PW article about Jesse Klausmeier reveals the origins of Open This Little Book

PW's John Sellers, writing about Jesse Klausmeier's childhood idea that has come to life as a new Chronicle Books picture book:

But a story that debut author Jesse Klausmeier wrote when she was five, growing up in Madison, Wis., helped form the basis for her picture book Open This Little Book, just published by Chronicle. In the book, readers are invited to open a series of colorful and progressively smaller “books,” which are nested inside each other like Russian matryoshka dolls, joining a growing cast of animals to discover what’s inside each one.

We've previously covered Open This Little Book when the book trailer was posted.

Watch This: "Open This Little Book" book trailer (Chronicle Books)

A late-arriving book I sold on last summer's Fall 2012 list, the finished copies of Open This Little Book showed up here a few days ago and just charmed the heck out of me – and everyone else who's seen it. The wait? Worth it.


Open This Little Book

by Jesse Klausmeier

illustrated by Suzy Lee 

Chronicle Books | 9780811867832 | $16.99 | Jan 2013


Jesse Klausmeier: web | twitter

Suzy Lee: web

Book trailer: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)

This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press | 9780763655990 | $15.99 | Oct 2012

There was no other book I sold this summer that was more anticipated than Jon Klassen's follow-up to last year's insanely funny breakout book, I Want My Hat Back.

Some of my more patient and tolerant buyers even let me read the F&G of This Is Not My Hat aloud as though our appointment was storytime. (Thanks, guys!)

Here's a taste of what is coming:


Shelf Awareness gives Laura Amy Schlitz's Splendors And Glooms a starred review (Candlewick)

I loved Splendors And Glooms more than any previous book from Laura Amy Schlitz, and when I was talking about it with bookstore folks this summer, I described it as even more captivating than her earlier long YA novel, A Drowned Maiden’s Hair.  

I’m probably violating some bookselling covenant by slighting her book that actually won the Newbery Medal (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!), but that’s just me. I loved A Drowned Maiden’s Hair, and I loved Splendors And Glooms immediately.

Yesterday, Shelf Awareness published their starred review in their “For Readers” edition. An excerpt:

The author entwines the fates of a 70-year-old witch named Cassandra; a girl named Clara Wintermute, who's the only surviving child of a rich physician and his wife; and the wizard Grisini, who doubles as a gifted puppeteer. Grisini keeps his two orphaned assistants, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, on a string as tight as those of his extraordinary marionettes. Clara catches sight of Grisini's puppet show in Hyde Park and decides that this should be the entertainment at her 12th birthday party. Schlitz weaves together the individual chapters, which move smoothly among the third-person viewpoints of each character, into an edge-of-your-seat tale.  


Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz
Candlewick Press | 9780763653804 | $17.99 | Aug 2012

More, elsewhere:

Other starred reviews for Splendors And Glooms:
Publishers Weekly
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PW’s Q&A with Laura Amy Schlitz