Name of The Star Release Party rapidly approaching @BooksofWonder..
Books of Wonder is delighted to host the launch party for the new novel by best-selling author, MAUREEN JOHNSON, The Name of the Star. In this heart-pounding thriller, Rory, a teenage girl from Louisiana, arrives in London on the same day someone starks mimicing the horrifying murders of Jack the Ripper. Now, modern London is caught up in “Rippermania” and the only one who seems to have seen the mysterious culprit is Rory. She has no idea why no one else seems to have seen him — or why she has become his next target! MAUREEN JOHNSONwill read from The Name of the Star, answer questions from the audience, and then sign copies of all her books. 6-8pm
William Joyce is a superstar who happens to live in Shreveport, La. Renowned as a children’s book author, illustrator and filmmaker, Joyce has won a vast, all-ages audience for his work. Some know him through his many books, including “Dinosaur Bob, ” “Bently and Egg, ” and “Santa Calls.” Others follow the animated TV series based on his books, “Rolie Polie Olie” and “George Shrinks.” Joyce also has had a significant role in major animated films such as Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life.” An animated film, “Meet the Robinsons, ” is based on one of his books.
The Guardians of Childhood is a luminous new book series with both picture books and chapter books from William Joyce.
Joyce is now embarking on what may be his most ambitious project yet. “The Guardians of Childhood” series will appear in picture book, chapter book and film form, and will feature the back-stories of some of the most beloved characters from the nursery. Joyce’s subjects will include the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sand Man, and others — in stories that focus on their youthful struggles, before they attain iconic status. “The Man in the Moon, ” a picture book, is already in stores. The illustrated chapter book, “Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, ” about the young Santa Claus, is coming later in the fall.
Joyce displays his many strengths with “The Man in the Moon.” His exquisitely rendered, mixed-media illustrations drive home a captivating story set during the title character’s infancy. The youngster lives with his adoring parents on a ship called the Moon Clipper, sailing quietly among the planets. Everything changes when the King of Nightmares, decides that he wants the boy for his own. Joyce creates an old-fashioned fairy tale atmosphere in which good and evil coexist, drawing readers into a dreamlike scenario that resonates deeply in the psyche. And he does it in a style that feels fresh and compellingly modern.
"Kids need to believe in wonder and heroes and good things, " Joyce said at the American Library Association’s annual meeting here in June — and he shows how to make that happen in his latest book. "The Man in the Moon" expands the story of a childhood icon in language that echoes the great tales and myths, and its illustrations are both mysterious and a little bit scary (but not too scary). With that proven combination, Joyce enriches the sense of wonder for today’s children, showing why they should believe in the Man in the Moon, and why such iconic figures have staying power in the imagination.
You can order a SIGNED, FIRST PRINTING of The Man In The Moon here..
Tuesday, September 13th, what an awesome day @booksofwonder
First birthday wishes for some giants of children’s literature.. The timeless Roald Dahl was born on this day .. the amazingly gracious Mildred D Taylor was born today (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry) .. Additionally New York City became the first capital of the United States today in 1788. AND tonight @booksofwonder Brian Selznick joins us as we unveil WONDERSTRUCK to the world .
Why the decision to go with a pig? Why not a hedgehog?
I’ve always loved pigs: the shape of them, the look of them, and the fact that they are so intelligent. I think I like them more than I like little human boys. The prospect of drawing pigs was something I could look forward to, and I needed something to look forward to. This project was done under very difficult circumstances. Somebody very important to me was dying painfully, horribly, slowly, and it leaves you questioning everything.