for the Month: November 2012
The holidays are always an exciting time of year, with the brisk post-Thanksgiving air inspiring us to begin decorating (and stocking up on peppermint treats) in anticipation of the upcoming December festivities. And what better way to prepare than by taking out a box of shiny baubles and crafting holiday odds and ends!
November 13th, 2012 was the much anticipated release day of the biggest book of the year: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, published by Amulet Books! Jeff toured seven states and reached forty-nine booksellers in the Midwest. Learn more about the tour here, and go behind the scenes of the last leg of the tour and Jeff’s Today Show appearance after the break!
2012 marked the 3rd appearance of the giant helium Greg Heffley Wimpy Kid balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is always exciting to walk, but even more so when the weather is terrific. it was in the 40s—NICE! This year we had a terrific group of ABRAMS employees walk wth the ballon. Some were relative veterans, others totally new to the experience. View photos from the parade after the break!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you’ve been focusing on your menu so much that you’ve forgotten to plot how you’re going to decorate the holiday table. Don’t stress it; there are quick and sure fire ways to make your table beautiful in no time flat.
Draw inspiration from the whole Bloomsbury aesthetic, it’s all things cozy, and when you zero in on the look, I think it really makes for easy entertaining. This style is all about not worrying if things match or not, and combining great textures and lots of earthy colors. I feel that most of us have many of the elements needed for this kind of entertaining already on hand at home. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. The possibilities open up without the pressure of needing a complete set.
I love parades. It’s true! I’ve been on the sidelines of parades for years while my kids were in marching band, but my favorite is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which I am lucky enough to march in. I’ve marched in the last two Thanksgiving Day Parades and it has been an extraordinary experience and surprisingly hard work. Read some interesting balloon facts after the break!
Illustrator and author John Hendrix posted the ‘Anatomy of a Jacket’ on his Blog Drawing on a Deadline. John discussed the process of making the jacket for his latest book JOHN BROWN:His Fight for Freedom. This entry is a follow-up to his but from the view of the art director. Let’s begin.
Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show came to me while my wife and I were in the midst of potty-training our son, Finn. Like many kids, Finn found the potty intimidating—what if he fell in and he couldn’t get out? Well, the awesome thing about my son is that sometimes he can overcome his fears and become a pint-sized Evel Knievel (minus the horrible, bone-crushing motorcycle crashes). One day Finn mustered the courage and before we knew it the “potty of doom” was a thing of the past. It was then that I realized that his life was full of intimidating, often scary events that required a lot of bravery—from eating new foods, to dressing himself, to going to bed alone in his room. As grown-ups, we take this stuff for granted. Kel Gilligan celebrates the bravery in the everyday courage of a child. I hope it makes your children laugh and feel proud of them and maybe even give broccoli a chance.
The biggest book of the year, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, is now out and available for purchase! Jeff is on the road, touring seven states and reaching forty-nine booksellers. Learn more about the tour here. On the release day (yesterday, November 13th) Abrams held an in-house celebration, complete with hot chocolate, baked goods, a costume contest, and copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel for everyone!
Today, November 13th, 2012, is the much anticipated release day of the biggest book of the year: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, published by Amulet Books! Jeff is on the road, touring seven states and reaching forty-nine booksellers. Learn more about the tour here, and check out tour updates after the break!
I love stumbling on little-known stories that grab my imagination and sense of history. Those are the stories I turn into books, the tales of courage and achievement against the odds that deserve to be widely known.
When I started researching the Civil War, I wanted to find someone who had made a real difference. I read widely, about both the North and the South, and I learned that more than 400 women had disguised themselves as men and fought as soldiers for one side or the other. Women disguised as men? Definitely a promising story there!