Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bookanista Review: The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi--and a signed ARC giveaway!

As promised on Monday--I have a very special Bookanista review--with an awesome giveaway with some very special items. But before we get to the prize, let's talk about the wonderful book itself: THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA, by Tony DiTerlizzi.

NOT surprisingly, the cover is gorgeous. 
I love, love, LOVE Tony's Illustrations

And here's the blurb from the publisher:

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi’s vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine’s world.

I was lucky enough to pick up my ARC at Comic Con, which meant I got to hear the PR people from S&S gush about how excited they were for this book. I also got to meet Tony:

And get the ARC signed and grab some of the limited edition sketchbooks--which I will be giving away at the end of this post. But first things first: the review!

I had high expectations after all the gushing I heard from the peeps at S&S--not to mention I'd flipped through the book and seen some of the fabulous illustrations--and the book definitely lived up to everything I'd hoped for.

Eva Nine is a wonderful character. Stubborn and vulnerable and smart and sweet and real. I could feel her fear and her loneliness, her wonder and confusion. And the world! I don't know where Tony gets his imagination from, but I want to borrow it for a few days. Trees that wander and giant water bears with telepathic powers and all the different settings and gadgets. It's all described so perfectly you can see it without the drool-worthy illustrations throughout--but those take everything to the next level. 

My only complaint is that it TOTALLY ends on a cliffhanger and now I'm going to have to wait like a whole year to find out what happens next. *cue Shannon grumbling* But it's a wonderful read that falls into that unofficial "upper-middle grade" category, which means it's perfect for fans of both MG and YA. And it's on sale now, so I definitely recommend you go pick up a copy.

But I also managed to get my hands on an extra ARC, which I'm giving away today to one lucky commenter--and it's SIGNED:

And as if that weren't cool enough, I'm also including the limited edition sketchbook they were giving out at Comic Con--and oh yeah, that's signed too!

But I'm not done yet. Because I love you guys so much, I'm also giving away the extra sketchbooks I snagged (which, sadly, aren't signed) to two lucky runners up:

So just to recap. One lucky commenter wins a signed ARC and a signed sketchbook, and two runners up win a limited edition sketchbook. Cool beans, right?

And I'm going to keep the contest simple again. Simply follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 5th to enter. I'll draw a lucky winner and post their name on Saturday, November 6th. Contest open internationally.

Oh, and I know some of you want extra entries in these things, so if you tweet or post about this on your blog/facebook and leave me a link in your comment I'll give you three extra entries. Sweet deal, right?

So have at it in the comments. And good luck!

For more awesome reviews, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are up to today:

Christine Fonseca and Lisa and Laura Roecker are raving over MOCKINGBIRDS.
Jamie Harrington is dying over CRESCENDO.
Michelle Hodkin is loving some book blogs.
Kirsten Hubbard is gushing over ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.
Carolina Valdez Miller interviews the incredible Daisy Whitney.
Megan Miranda is blown away by SHIP BREAKER.
Veronica Roth is delirious over DELIRIUM


  1. Sounds like a great book. I'd love his imagination too. Please enter me in the contest.

  2. WOW. The artwork featured here is beautiful. It reminds of some of the best animated films from my childhood like The Black Cauldron and The Last Unicorn. Stunning.

    If the story is half as cool as the artwork (which you make it clear that it is) this has got to be one amazing book! Thanks for putting this one on my radar Shannon.

  3. Oh and I want that ARC badly so here are some proofs of networking:

    Crap? How do I link to a specific tweet? I'm such a twitter noob. Here's the link to my profile:

    Here's FB:!/WriterMatthewMRush

    Sorry, I'm too lazy to turn them into hyperlinks, but I know you trust me!

  4. I think the cover has changed - but I just saw this book in Borders and thought it looked cool! So def. enter me in! And I'm a follower.

  5. I love the concept of this book. Can't wait to read it.

  6. Sounds like an amazing read. Thanks for the great review!

  7. I just love your giveaways! AWESOME as always.

  8. I was JUST looking at this in the bookstore! I would LOVE a copy... (Crosses fingers...and everything else!)

  9. I REALLY want to read this!!!

    Pick me!!


