Children's Books About Passover
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Books in the Works

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.


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Hey, Susan. Thanks for the blog nod - glad you enjoyed the interview. And I am hooting out loud at the thought of a dog named Eudora Welty. I MUST GET THAT BOOK!

Eisha, Deborah Wiles's novel is the second reference to Eudora Welty I've seen this week; I've been reading Kevin Sessums' autobiography, "Mississippi Sissy," in which he relates a few anecdotes involving Eudora W. and some Jackson friends of hers (who Kevin knew). I'm not loving the book, though; half of it sounds very made up.

Thanks for the heads-up on Wiles' new book! I CAN'T WAIT!

At first I was irritated by the Eudora Welty dog, then it struck me as pretty funny.

I started paying more attention to Jarrett J. Krosoczka's work after I saw him speak at PLA in Boston last year. He was impressive -- articulate and funny. I, for one, will be looking forward to the comic.

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