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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Back To School Reads



PICTURE BOOKS 

Storm 
By Sam Usher 
September 4, 2018 
Templar 

A storm is brewing and the wind is picking up, so a boy and his grandfather decide it's the perfect weather for kite flying. There's just one problem: they have to find the kite! Their search brings up many wonderful memories of previous adventures together, and when they finally make it outside, their adventure really takes off! 

With a gorgeous Fall colors blowing across every page and a sweet afternoon adventure between a young boy and is granddad, Storm is a lively and engaging story. 


Magnificent Birds 
By Marisa Togo 
September 4, 2018 
Candlewick Studio 

Attractive and informative, this celebration of magnificent birds around the world will set hearts soaring -- a perfect gift for avid bird-watchers and art lovers alike. 

From the bird of paradise that performs an extravagant courtship dance in the rain forest to the bar-tailed godwit that flies thousands of miles across the ocean without stopping, readers can learn about incredible birds from all over the world with this strikingly illustrated gift book. In stylish linocut prints, Narisa Togo captures the beauty of both rare and familiar winged creatures from every part of the globe, presenting Japanese cranes, kakapos from New Zealand, and Andean flamingoes among the fourteen graceful birds on display. 

Readers will be captivated by the wealth of information about various types of birds found within this beautiful collection. Togo’s rich colors and artistic renderings bring these stunning birds to life. 


Night Job 
By Karen Hesse 
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas 
September 11, 2018 
Candlewick 

With lyrical narration and elegant, evocative artwork, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and illustrator G. Brian Karas share the nighttime experience of a father and child. 

When the sun sets, Dad's job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There's the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy's time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse's quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love. 

With sweet text and muted, dreamy illustrations sure to stir up all kinds of emotions, Night Job is an endearing and lovely story about love, parent-child relationships, and sacrifice 


Do You Believe in Unicorns?
By Bethanie Deeney Murguia 
September 4, 2018 
Candlewick 

Is believing in magic the key to seeing a unicorn? If you keep your eyes open to wonder, the possibilities are endless. 

Is that a horse wearing a hat? It's definitely not a unicorn in disguise -- that would be ridiculous, right? It's probably just a horse that's having a bad hair day. Or trying to keep the sun out of its eyes. Or perhaps this horse just really likes hats! If you follow it long enough, maybe it will take off its hat and you'll finally know for sure. Or will you? It's all a matter of perspective in this cheerful, cheeky story about seeing magic in the everyday. 

Do You Believe In Unicorns? is a laugh-out-loud, whimsical story bubbling with charm and magic. Little readers will love the silly, fun atmosphere and amusing illustrations. 


The Stuff of Stars 
By Marion Dane Bauer 
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes 
September 4, 2018 
Candlewick 

In an astonishing unfurling of our universe, Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer and Caldecott Honor winner Ekua Holmes celebrate the birth of every child. 

Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG! Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us, while vivid illustrations by Ekua Holmes capture the void before the Big Bang and the ensuing life that burst across galaxies. A seamless blend of science and art, this picture book reveals the composition of our world and beyond -- and how we are all the stuff of stars. 

Lyrical, powerful text and dazzling, absolutely mesmerizing illustrations, popping with color, and worthy of museum walls, collide in The Stuff of Stars to create a gorgeous and gasp-worthy reading experience. 


Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
By David Ezra Stein 
September 11, 2018 
Candlewick 

Surprise! The little red chicken is back -- and as endearingly silly as ever -- in David Ezra Stein's follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning Interrupting Chicken. 

It's homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say "Whoa! I didn't know that was going to happen," Papa is sure he can convince Chicken he's right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in "The Ugly Duckling," "Rapunzel," or "The Little Mermaid" -- or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well. Full of the same boisterous charm that made Interrupting Chicken so beloved by readers, this gleeful follow-up is sure to delight fans of stories, surprises, and elephants alike. 

Irresistibly funny and endearing, Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise will have little readers giggling from beginning to end. Stein’s engaging, swirly stroked illustrations captivatingly bring this amusing tale to life.  


