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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney on new book 'Cabin Fever' and the series' future


UPDATE: Read our review of Cabin Fever.

Cabin Fever, the highly anticipated sixth installment of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series, will get a monster first-run release of six million copies on Nov. 15, the largest of any book in the series. Series creator and author Jeff Kinney spoke to EW about the new book and Greg Heffley’s future — apparently love and death are on the horizon.

Tell me a bit more about the concept behind the sixth book.
On the surface, Cabin Fever is about the Heffley being family being snowed in for the holidays and the claustrophobia that creates, but it works as a theme as well. The idea behind the book is that as you’re growing up you’re forging your identity, and that identity becomes hard to escape later on. I find that no matter what I do in my professional life, if I go back home, the people I grew up with and the people in my family and the people who know me bring me back to my true self. Part of the book is about the claustrophobia of your identity — it’s hard to forge a new one. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Apr. 12: Gay penguin book tops list of controversial books, Amazon offering ad-supported Kindle, and more


And Tango Makes Three once again waddles into the top spot of the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010. The adorable children’s book tells the true tale of two male emperor penguins in the Central Park Zoo who find an abandoned egg and raise the chick together. For the past five years, the book has had human parents up in arms due to its positive portrayal of same-sex bird parents and has been banned in school districts around the country. Other books on the list: The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Brave New World. READ FULL STORY

Seven lost 'Dr. Seuss' stories uncovered for September book debut

Random House is calling it “the literary equivalent of buried treasure.” This September, the company will release The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss, containing seven rarely-before-seen stories from the children’s lit virtuoso.

Massachusetts dentist (and Seussophile) Dr. Charles Cohen had listed original Seuss magazine prints on eBay when Theodor “Seuss” Geisel’s art director happened upon them. After meeting with Cohen in person, they decided to run the cartoons with enhanced color in the upcoming 72-page book.

Bippolo Seed hits bookstores nearly 13 years after Geisel’s previous posthumous release, and 20 years after his death. His nom de plume Dr. Seuss is, of course, synonymous with rhyming whimsy and odd, fanciful characters, and he helped define early childhoods all over the world. Seuss’s writing and illustrations have long reigned as a media empire, with TV shows, merchandising, games, and films. A movie based on The Lorax is set for release next March.

On the Books Mar. 29: Perez Hilton's children's book, the secret life of editing 'Harry Potter,' and more

Perez Hilton, the bad boy of celebrity blogging, has written a children’s book, The Boy with the Pink Hair, set for a September 2011 release. Dare we say the protagonist of the story, a boy with a “shock of fabulous hair,” is at least loosely based on the author? The book promises to “celebrate individuality and acceptance.” Hilton has written two previous books for adults, Perez Hilton’s True Bloggywood Stories and Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up with the Hiltons.

Radiohead is launching The Universal Sigh, an unconventional international newspaper, containing voice-driven pieces and work by writers such as Robert McFarlane and Jay Griffiths. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Mar. 28: Maurice Sendak introduces a different type of 'Wild Thing,' Google's new magazine, and more

Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak is set to write Bumble-Ardy, the story of a pig who “longs to party,” planned for a fall release this year.

Google has launched a new, full-length online magazine in the UK called Think Quarterly, which will be dedicated to its advertisers and business partners. The first issue focuses on data and is not available on news stands, but you can read the slick e-publication for free here.

Novelist and Harvard Medical School professor Steve Schlozman analyzes the world’s fascination with zombies.

Just when you thought this public mother-daughter feud was over, Candy Spelling plans a book about her turbulent relationship with daughter Tori.

Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber asks in a new book whether literature still matters. What do you think her answer is?

'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross signs a deal for his children's book

Gary-RossImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosBack when his twin son and daughter were just a year old, writer-director Gary Ross got a frantic call from a friend: David Koepp was shooting his first movie, The Trigger Effect, and needed a bedtime story for Elisabeth Shue to read to her son in a scene. Could Ross come up with something quickly?

He dashed out some lines about a boy named Bartholomew Biddle who flies out his window using his bedsheet as a kite. “Bartholomew is very courageous,” says Ross. “He has untainted curiosity and the vehicle to explore it.”

Over the years, Ross kept writing, and kept reading to his children, until Bartholomew’s tale had bloomed into a 30,000-word epic told in verse. Candlewick Press, which recently bought Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, plans to publish it in 2013, the year before Ross’ twins graduate from high school. “The book has spanned their entire childhood,” he says. “The end of the book is so poignant to me because the story is about growing up and breaking free.”

'39 Clues' exclusive: New series from Scholastic will feature David Baldacci

David-BaldacciTomorrow morning Scholastic will officially announce the second series of its smash hit 39 Clues franchise. (Movie rights first-10 book series, which has more than 8.5 million copies in print, have been snapped up DreamWorks, with Steven Spielberg the possible director.) The new seven-book series, The 39 Clues: Cahills Vs. Vespers, kicks off on April 5, 2011 with Vespers Rising, written by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson. In a surprise twist, Scholastic has hired David Baldacci will write the final book in the series, set to be released in March 2013.

