Recap: Here's the introduction to the First Impressions series of posts.
Consortium Book Sales & Distribution: As always, I left this two-day long sales meeting completely overwhelmed with options. Among the hundreds of new titles that will be coming out from the more than 100 indie publishers that are distributed by Consortium are a couple dozen that I'm very very excited about.
On the Children's and Young Adult side of the catalog (literally - it flips over!), a new publisher joined Consortium for Spring 2010, Enchanted Lion Books. Two of their picture books are featured below, alongside a graphic novel collection of Trickster tales from Fulcrum Publishing.
The Chicken Thief
by Beatrice Rodriguez
Enchanted Lion Books (Consortium) | 9781592700929 | $14.95 | Apr 2010
Perhaps the sweetest & funniest picture book I've seen in a long time, it's the wordless epic of a fox who snatches a hen from the yard where she lives and runs off with her. Bear, rabbit and rooster make chase, but after a surprising number of twists in the tale, it's a happy ending for all involved.
The Wild Daydreams of a Solitary Hamster
by Astrid Desbordes
illustrated by Pauline Martin
Enchanted Lion Books (Consortium) | 9781592700936 | $17.95 | May 2010
With understated humor and a very clear line indeed, young readers encounter a graphic novel-format picture book about a Hamster whose interactions with the other animals who are his friends gently illuminate the meaning of life, the life of the mind, and the nature of friendship. Naturally, it's translated from the French.
Trickster: Native American Tales
edited by Matt Dembicki
Fulcrum Publishing (Consortium) | 9781555917241 | $22.95 | June 2010
More than 20 trickster tales, each retold and illustrated by different Native American storytellers working with selected illustrators. Here's a sample page from one of the tales, Coyote And The Pebbles.