Launch of: An Armadillo in Paris

What a lovely launch for An Armadillo in Paris! The event was held on Wednesday, November 5 at Café Plenty with Mabel’s Fables on hand to sell books. A fantastic turnout of friends, families, and fans came to congratulate Julie Kraulis on her second picture book publication. Here are some photos from the reception:
01_LaunchArloParisYes, a knitted armadillo was present at the launch. With an interchangeable scarf, wonder what the colours will be for Arlo’s next adventure in New York City?
02_LaunchArloParisJulie brought in the original art to display so everyone could see the amazing details in her work.
03_LaunchArloParisA Parisian-themed launch wouldn’t be complete with some treats, especially macarons!
04_LaunchArloParisGreat to see the support and love from friends and family! But … were they there to see Julie or Arlo?
05_LaunchArloParisEditor Samantha Swenson (right) saying a few words, she’s also the one who knitted the armadillo!
06_LaunchArloParisSo many kids came by to get their books signed!
07_LaunchArloParisIf you’re looking for Arlo prints and postcards, you can order them from Julie’s website here. Thank you to those who came out on the splendid Wednesday evening and many thanks to the team at Café Plenty and Mabel’s Fables!

November 5th Events

We have not one, but TWO great events on November 5th, 2014. One in Toronto and one in Vancouver, so pick the city closest to you!

Arlo
You’re invited to the launch of An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis!
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Where: Cafe Plenty
Address: 250 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5
Telephone: 416-585-7842
When: 6:00-8:00 PM
RSVP: rsvpcanada@randomhouse.com

See what readers are saying about An Armadillo in Paris:

“Lovely oil and graphite illustrations done in a muted color palette capture the famous landmarks and romantic ambiance of the city. Arlo’s adventure is delightful, and the story is told in both narration and excerpts from Augustin’s journal. A page of facts about the Iron Lady is appended. A good purchase for a library collection in need of picture books about various locations around the world.” – School Library Journal

“At first I thought I loved An Armadillo in Paris because I’m a Francophile. After a second read, I realized that the illustrations make you feel as though you’re walking along the banks of the Seine and viewing all of the famous Parisian landmarks alongside Arlo. Upon a third read, which is when I started ‘reading like a writer,’ I discovered the richness of the text: both the journal entries and the narrative…. This unique structure appealed to me as a reader and had me dipping back into the text for multiple reads.” – Two Writing Teachers

Edie
You’re invited to the launch of Edie’s Ensembles by Ashley Spires!
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Where: Kidsbooks
Address: 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9
Telephone: 604-738-5335
When: 7:00 PM
Tickets are being sold here!

See what readers are saying about Edie’s Ensembles:

“A heartwarming tale of self-discovery and friendship.” – Kirkus Reviews

“… a vibrant tale of friendship and self-esteem, brimming with outrageous outfits and earnest characters. Kids will love the detail in Spires’s digitally-rendered illustrations … Edie’s Ensembles is a tale that will resonate with kids who like to dress up, and those who—like Edie—seek true connections.” – Readerly

Showcase at Kidsbooks

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Look here! We’re showcasing your favourite authors and illustrators in Vancouver. Linda Bailey, Dan Bar-el, Colin Jack, and Susin Nielsen all have books out this spring and would love to meet you!

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: Starting at 7:00 pm
Where: Kidsbooks
Address: 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9
Telephone: 604-738-5335

You’re Invited to the Launch of Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book

Viminy Crowe InviteYou are invited to the launch of Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book. Please join authors Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger, and illustrator Claudia Dávila for an incrediballoo night!

When: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 6 to 8 PM
Where: Ben McNally Books
Address: 366 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 4B2
Telephone: 416-361-0032

Praise for Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book:
“A harmonious blend of narrative and intertwined graphic sequences finds two preteens at a comics convention closer to the action than they ever imagined…. This wholly imagined fantasy is well–fleshed out and keeps the pages flying with its extremely clever story within a story. As it embraces so many different genres and formats—comics, steampunk, adventure—expect this to resonate with a wide readership. A thrilling and imaginative reminder that adventure and magic can be found anywhere, especially where one least expects it—and even if your mother texts you incessantly.” — Starred Review, Kirkus

Are we a bunch of tweeters? Yes. Follow @scissorhouse, @richardscrimger, @ClaudiaDrawings, and @TundraBooks.

