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1. COVER REVEAL: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus: An Origami Yoda Book



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2. CBS Sunday Morning: Rube Goldberg


CBS Sunday Morning featured an incredible 7 minute segment on Rube Goldberg yesterday.

The book was mentioned and the cover was shown.

Watch it here

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3. The Art of Rube Goldberg: HOW THE COVER WORKS and more

The Art of Rube Goldberg (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius 










  Today's the day: After 7 years in the making, we're so excited to announce the release of The Art of Rube Goldberg! We're thrilled with the result, and we're sure you'll love it, too. Check out exclusive images, videos, cover details + more great features from the book on our blog #TheArtofRube #rubegoldberg

The Art of Rube Goldberg: HOW THE COVER WORKS















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4. COVER REVEALED: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!


Wonderful news!

This morning, USAToday.com (UVM: 22 million!) revealed the cover of the next book in the bestselling Origami Yoda series, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!

“Origami Yoda is back in all its folded, evil-fighting glory.”
Read the full story online and be sure to share it—tag @abramskids @origamiyoda



Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger, $13.95; MARCH 4, 2014; 978-1-4197-1052-0
Online
Oct 17                  USAToday.com – cover reveal

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5. I am now on TUMBLR

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6. Getting to Know Salem Hyde





About the book
Salem Hyde just isn’t like other kids. For one thing, she’s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, she’s a witch. Salem acts first and thinks later—which means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses!
Good thing she’s been assigned an animal companion, Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This over-anxious cat doesn’t like Salem calling him “Whammy,” and Salem doesn’t like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldn’t do something . . . like enter the class spelling bee.
Salem knows she can beat all her classmates at spells, no problem. Too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling words, not magic. And there’s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc! 


Praise for The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One
STARRED REVIEW
"A fledgling witch receives necessary guidance from a talking cat in this utterly adorable page-turner… A delightful buddy story and an auspicious series opener; be sure to make room on shelves for Salem and Whammy."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the author
Frank Cammuso is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist, the creator of the popular middle school graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, and the illustrator of several beginning reader graphic books, including Otto’s Orange Day. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
http://www.cammuso.com/






Events
October 5th         River’s End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
October 10th       NY Comic-Con
October 18th       B&N Dewitt
October 26th       League of Extraordinary Readers, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY
Nov 10th               New Brunswick School, Greenwich, CT
Nov 16th               The Rochester Children’s Book Festival 

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7. Cover revealed: Dairy of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard Luck


Cover revealed: Dairy of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard Luck 

It's HARD LUCK being a Wimpy Kid. 



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USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/08/wimpy-kid-"eff Kinney says that in his next "novel in cartoons,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (due Nov. 5), his wisecracking, self-centered, middle-school narrator, Greg Heffley, will try "to reinvent himself."
In his first interview about Hard Luck (its cover is revealed here for the first time), Kinney says Greg isn't aging or maturing but continues to find new comic challenges. It's the eighth book in the wildly popular series, written and illustrated by Kinney for readers 8 and up.
Kinney says Greg's best friend, Rowley, "has a girlfriend. Greg is on his own. He realizes the choices he's made haven't been the best, so he decides to turn his decisions over to chance, using an 8 Ball."hard-luck-jeff-kinney/2628639/"


 Will Greg Heffley's luck ever change?

Find out . . .

11.05.13

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8. UNCOVER THE COLOR of WIMPY KID 8 Tomorrow morning


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9. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett is now on sale!!

TODAY, August 6, is the on-sale date for The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppettthe next episode in the bestselling Origami Yoda series! 





Be sure to take pictures of the Origami Yoda books
and post to your social media:
tag @abramskids and @origamiyoda

















Redesigned website!

The home base for the Origami Yoda books, origamiyoda.com has been completely redesigned and launches on Monday 8/5.
See below for screenshot and take a look on Mon when it goes live: www.origamiyoda.com



Where in the world is Tom Angleberger?
Tom Angleberger embarks on a 10-city tour on Tuesday 8/6.
Follow @abramskids @origamiyoda for updates.



Tuesday, August 6
2:00pm
Barnes & Noble
8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
7:00pm
Hastings
1660 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Wednesday, August 7
3:00pm
Booksellers @ Laurelwood, Memphis
387 Perkins Extd, Memphis, TN 38117

7:00pm
Hastings
1315 S Caraway Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72401
Thursday, August 8

2:00pm
Left Bank Books
321 N 10th St, St Louis, MO 63101



6:30pm
Barnes & Noble
3111 South Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62704

Friday, August 9
3:30pm
4 Kids Books
4450 Weston Pointe Dr, Zionsville, IN 46077

7:00pm
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
3054 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Saturday, August 10
10:00am
Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore
1356 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
2:00pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Cir B1, Lexington, KY 40503





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10. Jacket proof for SICK arrived


Production Genius Kathy Lovisolo delivers the Jacket proofs for SICK

A nice gritty matte jacket






About the book
 
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.
The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

Praise for SICK
"The gore and action will leave enthralled readers thrilled and then sated with each kill on either side."
Booklist


About the author
Tom Leveen is the author of PartyZero, and manicpixiedreamgirlZero was named to YALSA’s list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. This is his first foray into the horror genre. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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11. Cover Evolution of A Greyhound of a Girl—Hardcover & Paperback

Art for both the hardcover and Paperback versions of 
A Greyhound of a Girl was made by Karl Kwasny

1st color attempt
Fully rendered bottom character

Back to a silo character
Now with more arm movement!

