Thursday, June 01, 2006

BEA: Final Notes

Here's a couple of final notes about books that I saw at BEA. A couple of these should have gone in my fantasy post, but I forgot about them.

  • The award for the cleverest and most appropriate packaging has to HarperCollins for Gail Carson Levine's Fairest. Appropriate to an alternate version of Snow White, the advance reading copy came packaged in a box with — what else would it be but a mirror!

  • Random House/Knopf is publishing a new, deluxe anniversary edition of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, due out in October. The deluxe edition will contain 16 pages of new material (archival documents, scientific notes, and found letters of Lord Asriel), a ribbon bookmark, colored endpapers, and Pullman's own chapter-opening spot art. I'm not sure if they will also be releasing deluxe editions of the other two books in the series.

  • Black Dog and Leventhal will be publishing new hardcover editions of eight of Agatha Christie's mysteries. While not technically kid lit, I first fell in love with Christie's mystery books in middle school, so I was excited to see these new editions. The eight books, to be released on September 26, include five Hercule Poirot mysteries: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Murder on the Orient Express, The ABC Murders, Evil Under the Sun, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and three Miss Marple mysteries: Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, and A Murder is Announced.

  • I don't often write about non-fiction, but I couldn't resist this one. DK gave out a packet of postcards containing images from their forthcoming book, Rainforest, by Thomas Marent. The images are absolutely stunning! This is definitely one to buy, and since sales of the book will support The Rainforest Foundation, you can even feel good about buying it. The book is printed on recycled paper, and a CD of rainforest sounds will be included.


Anonymous said...

Hi Sheila,

The Golden Compass book sounds pretty cool. Thanks for the notice about it. I also read the Agatha Christie books in middle school sometime - they're a great bridge series for kids.

And thanks for contributing to my cool girls list. You are certainly not to late to share your opinion. All your votes and suggestions will be counted. I think that I'm going to have to read the Keys to the Kingdom series one of these days, given the presence of two cool girl characters. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Yes, definitely read the Keys to the Kingdom! It's a great series; my only complaint right now is that book 4 ended on a major cliffhanger, and it'll probably be a year before book 5 comes out. Cool girl Leaf plays a minor role in the first two books, but she becomes much more important in Drowned Wednesday, the third book.

Camille said...

My entling loves Agatha Christie too. She loves watching Poirot with me. Miss Marple is on tonight!! Yippee!

Unknown said...

Cool. I have to confess that I loved Poirot as a preteen. Miss Marple was ok, but Poirot was awesome!