Win the first two Buddy and Earl titles!

To celebrate Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby‘s release, we’re giving away the first two instalments in the Buddy and Earl series!

Buddy and EarlBuddy and Earl
by Maureen Fergus and Carey Sookocheff

Buddy does not know what is in the box that Meredith carries into the living room. But when the small, prickly creature says he is a pirate — and that Buddy is a pirate too — the two mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure.

In this first book in the Buddy and Earl series, a dog who likes to play by the rules meets a hedgehog who knows no limits. Their friendship is tender and loyal, and their adventures are funny and imaginative. Maureen Fergus’s text is witty and understated, and Carey Sookocheff’s art emphasizes both the humor and the warmth of this odd and loveable animal couple.

Buddy and Earl Go Exploring

Buddy and Earl Go Exploring
by Maureen Fergus and Carey Sookocheff

Buddy and Earl are safely tucked in for the night; Buddy on his blanket and Earl in his cage. But just as Buddy settles in for a nice, long sleep, Earl says it’s time to say “Bon voyage.”

Soon these mismatched pals are at it again, exploring the wilds of the kitchen and defending a lovely lady hedgehog — who may or may not be Mom’s hairbrush — from imminent danger. When they’ve finally vanquished the greatest monster of all — the vacuum cleaner — it’s time for some well-earned shut-eye.

This second book in the Buddy and Earl series reunites this odd and loveable animal couple: a dog who likes to play by the rules and a hedgehog who knows no limits.

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New Releases from Groundwood this August

Our Fall 2016 list starts… now! We’ve got four great new titles publishing this August all of which are available to order right now at houseofanansi.com — check out the list below!


BUDDY AND EARL AND THE GREAT BIG BABYBuddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby
by Marueen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
Publishes August 1st

Mom’s friend Mrs. Cunningham is coming for a visit, and she’s bringing her baby! While Buddy tries to explain the ins and outs of babydom to Earl, neither of them is prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him.

When the baby manages to escape from his cage — which Buddy gently suggests is really just a playpen — it’s up to our favorite odd couple to save the day.

This third title in the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series follows a dog who likes to play by the rules and a hedgehog who knows no limits on another fun adventure in deductive reasoning and imaginative play.


A BOY NAMED QUEEN by Sara CassidyA Boy Named Queen
by Sara Cassidy
Publishes August 1st

Evelyn is an only child with a strict routine and an even stricter mother. And yet in her quiet way she notices things. She takes particular notice of this boy named Queen. The way the bullies don’t seem to faze him. The way he seems to live by his own rules. When it turns out that they take the same route home from school, Evelyn and Queen become friends, almost against Evelyn’s better judgment. She even finds Queen irritating at times. Why doesn’t he just shut up and stop attracting so much attention to himself?

Yet he is the most interesting person she has ever met. So when she receives a last-minute invitation to his birthday party, she knows she must somehow persuade her mother to let her go, even if it means ignoring the No Gifts request and shopping for what her mother considers to be an appropriate gift, appropriately wrapped with “boy” wrapping paper.

Her visit to Queen’s house opens Evelyn’s eyes to a whole new world, including an unconventional goody bag (leftover potato latkes wrapped in waxed paper and a pair of barely used red sneakers). And when it comes time for her to take something to school for Hype and Share, Evelyn suddenly looks at her chosen offering — her mother’s antique cream jug — and sees new and marvelous possibilities.


WATCHING TRAFFIC by Jane OzkowskiWatching Traffic
by Jane Ozkowski
Publishes August 1st

While Lincoln gets ready to go backpacking in Australia, Melissa packs for university on the east coast, and a new guy named Tyler provides welcome distraction, Emily wonders whether she will end up working forever at Pamela’s Country Catering, cutting the crusts off party sandwiches and stuffing mushrooms. Is this her future? Being known forever as the local girl whose mother abandoned her in the worst way possible all those years ago? Visiting her spacey grandmother, watching nature shows on TV with her dad and hanging out with Robert the grocery clerk? Listening to the distant hum of the highway leading out of the town everyone can’t wait to leave?

With poetic prose and a keen eye for the quirks and ironies of small-town life, Jane Ozkowski captures the bittersweet uncertainty of that weird, unreal summer after high school — a time that is full of possibility and completely terrifying at the same time.


WHAT MILLY DID by Elise MoserWhat Milly Did
by Elise Moser, illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Publishes August 1st

On a trip to Japan in 1978, Milly noticed that people were putting little bundles out on the street each morning. They were recycling — something that hadn’t taken hold in North America. When she returned to Sauk City, Wisconsin, she discovered that her town’s landfill was nearing capacity, and that plastic made up a large part of the garbage. No one was recycling plastics.

Milly decided to figure out how. She discovered that there are more than seven kinds of plastic, and they can’t be combined for recycling, so she learned how to use various tests to identify them. Then she found a company willing to use recycled plastic, but the plastic would have to be ground up first.

Milly and her friend bought a huge industrial grinder and established E-Z Recycling. They worked with local school children and their community, and they helped other communities start their own recycling programs. But Milly knew that the large-scale recycling of plastics would never work unless people could easily identify the seven types. She came up with the idea of placing an identifying number in the little recycling triangle, which has become the international standard.

