Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Cover Reveal! - Beast in Show by Anna Staniszewski 4.14.2020

Cover Reveal Today!

I am so excited to have author Anna Staniszewski here with us today.  She is sharing the cover of her upcoming picture book, Beast in Show.  It looks absolutely adorable and if you love animal - pet - magical stories, I think you're in for a treat!

I bet you know Anna from some of her other books like:

Picture books:
Picture Books | Anna Staniszewski, Author   Robots and Rust Monsters: Anna Staniszewski on Developing a ... 

Chapter books:
 BOOKS | annastan

Middle grade novels:
 The Wonder of Wildflowers: Staniszewski, Anna: 9781534442788 ...   Amazon.com: The Dirt Diary (9781402286360): Staniszewski, Anna: Books   The Gossip File (The Dirt Diary): Anna Staniszewski: 9781492604631 ...

Today Anna is here to tell us more about her upcoming picture book, Beast in Show, which publishes Feb. 9th from Henry Holt (Macmillan) publishing.

More about Beast in Show:

Julia can’t wait to enter her lovable pup in the town dog show. But can she and Huxley compete with “dogs” that beep and fly and breathe fire? What will it take to win Best in Show?

I love finding out the secret parts about books - the background of the story, parts that don't make it into the story.  I asked Anna to tell us a little bit more about Beast in Show that we wouldn't know from reading the book:

Beast in Show has had a little bit of a makeover since it was first created. Originally, this book was intended as a companion to my previous picture book, Dogosaurus Rex, about a boy who adopts a dog without realizing it’s actually a dinosaur! When I first started working on the follow-up, I had the idea of entering our lovable dino in a dog show. But, for a variety of reasons, my publisher asked me to rework the idea to focus on a different main character and pet sidekick. After a little brainstorming, I decided to take the original idea and flip it on its head. What if Julia brings her lovable dog, Huxley, to the dog show and discovers that the other “dogs” aren’t actually dogs at all! I had a lot of fun exploring what that kind of zany competition might look like!

I am so excited to read this book!  I've already added it to my book release calendar for 2021.  Ready to see the cover?  I promise you'll be anxious to read it, too!

Beast in Show
written by Anna Staniszewski
illustrated by Joanie Stone
published by Henry Holt/Macmillan
coming: February 9, 2021

Big thank you to Anna for having her cover reveal at Mrs. Knott's Book Nook!  I can't wait to meet Julia and Huxley in February!

More about Anna:
Anna Staniszewski is the author of over a dozen books for young readers, including The Wonder of Wildflowers, Dogosaurus Rex, and the Once Upon a Fairy Tale chapter book series. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston and teaches in the MFA Writing for Children program at Simmons University. You can visit her at www.annastan.com.

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