mystery Cat,” is the title character of the newest release in this series (Macavity: The Mystery Cat; By T.S. Eliot; Illustrated by Arthur Robins; 9780571308132; Trade Paper, Picture Book; $9.95). This picture book has received a great review in The New York Times!

“It’s rare that a poem not meant for a picture book translates so smoothly into the form, but Macavity does, coming in at the perfect length and with ample opportunity for illustrations to help build out the story. There’s a refrain — after each dastardly deed we learn about, we’re informed that ‘Macavity’s not there!’ — that makes it a good read-aloud. And the character himself is, of course, the kind of blithe rule-breaker children love hearing about. In fact his ‘crimes’ resemble the kind of thing a kid could get in trouble for: He snatches the milk; he breaks the greenhouse glass. And ‘they say he cheats at cards’… Arthur Robins, a British illustrator whose many credits include My Granny Is a Pirate and a wonderful version of The Teeny Tiny Woman, gives Macavity a wide-faced, grinning demeanor. On a few pages we catch glimpses only of a tail. With their high-spirited, wavery lines and casual, splotchy color, his friendly illustrations call to mind Quentin Blake, but with perhaps a bit more innocence to them. Like Eliot’s verses, they present a world of mischief and hilarity, where cats, true to their nature, lurk, but dark shadows do not.”

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The New York Times Loves Pinny in Summer in Summer (By Joanne Schwartz; Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant; 9781554987825; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $16.95) has received a shining feature this weekend in The New York Times!
“A late summer day near the ocean, a smiling girl who hums as she looks for ‘a special kind of rock’ to make a wish on: From this lovely opening through four simple chapters, Pinny in Summer sets an idyllic mood. Pinny seems wonderfully plucked out of time. Parent-free, she picks blueberries, takes walks, makes a cake, hosts a party and cleverly handles a mischievous seagull’s incursions. Malenfant’s adorable, windswept watercolors add even more charm to each page.”

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Two Creston Books in School Library Journal

Two titles from Creston Books have received great reviews from School Library Journal!

Busy Busy! (By Lucy Scott; 9781939547255; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $15.99)
“A sweet story to share one-on-one with a special, busy child. Recommended for most public library collections…The endpapers are cleverly covered with scribbles of a toddler, reminding us of the boundless, vivid world of a young child’s day. The digitally created illustrations bring the child’s imagination to life.” Check out the full review here!

Mira’s Diary: California Dreaming (By Marissa Moss; 9781939547224; Trade Paper; $12.99)
“After adventures in Rome, Paris, and London, Mira, her father, and brother are finally back home in San Francisco. The family thinks that Mira’s mother is somewhere back in time in San Francisco, attempting the forbidden—changing the past…Fast-paced and full of details, the wrap-up of this series gives answers to all of the questions posed in earlier books… A satisfying conclusion. Recommended to fans of the series and Moss’s other works.” Check out the full review here!

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A Kirkus Star for You Are Two!

You Are Two (By Sarah O’Leary; Illustrated by Karen Klassen,  9781771470735; Owlkids Book; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $14.95), Sarah O’Leary’s follow-up to this spring’s You Are One, has received a Kirkus Star for fall! O’Leary combines her charming narration with Karen Klassen’s beautiful supersaturated ink-and-wash illustrations to warmly depict a baby’s second year milestones.

“Toddlerhood often gets a bad rap—just think of the phrase “terrible twos.” But in O’Leary and Klassen’s hands, 2 is anything but terrible. Two is active, capable, vocal, compassionate, thoughtful, creative, determined…whole. Two is human in this picture book, and the narration’s direct address provides affirmation of toddlers’ human complexity and dignity from one spread to the next: ‘Now that you are two, you are learning about yesterday, today, and tomorrow. You are forming memories and making plans.’ Accompanying illustrations depict a diverse range of children, different ones on each spread, which nicely avoids having any one depiction of toddlerhood falsely stand in as universal, who engage in activities that echo or expand on the text. Playful industriousness gives way to contemplative calm or mischievous determination, embodied in the faces and postures of the children. The dialectic between art and text offers some surprises, too, as when the line ‘Wherever you go your baby goes, too’ is paired with a picture of a child in the bathtub—not with a baby doll but with a sudsy toy T. Rex.

Pick up a copy or two for the toddlers and toddler-fans in your life.”

Check out the review here! You Are Two is coming soon in September.

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PGW Kids and Legato at ALA Annual in Orlando!

ALA AnnualPGW Kids and Legato will be at ALA Annual in Orlando, FL this week! We would love to see you at our booths 2212 and 2213. Check out the author signings that we will have during the conference:

Friday, June 24
5:30–7:00pm: Madeleine Dunphy (Cat in the Night, Web of Life Children’s Books)
5:30–7:00pm: Marissa Moss (Caravaggio: Painter on the Run, Creston)

Saturday, June 25
10:00–11:00am: Lisa Moore (Flannery, Groundwood)
10:00am–2:00pm: Kathryn Otoshi (Beautiful Hands; One; Zero; Two, KO Kids)
11:00–11:30am: Lauren L. Wohl (A Teeny Tiny Halloween, Persnickety Press)
11:00am–Noon: Robin Newman (Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, Creston)
1:00–3:00pm: Marissa Moss (Caravaggio: Painter on the Run, Creston)
2:00–2:30pm: Sheri Lynn Fishbach (Dex, Persnickety Press)
3:00–3:30pm: Brian Scott Sockin (Am I Like You?, Cornell Lab Publishing)
3:00–5:00pm: Marcia Goldman and Lola (Lola Goes to School, Creston)

Sunday, June 26
10:00–11:00am: Robin Newman (Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, Creston)
10:00am–Noon: Jennifer Swanson (Explore Forces and Motion!, Nomad)
10:00am—Noon: Lauren Bradshaw (Henry’s Bright Idea [Walnut Animal Society], Cameron + Company)
10:00am–2:00pm: Kathryn Otoshi (Beautiful Hands; One; Zero; Two, KO Kids)
1:00–3:00pm: Marissa Moss (Caravaggio: Painter on the Run; Mira’s Diary: California Dreaming; Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London; Amelia’s Middle-School Graduation Yearbook; Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire, Creston)
3:00–3:30pm: Terry Farish (Joseph’s Big Ride, Annick)
3:00–5:00pm: Marcia Goldman and Lola (Lola Goes to School, Creston)


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Nearly everyone swears…..
Nearly everyone swears…..

….whether it’s over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto.  It may be starred, beeped, and censored—yet profanity is so appealing that we can’t stop using it. In the funniest, clearest study to date, Benjamin Bergen explains why, and what that tells us about our language and brains.

Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

That’s a damn shame. Swearing is useful. It can be funny, cathartic, or emotionally arousing. As linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin K. Bergen shows us, it also opens a new window onto how our brains process language and why languages vary around the world and over time.

In this groundbreaking book, Bergen shows us how and why we swear, and reveals to us the wondrous workings of the brain in the process.


“A winner for the psycholinguistics nerd in the house.”

—Kirkus Reviews


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