Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Storytime Preview


This week at Storytime...


First up is Ancient Thunder by Leo Yerxa, an Ojibway artist.  He uses a painting technique that makes his illustrations appear to be leather shirts with images that tell the story of wild horses and their relationships with Native Americans.  This beautiful book will help us learn about nature and our connection to it.


Next up is the more lighthearted Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton.  Our affinity for black cats continues with this picture book series, the first of which teaches us what happens when you take your pet mouse to Cat School.

Lastly, Olivia by Ian Falconer.  Olivia's dramatic nature and unique sense of self make her the perfect star of a read-aloud picture book!  We'll cover all of her artistic inclinations in just one day!

Storytime is Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  Titles are subject to change.

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.




This week started with finishing The Kill Order, the prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy, by James Dashner.  I was a bit disappointed.  There's not really any new information here and the characters I was interested in getting the backstory on weren't featured.




Next I started on books for the Fierce Reads Tour.  I know I said my first book would be Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, but they changed the whole tour up on me and she's no longer on it.  So instead I read Enclave, the first book in a series by Ann Aguirre.  I really loved it, although I'm having trouble fully articulating why.  What I can say is that this is one of the best cases of narrative tone defining the character of a narrator I can think of.  Deuce's style is very spartan and matter of fact in the best way possible.  This also allows Aguirre to cover a lot more ground in terms of plot and development of characters and themes.  She leaves a lot for the reader to fill in, which feels very intelligent rather than frustrating.  I highly recommend picking it up.



I currently have 86 pages left in the next book in the series, Outpost.  I have the same complimentary things to say about book two (which is rare enough), but with the added thought that this book feels like it's moved on completely from the first in terms of the actual events of the plot while still maintaining the consistency of the characters.  It feels like we are following them through their lives rather than just one dramatic episode.  This series is definitely one to watch.
*My copy of Outpost is an Advance Readers Copy provided by the publisher.*



I also tackled some picture books from the upcoming Penguin catalog, all BLADs from the publisher:

The Apple and the Butterfly by Iela and Enzo Mari
A cool, modern wordless picture book about lifecycles.  This could be a great curriculum book.





See a Heart Share a Heart by Eric Telchin
This photography book shows us how to see wonder in the world around us.  The author shares the stories behind some of the photos at the end.





Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Seve, illustrated by Paul Schmid
This book illustrates how much fun can be had when we all share our resources instead of being selfish with what's ours.  The illustration are cool too.



The Eagles Are Back by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor
The companion to The Wolves Are Back and The Buffalo Are Back, this may be George's last book.  It's an inspirational environmental tale, great for libraries and schools.



How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing
A quirky book about vegetables fighting back.  It could be fun for little ones who refuse to eat their greens (but it could also give them ammunition).




The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
A silly book that teaches counting forward and backward.






The Loopy Coop Hens: Letting Go by Janet Morgan Stoeke
A cute story broken into super-short chapters in which the Loopy Coop Hens learn about ripening fruit and gravity.





Wilfred by Ryan Higgins
How does a monster come to have a zipper?  It's an odd story, but you'll want to read it to find out.  Full disclosure:  I love Wilfred.




Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems: Companion to Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse
How does she write these?  If you liked Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, you'll like this.  If you haven't read Mirror Mirror, what are you waiting for?  These are must-haves for any poetry collection.



Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
A tribute to a mother's dedication to protecting her babies.  Also, a lesson in why you shouldn't make squirrels mad.





Betty Bunny Didn't Do It by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Betty Bunny is back and wonderful as ever in a book about taking responsibility for your actions and telling the truth.  Also, more picture books should have teenage siblings.




Robomop by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
Oh, do I love this book.  How could you not love a story about finding your place in life narrated by an introspective Robomop trapped in a basement bathroom?





Spike and Ike Take a Hike by S.D. Schindler
A cute rhyming adjective book with a sweet sense of humor.






Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk
A sweet story about appreciating your friends.






Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers
So cute and funny!  A story about not needing to fit in in order to contribute.






My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
This book explores expressing your feelings with colors in a very cool way.





Dream Friends by You Byun
A cute enough story about making friends, but the gorgeous dreamscape illustrations really make this one.





Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Your tea party may not go according to plan when your guest is a dinosaur.






Froggy's Worst Playdate by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
A solid entry in the Froggy series, although it doesn't work as well as a standalone.





Rat and Roach Rock On! by David Covell
I don't like this one as much as the original, but it's definitely fun.






Time-Out for Sophie by Rosemary Wells
Classic Wells in the best way.  The time-out illustrations are particularly nice.






Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea
A really touching little story about the need to share your life with others.  This could also work as a story about adoption.





Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps
Lots of funny silliness.






This week I'll be finishing Outpost and starting on the next Fierce Reads book, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.

What are you reading?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday ARCs and BLADs

Not too many this week...

