Monday, December 3, 2012

A Santa Trap contest!

Bradley Bartleby is heating up the Twittersphere with his jolly threats to good ol' St. Nick! Want a chance to win your own copy? 

Follow along @BradleyBartleby and retweet his daily updates, adding #SantaTrap (when there's room to do so). 

That's it! We'll pick 5 winners at the end of the BADvent Calendar, so get to tweeting! The more retweets, the more chances you'll have to win! 

Good luck and Merry Christmas!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

A note from Bradley


Dear Children of the World

My name is Bradley Bartleby. If you haven’t heard of me, that’s probably because you are ignorant wretches.



My family are immensely rich and I live in a huge house with a garden that is big enough to lose an elephant in. You might think that being rich means that I can have whatever I want. Sadly, this is not the case. While my parents give in to my every demand, not everyone follows their fine example.  There is one man in particular, who stubbornly refuses to give me what I want.  His name is Santa Claus.

While this fat fool gives proper presents to all of you each Christmas, he seems determined not to do the same for me. Ever since I was a baby, the only gift he’s given me is a pair of stupid socks, which is more of an insult than a gift.

I’m not prepared to put up with this for any longer, so this Christmas I’m going to make sure I get what I want from Santa – this Christmas I’m going to take every present he’s got.

To achieve this I’ve spent the whole of this year converting my house into a stupendous SANTA TRAP.  Although I still have a few jobs left to do, I’m confident that I will catch the crimson clod. I’m obviously hoping to nab Santa early on in his journey, while he’s still got most of his gifts. Either way, it will mean that some of you will not be getting your presents this year. I realise that many children will be upset by this.  To those children I say, “BOOHOO!”, “LOOK AT THE LITTLE CRY BABY!” and “TOUGH LUCK!” I’ve suffered many disappointing Christmases - now it’s your turn!

I’m aware that there is a picture book entitled “The Santa Trap” that claims to tell the story of what I’m doing. I have to admit that the first half of this book contains a disturbingly accurate account of my early life and the events of the last few months.  The book’s author and illustrator have clearly been spying on me. I must improve the security here at Bartleby Hall – it seems that having ravenous tigers roaming the grounds is not enough.

I didn’t bother reading the second half of the book as it was clearly made-up nonsense.  It appears to show events that have not even happened yet!!! The author and illustrator of the book, Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene, are obviously charlatans and the book’s publishers, Peachtree, must be gullible idiots.  I would urge you to ignore the book completely –  only there is this rather fetching portrait of me on the front cover.



So I suggest you buy a copy, put the dust cover in an expensive frame and throw away the rest of the book – or better still burn it!

To set the record straight as to my actual activities, I have taken out a Twitter account @BradleyBartleby and will be tweeting a daily progress report as I put the finishing touches to my trap.
You can find my profile page here   https://twitter.com/BradleyBartleby

The first tweet will be on the 1st December and the last on the 24th December, after which I will be too busy opening my thousands of presents to tweet any more. Since this period coincides with advent, I thought I’d use “Bradley’s Advent Calendar” as my profile name.  However this title was too long for the halfwits at Twitter, who can only cope with a few syllables at a time it seems, so I’ve had to abbreviate it to “BADVENT CALENDAR” instead.

I expect that I’ll be too busy finishing the trap to respond to any tweets you might send me, so don’t bother trying to talk me out of it or begging me to stop - and I’m not interested in any other tedious little remarks you might want to make!

Here’s wishing ME a very merry and present-filled christmas.

Yours vengefully,

Bradley Bartleby


Edited: It looks like Bradley is at it again! He's taken up a post at Scribble Street

Edited AGAIN: Bradley's gone international! Now he's in Argentina! This kid won't stop at anything!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Holidays from Peachtree!

Thanksgiving is this week which means that starting on Friday, the holiday season is upon us! (Or, if you're like me, the holiday season has been here since Halloween. Yes I'm one of 'those people.') 

Check out our newest holiday book, The Santa Trap (October 2012)!

The Santa Trap
Written by Jonathan Emmett
Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Bradley Bartleby is bad. 

