Book Beat is honored to host the Michigan release party for the book, WILD THINGS! ACTS OF MISCHIEF IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, written by Peter D. Sieruta, Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson, on Saturday, August 16 from 2:00-4:00pm. If you LOVE children’s books don’t miss it!
Wild Things! is a treasure trove of behind-the-curtain stories and unusual never-before collected anecdotes about children’s lit and their creators. It is a collaboration by three talented children’s lit bloggers; Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production, Julie Danielson; Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and native Detroiter Peter D. Sieruta; Collecting Children’s Books Blogspot. com. If you’re not reading their blogs already, consider adding their reports to your must-reads and be well rewarded and entertained concerning the world of children’s books.
We’re playing it by ear. Betsy will try and get here for the launch. If she doesn’t make it, we’ll be skyping with her and Julie and we’ll be talking about their book, children’s books and our good friend Peter who passed away shortly after submitting his re-writes for the book in 2012. With his vast knowledge of children’s lit, he was considered a children’s literature “luminary” and we are proud to call him our own. Julie and Betsy have honored Peter by dedicating the book to him. We hope you’ll join us in this multifaceted celebration. Tell a friend, bring a friend!
If you are planning on attending this event, we ask you to consider some of your favorite picture and chapter books of the year so far. What are your favorite children’s books released this year that are not to be missed or worthy of medal consideration? We’ll be asking Betsy and Jules what they think of possible Newberry and Caldecott worthy books and want your input as well!
“The best part is that Bird, Danielson, and Sieruta’s knowledge is so vast, even the well-informed will be introduced to new books and the drama that surrounded the publication and reception. … Bird, Danielson, and Sieruta’s collection of anecdotes and backstories highlight the irreverent and scandalous authors and illustrators that we all know so well. Told conversationally, moving easily from book banning to social politics to plain old sour grapes, this collection dispels any notion that children’s literature is apolitical and humorless. Librarians, writers, teachers, scholars, and enthusiastic readers alike will revel in the information that complicates the world of children’s literature”
Peter Sieruta, a native Detroiter, unexpectedly passed away before seeing his book published. He was an expert in children’s literature, chronicling his knowledge in his blog, collectingchildrensbooks@b
This event is a celebration not only for the release of his book, but also for his friends and family to celebrate his life.
Read an article about the event in Macomb Daily here
Read more about Peter’s life and work and view some of his artwork here.
Join our facebook event page here.
Visit the official Wild Things! blog here for more wild tales from the world of children’s lit!
“Open this secret door that children’s literature warns us against and you’re in for a walk on the wild side, not to mention a pie in the face — in fact, on almost every page, a pie in the face. This book is a mischievous, risky, highly amusing, disturbing, and informative romp. I say, suppress it.”—Jules Feiffer, illustrator of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve copies of the book, contact Book Beat (248) 968-1190.