Saturday, August 9, 2008

Don't Spam Editors (part 3!)

New Children's Book - The Squirrel, the Worm and the Nut Trees
Memphis, TN, Mar 5, 2008 -

The Squirrel, the Worm and the Nut Trees is a gorgeously illustrated new children's picture book that depicts how one furry family and their bushy-tailed neighbors pull together during extreme hardship to survive a threat to their survival, growing even stronger under the pressure.

Jimmy Powell's full-color book, features illustrations by renowned artist Bobbi Switzer. The book tells the tale of the adorable Mr. Squirrel, whose annual trip to stockpile nuts takes an unexpected turn when he discovers they've been ruined-turned rotten due to a silk-spinning worm who derives a cruel kind of pleasure from enveloping the trees in his web. Faced with a dangerously low food harvest, Mr. Squirrel and his family brainstorm to figure out how to survive the winter and ensure they're not caught up in the same trap next year. Against the odds, they hatch a simple yet ingenious plot-but can they avoid the watchful eyes of the worms while they carry it out?

A story with a heartwarming message of teamwork conquering adversity, The Squirrel, the Worm and the Nut Trees teaches children the value of thinking things through and working together. At the same time, it's also a kind of fable, in the great tradition of Aesop, on the importance of preparing for the future. Children will benefit from seeing how one group of determined squirrels wasn't about to be caught ill equipped come next winter.
Readers of all ages will also love pouring over a richly imagined forest environment filled with the flora and fauna of the woods-not to mention the vividly depicted characters of Mr. Squirrel and Mr. Worm.

About the book:

The Squirrel, the Worm and the Nut Trees by Jimmy Powell

ISBN: 978-1432713263

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Dec 29, 2007

Pages: 48

S.R.P.: $15.95

About the author: Memphis resident Jimmy Powell is a published poet who works as an aircraft technician for FedEx. In addition to writing-he has recently completed an autobiography-Powell, a married father of three, enjoys spending time with his family and on various capacities as a volunteer.
I think I prefer the other squirrel.


MAGolla said...

Darn! I was hoping you would link with a picture of a squirrel dressed in camo holding an AK. I love that one! If I still had the link, I would have sent it, but alas, I don't.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Is the query / publicity memo / whatever longer than the book?

Christine Tripp said...

The author is certainly, in one sense, a publishers dream. He is, if nothing else, a promotional wiz. He's even posted a video trailer for the book on Youtube!!!
Certainly an agressive self published author, have to give him that.

Is this common EA, that you (and other Editors) receive query's from self published authors with their finished books, do they send you the book along with their query? Are they under the impression that having a book already out there, being reviewed etc gives them a leg up with a publisher?

Karen said...

So that's why caterpillars spin silk? To maliciously torment squirrels? Oh, don't even get me started.

Anonymous said...

And why are these always so miserably illustrated? There are plenty of under-employed artists out there that can do a hell of a lot better than this?

Do publications like Horn Book accept self-published books for review?ulfshn

Anonymous said...

This ties in so beautifully to the question of "morality" in literature. I prefer my squirrels drunk:

if the link doesn't work > youtube drunken squirrel will reward you.

And it makes me wonder if the real point of such "moral" books is to serve as aversive therapy--kids exposed to this drivel will certainly avoid reading.

Gah! It burns!

signed, Just Another Heathen in a Tinfoil Hat

Anonymous said...

I'm confused about what this is... did they send you the book?? (And if so, why???) Or was it a press release someone sent you for some weird reason???

Anonymous said...

To answer Anonymous 2:19's question about the Horn Book: not really. Generally we tell publishers they have to be listed in Literary Marketplace for us to review their books (in the Horn Book Guide). Although that doesn't stop self-published authors from submitting anyway. I wish we could post books from our "Wall of Shame" on this blog!


Marian Perera said...

"...a silk-spinning worm who derives a cruel kind of pleasure from enveloping the trees in his web."

One worm spun a large enough web to envelope two or more trees?

Feed the worm, Mr Squirrel, and exploit his amazing silk-producing potential! You could be wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of small forest animals! I can just see the sequel : Rich Squirrel, Poor Squirrel.

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