Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Art of Rube Goldberg: HOW THE COVER WORKS and more

The Art of Rube Goldberg (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius 

  Today's the day: After 7 years in the making, we're so excited to announce the release of The Art of Rube Goldberg! We're thrilled with the result, and we're sure you'll love it, too. Check out exclusive images, videos, cover details + more great features from the book on our blog #TheArtofRube #rubegoldberg

The Art of Rube Goldberg: HOW THE COVER WORKS

Thursday, October 17, 2013

COVER REVEALED: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!

Wonderful news!

This morning, USAToday.com (UVM: 22 million!) revealed the cover of the next book in the bestselling Origami Yoda series, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!

“Origami Yoda is back in all its folded, evil-fighting glory.”
Read the full story online and be sure to share it—tag @abramskids @origamiyoda

Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger, $13.95; MARCH 4, 2014; 978-1-4197-1052-0
Oct 17                  USAToday.com – cover reveal

Monday, August 12, 2013

Getting to Know Salem Hyde

About the book
Salem Hyde just isn’t like other kids. For one thing, she’s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, she’s a witch. Salem acts first and thinks later—which means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses!
Good thing she’s been assigned an animal companion, Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This over-anxious cat doesn’t like Salem calling him “Whammy,” and Salem doesn’t like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldn’t do something . . . like enter the class spelling bee.
Salem knows she can beat all her classmates at spells, no problem. Too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling words, not magic. And there’s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc! 

Praise for The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One
"A fledgling witch receives necessary guidance from a talking cat in this utterly adorable page-turner… A delightful buddy story and an auspicious series opener; be sure to make room on shelves for Salem and Whammy."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the author
Frank Cammuso is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist, the creator of the popular middle school graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, and the illustrator of several beginning reader graphic books, including Otto’s Orange Day. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

October 5th         River’s End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
October 10th       NY Comic-Con
October 18th       B&N Dewitt
October 26th       League of Extraordinary Readers, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY
Nov 10th               New Brunswick School, Greenwich, CT
Nov 16th               The Rochester Children’s Book Festival 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cover revealed: Dairy of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard Luck

Cover revealed: Dairy of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard Luck 

It's HARD LUCK being a Wimpy Kid. 


USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/08/wimpy-kid-"eff Kinney says that in his next "novel in cartoons,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (due Nov. 5), his wisecracking, self-centered, middle-school narrator, Greg Heffley, will try "to reinvent himself."
In his first interview about Hard Luck (its cover is revealed here for the first time), Kinney says Greg isn't aging or maturing but continues to find new comic challenges. It's the eighth book in the wildly popular series, written and illustrated by Kinney for readers 8 and up.
Kinney says Greg's best friend, Rowley, "has a girlfriend. Greg is on his own. He realizes the choices he's made haven't been the best, so he decides to turn his decisions over to chance, using an 8 Ball."hard-luck-jeff-kinney/2628639/"

 Will Greg Heffley's luck ever change?

Find out . . .


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett is now on sale!!

TODAY, August 6, is the on-sale date for The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppettthe next episode in the bestselling Origami Yoda series! 

Be sure to take pictures of the Origami Yoda books
and post to your social media:
tag @abramskids and @origamiyoda

Redesigned website!

The home base for the Origami Yoda books, origamiyoda.com has been completely redesigned and launches on Monday 8/5.
See below for screenshot and take a look on Mon when it goes live: www.origamiyoda.com

Where in the world is Tom Angleberger?
Tom Angleberger embarks on a 10-city tour on Tuesday 8/6.
Follow @abramskids @origamiyoda for updates.

Tuesday, August 6
Barnes & Noble
8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
1660 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Wednesday, August 7
Booksellers @ Laurelwood, Memphis
387 Perkins Extd, Memphis, TN 38117

1315 S Caraway Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72401
Thursday, August 8

Left Bank Books
321 N 10th St, St Louis, MO 63101

Barnes & Noble
3111 South Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62704

Friday, August 9
4 Kids Books
4450 Weston Pointe Dr, Zionsville, IN 46077

Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
3054 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Saturday, August 10
Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore
1356 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Cir B1, Lexington, KY 40503

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jacket proof for SICK arrived

Production Genius Kathy Lovisolo delivers the Jacket proofs for SICK

A nice gritty matte jacket

About the book
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.
The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

Praise for SICK
"The gore and action will leave enthralled readers thrilled and then sated with each kill on either side."

About the author
Tom Leveen is the author of PartyZero, and manicpixiedreamgirlZero was named to YALSA’s list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. This is his first foray into the horror genre. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Cover Evolution of A Greyhound of a Girl—Hardcover & Paperback

Art for both the hardcover and Paperback versions of 
A Greyhound of a Girl was made by Karl Kwasny

1st color attempt
Fully rendered bottom character

Back to a silo character
Now with more arm movement!

One last thing. Adding white to the type for the final design.

Paperback Redesign

Final Paperback Version

About the book
Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

Praise for A Greyhound of a Girl
“A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize–winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”
Booklist, starred review

"Written mostly in dialogue, at which Doyle excels, and populated with a charming foursome of Irish women, this lovely tale is as much about overcoming the fear of death as it is about death itself."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this moving and artfully structured ghost tale, four generations of Irish women come together. A big part of the pleasure here is the rhythm of the language and the contrasting voices of the generations. Any opportunity to read it aloud would be a treat."
Horn Book

"For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."
Library Media Connection

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction

About the author
Roddy Doyle is the author of nine novels. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His novels have been made into popular films, including The Commitmentsand The Snapper. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Cover sketches for UNDERTOWN by Jon Foster

Jon Foster

About the book
In this fast-paced adventure story, Timothy and Jessamyn are towed through the streets of Manhattan riding in Timothy’s family’s sailboat, on their way to the Long Island shore, when the boat comes unhitched from its truck. The teens “sail” backward down a hill in Upper Manhattan, then fall down a huge construction site hole and into the vast sewer system below.
Thrust into an amazing adventure, the kids navigate waterfalls and rapids as they travel through the rain sewers. They meet a graffiti artist their own age, a homeless person named You, and rats the size of large dogs. They fall into the hands of a gangster who claims the sewers as her kingdom and the homeless as her subjects, and acts as a fence for luxury goods! Will she feed Timothy and Jessamyn to the rats?