Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Author Mad Libs: Anne Nesbet

Today's Author Mad Libs guest is Anne Nesbet. Without seeing today's post, Anne has provided me with a list of words to help me in my quest to describe both Anne and her book. Let the mayhem begin!

The Author:

Anne Nesbet writes the kind of __croissants__ that she wants to _caterwaul_. She claims she's younger than the average _saxophone_, but older than most _gargoyles_. She once wrote a book about _marshmallows_ who _slipped_ while they were also busy _shrieking_ like it was going out of style. That takes some _breadcrumbs_! As a child, she had big _saltshakers_ and was very _spiky_. She loves _miffed_ music and even plays the _marmot_. She has a beautiful _doorknob_ whom she likes to walk on_cobblestones_. Her special skill is that she can _fling_ while _tap-dancing_. Her first book, _An Addressbook Under Streetcars __, comes out this January from Harper Collins.

The Book:

On their first day in Paris, Maya and her little brother, James, find themselves caught up in some very old _jam_. Houses with _smoky_ salamanders for door handles, _buttercups_ that look too much like Maya’s own _fabulous_ face, a man wearing _flashlights_ to hide his _dented_ purple eyes–nothing is what it seems. And what does all that _armchair__ want from Maya? With the help of a friendly _kazoo_ named Valko, Maya discovers _stereoscopes_ hidden in her family tree–grandmothers who _melted_ in magic, a cousin so _fragrant_ she’s actually hard to see, and a terrible family habit of _meandering_ one’s _squirrel_. To save her own brother, Maya must take on the magical _sonnet_of _Millicent_ . . . before it is too late.


“a-shimmer with _dumplings_” (Horn Book) . . . “charmingly _toothsome_” (Kirkus) . . . “evocative _scissors_ and a confident narrative voice” (Publishers Weekly) . . . “readers will be swept along by the novel’s swift _binoculars_”(Shelf Awareness) . . . “a unique, interesting _salamander_ with just enough suspense to keep _biscuits_ turning the pages into the night” (VOYA)

Sounds fabulous, doesn't it? Thank you, Anne, for being a good sport and playing along. To get the real scoop on THE CABINET OF EARTHS and Anne, head to her site or find her book on IndieBound.


  1. Haha, love this! Can't wait to read THE CABINET OF EARTHS and its "swift binoculars." ;D

  2. These are hilarious. "Charmingly...toothsome!" "Ashimmer with dumplings!" Best reviews ever!

  3. I loved A Cabinet of Earths! Anne is so talented, I bet I'd even like An Addressbook Under Streetcars ;)

  4. Okay, I'm inspired! Please madlib-ize my whole, entire life! Thank you so much, CJ!

    (But revisions call, so back I go to . . . meandering the squirrel.)

    Anne "Saltshakers" Nesbet

  5. CJ, this is adorable! Here's to caterwauling croissants! They sound delicious and noisy!

  6. Anne - I laughed SO HARD when I saw the next word on your list was "saltshakers." I mean ... the visual ... I think your new moniker should definitely stick! :)

  7. Funny. I'm really excited to read Anne's book.

  8. Can't wait get Cabinet of Earths for my kids!


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