Monday, September 26, 2011

Bigger Than A Bread Box Book Release Party!!!

Little Shop is honored and really excited -- how could we not be? -- to be hosting the International Book Release Party for Laurel Snyder's newest novel, Bigger Than A Bread Box, this Friday, September 30th, at 7 p.m.  Bread Box takes place in Baltimore and Atlanta, so we'll try to have regional treats from both places on hand.  (Tastykakes, anyone?)

Laurel is (almost) a Decatur resident.  (She lives in East Atlanta. That's close!)  When it comes to writing books for kids, she's a triple-threat.  Her 2010 middle-grade novel, Penny Dreadful, was an E.B. White Read-aloud Honor book.  Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: Babyiddish, a board book, came out earlier this year.  Laurel also has written a couple of picture books, including Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher.

As good as her previous books have been, Bread Box (Random House) is truly a notch above.  This is perhaps the best kids' book I have read this year.

Bigger Than A Bread Box goes on sale Tuesday, September 27th, at 10 a.m.

Buy the book, read the book, and come to the party on Friday.  We'll have a great time!!!

Praise for Bigger Than A Bread Box

Rebecca’s mother uproots her away from father, friends, Baltimore, and everything she knows and transplants her in Atlanta. At twelve years of age and living at her grandmother’s house, Rebecca tries to cope with the help of a magical bread box which produces anything she wishes — as long as it fits inside. Laurel Snyder’s fourth middle-grade novel is, despite the fantasy aspects, an oftentimes achingly sad coming of age story in which Rebecca has to come to terms with the limits and consequences of her wishes, and with life’s circumstances beyond her control. This is balanced by the great sensitivity Laurel has for the protagonist and a wonderfully written sense of place. Bigger Than A Bread Box is a superb book that has continued to resonate long after the last page was read. - Dave Shallenberger, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur

Like Penny Dreadful before it, Bigger Than A Breadbox has the charming old-fashioned feeling of middle-grade stories from the 60s, but with a contemporary bent. Rebecca’s parents’ sudden separation forces her to move to Gran’s house, where she discovers a magical breadbox that seems to produce anything she wishes for from thin air. But as is always with wishes, something is amiss. This simple magic-realist story is really about a girl trying her best to deal with some of the toughest parts of growing up, and grappling with some important ethical questions in the process. - Hannah Manshel, 57th Street Books, Chicago

The voices are clear and believable, and the characters complicated and real.  It is such a pleasure to have real literature for children ... books like this are the reason I am a passionate bookseller.  I can't wait to recommend it to middle-grade readers and librarians. - Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh

Laurel Snyder's books always feel so cozy to me, fun and sweet and relatable.  Her newest ... is a must-read for middle grade readers. - Lauren Peugh, Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, La Verne, California

"Everything felt wrong, lopsided. I knew from the weird fuzzy humming inside my head," thinks 12-year-old Rebecca Shapiro as her family ruptures before her eyes. Rebecca's father has been out of work, and her mother is fed up; after a big fight with her husband, she packs up the children and drives from Baltimore to Atlanta to visit Rebecca and Lew's grandmother. When Rebecca discovers this isn't just a quick visit (her mother has a temp job for herself lined up and a new school picked out for Rebecca), she's furious. One day while exploring her grandmother's attic, Rebecca finds a magic breadbox that will grant any wish that fits inside it: a cookie, money, pens, lip-gloss, candy, or a diamond. But Rebecca comes to understand that the box won't solve her problems (conversely, it creates some enormous ones); she has to do that on her own. Introspective and rich with delicate imagery, this coming-of-age tale shares themes with Snyder's Penny Dreadful (2010). The insightful, memorable, and complex characters that Snyder creates result in a story with the same qualities. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly

By the time I picked up the galley for Bigger than a Breadbox, I had heard from no fewer than five colleagues that I had to read it. I’ve long been a fan of Laurel Snyder, and I truly believe this is her best book yet. It’s funny, it’s sad, and even though there are hints of magic, it gives a very realistic depiction of a tween girl struggling to fit in at school, find herself, and deal with her parents’ separation. I think young girls and their moms would benefit from reading and discussing this together.” – Erin Zlotnik, Random House

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