It’s Literally Wednesday: The BriancDay (aka Little Shop Top 10 Lists)

Ask, and you shall receive. Eventually.

A few weeks ago Brianc suggested a post of Little Shop of Stories best sellers. Well, here you go. Below are lists based on shop sales for the first quarter of the year.

Children’s Books

1. Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble, by Nick Bruel (graphic novel)
2. Origami Yoda: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, by Tom Angleberger (chapter book)
3. Divergent, by Veronica Roth (Young Adult)
4. Potato Chip Science, by Allen Kurzweil (nonfiction)
5. Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (picture book)
6. Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done, by Stephan Pastis (chapter)
7. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean (picture)
8. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, by Kimberly and James Dean (picture)
9. Panic, by Lauren Oliver (YA)
10. Carnivores, by Aaron Reynolds and Illustrated by Dan Santat (picture)

Children’s titles sold at events outside the shop and at bookfairs

1. Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, by Tim Federle (chapter)
2. How to Act Like a Kid: Backstage Secrets of a Young Performer, by Henry Hodges and Margaret Engel (nonfiction)
3. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies, by Cokie Roberts and illustrated by Diane Goode (picture)
4. Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle (chapter)
5. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (chapter)
6. Dinosaurs Before Dark, by Mary Pope Osborne (chapter)
7. Wildwood, by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis (chapter)
8. Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
9. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, by Jeff Kinney (chapter)

Adult Titles
1. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, by Cokie Roberts (nonfiction)
2. The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears, by Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen (nonfiction)
3. Ladies of Liberty, by Cokie Roberts (nonfiction)
4. American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, by Kate Sweeney (nonfiction)
5. Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (fiction)
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (fiction)
7. Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd (fiction)
8. We Are Our Mother’s Daughters, by Cokie Roberts (nonfiction)
9. The Returned, by Jason Mott (fiction)
10. Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (fiction)
10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple (fiction)
10. Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh (graphic novel)

The adult list is event driven, including the top four titles. Serious fiction also does well.

12 thoughts on “It’s Literally Wednesday: The BriancDay (aka Little Shop Top 10 Lists)”


    1. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes has spent 93 (nonconsecutive) weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list. That’s getting close to TWO YEARS! And now, international acclaim. (I have a copy in Japanese at home.) For a cat, that’s quite a paw.

      (One of my favorite Portuguese titles is O Diário de um Banana, with “banana” being slang for “wimpy kid.”)

  1. Cokie Roberts is killing it at Little Shop of Stories- surely worth a guest visit?! or was there one that I missed?

  2. This seems as good a place as any to ask what happened between Eric Litwin and James Dean. Is it common knowledge? We saw Eric Litwin perform at Shallowford Presbyterian Church late last year. He made it very clear that he was not involved with the new Pete the Cat books (which are written by Kimberly and James Dean). His apparent bitterness diminished the show, in my opinion. Fortunately my preschooler didn’t seem to notice.

    1. Eric and James have gone their separate ways. James is continuing the Pete the Cat book franchise and has illustrated a book by Joan Holub called Mighty Dads, due out April 29th. Eric has a fabulous new picture book, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, coming out during the summer.

    1. Kate was at Little Shop Saturday night. She gave an interesting talk and is extremely personable — not surprising to those of us who hear her regularly on WABE. Pretty much every group of individuals who attended purchased at least one copy.

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