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Abrams Appleseed Acquires Caldecott Winner Chris Raschka’s Thingy Things Series; Four New Titles to Publish Alongside Four Revised Editions Starting in Spring 2014

NEW YORK, NY – Abrams Appleseed, an imprint of ABRAMS, announces the acquisition of eight books in the Thingy Things series by two-time Caldecott winner Chris Raschka. Published in a child-friendly trim size, these short, hilarious stories will draw giggles from children and adults alike, who will be unable to resist the subversive humor and clever drawings.

In April 2014, the first two new titles, Crabby Crab and Cowy Cow will be published alongside refreshed editions of Lamby Lamb and Whaley Whale. In September 2014, new titles Buggy Bug and Clammy Clam will be published alongside refreshed editions of Moosey Moose, and Doggy Dog.

“As the creator of the Thingy Things series, I could not be happier—I’m over the moon—that these little books are alive again on the Abrams Appleseed list,” says Chris Raschka. “And they look even better now in their new format: larger and more unified. Altogether they look smashing, if I do say so myself. Hooray!”

“I’ve always loved the Thingy Things, especially when I’ve shared them with toddlers,” says Cecily Kaiser, publishing director of Abrams Appleseed. “At that age, kids are just looking for an excuse to laugh, and Chris delivers! It is an honor to be publishing him on the Appleseed list, and an exciting opportunity to feature not only the original favorites, but the never-before-published titles as well!”

An aggressive marketing campaign is planned, including national publicity, advertising, a book trailer, and appearances by Chris Raschka in support of the series.

Chris Raschka has published over 60 children’s books, including the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy, which was also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. His other books include the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster; the Caldecott Honor book Yo! Yes?, and the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book Good Sports. He lives in New York City.

The agreement was negotiated by Cecily Kaiser and Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

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Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company publishes visually stunning illustrated books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior and garden design, craft, architecture, entertainment, fashion, sports, and pop culture, as well as children’s books and general interest titles. The company’s imprints include Abrams, Abrams ComicArts, Abrams Image, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Abrams Appleseed, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. Abrams also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents, and others.

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