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Cover Reveal: Crab Cake by Andrea Tsurumi

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So around March of this year I got a nice little package from HMH Books full of galleys n’ such n’ such. And there. Lo and behold. Front and center and gorgeous as all get out was a book I didn’t even know that I wanted until it was in front of my face. Yes. […]

Cover Reveal: Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark, ill. Katy Wu

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A show of hands. How many of you first heard of Hedy Lamarr by watching copious amounts of Blazing Saddles (where the villain Hedley Lamarr is constantly called Hedy Lamarr by accident)? No? Just me? In between that and confusing her with Dorothy Lamour I was a pretty confused kid when it came to all […]

Cover Reveal & Interview: Bob Shea Talks Up Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

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When I am a good little blogger, and I mind my Ps and Qs, and catch all my spelling errors, and rein in my less than charitable attitudes for at least a good four hours, then once in the while the Blogging Gods will smile down upon me and I will be granted a boon. […]

Dual Cover Reveals from Denene Millner Books, the Imprint That Brought You Crown . . .

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We are upping the game. Not content to have a single cover reveal, I am cranking this blog up to 11 and presenting TWO cover reveals in a single post. Why the change?  Because today is momentous.  But stop a moment. Take a breath. Let’s give it the proper lead up. In the year 2017 […]

Alice Faye Duncan: Interview, Cover Reveal, and the Gwendolyn Brooks Bio That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

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Today’s cover reveal is interesting because rather than talk with the author about an upcoming book and its cover, I’ll be talking with writer Alice Faye Duncan about a book of hers that’s out later this month, alongside a cover reveal for a picture book biography that’s drop dead gorgeous. As of this writing, MEMPHIS, […]

Cover Reveal: No More Poems by Rhett Miller, ill. Dan Santat

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I have a lot of “things” that I particularly like. Nonfiction that doesn’t contain fake dialogue. Translated children’s books from overseas. Comics. Math. I guess Poetry could fall into that category as well. Works of children’s poetry are always of interest to me, and it seems like this year there’s a whole slew of them […]

Cover Reveal: Right As Rain by Lindsey Stoddard

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*sniff sniff* Do you smell that? That’s 2019. And it’s right around the corner. And by “right around the corner” I mean “technically six months away but what-the-heck let’s do a cover reveal for a 2019 book today anyway”. So this is a bit of a thrill. I don’t usually do cover reveals quite this […]

Cover Reveal and Dual Interview: Wings by Cheryl Klein, ill. Tomie dePaola

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Okay. So I kinda sorta intensely love this. First off, remember Cheryl Klein? A.k.a. the continuity editor of Harry Potter? A.k.a. one of the best editors of our age who not too long ago left Scholastic to work for Lee & Low Books? I’ve known Cheryl for years. We used to do Kidlit Drink Nights […]

Cover Reveal: Finchosaurus by Gail Donovan

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Folks, I’ve been doing this whole blogging thing for a long time. And now that I’ve just turned 40, I give myself permission to start acting in a true “kids today” and “get off my lawn” manner.  I also get to dip deep into nostalgia, given half a chance. Now almost ten years ago I […]

Cover Reveal: Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

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“Frog and Toad on rooftops.” Now that I have your attention . . . The funny thing about the children’s book author Jonathan Auxier (you may remember him from his Peter Nimble stories, or perhaps from his deliciously creepy The Night Gardener) is that I knew him personally before he was a writer for kids. […]

Cover Reveal: Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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Let us play a game. Think of all the picture books that have won the Caldecott Award over the years. Not the Honors, mind you. The Gold. The Big Kahuna. Are you picturing them? Good. Now, separate out all the Nonfiction winners. This would be easier to do if we were talking about the NonFictionphobic […]

Cover Reveal: Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman

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I’m getting pickier. The more that I’m asked to do cover reveals for books, the more I want to make sure that the books in question are up to snuff. It’s a pity how rare it is that I’m asked to reveal a book that I’ve already read. But you know what? Sometimes it happens. […]

Cover Reveal: The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Some of you are headed to Midwinter right now in the midst of horrible, terrible snows. I salute you, one and all. To take your minds off your cancelled flights, let us pause a moment and consider Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s clever and charming Book Scavenger series. When the folks […]

Cover Reveal and Interview: Pearl by Molly Idle

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I’ve heard you. I’ve heard you when you slip into bed at night and stare with wide insomniac-laden eyes at the ceiling thinking, thinking, thinking to yourself, “Why hasn’t Molly Idle ever done a mermaid book?” I hear you, man. I understand where you’re coming from. You figure that since she knocks it out of […]

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

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Okay, we’re going to do something a little different with today’s cover reveal. Apparently in 2018 the publishers all put their heads together and said “Cover reveals on blogs are fine, but you know what the people really want? Excerpts from the books themselves.” I can hardly argue. As such I’ve had two such offers […]