Category Archives: Books

Preview: Mr. Zip’s Super Windy Day Board Book

Mr. Zip’s Super Windy Day Board Book

writer: Annie Auerbach
artist: Laura Catrinella
cover: Laura Catrinella
FC | 20 pages, 8″ x 7″ | Children’s Humor | Hardcover | $10.99 | Ages 2 to 5

Young readers will love the interactive lift-the-flap elements as they join Mr. ZIP for one windy adventure! Mr. ZIP and his trusty sidekick B. Franklin start their day in the mail room. Then it’s time to begin the mail route. We accompany Mr. ZIP as he makes his deliveries. Suddenly a huge gust of wind blows the letters away. Mr. ZIP and Franklin have to track them down. Will they be able to find every last letter — and deliver them all before the end of the day?

Mr. Zip’s Super Windy Day Board Book

Preview: Cats vs. Pickles: How the Gherkins Stole Christmas

Cats vs. Pickles: How the Gherkins Stole Christmas

writer: Darren Farrel
artist: Gabriele Tafuni
cover: Gabriele Tafuni
FC | 32 pages | Humor | Hardcover | $16.99 | Ages 3 to 8

How the Gherkins Stole Christmas is a hilarious riff on Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Throughout the days leading up to Christmas, humbug infects the residents of Catsburg. When the joy gets sucked out of the holidays, the Pickles are called in to help bring the cheer back. However, Snowball the cat tries to foil their plans by convincing the town that the Pickles are actually aliens!

Cats vs. Pickles: How the Gherkins Stole Christmas

Crowdfunding Corner: Béla Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape provides the definitive portrait of a cultural icon

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Béla Lugosi was more than just an actor; he was a cultural icon and a legend of the silver screen whose commanding presence, hypnotic voice, and mesmerizing gaze made him the embodiment of Count Dracula. Now acclaimed journalist and Lugosi expert Robert Cremer has written Béla Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape, a comprehensive and essential biography that features over 700 photographs, including many rare or never-before-seen family photos, letters, documents and historical artifacts curated by Lynne Lugosi Sparks of the Lugosi Family Archives, many of which have never before been published. The book, which is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter by Clover Press, also features an all-new foreword by Béla Lugosi, Jr. and an afterword by noted Lugosi historian Dr. Gary Rhodes.

Béla Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape includes exclusive interviews conducted with Lillian Lugosi Donlevy, Lugosi’s wife of 20 years, as well as his closest Hungarian relatives and friends. The biography explores the actor’s humble beginnings in Hungary; his political activism, which cost him his wife, family and almost his life; his harrowing transatlantic crossing to America; and his struggles to realize his dream of becoming a success on stage and on the silver screen. The book also provides compelling insight into the reasons for Béla’s decline into B-movie productions in Gower Gulch in the 1950s, with extensive interviews with Edward D. Wood, Jr. which unlock heretofore unknown background on Béla’s involvement in the filming of the cult classics Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Béla Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape provides unprecedented look into many aspects of Lugosi’s life, including:

  • Why Béla enlisted in the army in 1914, when he could have been excused from military service.
  • How Béla became a major union organizer in 1918 that catapulted him to fame and then to exile from his beloved Hungary.
  • How a sailor and his cat saved Béla’s life during his transatlantic crossing to the U.S.
  • Why Béla was not the first choice for the role of Count Dracula.
  • Why Béla risked involvement in the founding of the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood, given his near-fatal experience with union activism in Hungary.
  • Who was really behind the ban on horror films in 1936.
  • Why Béla’s film The Raven was a personal nightmare for the actor, despite being a box office hit.
  • Why Béla risked his health repeatedly on cross-country barnstorming tours.
  • What role fishhead stew played in Béla’s embarking on a second career with filmmaker Ed Wood.
  • Why Béla asked his son not to drive him to his wedding ceremony with Hope Lininger.

Perfect for film buffs, horror aficionados and readers with a taste for the macabre, Béla Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape is now on Kickstarter. The campaign runs until Thursday, November 16 2023 11:59 PM EST.

Scholastic reverses its Book Fair Censorship


Scholastic has come under fire in recent weeks over their policy concerning Scholastic Book Fairs. The company had censored the books it was sending to schools, reacting to the legislation in states that discriminate against LGBTQIA+, minorities, and basically anyone that’s not white and Christian. To deal with the bigotry, Scholastic played “separate but equal” with a collection called “Share Every Story, Celebrate Every Voice,” giving into the hate as if it was ok.

Today, Scholastic has reversed that decision and will not offer the “Share Every Story, Celebrate Every Voice” in January. In a statement they state they will “reconsider how to make our Book Fairs available to all kids, we will keep in mind the needs of our educators facing local content restrictions and the children we serve. “

Scholastic’s concerns, and understandable, is that by providing books that are banned/might be banned/controversial, they set up teachers, schools, librarians, those involved, to be sued/fired/stoned by the hatemongers of the community.

What Scholastic did was give into the legislation and highlights a lack of the book industry’s response and organization to fight to the legislation being proposed and passed.

As has been shown, a dark money network is funding campaigns against “Critical Race Theory”, something not being taught in schools. This book banning is an off-shoot of that showing these pushes are about as natural as an oral bowel movement. The “movement” is being used as a wedge issue to whip up voters by the right since they have nothing else to run on. It attempts to pit parents vs. bureaucrats (and teachers and librarians), a match that’s unfortunately pretty easy to get traction on. The movement has been working for decades and continues the right-wing push to take over at the local level, first at the state and now even lower to get their regressive agenda passed.

