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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 

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 

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.

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