Listen, we love summer time, but…can it be fall already?! Here are a few upcoming titles our booksellers can’t wait to get on our shelves!
Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe (Oct. 1st)
This picture book comes highly anticipated by Eugenia, who says: “Are you kidding me with this book?!!!! A picture book hasn’t made me laugh this hard in a long, long time. Matthew Forsythe’s illustrations are bursting with energy and joy! He communicates so much emotion through the eyes, Pokko’s and his parents’ alike. Pokko and the Drum is about a family of frogs living in a mushroom. Pokko and the Drum is about art. Pokko and the Drum is about finding your community, your people. Pokko and the Drum is my new favorite book. That’s it, I found it, it’s done!”
Saturday by Oge Mora (Oct. 22nd)
We’re huge fans of Oge Mora here, and Tomoko managed to get her hands on an advanced copy of her new picture book! She says: “I just got back from seeing my mom (one of only a few times a year) and gosh, this book made me cry. Oge Mora gorgeously captures a mother-daughter relationship with both knowing sentences and colorful, expressive collage illustrations. Saturday is a sweet and heart-warming reminder that time with mom is time well spent…and also that, with a little creativity, no day need be /completely/ ruined. Also, I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I saw a sneak peak months ago and Saturday exceeds every anticipation!”
The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell (Nov. 12)
Merrilee loves a good mystery, and recommends this book to kids who love riddles and puzzles! She says: “Probably not the scariest ghost story you’ve ever read, but maybe one of the best written, and the most fun to read! My favorite character was the borough of Brooklyn, and it had such a satisfying ending– so good!”
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Oct. 15)
Thomas is a longtime fan of Rick Riordan and has been loving the Rick Riordan Presents books! About Tristan Strong, he says: “Kwame Mbalia weaves a tale worthy of the Anansesem and brings to life whole worlds of African folklore and African American storytelling in such a fascinating way that I found I couldn’t put it down once I got started. Tristan Strong is a broken young man and Mbalia isn’t afraid to let his hero be vulnerable and scared, but we are also witness to his growth not beyond fear or grief, but to a place where he understands that both have a place in his life but that place isn’t to dominate his life. Of course I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful cast of characters that Mbalia creates and borrows, including the ever loveable Gum Baby, who provides needed laughs at just the right points. Overall, I can’t recommend this enough, and I definitely can’t wait for the next one!”
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Sept. 10)
Meghan can’t wait to introduce readers to Pet! She says, “Pet defied everything I thought I expected from a YA read. Slightly experimental and unapologetically itself, this is the boldest, most interesting novel I’ve read for the fall. It’s also one that will stick in my mind for a very long time.” Read her full review here.
You can add these titles to your TBR pile or pre-order directly from bookpeople.com! What are YOU looking forward to this fall?