First are a couple books from Abrams, Splintered by A.G. Howard and The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby.  (These are actually from last week, but they came by sales rep rather than mail, so they didn't make it into the photography pile.  Anyway, I've fixed that and here they are.  Thanks, Eric!)

Next up is another pretty box from Hachette.


Okay, maybe it's not pretty so much as eye-catching.


Inside is Zom-B by Darren Shan and a poster.


Then we have another Hachette title, Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin.  It's a companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and both books made it to my reading list after hearing them talked up at BEA.

And last but not least, some picture books.  This week's box was from Simon and Schuster.


When a Dad Says "I Love You" by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
Uh-Oh, Baby! by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Scott Nash
The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Scott M. Fischer


Red Hat by Lita Judge (Why, yes, that is a sequel to Red Sled!)
Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Piggies in Pajamas by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ard Hoyt
Now I'm Big! by Karen Katz
Imagine by Bart Vivian
Max and Milo Go to Sleep! by Heather and Ethan Long


Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Look Up!: The Story of the First Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Raul Colon
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! by Scott Magoon
It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! by Warren Hanson, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

That's all for this week.  What are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Storytime Preview


It's Storytime again!

This week, we've got two fun books in store for you...

First up is Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! by Dr. Seuss, writing as Theo LeSeig, illustrated by Art Cummings.


This beginning reader book tells the story of a day when everyone gets what the wish for...and that may be more than they want!

We'll wrap up with Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Sheffler.


In this spooky title, just released in board book, three animals go searching for a witch's lost hat, bow and wand, hoping for a broom ride in return.

Storytime is Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Left Bank Books--Downtown.

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.



Last week I finished The Scorch Trials, the second book in the Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner.  Without getting spoilery, I liked the first book in the series better, but that's pretty typical with a trilogy.  This installment was more episodic with less puzzle solving and more survivalism, both reason I didn't enjoy it quite as much.







Next I read the third and final book of the trilogy proper, The Death Cure.  The first book remains my favorite.  I was really disappointed by some characters' actions and wasn't able to root for them as I wanted to.








I'm currently almost halfway through the prequel to the trilogy, The Kill Order.  I'm a little disappointed because so far it's not telling the story I wanted to hear.  There's still time for that to develop, though, so I'm reserving my final judgement.









Next week, after finishing The Kill Order, I'll be starting on the books from the Fierce Reads Tour.  First up is Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.

What are you reading?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday ARCs and BLADs

Last week, we didn't receive any ARCs or BLADs.  But this week we're back!


First up are the ARCs from the ABA (American Booksellers Association) White Box mailing.  We've got Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow from Macmillan and The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale from Harper Collins, which we've seen before.


Next is the Penguin Blue Ribbon mailing, a special highlight of titles the publisher is particularly excited about, all tied up in a pretty blue package.


This season, those books are Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist, and A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff.


And here's one lone YA title (that has seen better days) out of a Simon and Schuster ARC package, 33 Minutes: Countdown to an Epic Smackdown by Todd Hasak-Lowy, illustrated by Bethany Barton.

Next we have some titles from the Scholastic catalog:


Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, based on the true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener
Ricky Vargas: Born to Be Funny by Alan Katz, illustrated by Stacy Curtis
Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman (Yay non-white cover model!)
Infinity Ring Book Two: Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan (going on my reading pile)
Infestation by Timonthy J. Bradley
A Dog and His Girl Mysteries: Play Dead by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens


Unbroken: A Ruined Novel by Paula Morris
Geronimo Stilton Cavemice: The Stone of Fire by Geronimo Stilton (A brand new Geronimo Stilton series starring his ancient ancestors!)
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard (Just what I need.  A book to make me envious.)
The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook by Shaun Tan (This has already been stolen from me.)

Next comes the Penguin picture books:


Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long (Yay!  New Otis!)
Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and Matthew Cordell
Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps
Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea
Time-Out for Sophie by Rosemary Wells
Rat and Roach Rock On! by David Covell (I'm pretty excited to see a sequel here.)


Froggy's Worst Playdate by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Dream Friends by You Byun
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers


Spike and Ike Take a Hike by S.D. Schindler (So many Spikes in the picture books lately!)
Robomop by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
Betty Bunny Didn't Do It by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch (More Betty Bunny!)
Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems: Companion to Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse
Wilfred by Ryan Higgins


The Loopy Coop Hens: Letting Go by Janet Morgan Stoeke
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing
The Eagles Are Back by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor (This has to be one of George's last books.)
Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Seve, illustrated by Paul Schmid
See a Heart Share a Heart by Eric Telchin


The Apple and the Butterfly by Iela and Enzo Mari

Finally, a small selection from Random House:


Dead River by Cyn Balog
Bluebird by Bob Staake
A Pet Named Sneaker by Joan Heilbroner, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre (You get to see the title page because I didn't get a cover.)
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

That's it for this week.  What looks good?