Thursday, August 28, 2014

Julia's House Travel Schedule and Blog Tour

Friends! Julia's House for Lost Creatures will be released in less than one week! Somehow, even though I thought I was "Mr. Organized" this still managed to sneak up on me.

People have been saying some nice things about the book so far, and that's been encouraging (if you're into reading reviews you can find some here, here, here and here).

I was a little nervous about Julia's House at first. After all, picture books are a less forgiving format for storytelling than are graphic novels. A picture book is shorter, for one thing, and so every moment, every beat, has to count all the more. But I think the book will find its readers.

To help Julia's House on its way, I have put together a series of bonus illustrations for the book and the good people at Macmillan have helped to arrange a sort of online traveling bestiary. The idea is that between Sunday August 31st and Saturday September 6th you can visit the sites on the list, take a look at some of the bonus art, and read some of my thoughts about dragons and mermaids and goblins and the rest. Click on the banner below for links to the various sites:

I will also be attending several events in September, October and November. Here is a list, with links, of the places where you will be able to find me signing, drawing, speaking or high-fiving in the coming months:

* September 6th: Baltimore Comic-Con
* September 14th: Small Press Expo
* September 20th: Princeton Book Festival
* September 21st: Brooklyn Book Festival
* September 27th: Baltimore Book Festival. Speaking at 2:00 pm
* October 9th: Children's Book World
* October 11th: Odyssey Kids Books, 2:00pm event
* October 11th, McNally Jackson Books
* October 12th: New York Comic-Con!
* October 26th: Over the Moon, 3:00pm (I believe this one's a costume party).
* November 21st-23rd: Miami Book Fair

26 comments:

Kevin said...

Looking forward to the traveling bestiary! Unfortunately, the banner doesn't link to the sites. Do we have to wait 'til the 31st for the links?

Fany said...

Hello,
I have just finish the first "Zita the Spacegirl" in french. Just GREAT ! (It was for my 10's girl but i didn't resist to this little girl)...
Thank you for this adventure !

St├ęphanie, Julie's mother ;-)

Anita said...

Ooh, I want to get it in French, we're doing French this year in homeschool. Any way to get it other than on the french amazon site?

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks St├ęphanie!

Woops, that link on the banner didn't work the way I had intended. HEre's teh link to the blog tou schedule:

http://mackidsbooks.com/ben-hatkes-bestiary-of-lost-creatures

Ben Hatke said...

Anita, I have a couple extra copies of books 2 and 3 in french... there's an email address for me on the sidebar if you want to try to arrange something.

Christina Hicks said...

You're going to be in Miami on my birthday?! Not that I will be in Miami on my birthday, but it's really nice there in November.

Kevin said...

Thanks for the link Ben!

Tim Canny said...

If you need to make a pit stop in the Philly area during your trips north just let me know! :) I take it you'll have copies of JHFLC to sell and sign in Princeton and Brooklyn, yes?

Ben Hatke said...

There will be copies of Julia's House in Princeton and Brooklyn, Tim! And I think I have a stop at a PA bookstore on the way to NYCC in October.

Is this where we finally meet?

Tim Canny said...

A stop in the Philly area would be great! Children's Book World is only a 20 minute drive from my house! My only issue will be if the event isn't after work hours I may have to take the day off!

Skye said...

Was so glad to pick this up at our local comic shop, we'd pre-ordered and I feel like I waited so long! Here it is featured on my blog: http://planetjinxatron.com/2014/10/kids-spooky-and-halloween-books-that-adults-can-love-too.html

Ben Hatke said...

Oh cool. Thanks for the review, Skye!

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