  10. Tony Diterlizzi is a hero. He and Holly Black hit a home run with my son and me this summer. I can't wait to read WondLa. Thanks for another fabulous giveaway!

    I put a link in my blog sidebar.

    sloanl29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. So, I kinda want to read this. :) Count me in!

  12. This one is already on my wish list. I wanted it the minute I first saw it!! Therefore...I will sidebar it and FB it for those extra entries! :-)

  13. You do have the most awesome giveaways! And yes, you've compelled me to read the book. I'd love to be in the contest.

  14. That book sounds AWESOME! Wandering trees and telepathic water bears? Count me in :)

  15. Me Me! I want a chance...or more:!/profile.php?id=1180029605

  16. It looks great! You always have the best

  17. Me too me too!! So international!! Tony DiTerlizzi's book cover looks amazing!! Yes please thank you!
    Take care

  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a follower
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  19. hi miss shannon! yikes! i could love this book even if its a girl for a hero. ha ha. mostly i like what you said about all the neat stuff in it cause that gets my mind all charged up. wow telepathic powers and gadgets. how cool is that! i love how you do reviews that are for my age.
    ...hugs from lenny

  20. Please enter me. The story sounds fun and I'm in love with the art! Thanks!

    And here's a twitter link:

  21. I agree with you, the illustrations are beautiful! I wish I knew how to draw half that good.

    Thanks for the comp


  22. Please enter me. I follow. bkhabel at gmail dot com

  23. This book is wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful! Would love to be in the contest.

  24. I met him on the WondLa tour and he was great! :D

    Pick me! Pick me!!/NarcissusTea/status/29037175098

  25. Wow!!! Awesome stuff - completely awesome! :)

  26. There's been something about this book lately that's caught my attention. I'd love to read it! I love the cover. ;)

    +3 Tweet:!/cc9309/status/29050007615

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  27. Love Tony and his imagination! Have this book on my want list and would love to win, following you =)


  28. Tony has always been a huge inspiration of mine! His artwork has been a big part of my life from Planescape through Spiderwick and now with WondLa. He makes me want to keep working at illustration, and I'm so excited about his new book!

  29. Spread the word on FB


  30. +JMJ+

    He does sound incredibly imaginative. (And well, I know as much from The Spiderwick Chronicles!) Please enter me in this contest! =)

    altaemoeniaRomae [at] Gmail [etc]

    I linked to this on my sidebar:

    Thanks for this chance, Shannon!

  31. THe sketchbooks seem really cool. I would love to win one. Thanks for the giveaway.


    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  32. Utterly jealous of you; I'd dearly love to meet that man myself.
    Well done on grabbing everything you did too!

  33. Oh, I'm in love, enter me please! I tweeted here:

    This just looks like an amazing story, thanks for sharing!

  34. This sounds like a really cool book to read. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Oh wow, you got an armload of goodies! This book looks awesome, and I'm envious you met Tony DiTerlizzi! Even more, sketchbooks of a world so imaginative as this one is really cool.

    Happy follower, and thanks for the giveaway!


  36. This looks like a great book! I can think of a couple kids who would like it!

  37. Tony D. has spoken at our library in Stuart,Fl several times. My daughter just used one of the sticker giveaways from The Spider and the Fly on her backpack.
    I recommend his books to kids all the time and tell them how he grew up just down the road in the next county.
    My tweet is here-

  38. Thanks for the chance to win!
    melodiousrevelry (at) aol (dot) com

  39. Awesome! Thanks for this!


  40. Oh, this looks perfectly lovely. Can I have it?
    *looks on expectantly*

  41. I'd love to play please :D

    Already following your blog.


  42. This looks a good book! THANKS for the giveaway!

  43. Shannon, I love you, but you must stop with all of these wonderful books! I'm afraid my TBR pile will fall over in the middle of the night and crush me ; )

  44. oh thank you. so cute! :D

    old follower btw, and tweeted:

    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

  45. I have not had a chance to read this one yet, but it looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I tweeted it here:!/seescootread/status/557018788139009

    Thanks! seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com


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