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The View from Monday – New Titles Available Tuesday October 11th!

October 10, 2011

 Another Monday and it’s time for another VIEW of the titles that will be on sale Tuesday Oct 11th. Happy Reading!

The Power of Cute I’ve loved all of Charise Harper’s books.  But I’m not sure there are bigger fans out there than my two sons Emerson & Lucas.  Our tattered copy of Good Night Leo is still a bedtime staple.  Her latest is The Power of Cute, a ‘first graphic novel’ that has lots of fun flaps to flip & tabs to pull.  My favorite part is how it masterfully empowers the reader over something bigger without the use of X-rays or superspeed.  All you have to do is… be yourself. After we finished reading my sample for the 100th time Lucas turned to me & asked in a sweet little voice “mom, do I have the power of cute?”   He might as well have used a laser beam on me!  I have found my kryptonite.  So activate those force fields, but I doubt you’ll be able to resist The Power of Cute.-Dandy

Lots Of Bots! The first title in a brand new preschool pop-up series by David Carter and Noelle Carter. This book will appeal to anyone with a sense of whimsy.Here are bots that brush your teeth (who wouldn’t want that!), hip hop bots throwing a party in the street and my favorite – Kooky Kissing bots who make you feel better when you’ve had a bad day. It’s an endlessly amusing book with pull tab bots, fold out bots and lots of pop up bots. – Sarah W.

Covering a  heartbreaking time period is the gorgeous collaboration between Patricia McKissack and Leo and Diane Dillon, Never Forgotten. This is one of the most powerful and stunning picture books we’ve published in years and I have no doubt it will be met with rave reviews. Told in verse, the book is the story of a father, Dinga, and his son, Mustafa. Dinga raises his son with help from the Mother Elements, Earth Mother, Water Maiden, Fire Woman and Wind Spirit. The book follows Mustafa as he grows up, becomes an apprentice blacksmith to his father, and then, one day, is captured by slave traders and taken to America. The Elements are able to find Mustafa in America, and report back to his devastated father that he is safe, acting as a blacksmith once more. The simple prose perfectly captures the emotional tale, such as Dinga’s celebration upon learning his son is alive, “Dinga danced and feasted far into the night With the Mother Elements by his side, Celebrating the son who was taken, But never forgotten.” The book ends with a message to children that “loved ones are never forgotten when we continue to tell their stories.” It will be a pleasure to get this book into the hands of parents, children, teachers and librarians this fall.- Erin

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach: Growing up in New York City, I have taken subways since I was a kid, so this book had special meaning for me. I can remember when the old cars were changed to new silver cars. To me it was so exciting: I loved riding them because they were so much faster and shinier. As I was reading this book, which is based on a true story, I learned  that when the old cars were retired they were used to create artificial reefs in the Atlantic. Jessie the subway car loves her job so much, taking passengers by train sightseeing and to work. But now Jessie is being retired, what will happen to her? This story teaches kids that just because your path may change, something better can happen, which is a wonderful lesson.- Lillian

Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko: Stories of great women in history – Ella Fitzgerald, Julia Childs and Frida Kahlo to name a few –  are told to a young girl by her mother in this empowering picture book.  No more princess dress up for her!  Fun, minimal text introduces the women in a kid friendly way, and the thumbnail histories in the back of the book offer more information for curious kids.  Ages 5+- Nic


 Born and Bred in the Great Depression by Jonah Winter illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root: Based on author Jonah Winter’s father’s experience growing up in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Simple, and strong but real storytelling makes this a book perfect for young readers, families and for sharing in the classroom. Enhanced by Kimberly Bulcken Root’s evocative artwork makes this a special look at our history. –Kate


Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal: Fun with words!The perfect combination of concept book and every readers opportunity to join a family on their hike in the woods? As you read you learn, in context, prepositions–up, down, over, under, beside, next to and many more. Added fun is Susan Gal’s art–a fun look at the forest and the wildlife, bears, moose and other forest creatures peeking out at their human visitors. Ending with a snuggly goodnight for all.-Kate

Treasury of Greek Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli:  A great gift for fans of Percy Jackson – the illustrations in this gorgeous new collection cannot be beat!  Donna Jo Napoli weaves the tales of the Gods effortlessly, so that even the most novice Mythology fan will be able to follow along.  Appropriate for all ages.- Nic


The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall:  Fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime may be interested in this well-written YA mystery. Jeremy is “mute by choice” and most likely on the autism spectrum (though undiagnosed). When he is accused of murder, it’s up to his sister, appropriately named Hope, to prove his innocence. This proves more and more difficult as Hope unearths town secrets and, in the process, becomes unsure of her brothers involvement. This works as a suspense novel but is also an interesting glimpse into the behaviors of those that are considered “other” in our society. -Deanna

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for the finale of The Maze Runner trilogy, the wait is finally over!   But get ready because the conclusion that author James Dashner delivers in The Death Cure is one wild ride.  Without giving anything away, truths will come out and all of your questions will finally be answered.  The Death Cure does not disappoint (but it may leave you feeling a void because the adventure is over)!  If you’re not familiar, the NY Times bestselling series follows the plight of Thomas and his friends as they fight to survive in a dystopic world full of good and WICKED.  Think Enders Game and Lord of the Flies (these are the two books that inspired the author).  It’s the perfect “what to read after you finish Hunger Games” series. –Sarah N.


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  1. October 10, 2011 8:52 am

    What a great line up! Born and Bred in the Great Depression sounds like a great book – it’s a subject that kids aren’t exposed to enough, in my opinion.

  2. October 10, 2011 2:44 pm

    I agree with Kathy, Born and Bred in the Great Depression looks like a beautiful book, and I would love to see that one in person. A lot of the others seem interesting as well. I really like The Power of Cute!

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