Saturday, November 5, 2011

Candlewick Spring Preview

Two weeks ago, I got to attend my second Candlewick preview.  It's definitely a perk of the job to be able to take a sneak peak and hear about these exciting new books right from the source.  Here's what's coming in the Spring...

Chris Van Dusen is following up last year's King Hugo's Huge Ego with another rhyming text aimed at young readers.  In Randy Riley's Really Big Hit, he combines baseball and science (specifically robots) to hook us in with this story set in a Jetsons-esque world.  I'm looking forward to sharing this one with many of my boys!

Continuing with the robot theme, Annette Simon has written the first in what will become a series: Robot Zombie Frankenstein!  In this super cute tale of friendship and pie, two friends partake in funny game of one-upmanship.  High-energy, colorful and unpredictable, this will be a great read aloud.  Favorite part? The endpapers. Awesome. There is also an activity website in the works.  I can't wait to see where else she goes with this!

Next up were two sequels that I am just dying to read.  The Dunderheads Behind Bars and Bink and Gollie, Two for One.
Paul Fleischman has now written a sequel for the FIRST TIME EVER!  And boy, am I glad for that.  In this new edition, The Dunderheads are trying to be extras in a movie being shot in their town.  They run into Miss Breakbone on the set, and her strikingly similar brother, Inspector Breakbone.  Spider ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and it is up to the rest of the Dunderheads to break him out of jail and find the real criminal.  The underdogs team up to solve the mystery, and keep the readers laughing along the way. 
"I'm going to whack a duck!" In the newest Bink and Gollie adventures, we again get 3 short chapters, all set at the state fair.  In this volume, Bink sets out to win the world's largest donut by playing Whack-A-Duck, Gollie tries her hand in a talent show, and both try to see the future in a crystal ball.  Friendship in the best light, these stories are just heart-warmingly hilarious.

I love Stink and I love haiku. Zombies aren't my favorite, but I'll put that aside for this new book in the Stink series by Megan McDonald, Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk.  Stink is trying to raise money to buy the newest book in his favorite zombie series by hosting a smelling stand...he and his friends get their costumes ready and race to read 1 million minutes in order to win a zombie themed party, and there is even zombie poetry - Zaiku!  Throughout this book we get the message: reading is undead. 

Frank Cottrell Boyce is releasing the first in a series of three books based on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was originally published 48 years ago.  The 3rd in the series will release on the 50th anniversary.  Looks like this sequel series will be a hit!  I'm loving the key chain from the goody bag! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again will be available in March, 2012. 

To be continued....!

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