The Cloud Spinner is, as its title suggests, about a boy who makes fine clothes spun from clouds “just as his mother had taught him.” When the greedy King learns of the boy’s talents he demands many outfits be made. Using repetitive and cautionary words, the boy explains over-and-over: “It would not be wise … Your Majesty does not need them.” The clouds eventually disappear and action must be taken. Alison Jay’s signature paintings with the crackle varnish lend themselves well to this clever and fantastical, “green” fairy tale told by Michael Catchpool—the crackling provides an aged feeling of wisdom, while her bright pallet and fanciful placement of animals add a level of freshness that draws young readers in easily. When it comes to delivering a message of conserving resources for our future, a story driven by a child protagonist is the perfect antidote—as gentle as a floating cloud overhead, Catchpool’s tale gives power to the young people!
Penguin Young Readers Group is gearing up to hit the road this April with our first YA or BUST! Group Tour! Featuring some of our most popular contemporary young adult authors, this tour will be trekking up and down the west coast visiting fans in schools and stores along the way.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Author Catherine Y. Fridey has tapped into her love of time travel and archaeology to write the first in a series of books exploring those themes through the journeys of her spunky heroine, Jillian Spencer, and her companion and mentor, Mezradine Bakri. Within the dark labyrinth of an archaeological dig in the Egyptian desert, Jill and Mez open a sarcophagus. They are disappointed to find it was looted in ancient times and only contains a few artifacts. However, one of the artifacts directs them to further clues that lead them to more of the tomb. Jill suddenly finds herself alone in a corridor of the ancient past, where Egyptian myths and customs come alive. Along the way, she fights royal cobras and witnesses an Ancient Egyptian funeral procession and rituals.
Award-winning author Bonny Becker is probably best known for the sensation she created with her Mouse and Bear book series. A prolific writer who has had many jobs over the years, including advising aspiring authors, she found her niche in writing for children. They have truly fallen in love with her stories. Listen in as we discuss her inspiration for her characters, the secret to writing an exceptional story, and even Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz!
Nicki Richesin: Thank you for taking time to chat with TCBR. You have become an outrageous success with your Mouse and Bear book series. Bear seems to be a bear of simple tastes and Mouse is a little more cunning. How did these characters first appear to you?
The Rosie Flo coloring books have long been a favorite of fashionable kids and kids at heart. Now Rosie is working the runway in the Rosie Flo Coloring Fashion Show, an easy-to-construct paper pop-up theater and a runway that sets the stage for 18 paper
We were excited to read the recent debate over “The Power of Young Adult Fiction” in The New York Times. Together, the contributors pose the question: why should we be reading YA novels and why do they matter? To better explain why YA fiction has become such a phenomenon, even with adults, we’ve asked some of the best YA bloggers around to weigh in with their picks for the best new titles. Could they convince you to read YA? We think they’re up for the challenge! In our first monthly installment of Best Young Adult Books, we’ve asked Andrea Chapman of Reading Lark to share her spring and summer must reads.