Friday, July 1, 2016

Announcing the Publication of CARDBOARD BOX - A BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by Sage Merriman

CARDBOARD BOX Continues Series of Experimental Children’s Books...

...Joins BOSSY PANTS, which preceded it on June 19th.

From the Amazon product page:

Book Description:

CARDBOARD BOX is a seriously funny book about all the things you can do with a cardboard box—on the road to reading. It’s meant to be read aloud with detours to explore new words. The reader sounds a little crabby, but it’s all in fun. Smile. Expect laughter. It’s that kind of book.

CARDBOARD BOX is published in the Books with No Pictures SeriesAs you might expect, books in this series are pictureless but maintain the familiar format of the standard picturebook. Here’s why: For beginning readers (who are used to being read to), the standard picturebook often provides the most comfortable frame of reference. Because the picturebook context is so well understood, removing the pictures (and making no other changes) draws attention to the words and shines a bright light on the path to reading.


Sage Merriman is the children’s book pen name of author Ryan Petty, a former small press editor and publisher. Long ago and far away, Ryan was the proprietor of Cold Mountain Press, a literary publishing house in Austin, Texas. Among the respected names he published were Allen Ginsberg, William Stafford, Wendell Berry, Diane Wakoski, Robert Bly, Denise Levertov, and two future National Poets Laureate: Ted Kooser and Donald Hall. Ryan stepped away from his literary endeavors in 1981 to raise a family and put two kids through college. 

Here’s a link to the product page at Amazon.

 Five additional titles will be published in this series by August 1st.

All seven are available either currently or on a scheduled, pre-order basis.

Things are hopping in the brave new world of “pictureless picturebooks."

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