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Today Scholastic announced The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins’ next book to be released – her first since Mockingjay was published in August 2010.

Year of the Jungle is an autobiographical picture book to be released in fall 2013. It is intended for ages four and up and “based on the year Suzanne Collins’ father served in Viet Nam when she was in first grade,” the Scholastic Blog writes. It will be illustrated by James Proimos.

Collins spoke about the story, saying, “For several years I had this little wicker basket next to my writing chair with the postcards my dad had sent me from Viet Nam and photos of that year. But I could never quite find a way into the story. It has elements that can be scary for the audience and it would be easy for the art to reinforce those. It could be really beautiful art but still be off-putting to a kid, which would defeat the point of doing the book. Then one day I was having lunch with Jim [Proimos] and telling him about the idea and he said, ‘That sounds fantastic.’ I looked at him and I had this flash of the story through his eyes, with his art. It was like being handed a key to a locked door. So, I just blurted out, ‘Do you want to do it?’ Fortunately he said yes. That afternoon, on the train ride home, the book started unfolding in my head. There’s a natural humor and sense of fun to his drawing style that makes the story approachable. As the emotional life of the main character evolves into darker places, the pictures beautifully keep pace with it, but they never lose that Proimos quality. His art made telling the story possible.”

The cover can be seen below:

'The Hunger Games' author's next book

Admittedly, following the success of The Hunger Games we’re a bit bummed that her next book isn’t for young adults. We’ll spend today hoping that her next story is aimed at an older audience.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is currently filming in Hawaii and will be released November 22, 2013.

  • KleppMelk

    Age four and up? I’d read it:D

  • Ian Miller

    Seems like she went to the opposite extreme that Rowling did with “The Casual Vacancy” (which I thought was AWESOME btw). I don’t think I’ll be picking up this one though…

  • ana

    Definitely bummed! I was rereading Hunger Games and am still amazed on how the story – with all its complex themes is told so simply. Suzanne Collins is really good. I was looking forward for her next YA already. I guess it won’t be ready soon.

    Anyone read the Gregor series yet? Is it anything like the Hunger Games?

    • GinnyWeasley002

      I LOVE the Gregor series! Anything like the HG? Not a chance! It’s aimed at a slightly younger audience, however it still has the scary, intense, writing we’ve come to know from Collins, except with out the same level as realism as was in HG. I loved it, yes, but I do tend to lean more towards adventure books written for a younger audience.

      All in all? I thought it was a great, fun, series with lots of adventure and action, on a less graphic level then Hunger Games.

      • Carrie89

        I haven’t read the Gregor series, so I really have no idea what it’s about, but would it sort of compare to the Percy Jackson series maybe? It’s technicaly geared toward a younger audience, but I’m 23 and love them.

  • ravenclaw1991

    Not my kind of thing. Its like with JK Rowling. Love Harry Potter, but did I read The Casual Vacancy? Nope, I’m not into that kind book. I’m more into the young adult thing, so if Suzanne Collins wrote in that genre again, I’d probably read it.

  • GinnyWeasley002

    I’m definitely going to read it! I love the military and anything to do with it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

    Meh, I’ll thumb through it. I am not intrested at all and I am extremely bummed that this isn’t another YA novel or something for adults.
    But seeing as I did love her other series and if this was J.K.R I’d pick this book up in a heartbeat.

    It could be about the art of watching paint dry.
    I would not care.

    I’ll thumb through this book but I’m sure I won’t buy it.

  • http://twitter.com/HungerSlytherin HungerSlytherin

    I’m not shocked at all that she wrote a children’s book. She use to write scripts for the children show Little Bear.

    • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

      Yeah, and her debut series, Underland Chronicles, is geared toward younger teens/children as well.

      • Annie

        Oh, this is wonderful! Underland Chronicles finally got mentioned again!
        (Sorry, I’ve just got one of those undying-love things for that series and I just get thrilled when somebody mentions it, I’ll shush myself now)

  • Corin Boswell

    Looks cute. Luckily I have a 4 yr old at home who loves books.

  • Sisi

    I’M 4 AND UP!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez


  • Jill

    It looks cute. I’d buy it for my niece and then read it myself, haha.

  • Sam

    I think that I need to take train rides more often… it seems to be the best way to come up with book ideas! Haha. It looks cute but I don’t know any little kids to buy this for.

  • http://www.katepawsonstuder.com/ Kate Pawson Studer

    Let’s focus on the “and up” part here, people. AND UP! We don’t know what happens in the jungle. Things might get crazy!

  • Savanah

    She’s written a book similar to this before, so I don’t know why people are so surprised.

  • http://twitter.com/taylorelizibeth Taylor Leonard

    I got extremely excited….and then it kinda died…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    I’m actually intrigued by the premise of the book. It will be interesting to see how they depict war in a childrens book. I might check it out :)
    P.s I just noticed that the girl on the book cover kinda looks like Suzanne Collins

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    I was sort of expecting it to be an erotica novel, I feel stupid.

  • SunWizard94

    Though characterized as a children’s book, it could also be useful for adults. Most of my favorite children’s books are actually quite deep and have served my adult self as much, if not more than they did my child self. Besides, it’s about the Viet Nam war. That, if nothing else, should be a clue that there will be more to this book that child-style fluff.

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