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Meet the Buyers: Children’s Books

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

One of the most fun sections we have in either store is the Children’s Books section (0 – 12 years). Two ladies make sure you and your children always have an abundance of choice:

Meet Lília from ABC The Hague and Shirley from ABC Amsterdam!

How long have you been the buyer for the Children’s Books section?

Lília: I think since 2001.

Shirley: Since late 2011.

What was your favorite book growing up?

Lília: As Reinações de Narizinho by Monteiro Lobato (English title: Adventures of Little Nose, but sadly not in print at the moment). It’s a quirky and fantastical story about a little girl. My favorite character is her doll, Emilia, who comes to life and starts talking – a lot! And there is a viscount made of an empty corn cob who also comes to life and falls in love with the doll and he’s very wise because he has read all the books in the library.

Shirley: I used to love to read to the other kids in my neighborhood. They would gather on my bed and I would read poems. I loved reading to them aloud because I could use strange voices and act really silly! So Annie M. G. Schmidt was a favorite. In Dutch there are a lot of children’s poetry books and anthologies. Somehow I cannot find those kind of ‘versjes’ in English…

Which authors or series do you try to keep in stock at all times?

Lília: Sandra Boynton, Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, Baby Einstein’s Alphabooks, general bedtime stories and nursery rhymes (like those by Debi Gliori), Cressida Cowell, Jeff Kinney and Geronimo Stilton.

Shirley: Roald Dahl, the Spirit Animal series (written by different authors), Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Philip Ardagh’s Eddie Dickens books, the Dork Diaries, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and the Tom Gates series.

Which authors or series deserve a bigger audience?

Lília: Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series and Michelle Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Those books are filled with wonderful, adventurous stories, and nicely written.

Shirley: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s from 2001, but such a fun series and so beautifully published (I only buy the little hardcovers). Chris Riddell’s Ottoline books are also wonderfully funny and beautifully illustrated and designed. I love Tony Blundell’s picture books Beware of Girls and Beware of Boys, too. Little Red Riding Hood’s Big Bad Wolf is sent on increasingly crazy quests. And William Joyce’s Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, in which the bottom line that reading stories and books enriches everyone’s life is so true! The app that was developed by the book’s publisher, Moonbot Studios, is incredible, too. A great interactive experience, in which you can turn the pages of all the books Morris keeps and takes care of and if you click a specific title the book comes alive! The art work is amazing and it does not surprise me that they won many awards.

How important are children’s book illustrators, and do you have a favorite?

Lília: They are very important but everyone has their own style and charm. My personal favorites include Fiep Westendorp, Eric Carle, Sandra Boynton, Maurice Sendak and Mo Willems.

Shirley: Apart from the little ones, nine- to twelve-year-olds love to see more than just text, like illustrated diaries or poems. I personally love the picture books by Chris Haughton. He always makes such beautiful books! The illustrations are very simple and often drawn in one colour. Very interesting and catchy, I think.

What have been the best-sellers so far in 2014?

Lília: The Kumon Math and Reading workbooks, the small classics series, the Usborne Young Readers CD-books and Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Shirley: The Dutch books translated into English, like Jip and Janneke, Miffy and The Cow Who Fell In the Canal.

What new titles are you eagerly awaiting?

Lília: The Long Haul, the newest book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series! It will be on sale November 5th.

Shirley: The Dutch bestseller Muizenhuis will be published in English as Mouse Mansion in November. Keith Richards also wrote a children’s book together with his daughter that just came in, called Gus & Me. And of course the new Wimpy Kid!

There are ebooks available for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and other Roald Dahl titles), Wild Born (and other titles in the Spirit Animals series), and The Bad Beginning (and other titles in A Series of Unfortunate Events).

This post first appeared in our October 2014 News Mailing.

This Just In: Children’s Books and YA Fiction

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

A Gazillion Recently-Arrived Titles from the Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction Sections (grouped by age):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

Picture Books:

Ebook available for Ladybird Christmas Carols.

9 – 12 Years:

Young Adult:


And not exactly new content, but really great new covers:

Ebooks available for We Were Liars, The Iron Trial, Messenger of Fear, The Geography of You and Me, The Wave, Heir of Fire, and The House of Hades.

This Just In: Children’s Books and YA Fiction

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Another Big Lot of Recently-Arrived Titles from the Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction Sections (grouped by age):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

9-12 Years

Young Adults

Ebooks available for A Grimm Warning (Land of Stories 3), Conquest, Say What You Will, The Murder Complex, The Young World, Smart, Silver Shadows, Let’s Get Lost, The Beginning of Everything, The Hunted, Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods.

This Just In: Children’s Books & Young Adult Fiction

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Another Big Lot of Recently-Arrived Titles from the Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction Sections (grouped by age):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

9 – 12 Years

Ebook available for Odin’s Ravens.

Young Adult Fiction

Ebook available for Crushed, The Summer I Turned Pretty (complete series), A Creature of Moonlight, House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts and Landline.  Of the short stories that make up the Four collection, one is available as ebook: The Transfer.

Don’t forget that you can still win a SIGNED copy of Otherbound, by rising YA Fantasy star and local girl Corinne Duyvis!

Staff Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Reviewed by Lília

Lara Jean Song writes goodbye letters to all the boys she’s ever had a crush on. She keeps them in a box, unsent, because she never had a relationship with any of them. And the last one is – or used to be – her sister’s boyfriend, Josh.

It’s all a secret until the box with letters disappears and a couple of them are actually sent. Lara Jean finds out about it in the most embarrassing manner and needs to discover a way to deal with Josh knowing about her crush on him while not letting her sister learn about it.

She enlists the help of Peter, the other boy who received an old letter from her who had just broken up with his girlfriend. They are to have a fake relationship, to make Josh go away, avoid her sister knowing about her crush and making Peter’s ex-girlfriend jealous.  But not everything goes as planned… and Lara Jean starts discovering more about herself and her feelings, and that the real thing is quite different from a dream.

In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han creates a fun story of love – not only the romantic kind but also sisterly love, and all the things we do or can do to our sisters without ever realizing what the consequences might be.  Lara Jean is a funny but also sad character, and her relationship with her sister and her friends is deeply influenced by the loss of her mother at a very young age, the need to grow up fast and how to deal with feelings she can’t share.

Lília is ABC The Hague’s Children’s Books & Young Adult Fiction buyer.  She is also one of the Espresso Book Machine operators there. More staff reviews can be found here.