39-Story Treehouse Interior Spreads

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 / Share your comments...

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Andy and Terry are once again inviting readers to come hang out with them in their astonishing 39-story treehouse (it used to be 13 stories, then 26 stories, but they keep expanding). And this year they will have even more time to jump on the world’s highest trampoline, toast marshmallows in an active volcano, swim in the chocolate waterfall, pet baby dinosaurs, and go head-to-trunk with the Trunkinator, since Terry has created the greatest invention that he–or anyone else–has ever invented . . .  a Once-upon-a-time machine that will write and illustrate their entire book for them!
What are you waiting for? Come on up!

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Here are some of our favorite interior images from illustrator Terry Denton!

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Out this week! Dear Hank Williams and many more…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Out this week are stories of family, revenge, dreams, weird and wild things and many more. Check out the list below.

Middle Grade Books

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780805080223.jpgIt’s 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee’s new teacher has just given her class an assignment–learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.


Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

Revenge of Superstition Mountain


Young Adult Books

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Dream a Little Dream

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….


This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life


Picture Books

Weird and Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy

Weird & Wild Animal Facts

How to Pee by Todd Spector

How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys

Kiki Koki by Ed Rodriguez

Kiki Kokí


 

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My Perfect Treehouse Creative Contest

Friday, April 10th, 2015 / Share your comments...

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We love THE 39-STORY TREEHOUSE by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton so much that we’ve decided to host a contest! Show us what your perfect level of the most amazing treehouse in the world would be for a chance to win a $2500 Pottery Barn gift card (redeemable at Pottery Barn, pottery barn kids, and PBteen stores, online or by phone) for a room makeover and a drawing of your level by Treehouse series illustrator Terry Denton! You can enter here.

 

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Andy and Terry are once again inviting readers to come hang out with them in their astonishing 39-story treehouse (it used to be 13 stories, then 26 stories, but they keep expanding). And this year they will have even more time to jump on the world’s highest trampoline, toast marshmallows in an active volcano, swim in the chocolate waterfall, pet baby dinosaurs, and go head-to-trunk with the Trunkinator, since Terry has created the greatest invention that he—or anyone else—has ever invented . . . a Once-upon-a-time machine that will write and illustrate their entire book for them!

 

Abbreviated Rules

MANY WILL ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. No purchase is necessary. Open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and D.C. who are at least 6 years old and not more than 14 years old. Void where prohibited. Must enter by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 31, 2015. See rules for Official Rules and details and ask for help from a parent or guardian. Void where prohibited.

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TLA Conference!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 / Share your comments...

The annual Texas Library Association Conference is right around the corner! TLA is held April 14-17 at the Austin Convention Center. Be sure to stop by our booth and the author signing booth.

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Guest Blog Post from Janet Tashijan, author of My Life as a Gamer

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 / Share your comments...

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As someone who just wrote a book called MY LIFE AS A GAMER, you might think I hang out with a lot of gamers or play a lot of video games myself.

I don’t.

My son, Jake – who illustrated the book – does play video games, but only recently. Most of his childhood was spent drawing and watching cartoons, not playing Mario or Sonic or Crash Bandicoot – games he very much enjoys playing now.

 

So why did I choose gaming as the subject of our new book?

Because our readers asked me to.

 

This isn’t the first time I’ve listened to readers. When I wrote THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY, I wrote it as a standalone book, never once thinking I’d do a sequel. But after the book came out, I received several hundred emails a day from readers begging me to tell them what happened next.

 

I wrote a sequel. Then another. My readers are a billion times smarter than I am.

 

So when kids at book signings constantly asked me to write about gaming, I was happy to consider the idea. Why write books for kids if I’m not interested in exploring their worlds as well as my own?

 

On every school visit, I tell students one of the big decisions I had to make in writing MY LIFE AS A GAMER was this: should I use an existing game in the novel – like Minecraft – or make up my own videogame? I ask kids to put on their writer’s hats and tell me if THEY were writing the book what they’d do. Overwhelmingly, they make the same choice I did – to create a brand new video game.

 

The video game I made up for MY LIFE AS A GAMER is called ARCTIC NINJA. I ask students what kind of characters would inhabit that world and what some of the rules of that game would be. Their answers are always so funny and original that I end up wishing I’d met with them BEFORE I wrote the novel.

 

It also makes me realize how eager kids are to create stories. Their rigorous curriculums keep them working round-the-clock and it’s always such a pleasure to let their great minds rip with tales of evil narwhals and snowmen with martial arts skills. I love building on their ideas. A Yeti makes perfect sense in the Arctic but how do we push it further? A Yeti with a machete? Works for me! In the school I just visited yesterday here in Los Angeles, the kids were so excited after our brainstorming session, they ran back to their classrooms to continue building their fictional worlds. Nothing makes me happier than a room full of kids scrambling to find their pens.

 

MY LIFE AS A GAMER may have my name on the spine, but its energy comes straight from the minds of all the students I’ve stood in front of all these years who’ve shared their imaginations with me during our time together. I’m happy to be ‘making stuff up’ alongside them and only wish I’d been the one to think of an avalanche being set off by the screams of lemmings marching off frozen cliffs. Next time.

 Buy MY LIFE AS A GAMER here!