Very bad. 

To avoid Bradley's wrath, his wealthy parents buy him whatever he wants. All the adults in Bradley's life are running scared--except for Santa Claus, who refuses to give him anything but socks. But Bradley vows to get what he deserves. If Santa won't give him the fits he wants, Bradley will just have to steal them. 

It takes Bradley a full year to execute is plan. In the end, he trasforms his house into a trap so fearsome even his parents refuse to enter it. With dynamite, trapdoors, guillotines, and tigers in his path, Santa doesn't stand a chance. 

Or does he?    

Take a look at some of our other holiday books from past seasons!

Jingle Bells
Written by John Harris
Illustrated byAdam Gustavson

Santa's Eleven Months Off
Written by Mike Reiss
Illustrated by Michael G. Montgomery

Santa recovers from a hectic December by embarking on a hilrious campaign of adverture and self-improvement.
Santa's Last Present
Written by Marie-Aude Murail and Elvire Murail
Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Julian thinks he's getting to big to believe in Santa, but when he finds an extra present under the tree, he discovers that he may not be too old after all.

Where Teddy Bears Come From
Written by Mark Burgess
Illustrated by Russell Ayto

A little wolf knows just what he needs to get a good night's sleep: a teddy bear to cuddle, just like in his favorite story book.




Little Rabbit's Christmas
Written and Illustrated by Harry Horse 


 Happy Thanksgiving (and as always, happy reading!)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Coming Spring 2013...

It's November, so obviously it's time to think about SPRING! 

We're starting to get proofs in of our new books -- boxes everywhere! It's like birthday but without the cake. Thankfully we have a new book that is better than cake! 

I'm not giving away all of the surprises just yet though.  Here's just a bit of a sneak peek...




I can't wait until we can share more of this one with you! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to spring! 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans' Day

 Today, we remember our veterans and show our immense gratitude for their sacrifices. Thank you so much for all that you do for us and for our country!


Nearly 100 years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was signed between Germany and the Allied Nations, ending World War I. From then on, November 11 was known as Armistice Day. Then, in 1954, the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. On this day every year, we thank those who have served the USA.

This brings us to a Backlist Spotlight:


Christmas in the Trenches
Written by John McCutcheon
Illustrated by Henri Sorensen
This fictional tale, based on a real event during WWI, takes place on Christmas Eve 1914. The war had started several months prior, but on this night, the war paused. The Allied armies could hear the German army singing "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" from across the frozen No Man's Land. The Allied forces soon joined in with "Silent night, holy night." This event unofficially became known as the Christmas Truce.

Author John McCutcheon originally wrote a song based on this event called "Christmas in the Trenches." He said, "I first thought I would only sing the song and tell the story during the Christmas season. I soon learned that it deserves--no, needs--to be told 365 days a year."



Pennies in a Jar
Written by Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by Ted Lewin
This beautiful story tells the tale of a young boy whose father goes off to fight in WWII. Before he leaves, his father tells him, "If something is important enough, you just have to do it, even if you are afraid." The boys makes sure to follow his dad's words of wisdom while he is away.


Thank you veterans for doing the job you do, even when you are afraid.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Theory of Everything blog tour!



Just because everyone else thinks you should be over it doesn't mean you are. 
 



If you haven't yet checked out JJ Johnson's sophomore novel, The Theory of Everything, get thee to a bookstore pronto! 

To celebrate this awesome book, we're having a special blog tour -- be sure to check back every week for new reviews, chances to win, notes from JJ and more! 


Also be sure to check out JJ's awesome blog here!


Thursday, November 8
Today we kick off the tour with a trip down memory lane. Ever wonder what JJ was like as a teen? Check out her Dear Teen Me post today! 

Tuesday, November 13
Leafing Through Life has the first review of the tour up today!

(Happy Thanksgiving! There will be no posts the week of November 19, but if you'll be at NCTE, be sure to swing by the ALAN workshop and see JJ on Tuesday 11/20!)

Wednesday, November 28
E Kristin Anderson is posting a review today! 

Monday, December 10
Hollywood the Write Way is featuring a review and an interview with JJ! 

