As much as I have loved, loved, loved this summer, I am starting to feel that familiar sense of excitement as I begin to gear up for my fall book fair orders. Excited by ideas to kick them off. Encouraged by the prospect and challenges of new business. But mostly busting at the seams with enthusiasm for new titles that will be appearing this fall.
Several months ago, I received a special little package in the mail. It was from Candlewick, and I could tell it was an ARC (advance reader's copy - my number one perk as a book seller!) I excitedly opened the envelope which revealed Kate DiCamillo's new book,The Magician's Elephant. Dear Readers of All Ages, it will not disappoint! A simple little story with dear characters, beautiful illustrations (by artist, Yoko Tanaka), and of course, Kate's sweet voice. This tale is of an orphan named Peter and his vision of an elephant who literally drops from the sky; and the fateful union that he hopes will reunite him with his lost sister. The book came with promotional information that included an interview with the author. I have since added that sheet to one of my infinite piles. But what I most remember from the interview was that Kate says after completing the book she saw the movie, In Bruges, of which she could not remember the plot because she was so intrigued with the setting. It was the setting in her mind for The Magician's Elephant - a city she had only imagined and had no idea existed in the real world. By chance, I also have seen that movie, whose setting is uniquely unforgettable. I enjoyed picturing the story unfold among such ancient beauty.
Candlewick has kindly provided me with promotional postcard size prints of one of the book's illustrations. I will be sending these to ten lucky readers, picked from those who choose to leave a comment or a greeting below. Please forward to your friends!