End-o'-the-Week Kid-Lit Roundup
Samples from the Kaye Webb archive. Seven Stories in the UK is displaying the archives of Kaye Webb--who was the second chief editor of Puffin Books, from 1961 to 1979--and it includes some great hand-drawn correspondence like this get-well note below from Quentin Blake (who you probably know from his Roald Dahl illustrations). You can see more images in this slideshow from the Guardian.
How Rocket Learned to Read. It's fun to finally see this book after hearing about it for so long--and Twenty by Jenny has a full review. ("If your child is starting to match letters with their sounds and perhaps recognize a word or two, you are in luck! This charming book tells a multilayered story about learning to read and making a friend, through a series of very simple words and images.")
39 Clues for breakfast. The tenth book in Rick Riordan's popular 39 Clues series is almost out, and according to Cynopsis Kids, Scholastic Books has a promotion lined up that will feature a story and download codes in 4 million boxes of Honeycomb, Alpha-bits, Golden Crisp and Waffle Crisp.
The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets. Publishers Weekly has all the details on The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, which contains new material by and about Roald Dahl, including a missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Dav Pilkey Q&A. In honor of the imminent arrival of The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future, PW has a short, fun Q&A with Dav Pilkey--who we're pretty sure is the ghost writer for George Beard and Harold Hutchins. ("A lot of kids had written to tell me that their favorite parts of the Captain Underpants books were the short comic books by George and Harold. To be honest, those are my favorite parts, too.")