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Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Seuss’

Jan Berenstain Featured in New Book Trailer

The literary world mourned the passing of Jan Berenstain this year, but a new book trailer (video embedded above) features the co-creator of the Berenstain Bears talking about a new book.

After listening to some advice from their then-editor Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), the husband-and-wife writing duo Stan and Jan Berenstain wrote a picture book about penguins. The manuscript for Nothing Ever Happens in the South Pole was “put on the back burner” for decades, but HarperCollins released it this year to celebrate The Berenstain Bears‘ 50th anniversary.

The video features Jan and her son Mike Berenstain (who helped to illustrate the project) discussing the book.

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Pinocchio’s Children’s Bookstore to Close

Pinocchio’s Children’s Bookstore, a Tennessee-based bookseller, will close up shop after 35 years of business.

At this point the two owners, Miriam Epstein (age 73) and Judy Korones (age 80), have reached an advanced age where running the day-to-day operations of the bookstore has become difficult. Owners Judy Korones and Miriam Epstein posted this message on Facebook:

After thirty-five wonderfully satisfying years, we have decided that we will be retiring this fall. We want to reward you for your patronage and support; thus we are announcing that all items in our shop will be 40% off as of Thursday, September 27. We look forward to seeing you at Pinocchio’s and reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”! In the meantime, KEEP READING–BOOKS!! (via Publishers Weekly)

Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Random House Earnings

Random House posted a 64 percent increase in operating profit for the first half of 2012. According to Variety, the publisher also boasted a 20 percent increase in revenue–rising to $1.2 billion.

Here’s more from the article: “The titillating [50 Shades of Grey] trilogy sold more than 30 million copies between March and June, with sales evenly divided between the trade paperback and e-book editions. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey the first book in the trilogy, for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.”

Random House also credited the growth in eBook sales and the popularity of some of their biggest bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin  (A Song of Ice and Fire series), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Dr. Seuss (The Lorax).

Random House Releases Dr. Seuss Drawing App

Random House Children’s Books has released a digital coloring book app from the Dr. Seuss collection.

The Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat Color & Create app features classic Dr. Suess characters like the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and Fish. With the app,  young readers can digitally color, take photos, throw digital confetti and create effects. The new activity app is currently on sale for $1.99.

Dr. Seuss apps have done well in iTunes. Digital publisher Oceanhouse Media has released a number of eBook versions of the classic kids books, many of which have ranked on iTunes top list. According to data from AppData, Oceanhouse Media’s The Cat in the Hat eBook app is currently the No. 49 top free app in the books genre and the No. 31 top free iPad app in the books genre.

Bronze Lorax Statue Stolen from Dr. Seuss’ San Diego Estate

A bronze statue of The Lorax has been stolen from the grounds of the late Dr. Seuss‘ San Diego estate. The statue reportedly weighs 300 pounds and stands three feet tall.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Seuss’ step-daughter and the sculptor who created the art piece, wants “very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs.” Dimond-Cates made two Lorax statues; one for the San Diego estate and one for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden (pictured).

In an interview with Reuters, San Diego police lieutenant Andra Brown revealed that the police have not yet determined whether this is a prank or a theft. The police have observed that the ”evidence at the scene suggests that the thieves rolled the statue down the hill to an adjacent property, where it was likely loaded onto a waiting vehicle.”

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Stephen Colbert Parodies Tie-Ins for The Lorax

The marketing team behind film adaptation of Dr. SeussThe Lorax have made more than 70 deals for promotional product tie-ins.

Comedian Stephen Colbert gave a sarcastic pitch (written in verse) asking for more: “I’m demanding more branding of Loraxian stuff!” The pitch included suggestions such as Lorax-themed SUV’s, oil drills and McDonald’s meals.

Follow this link for a full transcript of Colbert’s ranting rhyme and click here to watch the video. What do you think?

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Stephen Colbert Pitches Picture Book Idea to Maurice Sendak

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert interviewed Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak this week. Follow these links to watch part one and part two of the interview.

According to Shelf Awareness, Colbert “turned [to Sendak] for advice on becoming a celebrity children’s author, pitched his sequel idea for Where the Wild Things Are 2: Still Wildin’ (featuring action star Vin Diesel) and generally let the wild rumpus begin.”

During the interview, some of the “rumpus” that emerged included Sendak’s opinion on the current state of children’s literature; he finds it “abysmal” and thinks that “most books for children are very bad.”

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Karl Marx First Edition Sells for $51,739

In November, AbeBooks sold a first edition, three-volume copy of Das Kapital for a whopping $51,739. We’ve listed the top five most expensive November sales at AbeBooks below; follow this link to read the rest of the complete list.

Here’s more from the bookseller: “If he were alive today Karl Heinrich Marx would probably have something to say after learning that AbeBooks had sold a very rare copy of Das Kapital, in three volumes, for $51,739 … Marx argued that working men and women were exploited, and many of the theories explored in his writing were adopted by labor movements. Of course, the book’s biggest impact came in Russia where the Tsarist regime censored it.”

1. Das Kapital by Karl Marx – $51,739
2. Complete Set of 10 issues of Aspen Magazine – $22,915
3. Raccolta di Statue Antiche e Moderne data in luce sotto i Gloriosi Auspicj della Santità di N.S. Papa Clemente XI by De Rossi Domenico – $9,556
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss – $9,482
5. Walden: Or, Life in the Woods by Henry D. Thoreau – $7,950

The Lorax Trailer Released

The first official trailer for The Lorax has been released, an animated film where actor Danny DeVito plays the title character, The Lorax. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

Dr. Seuss published his picture book starring the orange environmentalist in 1971. Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel served as an executive producer on the project. The movie will hit theaters on March 2, 2012.

Here’s more from Empire: “Ted (Zac Efron), a lad with a big crush on Ashley (Taylor Swift). When she expresses a desire to see a real, live tree, Ted sets out from their heavily industrialised home to seek out the one person who might help him in his mission to track a tree down: The Once-ler (Ed Helms). But what he discovers is a tragic tale of greed over environmental care, as the Once-ler reveals how he chopped down all the trees in an effort to make himself rich via a product call Thneeds. And that’s despite the best efforts of furry tree-loving sprite The Lorax (Danny DeVito)…” (via Shelf Awareness)

Haruki Murakami Style & National Book Award Finalists: Week’s Top Publishing Stories

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from the National Book Awards to Dr. Seuss‘s take on H.P. Lovecraft to a controversial video of a one-year-old baby reading a magazine (embedded above).

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1. Free Samples of the National Book Award Finalists
2. How to Write Like Haruki Murakami
3. When to Stop Working on Your Book
4. How a Modern Baby Thinks about Reading
5. Barnes & Noble Removes 100 DC Graphic Novels
6. Dr. Seuss Versus H.P. Lovecraft
7. Morgan Spurlock Wants to Hear about Your Failed Novel
8. Christopher Hitchens Writes about Joan Didion’s New Memoir
9. Occupy Wall Street Library Catalog Online
10. Kern Type: Practice Publishing the Old Fashioned Way

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