In just under two weeks on the 9th of January, Joanne Harris will be here reading from and discussing her new fantasy chapter book Runemarks. Joanne Harris is the author of the book Chocolat, and Runemarks is her children's book debut.
According to Nick, son of Diane, "It's an awesome fantasy, and the best book I've read all year." We're excited about hosting Joanne's first stop on her book tour. Please stop by and meet her.
Jon Scieszka is one of the biggest names in kids books, and he's coming here! On Tuesday, January 15th, the author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The Math Curse, the Time Warp Trio series, and many, many others, will be her signing his new book Smash! Crash!, the first book in his new series Truck Town. Truck Town is a world much like a local preschool, only everybody is a truck of some sort. Dump truck, garbage truck, ice cream truck -- you name it, Truck Town's got it!
Jon's website (http://www.jsworldwide.com/) says more about him than we ever could, so go there to see all of his great books, and find out about his organization Guys Read, an effort to help guys find good books they'll like to read, and to become lifelong readers. Looking for a guy's reccomendation? Check out the Guys Read website at http://www.guysread.com/. Meanwhile, for a great truck book, come hear Jon read from Smash! Crash!
Cinder Eyed Cats is a lushly illustrated, sparsely worded book about a young boy on a dream-like adventure. It's probably not a stretch to say that this book, and by extension, its author, had much to do with the birth of Little Shop.
This is just our long way of saying that we are honored to host Eric Rohmann at The Shop on January 18th at 4pm. Since Cinder Eyed Cats, Eric has won a Caldecott medal for My Friend Rabbit, as well as penned and illustrated one of our all time favorite picture books, Clara and Asha. He will be visiting us to share his latest book, A Kitten Tale, the story of some skittish kitties and their first snowfall. We truly hope you will join us for this very, very special event.
So come hear some great authors read from great new books, and see you in 2008!