Milly’s story is a glimpse into the early days of the recycling movement and shows how, thanks to her determination, hard work and community-building, huge changes took place, spreading rapidly across North America.

Super-Duper Monster Viewer GO

You may have heard of a new game that lets you see the monsters all around you.
But maybe your child is too young to use a screen? Or you worry about all that expensive data?

Don’t worry! There’s an analog version out there, available RIGHT NOW!

SUPER-DUPER MONSTER VIEWER Written by Kevin SylvesterSuper-Duper Monster Viewer!
Just point and be amazed!
You won’t believe your eyes!

“No need to worry about battery life … but don’t make the monsters mad.” — Beast Best Bets

“Data? Don’t matta!” — Monster Today Magazine

“A perfect monster-spotting training manual for the toddler crowd.” — Horned Book

“Monsters can’t hide anymore.” — Vanity Scare

We’re giving away a copy of Super-Duper Monster Viewer! Fill out the form below to enter!

 

 

 

 



Super Duper Monster Viewer by Kevin Sylvester

Imagine that you are holding a device that will allow you to see the monsters that live invisibly all around us. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and…total chaos!

Technology isn’t always easy, and this monster viewer disguised as a book is no exception. If you hold the viewer too high, all you see are the tops of the monsters’ heads. Too low, and all you see are their feet. And things don’t get any better when the monsters themselves try to help out.

Full of puns and visual jokes, Super Duper Monster Viewer pokes gentle fun at our obsession with technology and the next cool thing. And while the two monsters we meet in this book might be terrible at tech support, they make pretty fun companions just the same.

Written and illustrated by the irrepressibly funny and highly acclaimed children’s author Kevin Sylvester, Super-Duper Monster Viewer is sure to bring laughter — and maybe a little mayhem — into your day.

Free eBook Preview: Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski

Watching Traffic by Jane OzkowskiJane Ozkowski works in the office at a motorcycle driving school, and although she does not have a motorcycle, she does have her license in case she needs to make a quick getaway. Watching Traffic is her first novel. Lucky for you, we have a free eBook preview, available now!

About Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski

Emily has finally finished high school in the small town where she has lived her whole life. At last, she thinks, her adult life can begin.

But what if you have no idea what you want your new life to look like? What then?

While Lincoln gets ready to go backpacking in Australia, Melissa packs for university on the east coast, and a new guy named Tyler provides welcome distraction, Emily wonders whether she will end up working forever at Pamela’s Country Catering, cutting the crusts off party sandwiches and stuffing mushrooms. Is this her future? Being known forever as the local girl whose mother abandoned her in the worst way possible all those years ago? Visiting her spacey grandmother, watching nature shows on TV with her dad and hanging out with Robert the grocery clerk? Listening to the distant hum of the highway leading out of the town everyone can’t wait to leave?

With poetic prose and a keen eye for the quirks and ironies of small-town life, Jane Ozkowski captures the bittersweet uncertainty of that weird, unreal summer after high school — a time that is full of possibility and completely terrifying at the same time.

Watching Traffic is forthcoming from Groundwood Books on August 1st, 2016.

Download a Free Preview of Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski (ePub)

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Muffin the Rescue Puppy — Guest Post by Dasha Tolstikova

When I first saw a picture of Muffin, her name was Mimi and she did not look like a kind of dog that I would get along with very well. She seemed too tiny and too high strung and her name was MIMI, for chrissakes. So, I applied to meet an entirely different dog named Gary.

The animal shelter emailed back to set up an appointment for me to meet Mimi because they thought she might be perfect for me, and I wanted to seem game so I said I would meet her (with the hopes of meeting Gary the following weekend).

And then she was familiar. She was scraggly and feisty and feigned disinterest in a way that I knew. I thought we could live side by side. I crossed my fingers. I said that I would take her. I decided to name her Muffin.

Every day I wake up at 7:00 a.m. and take Muffin for a walk. And every day I cannot believe how lucky I got. Muffin is the most perfect dog for me. And Gary? Who is Gary?

 

Muffin, the day Dasha adopted her

Muffin, 3 months after living with Dasha


Dasha Tolstikova’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her graphic-novel memoir, A Year Without Mom, has received three starred reviews and has been translated into Korean and Swedish. She has also illustrated The Jacket, written by Kirsten Hall, a New York Times Notable Book.

Enter to Win Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski

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We’re celebrating the great Summer weather by giving away a copy of Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski!

About Watching Traffic
Emily has finally finished high school in the small town where she has lived her whole life. At last, she thinks, her adult life can begin.
But what if you have no idea what you want your new life to look like? What then?

The contest runs from July 4th to July 17th. A winner will be randomly chosen. Fill out the form below to enter!

Current Groundwood Goodreads Giveaways

Looking for your next summer read? Groundwood has some very cool giveaways happening right now over at the House of Anansi Goodreads. Just click the links below to enter to win advance reading copies of Snow Summer by Kit Peel, Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami or What Milly Did by Elise Moser. And make sure to add us as a friend so that you can have first access to future giveaways, including those from our sister company, House of Anansi Press!


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Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami

Giveaway ends July 14, 2016.See the giveaway details
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Snow Summer by Kit Peel

Snow Summer

by Kit Peel

Giveaway ends August 13, 2016.
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What Milly Did by Elise Moser

What Milly Did

by Elise Moser

Giveaway ends July 15, 2016.

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