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!

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Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards 2014 Longlist

Whimsy Heavy ThingsCanadian Booksellers Association (CBA) and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) have announced the 2014 CBA Libris Awards longlist. Voted on by members of the Canadian book industry, the CBA Libris Awards honours talented authors whose works were embraced by book-buyers, and the dedicated professionals who ensured those authors’ books connected meaningfully with readers.

Tundra would like to congratulate Julie Kraulis, Whimsy’s Heavy Things has been nominated for the Children’s Picture book of the Year!

The longlist will be voted on by book industry members, with a shortlist being released in April. The winners will be announced at the Libris Awards Gala taking place on June 2, 2014 as part of Retail Council Canada’s annual STORE Conference.

Congratulations to the other nominated authors and illustrators:

  • The Dark by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, Illustrated by Matthew Forsyth
  • Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el, Illustrated by Tim Bowers
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Barbara Reid
  • Lasso the Wind by George Elliott Clarke, illustrated by Susan Tooke
  • Binky: License to Scratch by Ashley Spires
  • This Little Hamster by Kass Reich

Launch of: Whimsy’s Heavy Things

What a lovely launch for Whimsy’s Heavy Things! The event was held on Wednesday, October 3 at Modern Baby with Mabel’s Fables on hand to sell books. A fantastic turnout of friends, families, and fans came to congratulate Julie Kraulis on her first picture book publication. Here are some photos from the reception:

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Modern Baby is all spruced up and ready to welcome guests!

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Who’s already exhausted from all the fun? Snack break!

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Julie Kraulis’s original art on display.

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Each piece is a spread from Whimsy’s Heavy Things.

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Making the way to the back, everyone is in line to have their book(s) signed.

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No snack break for Julie Kraulis, the line to meet her doesn’t end!

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Gorgeous prints of the art from the book are available for sale.

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Editor Samantha Swenson saying a few words about working with Julie Kraulis on Whimsy’s Heavy Things.

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All smiles for Julie Kraulis! Congratulations on creating such a beautiful first book!

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By audience request, Julie Kraulis gave an impromptu reading of Whimsy’s Heavy Things.

Thank you to those who came out on the splendid Wednesday evening and many thanks to the team at Modern Baby and Mabel’s Fables.

Tuesdays with Tundra 33

Tuesdays with Tundra is a post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!

Whimsy Heavy ThingsWhimsy’s Heavy Things
Written by Julie Kraulis
Illustrated by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-403-9
“[Whimsy’s] … solutions are ingenious, and the ending surprises with a mature little twist that is reassuring as well as realistic. Every page is sweetly rendered by author and illustrator Julie Kraulis’s oil and graphite artwork, which evokes a softer, gentler version of Tim Burton’s style.” — Quill & Quire

Making ContactMaking Contact!
Marconi Goes Wireless

Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-378-0
The fifth book in Tundra’s Great Idea Series, Making Contact! tells the story of Guglielmo Marconi, who became the father of wireless communication. As a boy, Marconi loved science and invention. At the age of twenty, Marconi realized that no one had invented a wireless telegraph. Determined to find a way to use radio waves to send wireless messages, Marconi found his calling. And, thanks to his persistence, on December 12, 1901, for the first time ever, a wireless signal traveled between two continents. The rest is history!

Escape from BerlinEscape from Berlin
Written by Irene N.Watts
Trade Paperback | 432 Pages | Ages 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-77049-611-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-612-5
Life for Jewish families in 1938 Berlin is increasingly difficult. Neighborhood shops and synagogues are looted and burned, homes are invaded by the Gestapo, Jewish children are expelled from school, their fathers and brothers imprisoned without cause. With even darker times on the horizon, parents are searching for an escape route for their children. On the morning of December 1st, 1938, eleven-year-old Marianne Kohn and seven-year-old Sophie Mandel meet on a train, the first Kindertransport that will take children to safety in England. But what will happen when they arrive? Who will be their guardians? Will they be able to learn the customs and language of their new country? Will they ever see their parents again? The Kindertransport saved almost ten thousand children before the outbreak of World War II. The three critically acclaimed, award-winning novels in Escape from BerlinGood-bye Marianne, Remember Me, and Finding Sophie—poignantly chronicle what happens to Marianne and Sophie as they grow up away from home. December 1, 2013, marks the 75th Anniversary of the first Kindertransport.

Pub Date Giveaway: In the comments below, please tell us which new September release of Tundra’s you would love to read and one lucky reader will receive their requested book! One request per person and please review our rules. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, October 1, 2013!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Susan who will be getting a copy of Whimsy’s Heavy Things.

You’re Invited to the Launch of Whimsy’s Heavy Things

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You are invited to the launch of Whimsy’s Heavy Things. Please join debut author and illustrator, Julie Kraulis, as she celebrates her first picture book publication!

Whimsy Heavy ThingsWhen: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Modern Baby
Address: 208 Christie Street, Toronto, ON M6G 3B8
Telephone: 416-536-9977
RSVP: RSVPCanada@randomhouse.com

In addition, the original artwork from Whimsy’s Heavy Things will be on display. Book and prints will be availble for purchase.

Praise for Whimsy’s Heavy Things:

“Every page is sweetly rendered by author and illustrator Julie Kraulis’s oil and graphite artwork, which evokes a softer, gentler version of Tim Burton’s style. The text is easy to follow for early readers, and parents will enjoy how naturally the story flows.” – Quill & Quire

The Word on the Street 2013

The Word on the Street

Don’t forget, the Word on the Street is coming  up! Here’s a quick glance at the schedule in Toronto on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Queen’s Park.

SmokescreenSmokescreen
Written by Nancy Hartry
Hardcover |  208 Pages
Ages 12 and up
ISBN: 978-1-77049-405-3
eBook: 978-1-77049-406-0
Nancy Hartry will be at The Remarkable Reads Tent from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm and at This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage from 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm.

Noni Is NervousNoni Is Nervous
Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Hardcover |  24 Pages
Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-1-77049-323-0
Heather Hartt-Sussman will be at the TD Children’s Reading Tent from 1:30 pm – 1:50 pm.

Where Do You LookWhere Do You Look?
Written by Marthe Jocelyn and Nell Jocelyn
Hardcover |  32 Pages
Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-1-77049-376-6
Marthe Jocelyn will be at The Remarkable Reads Tent from 11:00 am – 11:30 am.

Whimsy Heavy ThingsWhimsy’s Heavy Things
Written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover | 32 Pages
Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-403-9
Julie Kraulis will be at the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 12:10 pm – 12:30 pm.

Mister Dash and the Cupcake CalamityMister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Esperanca Melo
Hardcover | 32 Pages
Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-396-4
Monica Kulling will be at the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm.

Death of a KingDeath of a King
Written by Andrew H. Vanderwal
Hardcover | 304 Pages
Ages 10 and up
ISBN: 978-1-77049-398-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-399-5
Andrew H. Vanderwal will be at the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 4:20 pm – 4:40 pm.

For more information about the Word on the Street in Toronto, you can visit their website, facebook page, twitter, and blog.