Sendak Returns with a New Book


The Wall Street Journal has the news that Maurice Sendak will be releasing a new book, Bumble-Ardy.  HarperCollins has announced that it will be released this fall with a print run of 500,000.  Sendak first created the character for an animated short on Sesame Street in 1971.  Since that time, he has been unable to forget the character:

"He was funny. He was robust. He was sly. He was a sneak. He was all the things I like," Mr. Sendak said.

As we all wait for the new book, you can take a look at the Sesame Street video.  It is one that I vividly remember from my childhood (which certainly dates me).

The Return of Sailor Moon

Usagi in her school uniform, as drawn by Naoko...

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The beloved Sailor Moon series by Naoko Takeuchi will return.  Published originally by Tokyopop, Sailor Moon was one of the very first shojo comics embraced by American children and teens.  Out of print for years, the new series will start being released in September 2011 and will continue bi-monthly.  It will combine the original stories plus side stories.

Additionally, Codename: Sailor V, a prequel series, will be released for the first time in the United States. 

Add this to the must-purchase list at your library.

Via EarlyWord

Another Narnia Film?

The Magician’s Nephew may be the next Chronicles of Narnia book to be made into a film by Walden Media and Fox.  While The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe did well at the box office, both Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader had disappointing returns. 

The Magician’s Nephew is the sixth book in the series, but is a prequel to the series, so it makes sense to take it out of order.  Besides, it is one of the more popular books in the series.

At this point, it is just planning.  No one has been found to write the script.

Via Cinematical

Self-Publishing Idol Amanda Hocking Gets Deal


Amanda Hocking has made $2 million selling her paranormal teen Trylle Trilogy.  Now she has a deal with St. Martin’s for another $2 million for a new series called “Watersong.”  This series too is paranormal teen novels. 

Hocking explained on her blog:

“I want to be a writer,” she said. “I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time corporation.”

Expect the first book in her new series in fall 2012. 

Seven Fathers: A Vivid Retelling


Seven Fathers retold by Ashley Ramsden, illustrated by Ed Young

Released April 12, 2011.

A lone man walks in a snow-filled night, desperate to find shelter from the cold and weather.  With the last of his strength, he approaches a house that appears out of the darkness.  There he finds an old man chopping wood.  When the traveler asks if he can stay the night, the old man replies that he is not the father of the house.  His father is in the kitchen.  The traveler heads to the kitchen where he meets an even older man and asks him if he can stay.  But the man replies that he too is not the father of the house and sends him to the parlor.  This pattern continues until each man more wizened and elderly than the last has sent him on to the next.  Finally, the traveler reaches a horn hung on the wall with a speck of dust resting on it, and then he gets his answer.

Ramsden’s story telling skill is very apparent with this retelling.  The text glides, moves and soars, allowing the story to truly be told.  He creates moments where readers will feel the cold, the wind and the snow.  He creates other moments where the smell of stew and the warmth of a kitchen enter aching bones.  Unlike some folklore stories with repeating patterns, Ramsden writes each encounter as a special one, yet keeps them tethered to one another.  It is a necklace of unique gems.

Young’s illustrations are done in mixed-media collage.  They hearken to the Nordic origins of the story with their furs, wools, and woods.  The lines Young has created are so simple, creating faces and expressions with a minimal number of details.  All of the art is on dark paper that evokes a traditional, aged feel to the entire book.

A beautiful, moving and vivid retelling of folklore, this book is definitely a jewel among picture books.  Appropriate for ages 5-9.

Reviewed from copy received from Roaring Brook Press.