tagged with: "Huff & Puff"
A little over two years ago a small yellow package landed on my desk from Claudia Rueda containing a small and simple dummy book with the title of BLOW. ( We later changed the title to Huff & Puff ) What I discovered was a sweet, funny and interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story. The interactivity really caught my eye. The dummy allowed the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! Resulting in a sad pig. This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs!
The week before I officially began working at ABRAMS, I was invited to travel down to the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. as a member of the ABRAMS team. I had not a book to my name nor a business card to share. I had only inklings… inklings that the sort of books I would be creating would be nothing like those I was seeing on the exhibition floor. The marriage of ABRAMS (The Art of Books) and 0-5 publishing (the art of developmental mindfulness) has yielded something of an anomaly in the baby/toddler/preschool market. Our friend Bob Shea said it best: “You’re creating coffee table board books!” Indeed, our list fits just as comfortably in the mouths of babes as it does on display in your bookshelf.