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Friday, June 28, 2019

Fun New Summer Reads To Check Out


Today I'm sharing some awesome new reads to check out this summer...


Big Cat 
Emma Lazell 
July 30, 2019 
Pavilion 

For fans of Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty , here is a hilarious mistaken identity caper--what happens when a suspiciously large, orange-striped cat moves into Gran's house? A vividly colourful illustrated tale about friendship and acceptance.  

Isobel's grandma has lost her glasses and she can't see a thing without them. While Isobel and Gran are in the garden searching for the glasses, they come across a cat. A very big cat. A very big and friendly cat. The big cat moves in with them, much to the disgust of all gran's other cats. He might be good fun, but he takes up lots of space and eats every scrap of food. Eventually the new cat's mom and dad turn up, looking for their missing son. And they just happen to have found gran's glasses too. The tiger family are delighted to be reunited--and gran now sees that she's been sharing her house with... a tiger! 

A heartwarming and surreal romp, packed with jokes and funny details and with an underlying message of acceptance. 

A heartfelt, humorous story plus colorful, silly illustrations are mixed perfectly together in Big Cat to create a sweetly amusing and wildly fun picture book. Little readers will giggle with Isobel and Grandma, while eagerly pouring over the fun detail filled pictures. Big Cat has big laughs, big heart, and an unforgettable big surprise! 


The Pawed Piper 
Michelle Robinson 
Illustrated by Chinlun Lee 
July 9, 2019 
Candlewick Press 

Calling all kittens! A little girl longing for a pet of her own gets a bit more than she bargained for in this cat-filled celebration. 

A small girl wants a cat of her very own: a furry fluffball to cuddle, just like the one in her book or her grandmother's cat, Hector. So she lays a trail: balls of wool, saucers of milk, cardboard boxes, and anything else that could lure a feline friend. And who should arrive the next morning but somebody furry, warm, soft, and so very purry. It's Hector, along with dozens of other cats. The girl is happy as can be, but when "LOST CAT" posters show up all over town, she realizes her plan might have worked a little too well. Will she have to give all the cats back? Will she ever get a cat of her own to love? Sweet and playful, Michelle Robinson's tale of wish fulfillment will strike a chord with anyone who has ever yearned for a pet, while Chinlun Lee's exuberantly illustrated felines will delight cat lovers of all ages. 

So. Much. Sweetness! The Pawed Piper, with its engaging rhymes and clever tale is utterly delightful. Little readers will be charmed by the endearing story and absolutely love the perfectly rendered illustrations. Simply purrfect! 


Moth: An Evolution Story 
Isabel Thomas & Daniel Egneus 
June 25, 2019 
Bloomsbury 

Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection. 

“This is a story of light and dark…” 

Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change... 

Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive? 

A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children. 

Moth is a beautifully spellbinding look at the life and evolution of moths. Lush, lyrical rhymes and stunning illustrations will captivate and fascinate little readers. A feast for the eyes, ears, and mind! 


Ocean: Secrets of the Deep 
Sabrina Weiss & Giulia De Amicis 
May 1, 2019 
What On Earth Publishing 

Discover menacing sharks, playful dolphins, clownfish, penguins, turtles, whales, shimmering jellyfish, and gargantuan giant squid. Ocean: Secrets of the Deep is jam-packed with 100s of stylish illustrations and many more surprising facts about the world's marine life. First, readers are taken on a journey from the water's surface to the deepest, darkest depths of the oceans, stopping off at coral reefs and kelp forests. Next, information-packed spreads offer answers to questions such as: How do turtles keep clean? Do whales talk to each other? and What can humans do to save the ocean? 

Ocean lovers everywhere will be delighted by this truly awesome book! Bubbling over with fascinating and easily understood information about every aspect of the ocean, Ocean: Secrets of the Deep will engage readers’ minds and imagination. With a pleasing layout, this book is beautifully presented, with colorful, lively illustrations. A stunning and fun celebration of the wondrous ocean! 



**Disclaimer: I received copies of the titles above for review/feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Great New Books from National Geographic


Today I'm sharing some awesome new books from National Geographic that are perfect for summer reading...


National Geographic Kids 
March 19, 2019 

It's weird. It's true. And now, it's red, white, and blue! Explore the wonderfully wacky side of the United States of America Weird But True! style. 

Calling all patriots! Get ready to explore wacky wonders, facts, stats, tidbits, and trivia about America's 50 states and territories! Did you know that there is a floating post office in Michigan? Or that a library book checked out by George Washington was returned to a New York City library 221 years late? Maybe you'd be amazed to discover that the ink used to print U.S. paper money is magnetic? In this latest and greatest edition of Weird But True!, you'll encounter all kinds of bizarre people, places, events, and things that make our country great. 

-This engaging and unputdownable little book is chock full of the wackiest, zaniest, and coolest USA facts that you gotta read to believe! Young readers will have a blast exploring each fun page and walk away with some impressive new facts. Perfect for road trips! 


J. Patrick Lewis 
September 25, 2018 
National Geographic 

It's all about us! Join former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis on a lyrical journey through the United States to experience the wonders of America's people and places through 200+ inspiring poems and stunning photographs. 