 

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#TheWhaleInMySwimmingPool Sweepstakes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 / Share your comments...

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To celebrate the publication of THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan we are hosting a sweepstakes on Instagram! To be entered to win all you have to do is follow @MacKidsBooks on Instagram and comment on the photo with what you would do if you found a whale in your swimming pool!

Sweepstakes begins at 10AM on April 7th and ends at midnight!

Book Description:

One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken . . . There’s a big whale in the water and it’s not budging! The boy tries everything to get the whale to leave. Nothing seems to work. Not fetch. Not tag. Not even offering his allowance. What’s a boy to do? Luckily, he comes up with the perfect solution: he decides to chill out on a spray of water over the whale’s spout.
This colorful whale of a tale from the talented Joyce Wan is sure to inspire giggles from little guppies!

ABBREVIATED RULES:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 13 and older as of the date of entry.  To enter, you must: “Follow” MacKidsBooks on Instagram; respond to the following question “What would you do if a whale was in your swimming pool?” You must include hashtag #TheWhaleInMyWimmingPool and tag @MacKidsBooks to participate in the Sweepstakes, beginning at [10:00 AM] Eastern Time (ET) [April 7, 2015]. Sweepstakes ends at [12:00 AM] ET [April 8, 2015]. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules below. Sponsor: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010. When you enter this promotion, you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Instagram.  Please review Sponsor’s privacy policy at [http://us.macmillan.com/splash/policy.html].  This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

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Come on up, it’s The 39-Story Treehouse Tour!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 / Share your comments...

Andy and Terry are once again inviting readers to come hang out with them in their astonithe-39-story-threehouse-thumbnailshing 39-story treehouse (it used to be 13 stories, then 26 stories, but they keep expanding). And this year they will have even more time to jump on the world’s highest trampoline, toast marshmallows in an active volcano, swim in the chocolate waterfall, pet baby dinosaurs, and go head-to-trunk with the Trunkinator, since Terry has created the greatest invention that he–or anyone else–has ever invented . . . a Once-upon-a-time machine that will write and illustrate their entire book for them!

What are you waiting for? Come on up!


 

The 39-Story Treehouse is on sale Tuesday but you can follow author Andy Griffiths’ blog tour online starting tomorrow, and see him on the road in Texas, California, and Washington DC!

BLOG TOUR:

SEE ANDY IN PERSON!

NewWebsiteJoin in on the Treehouse Series fun and the conversation by posting how excited you are about The 39-Story Treehouse using #TreehouseBookSeries on twitter, instagram, tumblr, and facebook.

What are you waiting for? Come on up to the treehouse!

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Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt goes on tour!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 / Share your comments...

9780805080223It’s 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee’s new teacher has just given her class an assignment–learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.

Told entirely through Tate’s hopeful letters, this beautifully drawn novel from National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt gradually unfolds a story of family love, overcoming tragedy, and an insightful girl learning to find her voice.

 

Find Kimberly Willis Holt on tour below!


Blog Tour

Tuesday, April 7
Read, Write, Reflect
http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 8
Eat the Book
http://www.mretome.wordpress.com/

Thursday, April 9
Librarian in Cute Shoes
http://librarianincuteshoes.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 10
Let’s Get Busy
http://lgbpodcast.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 12
Watch. Connect. Read.
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Monday, April 13
The Styling Librarian
http://thestylinglibrarian.com/

Tuesday, April 14
Nerdy Book Club
https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/


Physical Tour!

Tuesday, April 14: Blue Willow Bookshop at 5 PM
Friday, April 17: Southern Kentucky Book Festival
Saturday, April 18: Southern Kentucky Book Festival
Monday, April 20: The Book Stall at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 21: Politics & Prose at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, April 22: The Booksellers at Laurelwood at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 23: Octavia Books at 4:30 PM

 

Please contact the store for further information regarding the event.

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Out This Week! A Wrinkle, a List, and a Stranger

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 / Share your comments...

Check out the books coming out this week!

Chapter Books

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, illustrated by Hope Larson

The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs–Who, Whatsit, and Which–the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery Award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters, like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for delighting old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.

             


Young Adult Books

The F— It List by Julie Halpern

Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family.
Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then she’s hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.

 

The Stranger (Last Man, Volume 1) by Bastien Vivès, Balak and Michaël Sanlaville

 

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Out This Week!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Dance with an orangutan and explore Energy Island and the rainforest, maybe you’ll find Mr.Bright Side or a boy who knits?

Check out what’s new this week down below.

Picture Books

Orangutanka by Margarita Engle and Renee Kurilla

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780805098396.jpgAll the orangutans are ready for a nap in the sleepy depths of the afternoon . . . all except one. This little orangutan wants to dance! A hip-hop, cha-cha-cha dance full of somersaults and cartwheels. But who will dance with her?

Written in bold poems in the tanka style, an ancient Japanese form of poetry that is often used as a travel diary, this exuberant orangutan celebration from acclaimed poet Margarita Engle will make readers want to dance, too!

           


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Young Adult Books

Finding Mr. Bright Side by Jay Clark

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780805092578.jpgAbram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other–at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.
Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a year later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite Juliette to Taco Bell.
To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.

 


 

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