As we count down to the end of 2012 (and perhaps, the end of the world by some accounts), we’d love to take a moment to look ahead to some of our exciting new releases in the first half of 2012.
Barry’s Best Buddy by Renee French
In this charming and whimsically illustrated tale, Barry and his friend Polarhog go for a long walk together, though it isn’t till the end of the story that you learn what’s really going on. Renee French’s style has been called “masterful and inimitable” and her graphic novel, “The Ticking,” was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007.
Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas by Philippe Coudray
Benjamin Bear is back! The furry and fearless hero from Fuzzy Thinking faces a whole new spread of challenges in Coudray’s latest installment. With sophisticated but simple humor, Coudray’s collection of one-page strips will have you laughing at Benjamin’s adorable antics. Horn Book called the first Benjamin Bear book “original, deep-down funny…steeped in the rare quality of imaginative kindness.” In his native France, Coudray’s work was chosen by elementary students for the Prix des Ecoles d’Angouleme.
Barry’s Best Buddy and the new Benjamin Bear will both be released in hardcover in March (just in time for TOON’s fifth year anniversary).
Alongside these brand-new books, we’ll also be releasing six of our old favorites in paperback: Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor recipient Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith, Benny and Penny in Just Pretend and Benny and Penny in the Toy-Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes, Chick & Chickie Play All Day by Claude Ponti, Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray, and Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnes Rosenstiehl.
The paperbacks are set to come out in February, at a price of $4.99 and will feature TOON Into Reading! guides in each book. If you know any children that have never read a TOON book before, these friendly paperbacks will be sure to get them reading (and loving it).