One For the Books

The grand opening of Carmichael’s Kids in Louisville, Ky., on August 10 was “a big party,” said Carmichael’s Bookstore events coordinator Kate Weiss. The Poky Little Puppy made an appearance, as did the River City Drum Corps, the Junior League, and the fire department to mark the opening of the city’s third Carmichael’s Bookstore – which is dedicated exclusively to children’s books. A local theatre company also offered performances of poems from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell, illustrated by Jim Harris. Sales for the day were also “huge,” according to Weiss.

Monsters, Inc.

Debut author Dan Richards read from his picture book The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters (Boyds Mills), illustrated by Robert Neubecker, at a recent launch event at Third Place Books in Lake Forrest Park, Wash., on August 6. More than 75 guests were in attendance to meet Richards, hear him speak about his path to becoming an author, and to enjoy slices of a monster-themed cake. Richards has been a monster aficionado since he was a child and first looked under the bed.

On the Hunt

Fans gathered to celebrate the release of Erin Dionne’s Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting (Dial), sequel to Dionne’s Edgar Award nominee, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, during a launch party on August 9. The event was held at Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham, Mass. In keeping with the book’s theme, the bookstore supplied golden treasure, pirate eye-patches – donned here by partygoers – and other goodies.