Nosing around the Internet, I heard some children's book news that caught my attention. First up is author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, in his interview at 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast. I have to get this book when it comes out:
7-Imp: Are you working on any other projects (post-Punk Farm on Tour) that you can tell us about?
JJK: I’m working on a graphic novel project called Lunch Lady. I can’t tell you too much, but it’s a whole new ball game for me (sort of). I’ve been working on it off and on since ‘01. It’s about a lunch lady who fights crime . . . It will be out by Knopf BFYR in spring ‘09.
7-Imp: Any plans or desire to do anything for an older audience — perhaps in one of your first loves, comics or animation?
JJK: Lunch Lady is geared towards a slightly older audience than my picture books. When I created a piece for Guys Write for Guys Read, I realized that nearly everything I created as a kid was in that comic book format, so I’m eager to get back into that medium. Aside from my upcoming GN project, I would love to create stories for older kids and teens. I have a bunch of ideas brewing, but it’s all about being patient with them and waiting for them to develop. I like to draw and write stories — so the formats will be endless!
Then on the Child_Lit Listserv, I read that Deborah Wiles's new novel (for readers 10 and older), The Aurora County All-Stars, sees print in August of this year. It's an expanded version of the short serial novel that ran in the Boston Globe and featured a dog named Eudora Welty ("Eudora Welty trotted to the doorway and blinked at them.") and a main character named House Jackson. You can read parts of the story at the Globe; chapters are still available online. Whether or not the book contains a cat named William Faulkner and a fish named Richard Wright, I don't know.