Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Peachtree!

Depending on who you ask, Halloween is all about the trick or it's all about the treat! I’ve had a couple of scary trick-or-treating experiences, myself. One especially reminds me of the boy in Trick or Treat on Monster Street

When I was 8 years old, my family lived in a really big neighborhood where all the middle and high school kids would come to trick or treat (and to scare the little kids, like me). Halfway through the night, I got lost! Everywhere I turned, big kids were popping out from behind trees and spraying the little kids with silly string. I looked and looked but didn’t see any familiar faces!

Thankfully, I remembered my mom telling me about her friend in the house on the corner. I went up to her door not to ask for candy, but to ask for help! She walked me home and the big kids left me alone all the way there.

Just like the boy learned on Monster Street, even in the darkest and scariest of places, you can always find someone to help you find your way!

Check out Peachtree’s Halloween books featuring all your favorite monsters -- the good ones and scary ones alike. Those who do our math homework and those who eat our peas. Those who should be avoided and those who are scared of us!

A boy’s dread of things that go bump in the night fills his head with monstrous thoughts. So when he is separated from his older brothers on Halloween night and finds himself along on Monster Street, he fears the worst!

What do you dread eating the most? For the boy in this story, it’s peas! It would seem his problem is solved when a hilariously disgusting monster appears and offers to eat the revolting peas in exchange for one little thing… the boy’s soccer ball. Every time peas appear on the boy’s plate, the monster’s demands escalate. How far will he go to avoid the offending vegetable he loathes?

The monster is back! Only this time, he’s doing a little boy’s math homework! At first, everything adds up perfectly. But when the boy’s math knowledge is tested at school, his troubles begin to multiply…

 What would you do if you found a hungry Gorg in the neighborhood bog? How would you get a Three-Toed Albanian Snoring Sock Bat out of your drawers? Professor LeGrand, the world’s foremost expert on monster diversity, will instruct you on the outrageous habits and appalling behavior of bizarre creatures such as the Sissyfoos, the Whichwayawawa, the Snurps and perhaps worst of all…Ralph, Ed and Joe!

Graveyard skeletons shake, rattle, and roll in this spirited Day of the Dead celebration featuring bold and colorful cut-paper illustrations.

The Scarecrow's Hat

Fall is my favorite time of year. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and excitement for fall and winter holidays hangs in the air. Plus, the weather is finally not so miserably hot out (unless you live in Atlanta, that is).

Kids are busily planning the best Halloween costume ever, and weekends are filled with apple festivals, corn mazes and haunted hayrides. And, of course, I love wrapping up in a scarf and going pumpkin picking.

Another fall staple? Scarecrows! Which conveniently brings us to our Backlist Spotlight this week:

The Scarecrow's Hat
Written and Illustrated by Ken Brown
*Now available in paperback! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A dragon of a party!

We hope you're enjoying the tour so far! 
A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful opportunity  to share Return of the Library Dragon with some of Carmen's and Michael's biggest fans (and fans of Miss Lottie, too, of course)!

Thank you so much to our friends at Holy Innocents' in Atlanta for hosting our launch party!

Follow the dragon tails to the party!

This way to Sunrise Elementary!

Miss Lottie and the Library Dragon made an appearance!

How would you like to see THIS behind your library check out desk?

Carmen and Michael reading the new book!

Don't forget to enter the costume contest in time for Halloween! Details are here

Enjoy the rest of the blog tour and, as always, happy reading!

Monday, October 22, 2012

She's baaack! Return of the Library Dragon BLOG TOUR!

The Bad Girl of the Book World is BACK! And we're celebrating with a blog tour!

Check out the posts this week  for Return of the Library Dragon and don't forget to enter our costume contest before Halloween! 

Monday, 10/22:

Tuesday, 10/23:

Wednesday, 10/24:
  • Hear from the editor of Return of the Library Dragon about what it was like to create this book over at Booktalking!
  • Check back here on Peachtree's blog for some photos from the Return of the Library Dragon launch party! 

Thursday, 10/25:
  • A Word's Worth has an excerpt from the book and a giveaway starting today! 

Friday, 10/26:

Don't forget to enter our costume contest by 10/31! Details here!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Win a signed copy of The Universe of Fair!

We hope you have enjoyed exploring The Universe of Fair with our friends this week! A HUGE thank you to all you lovely bloggers who helped make this a fantastic week!

I'm sure that after reading all these awesome reviews and interviews, you can't wait to get your hands on a copy of the book!

Here's your chance (there are also several giveaways going on at our friends' pages)!

We're having a caption contest here on the blog! Enter for a chance to win by leaving your best caption in the comment section of this post or emailing me at 

The contest will run from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wed. 10/24.  We'll pick 3 winners on Thursday who'll each receive an autographed copy of The Universe of Fair

While you're at it... "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @peachtreepub.

We can't wait to read all of your creative captions!

*U.S. residents only, please
**Contest ends 11:59 p.m. October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sneak Peak at The Universe of Fair!

We hope you are enjoying the Universe of Fair blog tour so far! Check back tomorrow for more links and giveaways at our friends' pages!

Without further ado, I'm so excited to share with you the the much anticipated The Universe of Fair book trailer!

Frank Dormer's illustrations really show the spunk of Leslie's characters. Here are just a few to give you an idea of what you can find in the book!

What do you think? We hope you enjoy the rest of the tour! We'll start our giveaway on Friday this week!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Universe of Fair blog tour!

It's time for our first blog tour of the season!

Monday starts a terrific blog tour of The Universe of Fair. Here's a sneak peak of what's coming!

Monday, Oct. 15

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Wednesday, Oct. 17
  • Kid Lit Reviews will have a review of the book up today! 
  • Boys and Literacy will post a review today!
  • Check back right here -- we'll post the book trailer (!!) and some of the adorable drawings from the book!

Thursday, Oct. 18
  • Jennifer is posting the Creative Spaces interview with illustrator Frank Dormer today! 

Friday, Oct. 19
  • Leslie Bulion shares her most memorable science trip from school (including the words to a Poison Ivy jingle, which you know you want to read!) in a guest post on A Word's Worth!
  • We will start our giveaway here on The World of Peachtree Publishers!

Make sure to check back here for more updates and links to the posts throughout the week -- lots of these blogs are also hosting giveaways, so be sure to enter!

Enjoy exploring The Universe of Fair!