In honor of the big announcement, Baldacci talked with us about how he got involved with the project and why he’s excited to write his first book for children.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you get involved with The 39 Clues project?
I got a call over the summer from Scholastic, and actually first my agent and I talked to Scholastic and they said that they wanted me to write the last book in The 39 Clues series, and that’s how I first found out about it. I didn’t think long about it, it was actually a cool offer, and I thought that it’d be something different, something challenging, so I said that I’ll do it. READ FULL STORY

The worst children's book covers. Please don't share these with your kids!

There’s some strange stuff marketed to our kids, and the people came up with a list of the top 20 worst children’s book covers. And like they said, I think it’s safe to say you can go ahead and judge these by their covers.

They’ve really hit all the high points. Polar bear sex, playing with fire, disabled people. This is real life, people. But don’t worry! There’s an awkward book cover for everyone. My favorite cringe-worthy cover? I Found a Dead Bird: The Kid’s Guide to the Cycle of Life and Death. Can someone say morbid? I think it’s safe to say putting a dead bird on the cover of a children’s book is not the best idea in the world.


After clicking through, what’s your pick for the worst children’s book cover? And are there any more covers that should be added to the list?

President Obama pens children's book

of-thee-i-singImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosHe’s leader of the free world–and a now he’s a children’s book author, too. Random House will publish President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters on November 16. The book, illustrated by award-winning author and illustrator Loren Long, pays homage to 13 groundbreaking Americans including George Washington, Jackie Robinson, and Georgia O’Keefe.

Random House declined to comment, but president and publisher Chip Gibson said in a press release he was honored to publish the book: “[It's] an inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans–the potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.”

Obama, inspired by his daughters Sasha and Malia, completed the manuscript for Of Thee I Sing before entering office in 2009. The best part of the book’s release? All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen and disabled soldiers serving our nation.

Will you be buying this book for your kids, Shelf Lifers? And any guesses as to who the other 10 Americans are acknowledged in the book? And anyone else now have My Country, ‘Tis of Thee now stuck in their head? Share them in the comments.

'Potato Chip Science': Experiments for kids (and EW staffers)

Potato-Chip-Science-BookWhen Potato Chip Science arrived in the EW offices it immediately caught my attention because I thought it was food. Alas, it was not. Turns out, it’s just some really cool packaging for a science book! (The title should have tipped me off. But forgive me for wanting an afternoon snack!)

I’ve been saving the “bag of chips” on my desk waiting for a special moment to try out one of the experiments. In the process, I’ve had multiple EW staffers ask me about my weird obsession with said chips, and one editor even advised me to share! Little did they know I was hoarding a bag of science, not sustenance.

Created by Allen Kurzweil and his son, Max, Potato Chip Science uses the popular snack food (and potatoes!) to teach a wide range of sciences. Most of the experiments can be executed with items you can easily find in your home. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to several of these things in my office cubicle. I had to make do. (I wanted to test What Do Car Batteries and Vinegar Chips Have In Common? I’m sure it will shock you to learn I do not have a blender on my desk, one of the necessary items to complete that task.) Anyway, I found something else: Creating my very own CSI (Chip Science Institute) Detective Kit.

I recruited fellow coworker Catherine Fuentes to be my partner in crime (pun intended). And with that, we present to you: Science with Catherine and Breia! (Please note that this activity uses fire, and should only be conducted under adult supervision. Catherine and I asked the fabulous Missy Schwartz to be our adult. She kindly obliged. I must say, she was definitely the right person for the job.)

MATERIALS: metal pie pan, 1 potato chip, matches, spoon, freezer bag or small jar, transparent tape, clear packing tape

MISSION: Learn about forensics by creating our fingerprints!

  1. Our first task was to burn a potato chip in the pie pan.
  2. We crushed the charred remains to make the fingerprint powder.
  3. After the remains cooled, we rubbed the powder on our fingers.
  4. We placed our fingers on clear tape, and voila! We’ve officially been fingerprinted!


Above you can see actual photos from our in-office experiment. (Sadly, our fingerprints did not photograph so well so you can’t see the end result. But trust us! It worked!) I’m not really sure that we learned anything about forensics. But we did learn how to avoid setting off the office smoke alarm, which I’m sure is a valuable lesson. And while the whole adventure was pretty silly, the one thing Catherine and I wholeheartedly agreed on is that this book is perfect for kids. (I would have gone nuts for this as a child! And who am I kidding? I’m in my twenties and I still think it’s pretty cool!) I have three young cousins who would adore these projects. I can already picture their reactions when I tell them this book has instructions on how to make a shrunken potato head.

Would you be willing to try out Potato Chip Science? And are there other office experiments that Catherine and I need to know about?

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