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25 January 2009 @ 10:33 am
the early bird and all that jazz  
It pays to rise and try to shine. This morning I headed off to the Candlewick Sneak Peek breakfast. Absolutely worth the early rise. Got to meet Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan of BOOKENDS fame (you must read their blog, now available at the Booklist site). Monica Edinger and Susan Geye were there as well as the lovely and talented ladies of Candlewick Press (hi, Sharon!). We got to hear about the forthcoming books: a new Kate DiCamillo and the sequel to THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO to name just two stellar ones to be on the lookout for.

Got back to the hotel through the snow that actually is sticking right now and read these:

I love the quiet illustrations that begin this story of Pru, she of the bag full of make up. When Tump the elephant asks if he can have some makeup, Pru informs him her will waste it. So, when Pru is not looking, Tump heads off with the bag. Before long Pru enlists the aid of Tilly to help her find the missing bag. One by one, Pru and Tilly's friends deny knowledge (of course, the fingernail polish on one and the blush on another and the hilarious illustration of Hector the pig with huge mascaraed eyes all show how the makeup is being used). All ends happily, of course, with Pru giving Tump her red lipstick and Tump allowing all of his friends to apply the lipstick to his sizable frame.Candlewick, 2009

This one is just a taste of the book to come:

I already know (and so do you) how popular this book will be as Stink, Sophie, and Webster share information on all things stinky. Here is a tease: your nose produces between one pint and one quart of mucus in one day. Someone who is booger-crazed (i.e., likes to pick his or her nose) has RHINOTILLEXOMANIA. Candlewick, 2009.

More later. I intend to stay here for a while and read. And watch the snow continue to fall.
Current Location: snowbound in Denver
Current Mood: shivery
The Muse, Amused: reading pigeonpenmage on January 25th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
What's the anticipated pub date for the KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO sequel? I am desperate for it!
professornanaprofessornana on January 25th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
fall of 09. ARCs are promised as soon as they are ready. Everyone is hanging on for this one.
The Muse, Amused: editing like an editorpenmage on January 25th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. For those of us who work in publishing, Fall 09 doesn't feel like an extraordinarily long time away, what with our Fall 09 list being almost done already.

I can wait that long. And make some friends at Candlewick.