It’s that time of year again for us to share our annual list of Capstone picks. Our wonderful editors, designers, production, sales, marketing, customer service, etc., have all voted for their favorite Capstone titles of the year. The list is always varied (see our 2011 and 2010 lists) and this year’s list is no exception. From the American Civil War and a group of teens battling evil trolls, to the thrilling hunt for the giant squid and a boy with a giant head made of rock – our list has something for every reader.
So here we go — our top picks for 2012 are…
The Split History of the Civil War: A Perspectives Flip Book by Stephanie Fitzgerald (from the Perspective Flip Books series)
“These books set themselves apart just by their look – you have to actually ‘flip’ the book around to read the other side! Once again we put the reader right into the history making moments of America…” —Wanda, Senior Media Researcher
Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Ben Kovar
“It’s just gorgeous. The effects turned out amazing on it and the colors are perfect! The interior keeps the same feel going throughout the entire book. I love it.” —Hilary, Senior Graphic Designer
Zeke Meeks vs the Putrid Puppet Pals by D.L. Green, illustrated by Josh Alves (from the Zeke Meeks series)
“I think it's a great story of how popular culture can take over a school. . . .These books are a wonderful example of the combination between amazing illustration, great storytelling, editing, and design. It's a fun read for anyone no matter their age.” —Kay, Art Director
Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster by Mary M. Cerullo and Clyde F.E. Roper (produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution)
“It's a science story as well as a scientist's story. Giant squid are such mysteries, and I love that the world still has mysteries for us to explore!” —Krissy, Senior Editor
And our favorite title of 2012 is...
“Capstone's first-ever pamphlet comic and the fans loved it!” —Bob, Art Director
“Our first Free Comic Book Day submission sold like crazy and was stated by a reviewer as superior to any kids comics DC or Marvel are currently doing.” —Sean, Associate Editor
This year I’m personally also awarding some Honorable Mentions to two titles that fit into a “just-too-cute-to-not-be-mentioned” category (which I have just made up). Who isn’t a fan of cuteness, right?
First we have…
Puggle: A Cross Between a Pug and a Beagle by Molly Kolpin (from the Designer Dogs series)
“Puggle features photos of my dog Henry. We had a fun day at the photo studio capturing all his best angles.”
—Amber, Marketing Coordinator
All About Pit Bulls by Jeni Wittrock (from the Dogs, Dogs, Dogs series)
“As a publisher we need to educate about this wonderful type of dog.”
—Michelle, Production Manager
“I own a pit mix and it is a testament to the breed that the aggression stigma has more to do with their environment (kind and loving owners that teach the dog how to behave correctly) than their genetic makeup. The last statements in the book are great not only for pit bulls but for all dogs: 'Some people say pit bulls are too dangerous to be pets. But pit bull owners disagree. Trained pit bulls are loving pets for many families.' Myself and my 2 and 3 year-old girls couldn't agree more!”
—Eric, Production Specialist