Congratulations to Ashley Spires, whose picture book The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do has been selected for the Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018 list in the Age 5-9 category! This delightful picture book teaches young kids about courage and resilience, with endearing artwork and laughs along the way. Check out the full Age 5-9 list list here and all categories here.
Happy book birthday to Gordon: Bark to the Future! by Ashley Spires! The junior graphic novel is the latest installment of Spires’ popular P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) series, and stars Gordon, a genius dog who must use his super intelligence to combat aliens and save his friends (and his humans). But when his plan to travel back in time goes wrong, will Gordon be able to help after all? Gordon: Bark to the Future! has already received a handful of great reviews, preceding its release. Kirkus Review calls it “wry, dry, and adorable,” insisting that newcomers to the series “will want to start at the Binky-beginning when done” and championing Spires’ “hilariously deadpan narration.” Booklist describes it as “ridiculous in the best way and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.” School Library Journal remarks that “Spires once more offers strong writing, and her adorable and quirky cartoon illustrations are well composed.” Don’t miss out on this laugh-out-loud funny book- grab your copy of Gordon: Bark to the Future! here today.
Get ready to meet your new favorite, friendly, carrot-seeking bunny, LaRue! Michael Slack‘s Bunny Built hits shelves today, and readers – along with LaRue – are in for a BIG treat. Find out what happens when a community of common-sized critters find a colossal carrot in this sweet tale about friendship. Grab your copy of Bunny Built here.
Happy book birthday to Constance Lombardo‘s Mr. Puffball: Escape from Castaway Island! The third book in Lombardo’s Mr. Puffball trilogy, Escape from Castaway Island follows the final adventure of everyone’s favorite feline. Chock-full of drama, jokes, and stunts galore, Mr. Puffball’s escapades on his road to Hollywood stardom are sure to delight readers. In this eagerly anticipated conclusion, Mr. Puffball dives headfirst into the thrilling world of reality TV. Will this be his ticket to the red carpet? Grab your copy of Mr. Puffball: Escape from Castway Island here today to find out.
Since its surprise release on March 18th, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo has garnered non-stop attention and praise. Illustrated by EG Keller aka Painted Words’ very own Gerald Kelley, the book was the #1 most sold book on Amazon Charts for two weeks in a row, and still remains in the top 5 this week. It’s currently #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for picture books, and has been posted about on prominent news outlets such as People, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, where it’s currently #10 on the fiction best-selling book list. John Oliver appeared on The Ellen Show to talk about the book, as well as Late Night with Seth Meyers, where Meyers commented on the “gorgeous illustrations” by Keller aka Kelley. Show some more love for Marlon Bundo and the two great charities (The Trevor Project and AIDS United) that benefit from your purchase by ordering a copy here today.
Happy book birthday to Exotic Fruit by Huy Voun Lee! Exotic Fruit is a board book that introduces kids to nine varieties of fruits that aren’t indigenous to the United States. Going beyond mere apples and oranges, this vibrant picture book both informs and entertains, with colorful drawings that reveal the inside and outside of each fruit, as well as their origin and alternate names. You can grab your copy of Exotic Fruit here.