The New and What's New With the Old
My favorite part of the PW Children's Bookshelf is this portion. I'm going to just post it in its entirety here for your amusement.
What I'm Working OnSometimes I enjoy a trailer more than the film itself. This may be the case here, but I dunno. I'm very pleased indeed to hear that Chip Kidd is doing the cover. If we can lure him into doing YA covers then maybe someday soon we'll be able to convince him to do a children's book now and then. Dare to dream, people.
Executive Editor, Hyperion Books for Children
One of my favorite fall '07 books is a young adult novel called Hero by Perry Moore. I love Hero because it's such a fresh approach to the usual hero genre. The story is about Thom, a high school basketball star who is coming to terms with two secrets. One is that he is gay. The other is that he has the power to heal people—but he hasn't quite managed to come to terms with either secret yet.
In this alternate reality that Perry has created, heroes are a part of everyday society and the most famous heroes are part of The League. Among them are clever send-ups of iconic heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, but also hilarious new ones like Scarlett, a feisty super heroine who talks a blue streak and Typhoid Larry, who makes everybody sick. Thom is offered a chance to join The League, but he has to keep it as yet another secret from his father. Thom's father, who is a lovingly gruff character, had once been one of the greatest heroes of The League, but then was publicly disgraced in tragedy where many lives were lost. I'm not always drawn to superhero stories, but this one has such heart, you really come to care for these characters and root for them.
The last exciting piece is that Chip Kidd has agreed to design the jacket. I can't wait to give this book to everyone I know.
Plus, Little House Under Renovation.
The prairie landscape of Laura Ingalls Wilder will soon be changing. HarperCollins, in an effort to keep the classic Little House on the Prairie series relevant to a new generation, is repackaging the paperback editions, and will replace the familiar covers by Garth Williams with photographic covers, and remove the inside art, starting in January.Hey, it worked for Charlotte's Web... right?