Rooster’s Revenge

A seafaring adventure! A storm! Giant turtles! Glowing slugs! A tale of excitement and surprise,Rooster’s Revenge, which follows both the acclaimed 2010 bookThe Chicken ThiefandFox and Hen Together(recently published) is sure to delight!Together with Bear and Rabbit, the disappointed Rooster is making his way home over the sea when a terrific storm hits. After running aground in the storm, the trio finds themselves in a strange cave. Rooster notices a mysterious glowing ball. What kind of a ball is it? Will it lead them to safety or to more trouble? And will the friends ever find their way home?This richly funny illustrated offering from Béatrice Rodriguez is full of enchantment. It’s also a surprising guide to mending a broken heart.Rooster’s Revengeis the third title in our Fox and Hen series and the fourth in our Stories Without Words series. Look out for our next wordless bookThe Big Seedby Arthur Geisert in spring 2012.Béatrice Rodriguezis the author ofThe Chicken Thief(2010), which was aPublishers WeeklyBest Book of the Year and aSchool Library JournalBest Book of the Year, as well as an independent bookseller favorite. Born in 1969, Béatrice received her degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She lives in France with her family.

The Lost Words

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary ― widely used in schools around the world ― was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions ― the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual ― became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.