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Spotlight on BONES by Steve Jenkins



We’d like to take a moment to highlight one of the break-out books from the Frankfurt Book Fair: Bones.  From the acclaimed Caldecott Honor illustrator Steve Jenkins, comes a bold and intriguing look at human and animal bones.  Steve Jenkins is the creator of many award-winning books for children.  Having lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas and Colorado, Jenkins always kept a menagerie of lizards, turtles, spiders, and other animals, and also collected many rocks and fossils as a child.  This, along with his studies of graphic design, led to the creation of his incredible book, Bones. 

In this visually driven volume, kids come face-to-face with some head-to-toe boney comparisons, many of them shown at actual size. Here you'll find the differences between a man's hand and that of a spider monkey; the great weight of an elephant's leg, paired with the feather-light femur of a stork; and rib-tickling info about snakes and sloths.

Our first deal for this amazing title is with Asunaro Shobo.  Following an auction in Japan just after Frankfurt, Asunaro came out the clear winner. In addition to offering the most competitive advance, Asunaro is a leading publisher in the Japanese school and library market and plans to publish Bones next year, promoting heavily through the Japanese trade and library markets on their Children’s non-fiction list.  We look forward to many deals to follow!