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KidLit friends, I've been sitting on this good news since January. But it was finally announced today!

Allison Cohen at Running Press has bought world rights to Debra Shumaker's (l.) debut picture book, Freaky, Funky Fish, illustrated by Claire Powell. From zapping, stinging, even singing, to playing dead or with a see-through head, fish do some freaky funky things to survive in this nonfiction picture book. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Natascha Morris at BookEnds Literary represented the author, and Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency represented the illustrator.

I am SO excited!!!!
#1 - November 07, 2019, 04:32 PM

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Excellent!! Congrats!
#2 - November 07, 2019, 04:46 PM

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Congratulations!
#3 - November 07, 2019, 04:57 PM
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:congratulations   Whoot! Whoot!
#4 - November 07, 2019, 05:02 PM

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Congratulations!!!
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 :yay :yay :yay :yay

That's such awesome news!! Congratulations! It sounds like an amazing book!
#6 - November 07, 2019, 05:58 PM
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 :yay Deb, what terrific news!!  :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :star2 :running   I'm so happy for you!  And it sounds like just the sort of book that kids will love.
#7 - November 07, 2019, 06:26 PM

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Whoo hooooo!!! Congrats, Deb! Such an awesome fun title! Can't wait for the book!
#8 - November 07, 2019, 06:47 PM
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I squealed when I read it in Bookshelf!!! :congratulations  Sounds like such a fun book!!! :jaws :fish :shark
#9 - November 07, 2019, 06:57 PM
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Congratulations, Deb! My, you are good at secret keeping--that is a long time to hold it in. Congratulations! :running
#10 - November 07, 2019, 07:08 PM

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Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Debra! So happy for you!
#11 - November 07, 2019, 07:22 PM
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 Deb, WONDERFUL news!!!!  :hurrah
#12 - November 08, 2019, 02:19 AM
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I just looked up Claire Powell, and she is going to be great for this!!!
#13 - November 08, 2019, 04:26 AM
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I just looked up Claire Powell, and she is going to be great for this!!!

She really will be! :-)
#14 - November 08, 2019, 05:06 AM

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 :shark :fishbowl :mermaid :fish :fishbubbles :fishgreen :fishsharpteeth2 :funkyfish2

Debra, I'm so psyched for you! You deserve this success and the book sounds great.

#15 - November 08, 2019, 05:10 AM
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#16 - November 08, 2019, 05:55 AM
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Congrats, Deb! Can't believe you managed to stay quiet all this time! :)
#17 - November 08, 2019, 06:01 AM
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 :yay Terrific news! Congratulations! :fishbowl
#18 - November 08, 2019, 06:04 AM
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Oh, Debra! I read the announcement and thought it was such a super, engaging idea! Warm congragulations! :yay :yay
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#19 - November 08, 2019, 06:44 AM
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Thank you, thank you, thank you all!!!!!

It was such a fun book to write and I am loving the fish emojis!!!!!!!

I'm grateful for that we have these boards to share the many lows and the occasional highs of this industry!
#20 - November 08, 2019, 06:49 AM

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 :yay :congratulations :fishbubbles :fishsharpteeth2
#21 - November 08, 2019, 07:39 AM
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Congratulations!!! I LOVE the title!
#22 - November 08, 2019, 08:24 AM
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#23 - November 08, 2019, 08:49 AM
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 :congratswave :fireworks   Hooray, Debra! So happy to hear that good things are happening!!!!
#24 - November 08, 2019, 12:17 PM
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Oh, wow! Very exciting news.    :fireworks
#25 - November 08, 2019, 01:55 PM
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Woo-hoo!! Huge congrats, Deb! :) :fireworks :stars3
#26 - November 08, 2019, 03:15 PM
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I am so happy for you, Deb. What a great idea for a book! Congratulations.
#27 - November 09, 2019, 09:57 PM
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 :congratulations  Deb! Wonderful news!!   Sounds like a super fun book!  Kids will love this!   :running
#28 - November 10, 2019, 04:33 AM
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Huge congrats, Debra!! :stars3 Such wonderful news!!  :yay
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#29 - November 10, 2019, 08:05 AM
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