Random House Children's Books Releases Nacho the Party Puppy, the First Book by Austin Artist Emma J. Virján

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Nacho the Party Puppy, released by Random House, is the first children's book by Emma J. Virján. Nacho is a loveable pooch, looking to spread laughter and joy wherever he goes. His board book debut features bold original art and lively rhyming text, plus flaps, foil, and a few surprises.

The moment I laid eyes on Nacho, it was love at first bite (er, sight). He's everything a dog should be: faithful, big-hearted, and piercingly insightful. Look out Marley, Nacho's here!

Random House Children's Books release, Nacho the Party Puppy the first of two board books by Austin artist, illustrator and writer, Emma J. Virján on Sept. 23, 2008.

"The moment I laid eyes on Nacho, it was love at first bite (er, sight). He's everything a dog should be: faithful, big-hearted, and piercingly insightful. Look out Marley, Nacho's here!" said Kate Klimo, Vice President, Publisher Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group.

Nacho is a loveable pooch, looking to spread laughter and joy wherever he goes. His board book debut features bold original art and lively rhyming text, plus flaps, foil, and a few surprises. With a birthday theme, the book is perfect for babies and toddlers.

"Nacho is about laughing, celebrating, and learning. Nacho is a hat-wearing dog that loves to read, write, travel, and dance. I am very thankful to have Random House help me bring his story and his Nachobility ways to life," said Virján.

Nacho the Party Puppy is the first of a two board-book series with Nacho the Downward Dog scheduled to release in fall 2009.

Team Nacho has been busy scheduling events and story-time readings. To meet Nacho and Virján and learn to celebrate the Nacho way, visit the Nacho the Dog Web site for upcoming readings and events.

Upcoming Book Readings & Events in Austin, Texas

  • October 11th BookPeople at 11:30 a.m.
  • November 1-2 Texas Book Festival in the Children's Tent
  • November 8th Barnes & Noble at Hill Country Galleria at 11:00 a.m.
  • November 15th Barnes & Noble at Sunset Valley on Brodie Lane at 11:00 a.m.

Virján and Nacho will also be visiting many local schools where they will read the Nacho Way and get young readers engaged and excited about books and reading.

Reading the Nacho Way
N - numerous predictions
A - actively asking questions
C - connecting by visualizing
H - hold on to that main thought
O - outstanding words (vocabulary)

Activities On the Web to Celebrate the Nacho Way

  • Join Nacho's Birthday Club
  • Print Nacho Birthday Invitations
  • Review a recipe for Nacho Birthday Pup Cakes
  • Download Nacho the Party Puppy coloring pages

About Emma J. Virján
Emma J. Virján was the kid in school who was always drawing in class. A native Texan, Virján is founder of Virján Design, a graphic design and illustration studio whose clients include national brands and nonprofits such as Infinity Broadcasting, Save the Children, and The United Way. Nacho the Party Puppy is her first book for children. http://www.NachoTheDog.com

About Random House Children's Books
Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for preschool children through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books and novels, Random House Children's Books brings together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series.

Random House publishes many of America's most popular and highly acclaimed authors for young people, including David Almond, Judy Blume, Ann Brashares, Sandra Boynton, David Carter, Caroline B. Cooney, Robert Cormier, Roald Dahl, Patricia Reilly Giff, Carl Hiaasen, Leo Lionni, Mary Pope Osborne, Christopher Paolini, Barbara Park, Gary Paulsen, Tamora Pierce, Jerry Pinkney, Philip Pullman, Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, and Markus Zusak. Random House Children's Books is also the home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss Books, and other popular licenses and characters, including Arthur, Babar, Barbie, the Berenstain Bears, Disney and Sesame Workshop.

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