Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz on Pre-order Now
HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry.
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz tells the original tale through the eyes of Toto, Dorothy’s trusted companion and is authored by the War Horse author with illustrations from Emma Chichester Clark.
Toto’s role is a passive one both in the books, and the movie. The little dog is basically just carried around a lot and we don’t really ever know how he feels about things. Morpurgo is well known for bringing animals characters to life with books such as War Horse and Shadow, and he seems the perfect author to tell the story from Toto’s perspective.
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz will publish on 7th September in full colour hardback in both the US and UK, and e-book and audiobook versions will also be available. Some illustrations have been released in advance, and these are included in this piece. We also have more news concerning Morpurgo.
If you’re a fan of the author then you may be interested to know he’s the feature of a free exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum of Childhood, celebrating his life and writing and the exhibition is timed to coincide with the release of this new book.
Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (US – UK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market. Read More
Whilst it’s a treat for more mature audiences, Die Hard certainly isn’t suitable for kids, until now! This Christmas, you can tuck your little ones into bed and send them off to the land of nod with this children book that teaches young one the story of the no nonsense cop John McClane.
The short story dates back to the traditional form of oral storytelling which, for obvious reasons, could not take hours to resolve. Long tales (such as Homer’s Odyssey) would be recited in sections- often with rhyme and rhythm to aid remembering each verse. Often separate short tales would be told but would be linked in some way (such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales).
2017 has seen this traditional form flourish still, and remain ever more popular. Perhaps modern life calls for shorter, snappier tales to fit in with our busy lives?
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Happiness in this Life out December
Pope Francis is no stranger to publishing, releasing his first book ‘The Name of God is Mercy’ in 2016. Now we hear from Pan Macmillan’s imprint Bluebird that they have acquired the rights to a new book by the pontiff full of his thoughts on Happiness.
The new release will be published in hardback on 5th December 2017 and will be called Happiness in this Life: A Passionate Meditation on Material Existence and is earmarked as an uplifting read and likely to be a Christmas bestseller. Read More