Monday, December 17
As I Turn the Pages will feature a review and excerpt from the book!


Keep an eye out for giveaways -- you don't want to miss this one!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day

Election Day is upon us! There may be uncertainty as to who will win the election tomorrow, but no matter which way it goes, the president is bound to have his fair share of challenges ahead.

So, where do you go when you're having a crummy day?


In Mr. President Goes to School, a trip back to elementary school is just the ticket. The president sure feels better after finger painting in Mrs. Appletree's class and playing on the playground. But amid the fun and games, he is also reminded of all the important lessons he learned in school like saying please, raising his hand, and taking turns.

At the end of the school day Mr. President returns to the White House and uses these lessons to solve a potential international crisis between 2 foreign prime ministers. Can you imagine living in a world where disputes are that easy to solve?

No matter which candidate you support, make sure to go out and vote tomorrow! And, as always, Happy Reading! 

For more presidential reading, check out First Dog Fala! 

 
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween!



Happy Halloween from Peachtree!

Depending on who you ask, Halloween is all about the trick or it's all about the treat! I’ve had a couple of scary trick-or-treating experiences, myself. One especially reminds me of the boy in Trick or Treat on Monster Street

When I was 8 years old, my family lived in a really big neighborhood where all the middle and high school kids would come to trick or treat (and to scare the little kids, like me). Halfway through the night, I got lost! Everywhere I turned, big kids were popping out from behind trees and spraying the little kids with silly string. I looked and looked but didn’t see any familiar faces!

Thankfully, I remembered my mom telling me about her friend in the house on the corner. I went up to her door not to ask for candy, but to ask for help! She walked me home and the big kids left me alone all the way there.

Just like the boy learned on Monster Street, even in the darkest and scariest of places, you can always find someone to help you find your way!

Check out Peachtree’s Halloween books featuring all your favorite monsters -- the good ones and scary ones alike. Those who do our math homework and those who eat our peas. Those who should be avoided and those who are scared of us!





A boy’s dread of things that go bump in the night fills his head with monstrous thoughts. So when he is separated from his older brothers on Halloween night and finds himself along on Monster Street, he fears the worst!


What do you dread eating the most? For the boy in this story, it’s peas! It would seem his problem is solved when a hilariously disgusting monster appears and offers to eat the revolting peas in exchange for one little thing… the boy’s soccer ball. Every time peas appear on the boy’s plate, the monster’s demands escalate. How far will he go to avoid the offending vegetable he loathes?


The monster is back! Only this time, he’s doing a little boy’s math homework! At first, everything adds up perfectly. But when the boy’s math knowledge is tested at school, his troubles begin to multiply…

 What would you do if you found a hungry Gorg in the neighborhood bog? How would you get a Three-Toed Albanian Snoring Sock Bat out of your drawers? Professor LeGrand, the world’s foremost expert on monster diversity, will instruct you on the outrageous habits and appalling behavior of bizarre creatures such as the Sissyfoos, the Whichwayawawa, the Snurps and perhaps worst of all…Ralph, Ed and Joe!


Graveyard skeletons shake, rattle, and roll in this spirited Day of the Dead celebration featuring bold and colorful cut-paper illustrations.



The Scarecrow's Hat

Fall is my favorite time of year. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and excitement for fall and winter holidays hangs in the air. Plus, the weather is finally not so miserably hot out (unless you live in Atlanta, that is).

Kids are busily planning the best Halloween costume ever, and weekends are filled with apple festivals, corn mazes and haunted hayrides. And, of course, I love wrapping up in a scarf and going pumpkin picking.

Another fall staple? Scarecrows! Which conveniently brings us to our Backlist Spotlight this week:
 


The Scarecrow's Hat
Written and Illustrated by Ken Brown
*Now available in paperback! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A dragon of a party!

We hope you're enjoying the tour so far! 
 
A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful opportunity  to share Return of the Library Dragon with some of Carmen's and Michael's biggest fans (and fans of Miss Lottie, too, of course)!

Thank you so much to our friends at Holy Innocents' in Atlanta for hosting our launch party!


