Friday, March 24, 2006

Blast from the Past

While in the children's section of a Barnes & Noble this afternoon, I saw a display rack full of Choose Your Own Adventure books. Turns out that R.A. Montgomery, who spearheaded the original series in the early '80s, has rejuvenated the line, releasing 18 reworked editions through a special partnership with B&N.

The original titles are being republished, with updated edits and new cover and interior artwork. While I kind of wish that they'd retained the original look and feel of the books inside and out, I am glad that they kept the same basic cover design and top-of-cover logo. Tonight, I'll be settling in with The Abominable Snowman, originally published in 1982.

The series is clearly designed to cross-sell to a new generation of readers: The covers of the next 16 titles in the series are reproduced in the back of this first book.

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