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BookNet bestsellers: Canadian children’s books

Consider this an early Christmas present for Robert Munsch, who takes six spots on this week’s bestsellers list for Canadian children’s books.

For the two weeks ending Nov. 25:

1. Finding Christmas, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(North Winds Press/Scholastic, $19.99 cl, 9781443113175)

2. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; Sheila McGraw, illus.
(Firefly Books, $5.95 pa, 9780920668375)

3. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Helaine Becker; Werner Zimmerman, illus.
(North Winds Press/Scholastic, $16.99 cl, 9780545986632)

4. Just Getting Started, Justin Bieber
(HarperCollins, $23.99 cl, 9780062202086)

5. The Munschworks Grand Treasury, Robert Munsch; Michael Kusugak and Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Annick Press, $45 cl, 9781550376852)

6. A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (gift set), Helaine Becker; Werner Zimmerman, illus.
(North Winds Press/Scholastic, $24.99 gift set, 9781443119573)

7. Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas, Mélanie Watt
(Kids Can Press, $18.95 cl, 9781554534692)

8. Stella! Marie-Louise Gay
(Groundwood Books, $24.95 cl, 9781554982929)

9. Why I Love Canada, Daniel Howarth
(HarperCollins Canada, $12.99 pa, 9780007921546)

10. Moose! Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 board book, 9781443107181)

11. Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse, Kevin Sylvester
(Simon & Schuster, $14.99 cl, 9781442442863)

12. Just One Goal! Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 pa, 9780545990356)

13. This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Kenneth Oppel
(HarperCollins Canada, $12.99 pa, 9781554683406)

14. Smelly Socks, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 pa, 9780439967075)

15. Dragon Seer’s Gift, Janet McNaughton
(HarperCollins Canada, $9.99 pa, 9781443406789)

16. Sinking Deeper, Steve Vernon
(Nimbus Publishing, $12.95 pa, 9781551097770)

17. Missing, Becky Citra
(Orca Book Publishers, $9.95 pa, 9781554693450)

18. A Tinfoil Sky, Cyndi Sand-Eveland
(Tundra Books, $19.99 cl, 9781770492776)

19. The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, Allan Stratton
(HarperCollins Canada, $18.99 cl, 9781554688258)

20. Cat Found, Ingrid Lee
(Scholastic, $18.99 cl, 9780545317702)

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BookNet bestsellers: Canadian children’s books

Just in time for March Break, this week’s bestsellers list, which looks at Canadian children’s books, illustrates that readers will love Robert Munsch forever.

For the two weeks ending March 4:

1. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; Sheila McGraw, illus.
(Firefly Books, $5.95 pa, 9781443107648)

2. We Share Everything! Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $9.99 bb, 9781443113441)

3. It’s My Room! Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 pa, 9781443113656)

4. Up, Up, Down, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $9.99 bb, 9781443113465)

5. The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Annick Press, $6.95 pa, 9780920236161)

6. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; Sheila McGraw, illus.
(Firefly Books, $14.95 cl, 9780920668368)

7. The Gathering, Kelly Armstrong
(Doubleday Canada, $14.95 pa, 9780385668538)

8. Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders, Kevin Sylvester
(Simon & Schuster, $14.99 cl, 9781442446045)

9. Blood Red Road No.1, Moira Young
(Doubleday Canada, $12.95 pa, 9780385671859)

10. Moose! Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 pa, 9781443107181)

11. Thomas’ Snowsuit, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Annick Press, $1.99 pa, 9781554511150)

12. 
I Have to Go! Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Annick Press, $1.99 pa, 9780920303511)

13. Sing a Song of Mother Goose, Barbara Reid
(Scholastic Canada, $9.99 bb, 9780545997249)

14.Half Brother, Kenneth Oppel
(HarperCollins Canada, $12.99 pa, 9781554686117)

15. The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Annick Press, $1.99 pa, 9780920236253)

16.Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies, Richard Van Camp
(McKellar & Martin Publishing, $8.95 bb, 9780986576744)

17.I See Me, Margaret Manuel
(Theytus Books, $6.95 cl, 9781894778855)

18. Give Me Back My Dad!, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 pa, 9781443107648)

19. Smelly Socks, Robert Munsch; Michael Martchenko, illus.
(Scholastic Canada, $7.99 pa, 9780439967075)

20. Zoe’s Year, Barbara Reid
(Scholastic Canada, $9.99 bb, 9781443113724)

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From the Q&Q archives: Robert Munsch releases first kids’ album, gets wacky

Back in May 1983, when Q&Q still dabbled in music coverage, writer Richard Perry reviewed Robert Munsch’s first album, Favourite Stories, preferring it over Andy Summers and Robert Fripp’s guitar-heavy collaboration, I Advance Masked.

Perry praised the “University of Guelph professor” for telling stories with “such exaggerated wackiness that they do take on a strange fascination appropriate to their surreal nature.”

“Robert Munsch entertains his daughter Julie…” (Photo: Christina Hartling)

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Annick to offer digital versions of classic titles by Munsch, Schwartz

Pigs by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Annick Press, 1989)Annick Press has partnered with Open Road Integrated Media to produce digital versions of 34 illustrated children’s titles.

The U.S. digital publishing and multimedia outfit will publish and market electronic versions of classic Annick titles such as The Paper Bag Princess, Pigs, and Mortimer, all written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko; The Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Schwartz; Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis; and Together by Hazel Hutchins and Alice Priestly.

