Mark Your Calendars for Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening

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On March 7, 2015, Bank Street Book Store is having their Grand Opening at their new location at 2780 Broadway (corner of 107th Street and Broadway).

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am will be followed by an all day Story Time Festival featuring over twenty children’s book authors. Please come by to check out the new space, schmooze and enjoy refreshments.

Guest Authors:

Peter Ackerman

Meg Akabas

Betsy Bird

Jill Davis

Alix Delinois

Monica Edinger

Tim Federle

Isabel Gillies

Chris Grabenstein

Robie Harris

Deborah Heiligman

Amy Hest

Nina Jaffe

Sandra Jordan

Susan Kuklin

Patricia Lakin

Peter Lerangis

Carolyn Mackler

Robin Newman – Reading at 4:00 pm!!!

Jerry Pinkney

Doreen Rappaport

Chris Raschka

Jill Santopolo

Eliot Schrefer

Rebecca Stead

Rachel Vail

Cynthia Weill

Carol Weston

I will be reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Spring 2015), at 4:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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#KidLitArt28 + a birthday greeting post

What a great birthday present from my friend, fellow blogger, writer and illustrator, Teresa Robeson! This made my day! xo

One Good Thing

I think my friend, Sylvia Liu, and I are becoming Queens of Multi-purposing. 🙂

This post is used for 1) a post for One Good Thing, of course, 2) a birthday greeting for Robin Newman, the author of the book “A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of The Missing Carrot Cake,” which is getting some rave reviews, and 3) for the one-a-day-in-February #KidLitArt28 challenge.
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All-Points Bulletin: Have You Seen This Egg?


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Photo source: Wikipedia

Name: Penny

Last seen: At chicken coop

When: Evening before the Egg Speggtacular

Feb. 6, 2015 – Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold, Missing Food Investigators, have just been assigned to their second case, The Case of the Poached Egg, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, release date T/B/D).

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If you see or hear anything, please contact the MFI at:

1-800-MFI-FOOD

Proceed with caution. Suspects considered dangerous.

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© 2015 Deborah Zemke. All rights reserved. This illustration cannot be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information or retrieval systems without permission in writing from its publisher, Creston Books, LLC.

Kirkus Starred Review for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

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Two police mice, one missing cake, a bunch of suspects—it’s a big case!

When Miss Rabbit leaves her carrot cake (with cream-cheese icing) out to cool and returns later to find only a mess of crumbs, she calls Detective Wilcox and Capt. Griswold. Over 100 animals on Ed’s farm means there’s a lot of suspects. Tongue firmly in cheek, Wilcox tells the story of this challenging case in clipped tones reminiscent of Dragnet. Fowler, the observant owl, loves rabbits, he informs readers. “She liked them for breakfast. She liked them for lunch. And she loved them for dinner.” His narration is peppered with food references that elevate this entertaining mystery, already fizzing with humor and inside jokes. To open their investigation, they slide down the rabbit hole, but Miss Rabbit does not have a crumb of an idea. The repeated food-based idioms (hard nut to crack, slower than molasses, take the cake) alternate with puns that a young reader will appreciate. When questioning Porcini the pig, Wilcox accuses, “Seems like you’ve spent some time in the pen.” The droll language is complemented with full-color cartoon illustrations that extend the text and add to the laughter. Readers ready for chapter books will solve the crime and then be surprised by the twist at the end.

Here’s hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold! (Mystery. 5-9)

Please click the word link to go to Kirkus Reviews.

p.s. Thanks, Kirkus! You made my year!!!!! 🙂

ALA Chicago Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

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Not even a blizzard and cancelled flights, could dampen the mood at ALA’s Midwinter Conference. And for me, aside from feeling like a kid in a candy store, I had the extra-special treat of finally meeting and spending time with Marissa Moss, my amazing editor and publisher at Creston Books; Deborah Zemke, illustrator extraordinaire, who’s made Wilcox and Griswold more adorable than anything I could have ever imagined; Lori Degman, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Marsha Goldman, my fellow authors at Creston Books; Lola, the world-renowned, paw-ri-fic, super star of Marsha’s books; and last, but certainly not least, meeting the fantastic, Mr. John Schu.

Here are some photographic highlights from ALA:

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Marissa Moss and me

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Ready to sign my first book!

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Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Marissa Moss, me, Lori Degman

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Mr. Schu and me

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Lori Degman

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Marsha Goldman and Lola

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Mary Skiver and me (Bryn Mawr ’89 in the house!!!)

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Alessandra Balzer

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Jill Davis and me

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Jory John, me, Mac Barnett

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Cece Bell and me

Creston was also out in force having a wonderful time visiting Anderson’s Bookshop and The Book Stall at Chestnut Court.

Here’s a clip of Marsha Goldman and Lola at Anderson’s Bookshop. (Lola clearly enjoying meeting her loyal fans!)

Please click link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZDDjlYEUTI&feature=youtu.be

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Marsha Goldman, Lola, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, me, Deborah Zemke, Robert McDonald and Lori Degman at The Book Stall at Chestnut Hill

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Me and Deborah Zemke

Despite the storm, cancelled and rebooked flights, missing luggage, and endless hours of waiting at O’Hare and Charlotte-Douglas Airports, it was a memorable trip. And congratulations to all the award winners.

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Darlene Beck-Jacobson and me at Chicago’s O’Hare

Looking forward to ALA’s Annual Conference in sunny and warm San Francisco.