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Introducing a new Horn Book partner:

For every kids’ or YA book sticking out of a briefcase, there’s someone insisting that adults should only read adult books. But how can the grownups of the world access the often innovative stories aimed at the younger set without lowering themselves? Enter ImPress, a new small publisher that adapts children’s titles into books acceptable for adults, free of such indignities as illustrations. Here’s a glimpse at some titles on their Fall 2015 list:

Mr. Tiger Goes Walden Mr. Tiger Goes Walden
James Tiger (who is human, of course) grows weary of his materialistic existence and goes to live in the woods.
The Right Word:
The Annotated Roget’s Thesaurus

This coffee-table book for English majors includes the full text of Roget’s thesaurus with biographical commentary.
The Right Word for adults
Sam & Dave Dig Themselves Deeper Sam & Dave Dig Themselves Deeper
Two friends collaborate on a search for riches, but the further they go, the more futile their search becomes, and the less likely it seems that they will ever make it home.
The Book
Originally titled The Book with No Pictures, this exploration of the relationship between book and reader has shortened its title because, obviously, grown-up books don’t have pictures.
The Book
All the Light We Cannot See All the Light We Cannot See
Originally titled The Dark.
Extremely Long Journey
The first in a trilogy, this thousand-page novel tells the story of an adventure that begins with a magic door drawn on a wall. Look for the Spring 2016 sequel, Even Longer Quest.
Extremely Long Journey
Don't Let Any Human Animal Whatsoever Drive the Bus Don’t Let Any Nonhuman Animal
Whatsoever Drive the Bus

Mo Willems’s warning against handing the keys to a pigeon has been expanded into a more comprehensive driving manual.

Stay tuned! ImPress has hinted that over the next few years, they’ll take on more of the classics. First up: a certain Louisa May Alcott novel will see an adaptation simply titled Women.



  1. Steffaney Smith says:

    So clever…maybe I could just buy a book jacket or two and camouflage my professional reading!

  2. This is perhaps the best April Fools joke I have ever seen. Brilliant!

  3. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Is it wrong to admit that I still crack up when I see these? It’s probably gauche to laugh at my own joke, but it’s really Shoshana’s joke (with Elissa and Katie) that Cyrena and I got to play with for a while. I’m with Steffaney: I want the boring-looking Walden cover — with introduction and annotations by Mr. Deer.

  4. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    I can’t decide which is my favorite: All the Light We Cannot See or Sam & Dave Dig Themselves Deeper. I love how much ennui and self-loathing are in the plots of most of these “adapted” books. “Real literature” doesn’t sound like very much fun!

    I guess what I’m saying, Lolly, is that if you’re gauche, so am I. 🙂

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