Celebrate the gift of language and the vibrant culture of the United States with this collection of classic and never-before-published poetry. Poems are arranged by region, from coast to coast, and among them you'll find works by Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker, Robert Frost, Naomi Shihab Nye, Walt Whitman, and more. From the familiar to the surprising, subjects include people, places, landmarks, monuments, nature, and celebrations. Designed for sharing, but geared to younger readers, this beautifully illustrated treasury is a must-have for the whole family. 

-This is a beautiful and uplifting poetry collection that celebrates the United States and her diverse people, cultures, landscapes, and more. Captivating poems from a wide selection of poets and gorgeous photography grace each page. Readers of all ages will be dazzled by this collection. 


This Book Is Cute!  The Soft and Squishy Science and Culture of “Aww” 
Sarah Wassner Flynn 
March 19, 2019 
National Geographic 

Ever wonder why some creatures just make you want to cuddle them? Join us in the science lab to ooh and aah over adorable animals and discover why CUTE is just so darn irresistible! 

Those adorable big eyes. Those floppy ears! And that soft velvety fur. Welcome to the soft and squishy science of cute! In this book, we'll take a look at what actually makes something "cute," what happens inside our brains when we see something cute, and why we're biologically hardwired that way. We'll also explore why some brands, products, and characters have been such sensational hits through the ages. 

Get ready for cute overload as we look at lots of awww-dorable images to explore why babies, puppies, and other small fluffy animals with round faces and big eyes are universally adored (and why others are less so). Flynn explains the psychology and physiology behind our responses and answers questions, such as What influence does our culture or environment have on our conceptions of cute? We'll also take an up-close look at crazes today, from the indisputably cutest animals ever to Internet sensations. Let the squealing commence! 

-This irresistibly adorable book explores the fascinating science behind the world of “cute”. Readers will eagerly soak up all the engaging scientific facts and discussions, while being utterly delighted by all the impossibly cute images and pics. 


Captain Aquatica’s Awesome Ocean 
Jessica Cramp 
June 11, 2019 
National Geographic 

Take to the seas with marine conservationist and shark researcher Captain Aquatica and her hammerhead shark sidekick, Finn, to explore the ocean's wettest and wildest depths and get the latest facts from the field! 

Scientist Jessica Cramp illuminates her work studying sharks and protecting our amazing ocean with in-depth scientific info and comic-book flair. Cramp's conversational and witty explanations will make kids want to dive right in. Colorful side stories in graphic novel-style feature Cramp as character Captain Aquatica, with her sidekick shark, Fin. Together they help make big concepts accessible and interesting to kids of all levels. Amazing photography and cool content draw kids into the subject and story, attracting STEM fanatics and reluctant readers alike. 

-Dive into the mesmerizing depths of the ocean in this wonderfully presented and researched book. Every aspect of the wondrous oceans is explored through accessible information and engaging illustrations and photos. And each chapter begins with a fun and clever Captain Aquatica graphic novel snippet. 


Luna: The Science and Stories of Our Moon 
David Aguilar 
June 11, 2019 
National Geographic 

Explore the moon from all angles, from its place in the night sky and our solar system to its role in shaping human history and culture.

Through gorgeous illustrations and photography, see the moon like you've never seen it before. Read myths of the moon's creation from around the world. Discover the science of how the moon actually formed. Learn all about the moon's effects on Earth's tides and imagine what the world would be like without them. Take a look at moon-men hoaxes from history and find out how scientists may actually colonize Earth's closest neighbor. 

Weaving together science and myth, history and technology, Luna is perfect for anyone who's ever imagined walking on the moon, wondered about the night sky, or been captivated by a thrilling werewolf story. 

-An illuminating look at our awe inspiring and fascinating moon! In depth science, cool facts and myths, stunning pictures, and an aesthetically pleasing layout will captivate and inspire young readers and have them eagerly turning pages. 


Undaunted: The Wild Life of Birute Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans 
Anita Silvey 
May 14, 2019 
National Geographic 
As a young scientist, Birute Mary Galdikas had a mission: To find and study the elusive orangutans of Borneo's rain forest to help protect this amazing and elusive species. 

Follow her story as she carries out an epic search and struggles to survive while studying the world's most endangered great ape. 

When Galdikas saw her first image of an orangutan in the wild, she was immediately captivated. It haunted her and she found its gaze "almost hypnotic." She moved to Borneo, where she made it her life's mission to study and work to protect these mysterious creatures. Like primatologists Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Galdikas was driven by incredible ambition and a fascination with apes and human origins, making her way to the harsh rain forests of Indonesian Borneo when she was just 25 years old. She set up a simple camp, named after her mentor, Louis Leakey, and proceeded to look ... and look ...and look for wild orangutans, one of the most elusive species on the planet. Her studies brought these critically endangered apes to the world stage, and they are still making an impact today. Now in her 70s, Dr. Galdikas has conducted the longest running study of any wild mammal by any single scientist. 

Award-winning author Anita Silvey explores the life and legacy of this incredible and little-known primatologist. With unparalleled storytelling, Silvey offers unique insight into Galdikas' childhood, her work with National Geographic, her passion of raising awareness about conservation, and her mission of securing a future for orangutans. 

-This is a stunning and thoroughly engaging look at the life and work of Birute Mary Galdikas, who has spent most of her life studying and protecting orangutans. Beautifully presented and impressively researched, Undaunted enthralls, captivates, inspires, and is not only a wonderful celebration of Galdikas, but a splendid celebration of female pioneers and scientists throughout history. 


**Disclaimer: I received copies of the titles above for review/feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own. **