Follow the dragon tails to the party!

This way to Sunrise Elementary!

Miss Lottie and the Library Dragon made an appearance!

How would you like to see THIS behind your library check out desk?


Carmen and Michael reading the new book!



Don't forget to enter the costume contest in time for Halloween! Details are here

Enjoy the rest of the blog tour and, as always, happy reading!

Monday, October 22, 2012

She's baaack! Return of the Library Dragon BLOG TOUR!

The Bad Girl of the Book World is BACK! And we're celebrating with a blog tour!



Check out the posts this week  for Return of the Library Dragon and don't forget to enter our costume contest before Halloween! 

Monday, 10/22:

Tuesday, 10/23:

Wednesday, 10/24:
  • Hear from the editor of Return of the Library Dragon about what it was like to create this book over at Booktalking!
  • Check back here on Peachtree's blog for some photos from the Return of the Library Dragon launch party! 


Thursday, 10/25:
  • A Word's Worth has an excerpt from the book and a giveaway starting today! 


Friday, 10/26:

Don't forget to enter our costume contest by 10/31! Details here!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Win a signed copy of The Universe of Fair!

We hope you have enjoyed exploring The Universe of Fair with our friends this week! A HUGE thank you to all you lovely bloggers who helped make this a fantastic week!

I'm sure that after reading all these awesome reviews and interviews, you can't wait to get your hands on a copy of the book!

Here's your chance (there are also several giveaways going on at our friends' pages)!

We're having a caption contest here on the blog! Enter for a chance to win by leaving your best caption in the comment section of this post or emailing me at Rivet@peachtree-online.com. 

The contest will run from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wed. 10/24.  We'll pick 3 winners on Thursday who'll each receive an autographed copy of The Universe of Fair

And....go!
 
 
While you're at it... "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @peachtreepub.

We can't wait to read all of your creative captions!


*U.S. residents only, please
**Contest ends 11:59 p.m. October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sneak Peak at The Universe of Fair!

We hope you are enjoying the Universe of Fair blog tour so far! Check back tomorrow for more links and giveaways at our friends' pages!

Without further ado, I'm so excited to share with you the the much anticipated The Universe of Fair book trailer!




Frank Dormer's illustrations really show the spunk of Leslie's characters. Here are just a few to give you an idea of what you can find in the book!










What do you think? We hope you enjoy the rest of the tour! We'll start our giveaway on Friday this week!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Universe of Fair blog tour!


It's time for our first blog tour of the season!


Monday starts a terrific blog tour of The Universe of Fair. Here's a sneak peak of what's coming!

Monday, Oct. 15

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Wednesday, Oct. 17
  • Kid Lit Reviews will have a review of the book up today! 
  • Boys and Literacy will post a review today!
  • Check back right here -- we'll post the book trailer (!!) and some of the adorable drawings from the book!

Thursday, Oct. 18
  • Jennifer is posting the Creative Spaces interview with illustrator Frank Dormer today! 

Friday, Oct. 19
  • Leslie Bulion shares her most memorable science trip from school (including the words to a Poison Ivy jingle, which you know you want to read!) in a guest post on A Word's Worth!
  • We will start our giveaway here on The World of Peachtree Publishers!


Make sure to check back here for more updates and links to the posts throughout the week -- lots of these blogs are also hosting giveaways, so be sure to enter!

Enjoy exploring The Universe of Fair!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Privateer's Apprentice


Privateer’s Apprentice by Susan Verrico is available now!

When Jameson is kidnapped and taken to sea, he must learn how to survive—and how to apply the skills he has learned as a printer’s son to aide the fearsome Attack Jack, a privateer in the service of Queen Anne.

For more information, check out the main Peachtree website HERE!


"It's About Time" for a giveaway!

Head over to 'It's About Time Mamaw' for a great giveaway of Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley! The giveaway is open from now until 9/16, so head over here for all the action!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Grandparents' Day!

