My buddy and fellow blogger Travis Jonker sent me the following images recently:
What are you looking at? Just a couple shots from the book Oddfellow’s Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin. The book is yet another entry into this year’s Oddest Children’s Literary Trend. One of two, as it happens. I like keeping track of weirdo trends in books for kids. Last year it was ravens. This year there are two trends that by some strike of fate’s fancy have all come out in the same publishing year.
Trend #1: Jackalopes
I think I’ve mentioned this in passing but now I’m serious. Jackalopes are cropping up in books hither and yon this year and it’s time to track ’em down. Other serious offenders, aside from the aforementioned book include:
Dragonbreath: Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon
I love those Danny books, and this one had the decency to put the jackalope front and center on the jacket. Another book that did the same was . . .
Project Jackalope by Emily Ecton
They had a much cuter cover originally and then switched it out for this one in the hopes of appealing to boys a bit more. I like that the new jacket references Duck! Rabbit! none too obliquely.
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
In the course of this road trip novel a brother and sister head off to find a jackalope of some sort. No word on whether or not they find it.
But that’s not all. Another trend is out there, itching to be noticed as well.
Trend #2: Chloe
Specifically, “Chloe” as the name of a character in a picture book. And if her name happens to get into the title, bonus. These include:
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Heather Ross
The book has already earned itself a Year’s Best Swag award in my book. They sent little tape measures out with the review copies. Fantastic.
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
Already reviewed this one this year. It’s still not out for a couple more months, though, so remember its name.
Chloe by Peter McCarty
Chloe Instead by Micah Player
Resist that cover . . . IF YOU DARE!!!
Name me any more jackalopes or titular Chloes and I will add them. And if someone manages to find a book coming out this year starring a jackalope named Chloe, you will win my heart. Come to think of it “A Jackalope Named Chloe” sounds like the world’s greatest picture book, don’t you think?