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“The View from Monday” New Titles Available in March

March 11, 2013

This month we have a whole bunch of new titles available for every age! Appearing at your favorite bookstore or library in March. Here are a few of our favorites!

Picture Books

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira, illustrated by Poly Bernatene


A group of frogs are having a pleasant morning in their pond when they notice a strange visitor: a large, pink pig that cries Ribbit! Offended that the pig may be making fun of them, the frogs enlist the opinion of the other animals in their community, including the wise old beetle that finally brings light to the situation when he poses that “Maybe he just wanted to make new friends.” In a fun, engaging story-time book (the words carry the interactive feel as the font sizes literally crescendo and decrescendo on the page), Rodrigo Folgueira discusses the importance of not jumping to conclusions and the fun that comes with seeking out a friend who is different. I loved it! –Bobbie

Pirates vs. Cowboys by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by David Barneda

Pirates vs Cowboys

Burnt Beard & his crew swagger into Old Cheyenne, but Black Bob McKraw & his posse aren’t very hospitable. To top it off, the pirates & cowboys can’t understand each other-not until Pegleg Highnoon comes in and saves the day. With phrases like “fair scrub and a swish” and ‘mangy hornswagglers” kids & parents alike will enjoy this book that begs to be read aloud! –Dandy

Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Murguia

Snippet the Early Riser

Snippet the snail is an early riser, while the rest of his family loves to sleep in.  Sound familiar?  While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and ready to race to the flowers, make leaf sculptures, and get piggyback rides. With the help of his bug friends, he tries and tries to wake up his family-but nothing works. Until Caterpillar gives him an idea… Tons of parents and little ones will relate to this sweet bedtime (or early morning) story and everyone will enjoy looking at the gorgeous watercolor illustrations. –Sarah N.

Backstage Cat by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Backstage Cat The perfect book to share with cat lovers and children about to take their first trip to the theatre. In this story a cat goes to the theatre with his owner who believes that he’s just going to catch a cat nap backstage during the show. Little does the owner know, but the cat takes readers on a hilarious backstage tour and even gets a moment in the spotlight himself. Jenni Desmond’s simple and charming illustrations add to the fun of this behind the scenes adventure. –Kate

The World Is Waiting For You by Barbara Kerley

The World is Waiting for You

A lovely book of poetry and stunning photography to inspire kids about their own futures. From the author of A COOL DRINK OF WATER, ONE WORLD ONE DAY and A LITTLE PEACE. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery,  it’s a celebration of possibility.  The perfect gift for graduation or for life transitions at any age. –Kate

Middle Grade & Young Adult

Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk

Strike Three You're Dead

Just in time for Spring and baseball season Josh Berk introduces readers to “Lenny and the Mikes”, three best friends who love baseball, and our hero Lenny wants nothing more than to be an announcer. He enters, and wins the “Armchair Announcer” contest and gets his chance to participate in the broadcast of a live Phillies game. Then the murder happens and disrupts his big chance.  If they can solve the murder will Lenny get a second chance at announcing? Strike Three, You’re Dead is  the first of a trilogy  featuring “Lenny & the Mikes”, it’s a fun summer friendship story, a great mystery, and it even has a few laughs for the parents who want to read this along with their kids! What better book could there be for summer fun reading? –Kate

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands of Bronze and Gold

This exciting debut from young adult author Jane Nickerson is full of romance, mystery, and danger. A re-telling of the Bluebeard fairy tale, set in the pre-Civil War south on a lush plantation, it’s a quick, juicy novel I couldn’t put down. Sophia is a red-headed beauty, and an orphan taken in by her mysterious godfather Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. She is soon seduced by her new life of luxury, full of gorgeous clothes, rich food and staff to wait on her hand and foot. But her benefactor’s dark moods scare her, and the plantation feels full of history and ghosts. As she gets to know Cressac better, she starts to uncover the truth about his wives, all missing or dead, all crimson-haired like herself. This will appeal to older teens and to adults who enjoy well-written, Gothic romance. –Erin

Scowler by Daniel Kraus


Be warned, this book might keep you up late into the night. Scowler is the story of Ry Burke and his family, survivors of the brutal behavior of Ry’s father, now struggling to keep their farm running. Life is tough, but it gets tougher when a meteorite crashes down, bringing with it a brutal man that Ry will have to find a way to protect his family from. He defends himself in the only way he knows how, conjuring up a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler. Compelling storytelling makes this a book you won’t be able to put down, worth every heart-pounding moment. –Kate

Thanks for joining us today at RAoR, we hope you have a few new titles to add to your list for the next trip to the bookstore or library!

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