Tuesday, February 1, 2011

PICKLE JUICE is imminent! Contest!

Coming soon is LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE, a middle-grade novel (ages 8-10) written by Julie Sternberg and illustrated by yours truly. And by soon I mean it's available March 1 anywhere you can buy books. This marks my first book with Abrams/Amulet. It was a joy to work with the Abrams team and the finished book looks amazing! It's a really cool size and shape. And I love how the cover turned out. It's hard to see in the photo, but there's a sweet spot varnish that is just the icing on the cake.

Team PICKLE has been getting some early good buzz.

Publisher's Weekly says:

“Eleanor’s ingenuous free-verse monologue should strike a chord with readers, especially those who may have had to cope with the loss of a loved one.”

“Eleanor’s gradual warming to her new sitter is affectingly narrated, and Cordell’s halftone cartoons convey the story’s pathos and humor, as well as Eleanor’s changeable moods.”

“It seems certain that Eleanor’s September will be better than her August. Her fans will want to read about it.”

Booklist says:

"The phrase 'pickle juice on a cookie' is used at first to describe something tragic, and then something ridiculous, and fortunately, this title falls into neither category. It tells a simple, poignant story that will resonate with any child who has ever had to say good-bye."

"Cordell's winsome cartoon drawings complement the text without overcrowding the verse."

AND... we just found out that PICKLE has been chosen to appear on the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next List --- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers" via the good people at IndieBound!

AND... Last but not least, for more fun news, I'd like to announce a giveaway. Abrams sent me a handful of Advance Reader Copies (paperback copies of the book sent out to reviewers) of PICKLE, some of which I'll be giving away here and now on the blog. All you have to do to enter the contest is submit a comment on this blog, on this post. In one week from now, Tuesday February 8, I will draw three names and those folks will be sent a copy of PICKLE, all on my dime. Enter your name to win!



Frank Dormer said...

I'm game! The book looks terrific, Matt!


Kyle Mengwasser said...

Congratulations on the new book! It looks awesome.


Sergio Ruzzier said...

Amazing! My verification word was "pickle"!

Tonya Duren said...

pickle juice on a cookie...ewww.. hi, matt. :)

Steve Bateman said...

Looks like a great book!

Natalie Sams said...

can't wait to read it! my sister's a middle schooler, and i bet she'll love this book!

benhowson said...

You know that you've made it when your work is being printed with a spot varnish :-)

Librarian April said...

Looks great - thanks for the giveaway!

Heather S said...

Great reviews. Congrats!

Jackie Rose said...

I just got back from the WSRA (Wisconsin State Reading Association). I'm going to share your book Trouble Gum with my first and third grade reading buddies Monday. Specifically I want to show them all the cool stuff you find inside the jacket, endpages, etc. Thanks for the advanced copy contest! What a great incentive for getting my kids to explore author websites more!
Jackie Rose