I am so excited to announce that Funny Girl, edited by Betsy Bird, is OUT NOW! Carmen is one of 25 female writers for children who contributed stories to the anthology. The book has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, who said Carmen’s story about her mother setting the bathtub on fire is “One of the standouts…” along with stories from other amazing authors like Libba Bray and Cece Bell.
As one fourth grader said after hearing Carmen tell,”Ms. Deedy made us laugh so hard, Casey’s retainer fell out!” And don’t we all want to laugh like that?
Contributing authors are: Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Lisa Brown, Adrianne Chalepah, Alison DeCamp, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kelly DiPucchio, Lisa Graff, Shannon Hale, Charise Meriele Harper, Jenni Holm, Akilah Hughes, Amy Ignatow, Christine Mari Inzer, Meghan McCarthy, Mitali Perkins, Leila Sales, Raina Telgemeier, Deborah Underwood, Ursula Vernon, Rita Williams-Garcia, Delaney Yeager
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.
There’s a Book is featuring the first review of the tour!
Maestra Amanda has a review for you and word from illustrator Michael White!
Hear from the editor of Return of the Library Dragon about what it was like to create this book over at Booktalking!
A Word’s Worth has an excerpt from the book and a giveaway starting today!
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!
Editor Vicky Smith has put together an incredible list of children’s books that have released this past year. As I am sure you have guessed, The Cheshire Cheese Cat is among them. Thanks, Vicky and Kirkus!
To view the whole list, hop over to the Kirkus website here.
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.
* 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.