The good people over at TOON are honored to receive fan mail from young readers! Here’s what Caryn Horrigan’s First Grade class in Baltimore had to say about Eleanor Davis’s Geisel Award-winning Stinky!

Dear Eleanor,

We are in the first grade. We are reading “Stinky.” We are about to finish reading Stinky. The story is beautiful. Kevin says Stinky loves to smell flies. Elggy says Stinky hates kids. Jennifer says Stinky loves onions. Kevin says Stinky likes smelly animals like toads, slugs, and flies. We like Stinky. We think he’s nice.

Jesus thinks Stinky will throw an onion at the kid and say “Get away from my tree!” Cesar thinks that Stinky and the boy will be friends. Elggy thinks that Stinky will scare the boy away. Kevin thinks that Stinky and the boy will be friends. Jennifer thinks that Stinky will throw onions at the boy.

We think your art is beautiful, nice, and cute. You are a good artist. Thank you for your book.

Thank you for the rest of your story. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Kevin, Cesar, Jesus, Jennifer, Elggy, and Ms. H

 
 

Greetings Readers!

We folks over at TOON have sure been keeping busy. This Friday we’ll be heading over to the Candlewick Press HQ in Somerville, MA to discuss our list of upcoming books! New works, new fun, new publisher. Coming soon.

This past weekend, we attended the tenth triennial 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art, an all cartoon/comic extravaganza held at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University. In attendance were luminaries of the animated-literary world such as Matt Groening! Roz Chast! Dan Piraro! James Sturm! Bill Griffith! Patrick McDonnell! and more! Panels covered such topics as Humor, Play and Identity in Comics; presentations included career retrospectives by Matt Groening and our own Art Spiegelman; exhibits were exhibited on the likes of Krazy Kat and Billy Ireland.

A success in all.

 
 

Hello from TOON Books!

We are very excited to announce a momentous step for TOON Books: our new partnership with Candlewick Press. As of October 1, 2010, TOON Books operates as an imprint of Candlewick Press, and our award-winning titles are distributed by Candlewick and the Random House network. Candlewick will bring on board TOON’s acclaimed backlist, including 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes; two Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books: Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith and Stinky by Eleanor Davis; and eight additional TOON Books favorites. The new imprint will publish four to five new titles each year. In spring 2011, TOON will release Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? by Agnès Rosenstiehl, and Patrick in A Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Candlewick, which is renowned for its passion for publishing only outstanding art and text,” said Françoise Mouly, publisher and editorial director of TOON Books. “TOON Books’ radical approach, putting to use all the sophisticated tools one can find in good comics to hook kids on reading, could only find support at a house that is as daring and comfortable in its own groundbreaking track record as Candlewick is. Joining forces, we will publish the new classics, the visually literate books that will tickle the fancy of, delight, inspire, and inform the children of the twenty-first century.”

Of the new imprint, Candlewick’s senior vice president of sales, John Mendelson, said, “Since its founding in the fall of 2008, we have admired TOON Books and how the list has been received by booksellers, librarians, and teachers. TOON’s mission to get kids reading through the accessible vernacular of comics paired with Candlewick’s deep sales and marketing relationships within the children’s books community will bring a renewed focus to the imprint in the both the retail and school and library channels.”

Françoise Mouly launched TOON Books in spring 2008. She is the art editor of The New Yorker, as well as the publisher and editorial director of RAW Junior, the childrens’ book branch of RAW Books & Graphics. The TOON Books, which are leveled books for emerging readers, are vetted by educators. The books feature original stories and characters created by veteran children’s book authors, renowned cartoonists, and new talents.

Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages; including books by award-winning authors Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed ‘Ologies and Judy Moody series; and favorites such as the Where’s Waldo? and Maisy books. Candlewick’s parent company is Walker Books Ltd., of London with additional offices in Sydney and Auckland.