You’re Invited to the Launch of Nine Words Max

NineWordsMaxLaunchYou are invited to the launch of Nine Words Max. Please join illustrator, David Huyck, as he celebrates his newest book with the fantastic staff at Book People of Moscow!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Book People of Moscow
Address: 521 S. Main, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Telephone: (208) 882-2669

David Huyck grew up outside the kingdom of Chicago where he watched gobs of puppet shows, but they were mostly on TV. He lived half a block from the candy store in one direction, and half a block from the playground in the other. Along with a limitless supply of Legos, cartoons and all genres of books, the resulting high-fructose queasiness is the point-source for everything he has made ever since. In addition to his award-winning illustrations, David is known as proprietor of the collaborative print project, Cloudy Collection, and he is a contributing editor for the popular Drawn! illustration and cartooning blog. The first book he illustrated is That One Spooky Night, also written by Dan Bar-el. He always keeps a pencil handy so he can capture hiding frogs and silly faces on paper. David lives with his family in Moscow, ID.

Praise for Nine Words Max:

“Wonderful concept, intelligent protagonist, lovely art – utterly adorable. Recommended!” – Kristina Radke of NetGalley

“Bar-el uses his skills as a storyteller, educator and children’s author to spin an entertaining, quirky tale that celebrates the use of language…. The cartoon-like illustrations are colorful, action-packed and crammed full of riotous detail.” – Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

“Huyck’s illustrations are entertaining, incredibly detailed…. The story is timeless, the characters are silly but loveable, and the intelligent, witty narrative is complemented further by the brilliant illustrations…. Dan Bar-el and David Huyck are a masterful storytelling duo. This book is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.” – On Page 394

“. . . a very witty little book for children…. Wonderfully written & humorously illustrated children’s book. Loved it.” – Moon Shine Art Spot

Nine Words Max is one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read.” – Ian Wood’s Novellum

You’re Invited to the Launch of The Highest Number in the World

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You are invited to the launch of The Highest Number in the World. Please join award-winning author, Roy MacGregor, as he celebrates his newest book with the fantastic staff at Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books!

When: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Where: Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books
Address: 1018 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W8
Telephone: (613) 232-7406

Praise for The Highest Number in the World:
“The story’s ending, in which Gabe dreams of her number 9 retired and raised to the rafters, is uplifting in every way. MacGregor’s writing packs an emotional punch without relying on sentimentality (when the coach hands her the disappointing jersey, ‘Gabe’s heart felt as if a skate had just run across it’). Expressive pencil drawings, brightened with color washes, perfectly capture the characters’ feelings. From the moment Grandma begins to share her past and her passion for hockey, the story’s context becomes broader, more complex, and more meaningful. A memorable,
intergenerational picture book perfect for sharing.” – Starred Review, Booklist

“As pleasing as a warm memory.” – Kirkus Reviews

“MacGregor’s text climbs to a heartwarming conclusion, is wonderfully illustrated by St-Lambert’s Geneviève Després (I especially liked the views from the arena’s rafters), and makes for a great companion piece to The Hockey Sweater, Roch Carrier’s Canadian classic.” – The Montreal Gazette

Invitation to the Little Chicken Duck Book Launch

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Please join Tim Beiser and Bill Slavin in celebrating the launch of their newest book, Little Chicken Duck.

When: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where: Type Books
Address: 883 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

Little Chicken DuckLittle Chicken Duck
Written by Tim Beiser
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Hardcover | 24 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-392-6
And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her from learning to swim. Taken under Froggie’s wing, she is brought into the forest clearing, where each of the birds, in turn, confesses their deepest fear and how they came to terms with it. This heartwarming tale in rhyme is lovingly illustrated by the playful, enchanting illustrations by artist Bill Slavin.