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The Lovable VeggieTales Characters Return in Two New Fun, Easy-to-Read Books from the Popular I Can Read Series
The popular VeggieTales return with more fun and good lessons in a new pair of I Can Read! books written by Karen Poth. With simple text written especially for new readers, the VeggieTales brand continues its mission to teach children Christian values using popular characters brought to life in familiar situations.
In PRINCESS PETUNIA AND THE GOOD KNIGHT (Zonderkidz; October 2012; $3.99), Princess Petunia is at the Castle of Scone to watch the knights compete in the Great Pie Games. While each knight competes in the championship, it is the good knight, not the winner, who catches Petunia’s eye. Readers will learn that the Duke of Scone won the attention of the Princess because he showed kindness towards others.
Pirates Pa Grape, Larry, and Mr. Lunt are exhausted and napping after a long day of being pirates in Pirate in training (Zonderkidz; October 2012; $3.99).
But when Junior Asparagus waltzes onto their ship to declare that he’s quit school to become a pirate too, they awaken quickly to urge the youngster to complete his studies. They explain that being a pirate isn’t all laughs and amusement. Even pirates must read maps and do math. Readers will realize, along with Junior Asparagus, that finishing school, no matter what one chooses to become, is important. And they’ll learn that children can become anything God wants them to be.
For more information on PRINCESS PETUNIA AND THE GOOD KNIGHT and/or Pirate in training, to request an interview with Karen Poth or receive review copies, please contact Candice Frederick at DJC Communications at 212-971-9707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: With more than 15 years of experience leading design teams at the Walt Disney Company, Big Idea and May Merchandising Company, Karen Poth has a thorough understanding of both the entertainment and retail industries. She has written other VeggieTales books including 2011’s The Fairest Town in the West and The Case of the Missing Patience. Poth lives with her husband and six-year-old son in Nashville, Tennessee.
ABOUT I CAN READ!: The first I Can Read! book, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was published in 1957 and is still cherished by young readers. Today, I Can Read! is the number one beginning reader series in the country. It features more award-winning titles, authors and illustrators than any other beginning reader series. The brand includes more than 200 titles for readers at five beginning reading levels. I Can Read! books have won Newbery and Caldecott Honors, and have been recognized as American Library Association Notable Children’s Books, New York Times Outstanding Children’s Books and Parenting’s Best Children’s Books. They’ve also won Parenting’s Reading Magic Awards. www.icanread.com
ABOUT BIG IDEA BOOKS/VEGGIETALES: Big Idea Entertainment is the leading faith-based studio and producer of children's and family programming, characters and brands. Since 1993, Big Idea's bestselling animated series, VeggieTales, has sold 53+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales and Big Idea's property, 3-2-1 Penguins!, enjoyed four seasons as the top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children's programming block. The studio's two theatrical releases, Jonah—A VeggieTales Movie (2002) and Universal Pictures' and Big Idea's The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything—A VeggieTales Movie (2008), are distinguished among the top ten most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. veggietales.com
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