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The View from Monday

September 26, 2011

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another look at our new titles that will be in your bookstores and libraries tomorrow 9/27! Read and Enjoy.

THE CARPENTER’S GIFT by David Rubel, illustrated by Jim LaMarche

This is a beautiful new Christmas book is written in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and tells a fictionalized version of the first Rockefeller Christmas tree.  I wasn’t familiar with the recent tradition to use the wood from these trees to help build homes for families in need.  Jim LaMarche’s gorgeous illustrations help tell a tale that will be treasured for years to come.  It captures the gift of giving that is a perfect message for the holidays. –Dandy

See an earlier post about this book and Habitat for Humanity here.



I WILL COME BACK FOR YOU by Marisabina Russo

This beautiful book is based on the author’s own family’s experiences as Jews in Italy during World War 2, and the end pages are full of family photos from this time. A young girl is separated from her father, as she travels with her mother and brother up to the mountains to avoid the Nazis. The story educates children about a frightening time in history in a gentle way, focusing on the compassion that Italians showed this family during a dark time. –Erin


11 EXPERIMENTS THAT FAILED by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

In a sequel of sorts to the popular 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to do Anymore, 11 Experiments That Failed, the misbehavioralist is now misbehaving in the name of science. Each devious scheme is set up as a perfectly legit experiment complete with a Question (what is the best way to speed up a boring car ride?), Hypothesis (yodeling makes the time go faster), What you need (traffic jam) and What to do (yodel!).  Her conclusions are always a bit discouraging, as in this example of What Happened: Walked to school, felt lonesome like a cowboy.  But somehow that never seems to stop her next ill-advised plan. She really does make herself difficult to love in this one, though I couldn’t help but love that at least she isn’t mine…. – Deanna


BABYMOUSE: A VERY BABYMOUSE CHRISTMAS by Jenni Holm, illustrated by Matt Holm

What could be more sassy fun than Babymouse + Christmas? In the 15th Babymouse graphic novel adventure Babymouse shows more of her trademark spunk and shares what matters most at holiday time……..PRESENTS, giving and getting them and making sure each one is just right. Join Babymouse in the happiest holiday celebration ever! –Kate







What a lovely gift to all book lovers and Dr. Seuss fans! Brand new in book form and newly discovered by Seuss historian and collector of all things Seuss Charles Cohen–Seven stories written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss which were published in Redbook Magazine in the early 1950s.

A rare and wonderful find and what great timing for the holiday gift giving season. See more about the discovery of these stories , and other fun Seuss-y info here. –Kate




Thanks for visiting us at Random Acts of Reading! As always please let us know what you think in our comments section.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2011 10:40 am

    Oh wow! A new Dr. Seuss? That is wonderful! I know so many kids who just love his books, so this one will be very popular, I think! I also think that a few of the other titles sound rather interesting as well. Lots of good stuff coming out this week!

  2. September 26, 2011 2:19 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to New York when the tree is up at Rockefeller Center, so The Carpenter’s Gift looks really good to me!

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