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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

From Marvel's November solicits...

Marvel has solicited the second book in their Marvel Prose line and this one's thankfully for the kids:

Written by Louise Ann Gikow
Cover by Mark Bagley
Penciled by Francisco Herrera
An author, editor, television writer, and composer—there is little that Louise Ann Gikow has not done in children’s entertainment. She’s even spent time on the New York Times best-seller list for her novelization of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Now, she has teamed up with Marvel Press to create a must-read chapter book series starring Spider-Man! Life’s hard—welcome to Peter Parker’s world! He not only has to do tons of homework and help his Aunt May make ends meet, but also has to battle super-villains and save the world. When Doc Ock rolls into town, it spells danger for everyone, especially Peter’s best friends, Mary Jane and Harry. And Peter soon learns that the life of a super hero isn’t always so super.
224 PGS. / AGES: 8-12/ Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"/…$8.99
Cover: 4C, matte laminated with Spot UV
Interior Illustrations: Halftone illustrations throughout
UPC: 5960611587-000111
ISBN: 0-7851-1587-0

A few things to note:
- The solicit copy is amusing here, especially in its hyper-conscious efforts to make the author's name a huge selling point for this book. I'm sure Gikow is a good writer but it's just a little bit of overkill.
- 224 pages is quite long for a chapter book for kids 9 to 12, especially one with a licensed character. Chapter books for this age generally run 120 to 144 pages. That is unless there's going to be a LOT of illustrations in the book but even still...
- $8.99 is a pretty steep cover price for this kind of book. Spider-Man chapter books don't need spot UV on the cover -- they just don't. Licensed characters in prose form need to be cheap and cheerful and inline with the pricing of like books on the shelf. This book is just going to look expensive alongside SpongeBob Squarepants, Shrek and even the Justice League chapter books.


  • All I gotta say is... they make Spongebob chapter books???

    How do I get a job writing chapter books?

    By Blogger Bryan Lee O'Malley, at 1:48 AM  

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