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The View From Monday: New Titles Available in August

August 13, 2012

It’s time to share more new titles with you, today’s post is all about new books that will be in your favorite bookstore or library in August. So get out your list, you know you have one, and get ready to add a few titles to your To Be Read pile!

Picture Books

Wild About You! by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown

We’re back at the zoo where we first met all of these charming animals in Wild About Books where we learned “It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo”. Of course our intrepid librarian found the perfect book for each animal and as far as we know they’ve been reading ever since. In Wild About You! we visit with our animal friends again, some of whom are becoming parents and some who so dearly want to be parents, eventually adopting babies who truly need them. A charming look at families of different shapes and sizes, and unconditional love between parents and children no matter what the species. –Kate

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

We first met Dog a couple of summers ago when he opened a bookstore and discovered the pure joy of sharing books with others.  Now dog the book lover is back, and he receives a very strange book in the mail…. it’s blank!  Before long, Dog is doodling and drawing himself into a new world, full of friends and surprises.  With simple text and an important message of the power of art and creativity, Dog Loves Drawing is just as endearing and lovely as Dog Loves Books. -Sarah N. 

Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey, illustrated by Giselle Potter

Cecil the Pet Glacier is a unique and oddly charming story, perfect for any child or parent struggling with a new friendship and accepting differences. Ruby wants a pet, maybe a dog. However on a family trip to Norway she comes home with a pet glacier, yes a glacier. Events present us with a wide range of emotions and eventually Ruby realizes that Cecil has special qualities to offer and they become friends. Absolutely delightful. –Kate

I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Retro is chic, even for the picture book crowd. To prove this, even this book is retro, originally published in 1976 it’s back in style (or maybe it never really went out of style) with charming new illustrations of siblings having loads of fun discovering clothes that are new to them! This delightful poem is perfect for reading aloud again and again. –Kate

Middle Grade & YA

The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

Max lives in a normal village, normal except on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays everyone stays safely in their homes, doors locked and windows shuttered, because strange and unpredictable things happen on Wednesdays. On this particular Wednesday Max looks out the window and sees something, something this curious boy can’t resist looking into….So begins a wacky, perilous adventure. Will their sleepy little village and Max ever be the same again? Read and find out. -Kate

Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick by Jennifer Holm, illustrated by Elicia Castaldi

Ever-creative author Jennifer Holm teams up with illustrator Elicia Castaldi to bring readers a very clever book. Subtitled “Ginny Davis’s Year in Stuff”, the text is presented on sticky notes, in notebooks, grocery lists, even comics, along with pictures of the “stuff” in Ginnys life all telling the story of her plans, the ups and downs of Middle School, and the ups and downs of Ginny’s family during this year. A remarkably accessible and real story that middle school kids,  about enter middle school kids, and their parents too, will all enjoy. –Kate

Since You Left Me by Allen Zadoff

Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman has a problem, everyone leaves him. All for different reasons–divorce made his Dad leave, the love of his second grade life left him, his best friend from Jewish school found God and left him. Now his mom is threatening to leave too….for her spiritual guru. What’s a guy to do? He tells a little lie. People start coming back, he’s finally getting what he wanted, but all based on a lie. Will he be forced to tell the truth and possibly lose it all? Rest assured, in the hands of Allen Zadoff, author of My Life, the Theatre and Other Tragedies and Food, Girls and Other Things I Can’t Have this story will make you laugh and cry and cheer for Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman.

The Kill Order by James Dashner

In this eagerly awaited prequel to The Maze Runner Trilogy, we just might find out what happened before Thomas found himself in the lift, arriving at The Glade. Mark and Trina were there, before, when it all began and they are convinced there will be a way to stop the disease, and the madness. Will they succeed? We’ll all know soon.

As always, Thank You! for joining us at RAoR today. We hope you’ve found a few new titles to add to your list of must read books.

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2012 8:04 am

    So many of those look fabulous!

  2. August 13, 2012 8:32 am

    Glad to see the new Jennifer Holm. And I like old Clothes looks delightful! Thank you!

  3. Liesl Freudenstein permalink
    August 13, 2012 2:29 pm

    I adore Cecil! I have a blad on my desk that I cannot bear to get rid of. It cheers me up immensely. Such a cute, quirky and charming book.

  4. August 13, 2012 8:17 pm

    Great line-up!

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