In 2022 2,571 unique titles were challenged, up from 1,858 in 2021, and a massive jump from 2020’s 223. A Washington Post investigation found that only 11 people were responsible for filing 60% of the challenges in 2022.

It’s good that Scholastic has changed their stance, but it’s only a small step for a very long fight to come with much more that needs to be done.

You can read Scholastic’s full statement below

This fall, we made changes in our U.S. elementary school fairs out of concern for our Book Fair hosts. In doing this, we offered a collection of books to supplement the diverse collection of titles already available at the Scholastic Book Fair. We understand now that the separate nature of the collection has caused confusion and feelings of exclusion. 

We are working across Scholastic to find a better way. The Share Every Story, Celebrate Every Voice collection will not be offered with our next season in January. As we reconsider how to make our Book Fairs available to all kids, we will keep in mind the needs of our educators facing local content restrictions and the children we serve. 

It is unsettling that the current divisive landscape in the U.S. is creating an environment that could deny any child access to books, or that teachers could be penalized for creating access to all stories for their students. 

By listening to those who share our mission – we have successfully piloted our way through past difficult periods, and we will do so successfully again. 


The Mysteries is an intriguing fable for adults from Bill Watterson and John Kascht

In a fable for grown-ups by cartoonist Bill Watterson, a long-ago kingdom is afflicted with unexplainable calamities. Hoping to end the torment, the king dispatches his knights to discover the source of the mysterious events. Years later, a single battered knight returns.

Story: Bill Watterson
Art: Bill Watterson, John Kascht

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Go behind the scenes on Invincible Season 1 with the Companion Hardcover Art Book

Skybound has released a first look at The Art of Invincible Season 1, the behind-the-scenes companion to Prime Video’s hit animated series, Invincible. Available everywhere books are sold in March 2024, this release marks the first animation artbook produced by Skybound Entertainment for the landmark franchise’s ascension to television.  

The Art of Invincible Season 1 features never-before-seen production art, and exclusive commentary on the hit Prime Video series from key creatives, including Invincible comic co-creators Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker. Superfans of the hit animated series will be happy to find exclusive character, background, and vehicle designs, key art, and more inside this volume! 

Prime Video recently announced that the critically acclaimed adult animated superhero series will premiere the first half of its eight-episode second season on November 3, with new episodes airing weekly. Following a mid-season hiatus, the second half of Season Two will premiere in early 2024. Invincible will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world. 

The Art of Invincible Season 1 (Lunar Code: 0923IM850; Diamond Code: MAY230119; ISBN: 978-1-5343-9909-9 | SRP: $39.99) will be available at booksellers, along with digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 and at comic book shops and everywhere comic books are sold on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. 

Preview: Snow Boy

Snow Boy

writer: Darren Farrel
artist: Glenn Thomas
FC | 32 pages | Picture Book | Hardcover | $16.99 | Ages 3 to 8

Snow Boy is the charming story of friendship, community, and how a snow person finds a family.

What happens to a snow person after the child who made them goes inside? Are they sad? Are they lonely? Do they miss the child’s friendship? Perhaps they want to keep playing. What if the snow person happens to peek inside? Will they see a happy family gathering for dinner, or reading a bedtime story in front of the fire? Who is a snow person’s family?

Snow Boy answers those questions as our hero, Snow Boy, heads off in search of where he truly belongs. Where is Snow Boy’s family? With the squirrels? No. With the beavers? Nope. With the big brown bears? Certainly not!

Who can Snow Boy snuggle with? Who will take him in? How will Snow Boy find his perfect family?

Find out, as the entire forest community bands together to find the perfect solution!

Snow Boy

Preview: How the North Pole Works

How the North Pole Works

writer: Amber Stewart
artist: Kyle Beckett
FC | 64 pages | Fantasy | Hardcover | $19.99 | Ages 3 and up

Have you ever wondered what really goes on in Santa’s North Pole headquarters? Come along for a journey to a place like no other, where you will experience all the innovation and wonder the North Pole has to offer. This insider’s guide gives you an unforgettable and unprecedented view into one of the most magical places on the planet. Dive in to learn about the state-of-the-art robot and drone technology, remarkable reindeer, enchanting elves, as well as the best places to visit, stay, and shop. Whimsical text and vivid illustrations make this a book you’ll want to return to again and again!

How the North Pole Works

Preview: Baldwin’s Big Christmas Delivery

Baldwin’s Big Christmas Delivery

writer: Annie Auerbach
artists: David Molena and Terry Shakespeare
FC | 32 pages | Action Adventure | Hardcover | $16.99 | Ages 3 to 8

It’s Christmas and the train yard is busy! There are lots of trains with lots of packages to deliver. Baldwin, a switcher train, does his best to get all the big trains ready. But when he discovers one Christmas package that’s been left behind, Baldwin decides he must deliver the package himself — no matter what!

Baldwin's Big Christmas Delivery

Always Matt: A Tribute to Matthew Shepard is both beautiful and heart-wrenching

A poignant tribute to the life of Matthew Shepard and his legacy in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, honoring the formation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which dedicates its mission to erasing hate.

Without shying away from the pain and tragedy of his death, Newman’s moving, lyrical prose and Brian Britigan’s simple color line drawings present a celebration of his incredible life. Matthew’s story still resonates for those who lived through it, and remains a vital piece of LGBTQ+ history for younger generations to learn.

Story: Lesléa Newman
Art: Brian Britigan
Foreward: Jason Collins

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