Sunday is National Grandparents Day! Grandparents Day takes place the first Sunday after Labor Day in the U.S. A very important aspect of Grandparents Day is the passing on of stories and wisdom from one generation to another. In honor of Grandparents Day, we would like to introduce you to our new book, Zayde Comes to Live (by Sheri Sinykin, illustrated by Kristina Swarner; release date October 1, 2012).



In this moving story, we are introduced to a young Jewish girl named Rachel whose grandfather (“Zayde”) has come to live with her family. Even though no one has told her, she knows it is because he is dying. Rachel wants to know where Zayde will go when he dies. She asks her friends. Then she asks her rabbi because she knows he will tell her the truth. Rachel soon learns that it’s important not to focus on Zayde dying but rather on making memories with him. These memories will help keep Zayde alive in her heart even after he dies.

You can’t help but smile when Rachel pictures “Zayde with his mama and daddy, his bubbe and his own zayde, and all the aunt and uncles [she] never knew” after her rabbi explains to her about the belief in the World to Come, “Olam Ha-Ba.”

This book focuses on a sensitive issue through the eyes of a child. The story reminds us how important it is to spend time with our grandparents and make as many memories as possible with them. We hope that you make lots of memories this Grandparent’s Day with your children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents!

Reviewers love “Zayde Comes to Live”

“A sweet and uplifting tale of wisdom passing from generation to generation.” -- Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA. Named #1 Rabbi in America by The Daily Beast.

“Tender, moving, as perfect a circle as life. A book for when you and your child need it and when you do not.” -- Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon

“Sinykin does a commendable job of dispelling fear with empathy and tenderness through some very direct yet positive answers to a child’s uncertainty.” -- Review on KIRKUS

“The illustrations are lovely, and the words simple. Everything combines to convey the difficult—and necessity—of saying good-bye.” -- Erika Dreifus

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What have you found lately? [contest!]


Oh, the dreaded lost and found -- there's no telling what's in there or how long it's been gathering dust (or other things), yet there you sift: braving the unknown and diving into the belly of the vast abyss in a quest for recovery. Maybe it's a book you lost, or a favorite pen. Maybe it's a hat, like Justin's in Lost and Found -- or maybe it's this thing:


Or maybe you've found something you never expected to find?


Here's your chance to show off your most impressive Lost and Found discovery! 

Announcing: the Lost and Found contest!

For your chance to win an autographed copy of Lost and Found

Email contest@billharley.com and tell us: 

  • What the thing is
  • How it came in to being
  • How it ended up in the lost and found 
  • Make sure to include your name, address and email address!
          (you can answer one, two or all three and the answers can be as serious or   
          ridiculous as you'd like)
 

You can also enter via Snail Mail:
    • Round River Productions: What IS it Contest, 301 Jacob St, Seekonk, MA 02771
All entries must be received by Wednesday September 26 by 5pm EST.

Winners will be determined by random drawing. One entry per person.

There will be 5 winners and they will be announced on announced September 28 2012.
 (see below for the fine print)

Don't forget to check back on the Lost and Found website to read what others have to say about "the beast"!



The fine print:
 
Round River Productions: What IS it Contest
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. This Contest is sponsored by Round River Productions, with an address of 301 Jacob Street, Seekonk, MA 02771, USA (“Sponsor,” “we” or “us”). When you enter this Contest, you agree to these “Rules”, unless any part is prohibited by law. This Contest is open to everyone, except Sponsor’s owners, employees, and agents, and their immediate family members (collectively, the “Released Parties”). The Contest begins Tuesday September 4, 2012, and all entries must be received by Wednesday September 26, 2012 by 5pm EST. The drawing will be held on Thursday September 27, 2012 and winners will be announced Friday September 28, 2012.

How to enter: 1. Email your entry along with your name, address and email address to contest@billharley.com or snail mail the same info to Round River Productions: What IS it Contest, 301 Jacob St, Seekonk, MA 02771. All entries must be received by Wednesday September 26, 2012 by 5pm EST. Winners will be decided by random drawing. The drawing will take place on Thursday September 27, 2012 and winners will be announced Friday September 28, 2012. 

Questions about the contest can be emailed to Michele@billharley.com or you can phone us at 508-336-9703.