The Thank You Book 
By Mary Lyn Ray 
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin 
September 4, 2018 
HMH BFYR 

Perfect for fans of Margaret Wise Brown and Deborah Underwood's The Quiet BookThe Thank You Book explores the many ways of being thankful that can fill a child's day. Timely, wise, and accessible, the poetic text and tender illustrations celebrate the powerful impact gratitude can have on our lives. 

Thank you isn't just for learning manners. 
It's also for when something wakes a  
little huma little happy huminside you 
and you want to answer back. 

The Thank You Book explores the many ways we can be thankful for the pleasures great and small that await us every day. Tender and poetic, it reflects on the role gratitude can play in our lives and celebrates the powerful impact it can have on us. 

With sweet, lyrical text, a dreamy color palette, and whimsical, endearing illustrations, little readers will be charmed by this book’s timely message and effective delivery. 


Good Rosie! 
By Kate DiCamillo 
Illustrated by Harry Bliss 
September 4, 2018 
Candlewick 
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Beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss introduce some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend. 

Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together, but the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely. One day George takes Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn't know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. When big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie's not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together? 

Good Rosie! is a sweet, heartwarming doggy tale with simple text, realistic illustrations, and an earnest message. 


The Day That A Ran Away 
By B.C.R. Fegan 
Illustrated by Lenny Wen 
September 1, 2018 
TaleBlade 

Master Jet has forgotten to complete his homework... or has he? Jet's teacher is surprised to find that instead of the alphabet, his page is completely blank. Jet tries to explain that it really isn't his fault. After all, how can he help it, if none of his letters want to stay on the page! 

Fegan’s creative and fun story about a quick-thinking boy and a rogue alphabet will charm and delight little readers! With amusing, witty text and colorful, lively illustrations, full of the most adorable and lovable letters, this book is bound to be a read-aloud hit. 


MIDDLE-GRADE AND BEYOND 

The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece: A Handbook for Time Travelers 
(The Thrifty Guides to History) 
By Jonathan W. Strokes 
September 11, 2018 
Viking BFRY 

The only guidebook you need for your next time travel vacation! 

The Thrifty Guide to the Ancient Greece: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative travel guide containing information vital to the sensible time traveler: 

* How can I find a decent tunic that won't break my bank account? 
* Where can I score cheap theater tickets in ancient Athens? 
* What do I do if I'm being attacked by an army of one million Persians? 

This two-color book is filled with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions (Don't miss the first-ever Olympics!), and tips on who to have lunch with (Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus, naturally). If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook you would need. 

This rollicking, truly one-of-a-kind guide book to ancient Greece aims to make history fun and absolutely succeeds! Laugh-out-loud funny, genuinely educational, and full of fascinating history, I enjoyed every clever moment of this book and look forward to reading more books in the series. 


Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What and Why Through the Ages 
By Tanya Steele 
September 11, 2018 
National Geographic 

Grab your knife and fork and get ready to dig in to human history through the lens of food and the struggle to acquire it with award-winning celebrity food editor and author Tanya Steel. This book includes 30 kid-tested and approved recipes inside! 

Did you know that Christopher Columbus set out on his most famous voyage in search not of the new world, but cinnamon? Or that rich people in the Middle Ages served flaming peacocks and spun sugar castles to their lucky dinner party guests? Did you ever wonder why M&Ms were invented? (Hint: That candy coating isn't just for decoration!) The quest for food has inspired all kinds of adventures and misadventures around the world, and this book explores the wildest and wackiest of them all, from prehistoric times through modern day. 

Hungry readers can go on a finger-licking romp through the ages to discover the origins of today's common foods, yucky habits of yore, marvelous inventions that changed the way we ate and cooked, and the weirdest menus on record. Amazing stats and fast food facts are featured throughout, along with 30 original recipes, each specific to a particular time and place. So, if you are curious about how food shaped global history and culture, put this book on the menu. 

Food Fight is a delicious and addictive romp through food history! Tanya Steele takes readers on a fascinating, eye (and mouth!) opening, and surprising journey through food history, providing a thoughtful and intriguing glimpse into what past societies ate and why. Readers will find this absorbing and immersive book unputdownable. 



*I received copies of the books above for review/feature purposes.

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