One last thing. Adding white to the type for the final design.



Paperback Redesign





Final Paperback Version


About the book
Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

Praise for A Greyhound of a Girl
STARRED REVIEW
“A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

STARRED REVIEW
“This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize–winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”
Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW
"Written mostly in dialogue, at which Doyle excels, and populated with a charming foursome of Irish women, this lovely tale is as much about overcoming the fear of death as it is about death itself."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this moving and artfully structured ghost tale, four generations of Irish women come together. A big part of the pleasure here is the rhythm of the language and the contrasting voices of the generations. Any opportunity to read it aloud would be a treat."
Horn Book

"For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."
Library Media Connection

Award:
Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction
 

About the author
Roddy Doyle is the author of nine novels. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His novels have been made into popular films, including The Commitmentsand The Snapper. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

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13. Cover sketches for UNDERTOWN by Jon Foster










Jon Foster




About the book
In this fast-paced adventure story, Timothy and Jessamyn are towed through the streets of Manhattan riding in Timothy’s family’s sailboat, on their way to the Long Island shore, when the boat comes unhitched from its truck. The teens “sail” backward down a hill in Upper Manhattan, then fall down a huge construction site hole and into the vast sewer system below.
Thrust into an amazing adventure, the kids navigate waterfalls and rapids as they travel through the rain sewers. They meet a graffiti artist their own age, a homeless person named You, and rats the size of large dogs. They fall into the hands of a gangster who claims the sewers as her kingdom and the homeless as her subjects, and acts as a fence for luxury goods! Will she feed Timothy and Jessamyn to the rats?

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14. Cover sketches for Genie Wishes










About the book
This sweet, funny novel follows fifth-grader Genie Kunkle through a tumultuous year. From the first day of school, Genie knows there will be good, bad, and in-between. The good? She’s in homeroom with her best friend, Sarah. The bad? Sarah’s friend from camp, Blair, is a new student at their school, and is itching to take Genie’s place as Sarah’s BFF. The in-between? Genie is excited to be elected to write her class’s blog, where she’s tasked with tracking the wishes and dreams of her class. But expressing her opinion in public can be scary—especially when her opinion might make the rest of her class upset.
Elisabeth Dahl authentically captures the ups and downs of a tween girl’s life, and the dramas—both little and big—that fill the scary transition between childhood and adolescence.

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15. Bazooka Joe and His Gang


Bazooka Joe and His Gang
by The Topps Company, Preface by Talley Morse, Introduction by Nancy Morse and Kirk Taylor, Essays by Len Brown, R. Sikoryak, and Bhob Stewart; Afterword by Jay Lynch, Selected by and from the collection of Jeff Shepherd.
We have been working with Kirk Taylor to publish some excellent guest blog posts — read them at the Abrams ComicArts blog:

Our Tumblr post:

Connect with Kirk, Nancy, R. Sikoryak and Bhob Stewart:
Kirk Taylor
Nancy Morse
R. Sikoryak
Bhob Stewart






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16. COVER REVEAL: THE SURPRISE ATTACK OF JABBA THE PUPPETT



Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. When Principal Rabbski cancels art, music, and other elective classes to make time for a new program called FunTime, which is intended to raise standardized test scores, the students form a Rebel Alliance with the help of Origami Yoda. United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?

JABBA THE HUTT SLITHERS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT AS THE STAR OF
THE SURPRISE ATTACK OF JABBA THE PUPPETT, THE FOURTH BOOK IN THE BESTSELLING ORIGAMI YODA SERIES BY TOM ANGLEBERGER. NATIONAL LAYDOWN: AUGUST 6, 2013. FIRST PRINTING: 500,000 COPIES.
New York, NY, April 16, 2013—Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announced today that wildly popular Star Wars™ bad guy Jabba the Hutt, transformed into origami star Jabba the Puppett, will be the lead character in Tom Angleberger’s next book in the bestselling Origami Yoda series. One of the biggest book releases of 2013, THE SURPRISE ATTACK OF JABBA THE PUPPETT has an announced first printing of 500,000 copies and will have a national one-day laydown on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. It follows the March 26, 2013, release of ART2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling, which debuted on national bestseller lists its first week on sale. With more than 4.1 million copies of the books in print, this series is quickly folding its way into the hearts and halls of middle schools across the galaxy.
“We have a very surprising cover star this time,” says bestselling author Tom Angleberger. “Jabba the Hutt wasn’t the lead character I was expecting. But I think once fans read the book, they will agree that it’s hard to say no to him!”