The books will be available for purchase starting this summer through Kobo, Google Play (formerly Google eBookstore), OverDrive, Amazon, Apple’s iBookstore, BarnesandNoble.com, and the Sony Reader Store.

Open Road has also been the digital publisher of choice for Kids Can Press, which has collaborated with the company to put out e-versions of the popular Franklin and Scaredy Squirrel series.

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Event photos: Robert Munsch in Rigolet, Labrador

The heroine of Robert Munsch’s latest picture book, Give Me Back My Dad! (Scholastic Canada), was inspired by a young girl named Cheryl Allen whom Munsch met nearly two decades ago while on a fishing trip in Rigolet, on Labrador’s northern coast. Recently, Munsch returned to Rigolet to reconnect with Cheryl and her family, and to tell stories at a local school.

Above: Munsch, with Cheryl Allen and her daughter, Megan. (Photo courtesy of Scholastic)

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Daily book biz round-up, May 19

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Event photos: Robert Munsch, Beth Powning, and a Dundurn YA three-fer

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Robert Munsch – despite being very nearly silenced by a stroke last year, and having one of his new stories delayed because of an attempted terrorist bombing, of all things – is clearly very much back in the swing of things. On Saturday, Jan. 16, Munsch launched the French and English versions of his newest book, Put Me In a Book! (Scholastic Canada) at Chapters Scarborough. The event was in support of the literacy foundation ABC Canada, of which Munsch is an honorary chair – perhaps as a result of his little-known earlier book, Make Me an Honorary Chair! (Photo courtesy of Scholastic Canada)

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Author Beth Powning launched her new novel, The Sea Captain’s Wife (Knopf Canada), at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sussex, New Brunswick on Jan. 15. The launch featured Powning and friends in period costumes, the singing of sea shanties, a miniature lighthouse, artificial fog, and the author herself reading from the book (in front of a reported 500 attendees) on the prow of a mock ship. (Photos courtesy of Dave Nickerson/Knopf Canada)

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You thought we were kidding about the mock prow of a ship, didn’t you…

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There were no costumes, lighthouses, or fake ships at the launch of three Dundurn Press Spring YA titles at Indigo Yorkdale on Jan. 16, but there was cake. Three cakes, in fact, in the form of the three books being launched: Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel, The Silver Anklet by Silver Birch Award-winner Mahtab Narsimhan, and Ghost Ride by Marina Cohen. Above: Kerbel, Narsimhan, and Cohen get out the knives. (Must… resist… “have your cake and read it, too” joke….) (Photo courtesy of Dundurn Press)

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Robert Munsch’s latest grounded by terrorist threats

After the Christmas Day terrorist threat aboard a Detroit-bound plane, the public has had to deal with longer wait times, intrusive full-body scanners – and now the delay of the latest book from Robert Munsch.

According to the Toronto Star, the Canadian children’s author was planning to release his next book, Temina’s Dolls, at the end of 2010. However, newly heightened airport security and carry-on restrictions seem to have rendered the story inappropriate for the time being. From the Star:

“We were going to do a story on a little girl who smuggles all these dolls onto a plane, but then that thing happened in Detroit,” said Munsch. “Scholastic calls me up in a panic saying, ‘Hold everything, that kid couldn’t smuggle anything onto the plane, she’s lucky to get onto the plane herself.’”

Munsch said he had no problem with the change, and even chuckled about the coincidence of a story of his clashing with a real-life situation. He is now in talks with the publisher on his next project.

The book tells the story of a little girl with 27 dolls, who learns the value of sharing. You can see where the problem lies after reading the book (which you can do, since Munsch posts his unpublished stories online):

“NO!” said Temina, “You may not look in my backpack. My backpack is top secret. Even my mom does not know what is in my backpack.”
“Right,” said the man. “But if I do not look in your backpack, then you do not get on the airplane.”
“Well,” said Temina, “OK.”
So the man unzipped the backpack and all the dolls unscrunched and uncrammed and went flying all over the airport.
“AHHHHHHHHHHH!” yelled the man, “HELP!!!”
All sorts of policemen and soldiers came running and pointed guns at Temina and her dolls.
“IT’S JUST DOLLS,” yelled Temina.
“WE’RE JUST DOLLS,” yelled the dolls.

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Robert Munsch to join Canada’s Walk of Fame

Prolific children’s author Robert Munsch will join Margaret Atwood and Pierre Berton to become the third author among the 124 members of Canada’s Walk of Fame in September. The announcement from Canada’s Walk of Fame and Canwest describes Munsch’s contribution to Canadian culture:

From the first time he stood in front of a group of children as a student teacher at a nursery school in 1972, Munsch’s animated presentation grabbed hold of the imaginations of his listeners and he’s been telling stories ever since.

To qualify for induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame, candidates must have been born in Canada or have spent their formative or creative years here. Munsch, a Pittsburgh native, falls under the latter category. Although Munsch, 64, suffered a stroke last August and has yet to return to writing, the author’s editor at Scholastic Canada, Diane Kerner, assured fans in a recent comment on a Toronto Star article that there are many more Munsch books to come:

As Robert Munsch’s editor, I want to let readers know that while he may not be writing new stories right now, he has dozens of stories ready for publication and Scholastic continues to publish two books a year. His most recent book, Down the Drain!, came out this spring, and Roar! will be published in September.

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