Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kate DiCamillo Is Coming To DBF!


Kate DiCamillo
Decatur Book Festival
Target Children's Stage
Saturday at 1pm

Kate DiCamillo is the absolutely amazing author of picture books, including Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, and the Mercy Watson chapter books. But Kate is best known as a writer of great novels for children which are equally loved by adults. These include Because of Winn-Dixie (a 2001 Newbery Honor book), The Tale of Despereaux (2004 Newbery Award winner), and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

I could go on and on about her, but you can read about Kate here, here, and here.

Instead, I'll go on and on about Kate's newest work. The Magician's Elephant has the feel of a classic, 19th century European fable translated into English. The book concerns Peter Duchene, an orphan who takes money meant for fish and bread, but instead asks a fortuneteller how to find his sister. The response (an elephant!) sends Peter on an amazing life-changing adventure.

Your grandchildren will be reading The Magician's Elephant to their grandchildren.

We will be pre-selling The Magician's Elephant at the Decatur Book Festival. Kate will be signing book plates. You can then pick up your copy of the book at Little Shop of Stories a mere three days later on September 8th. (You can come to Little Shop at your convenience; we'll keep one for you.)

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