An extensive marketing and publicity campaign for the series will last throughout 2013. In addition to a planned
15-city tour, Tom Angleberger will be featured at the International Reading Association Annual Convention (San Antonio) and at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference (Fort Worth). The promotions—including a national consumer contest, national publicity, book trailers, origami video instructions, online events, trade and consumer advertising, additional appearances at national educational and library conferences, and a big social media push—will continue into the summer until August 6, when the book releases.
About the Origami Yoda series: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda was published in spring 2010, followed by Darth Paper Strikes Back, in summer 2011. Upon the publication of the third book, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, which appeared in August 2012, the series debuted on the New York Times series bestseller list. Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling, an interactive companion book to the series, came out in March 2013. The books have also appeared on the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Indie Bound, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda won the Association of Booksellers for Children’s 2011 E. B. White Read-Aloud award, was named a 2011 Notable Children’s Book by the Association for Library Service to Children, and has been nominated and won numerous state children’s awards across the country. There are more than 4.1 million books in print of all the books in the series.
The illustrations depicting Yoda and any and all other Star Wars properties are copyright © 2010-2013 Lucasfilm Ltd & TM. Title and character and place names protected by all applicable trademark laws. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.



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17. Abrams ComicArts and SelfMadeHero received a total of SIX Eisner nominations this year!


Fantastic News!!!


Abrams ComicArts and SelfMadeHero received a total of SIX Eisner nominations this year! 


For Abrams ComicArts:



Best Comic Related Book –





For SelfMadeHero:
Best Reality Based Work - A Chinese Life
Best Adaptation from Another Medium - Chico and Rita
Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia - A Chinese Life

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are prizes given for creative achievement in comic books, and are the comic world's equivalent of the Academy Awards. Voting for the awards is held online, and the ballot will be available soon online, and we will send out another email when that happens. 

All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 19 at Comic-Con International.

Congratulations to everyone involved!!!

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18. A for Abrams from Daniel Kirk


Illustrator Daniel Kirk has gone above and beyond and found and amazing selection of A's for  @abramskids #aforabrams campgain.

If you would like to join in hashtag your A's #aforabrams on Twitter and Instagram. Don't for get to let @abramskids and @abramsbooks know about your A's

http://instagram.com/p/WPDgsQQc0P/


Be sure to Follow me @chadwbecks and ABRAMS Kids @abramskids on Twitter and Instagram

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19. HOW TO BE A CAT @nikkimcclure Advances are in!! Jacket and Case design.

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20. Rube Goldberg Hannukah

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21. AMULET BOOKS WINS NEW MIDDLE GRADE BOOK SERIES


The news of our the new series Susan Van Metre and Charlie Kochman acquired by bestselling author Jon Scieszka broke over the holiday week. Our official statement is below. Publishers Weekly ran an exclusive in the 12/24 print magazine, which is attached for you to forward to your accounts that can use the news.  Please note that the series will not be published until fall 2014. We needed to release the news now as there were other publishers who bid on the series so waiting too long would allow the news to be broken by another source as people were speculating. It’s very exciting to have Jon on board.

AMULET BOOKS WINS NEW MIDDLE GRADE BOOK SERIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR JON SCIESZKA IN A HEATED 6-WAY AUCTION

Senior Vice President and Publisher Susan Van Metre and Editorial Director Charles Kochman at ABRAMS Amulet Books imprint beat out five other children’s publishers for the first six books in a new illustrated middle grade series by bestselling author Jon Scieszka, the nation’s first National Ambassador of Children’s literature. Titled Frank Einstein, Kid Scientist and illustrated by Brian Biggs, the series is about a budding scientist who battles an evil genius with the help of two well-meaning but imperfect robots that he invents. The first book will appear in fall 2014. Scieszka’s longtime agent Steven Malk at Writers House orchestrated the deal. Amulet Books plans an extensive marketing and publicity campaign for the launch.

Jon Scieszka always wanted to be a kid science genius. The closest he got was winning a green "Participant" ribbon at his fourth grade Science Fair and dressing up one Halloween as a bloody Albert Einstein. Scieszka studied pre-med in college. He taught elementary school, including second grade science, in New York City for ten years.  For over twenty years, he has been a children's book writer, and is the author of The True Story of 3 Little Pigs!, The Stinky Cheese Man, the Time Warp Trio series, Math Curse, Science Verse, the Trucktown series, the Spaceheadz series, and more. In 2008, Scieszka was named the nation's first National Ambassador of Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress and the Children's Book Council.  He is also the founder of the web-based literacy initiative for boys called Guys Read, and is the editor of the Guys Read Library of Great Reading series.

Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company publishes visually stunning illustrated books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior and garden design, craft, architecture, entertainment, fashion, sports, pop culture, as well as children's books and general interest titles. The company's imprints include Abrams, Abrams ComicArts, Abrams Image, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Abrams Appleseed, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. Abrams also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents and others.
www.abramsbooks.com

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22. New Drawing!



More drawings!
http://cwdrawings.blogspot.com/


All drawings reasonable priced.
Email
chadwbecks@gmail.com
for pricing

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23. Origami Yoda says: Get pencils ready, you must. It's time to doodle–Star Wars style.


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24. Bill Haverchuck

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25. I was a Communication Arts Judge for there Illustration Annual!

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