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Publishers Weekly STARRED Review!

Carmen’s upcoming picture book with Scholastic Press, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! We are so excited for the book to release in February and cannot wait for everyone to read it!

Here is a little sneak peek at the beautiful artwork by Eugene Yelchin.

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The Return of the Library Dragon Blog Tour!

Peachtree Publishers has set up a wonderful blog tour, with some of my favorite blogs, to celebrate Carmen’s newest book, The Return of the Library Dragon.

 

Don’t miss your chance to hear from the illustrator, Michael White, as well as the books editor! There are even a few chances to win a copy of the book. The blog tour schedule is listed below.

Monday, 10/22:
There’s a Book is featuring the first review of the tour!

Tuesday, 10/23:
Maestra Amanda has a review for you and word from illustrator Michael White!

Wednesday, 10/24:
Hear from the editor of Return of the Library Dragon about what it was like to create this book over at Booktalking!

Thursday, 10/25:
A Word’s Worth has an excerpt from the book and a giveaway starting today!

Friday, 10/26:
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers has a review and giveaway starting today too!

Don’t forget to enter the costume contest by 10/31! Details here!

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School Library Journal Names Best Books of 2011

Thank you so much to School Library Journal for listing The Cheshire Cheese Cat as one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011.

“Rich in lofty language and vivid characterization, and artfully embellished by Moser’s expressive illustrations, this laugh-out-loud tale is one to savor.”

Be sure to see who else made the list here.

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The Cheshire Cheese Cat in The New York Times!

Those of you that regularly read the Sunday Book Reviews section in The New York Times my have already caught a glimpse of this review. It is an honor to be reviewed alongside such a beloved and prolific writer as Richard Peck and we are thrilled that Elisabeth Egan found The Cheshire Cheese Cat so “bewitching.” You can read it in its entirety here.

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Starred Review from Atlanta Magazine!

* Atlanta Magazine, October 1, 2011
THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT: A Dickens of a Tale (Peachtree Publishers)
(For ages eight to twelve) Inspired by London’s Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a sixteenth-century inn with a rich literary history, authors Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright concocted this howler of a tale about a well-educated mouse named Pip and his feline, cheese-loving ally, Skilley: “He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms.” Adults and children alike will find something to love about this playful romp, featuring cameos by Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Queen Victoria—all beautifully illustrated by Barry Moser. Deedy, a native of Cuba who grew up in Decatur, is a national treasure and a world-class storyteller. She’ll read from her new book at Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories (littleshopofstories.com) on October 1.

View the entire article, written by Thomas Mullen, here.

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The Cheshire Cheese Cat Blog Tour!

October 1, 2011 marked the official launch of Carmen’s first chapter book! To celebrate, Peachtree Publishers has put together a fabulous blog tour. Check out all of the stops on the tour below:

Monday, Oct. 3:

A Word’s Worth – Take a look at some exclusive interior images from the book!

Maestra Amanda’s Bookshelf — Wondering what all the fuss is about? Then don’t miss this great review!

Tuesday, Oct. 4:
Through the Looking Glass There’s a very special letter from one of the main characters over here all about the importance of words (can you guess who it’s from?)!

There’s a Book — Check out this great review of The Cheshire Cheese Cat.

Wednesday, Oct. 5:
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers reviews The Cheshire Cheese Cat and gives you a chance (a couple chances, actually!) to win a copy!

Chapter Book of the Day — Ever wonder what it’s like to edit “the next big thing”? Head over to Booktalking’s Chapter Book of the Day to read an interview with Margaret Quinlin, editor of The Cheshire Cheese Cat!

Thursday, Oct. 6:
Not Just for Kids – Check out some exclusive interior images and read a great review of the book, plus another chance for you to win a copy of the book!

YA Books Central is featuring an excerpt from The Cheshire Cheese Cat!

Friday, Oct. 7:
Maestra Amanda posted her ideal cast of voices for the characters of The Cheshire Cheese Cat! What fun!