March/April 2009

Our picks for March and April 2009...
The House in the Night Cover Image
By Susan Marie Swanson, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618862443
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2008

Each year, the American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner is illustrator, Beth Krommes for her work in the intriguing new picture book The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. Krommes’ amazingly detailed, scratchboard work gives the book’s pages a soothing glow, and the careful hints of gold remind us of the comforts of home we may forget about in the dark of the night- a perfect book to share before bedtime.

The Graveyard Book Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Margaret Atwood (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780060530921
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Published: HarperCollins - September 30th, 2008

Award-winning and bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s fascinating new young adult fantasy, The Graveyard Book, is this year’s Newbery Medal winner. Described as an “homage to The Jungle Book,” The Graveyard Book centers around the unusual upbringing of an orphaned boy called Bod. Where in The Jungle Book, the orphaned boy, Mowgli, is raised by the animals of the jungle, in Gaiman’s book, Bod is taken in by the ghosts and haunting spirits of the graveyard he inhabits. From them, Bod learns about the evils of the human world he will face if he leaves the graveyard, including Jack, the man who murdered his family. This magical new book is a surprising, but absolutely deserving pick for the Newberry Medal- don’t miss it!

Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea Cover Image
By Greg Mortenson, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803730588
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Published: Dial Books - January 22nd, 2009

This picture book tells the inspirational story of Greg Mortenson and his promise to build a school for the children of the villagers that saved his life.  Told through beautiful, collage illustrations, the story comes to life for a younger generation who will be as touched by this story as the legions of adults who’ve read Three Cups of Tea.

Posy Cover Image
By Linda Newbery, Catherine Rayner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416971122
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 23rd, 2008

Meet Posy, an adorable and extremely busy kitten! You’ll be amazed how much she can fit into one day. From yarn tangling to spider catching to ice cream guzzling, a day in the life of Posy is certainly an adventure. Don’t miss the unique, textured illustrations of Catherine Rayner and Linda Newbery’s amusing rhymes in this charming, new picture book. After reading Posy, I wanted nothing more than to cuddle at home with my kitties.

Chicken Cheeks Cover Image
By Michael Ian Black, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416948643
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2009

Comedian Michael Ian Black brings us his first children’s book, Chicken Cheeks, a hilarious look at animal rear ends- penguin patooties, polar bear derrieres, and turkey tushies to name a few… Kevin Hawkes’ bright and comical illustrations and Black’s clever alliterations and rhymes will keep you giggling long after you put the book down!

The Odd Egg Cover Image
By Emily Gravett, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416968726
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2009

All of the birds have eggs except for poor duck.  So when duck finds an abandoned egg he is more than happy to care for it as his own.  Funny enough, no one is prepared for what pops out.  Great illustrations and great moral!

Deeper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439871785
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Published: Chicken House - March 2009

This thrilling sequel to Tunnels takes Will Burrows deeper into the world of the underground colonies, where he discovers a plan to destroy all Topsoilers.  Now Will must seek help from whomever he can to stop the Styx’s threat, while still running from his murderous sister Rebecca.  Great for boys!

Heroes of the Valley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423109662
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 27th, 2009

In this epic fantasy, by the author of the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Halli Sveinsson lives in a society of peace, lawful order and old stories of heroes.  Naturally, an adventurous boy like Halli is bored.  So, when Halli’s favorite uncle is killed, he takes it upon himself to seek revenge in a land where it does not exist.  A wonderful story for anyone that has ever felt like an outcast but discovered that we all have a place, we just have to find it.

Rough, Tough Charley Cover Image
By Verla Kay, Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781582461847
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Published: Tricycle Press - May 2007

Rough, Tough Charley is the fascinating story of an accomplished stagecoach driver and business man who carries a very interesting secret.  Though shocking at the time, Charley’s story proves that everyone has the right to live a full life, without being confined by the dictates of society.

Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails Cover Image
By Verla Kay, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399229282
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Published: Putnam Juvenile - October 9th, 2000

Don’t miss out on the chance to learn about life on the California Trail in Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails.  Wonderful illustration and rhythmic text take you back to the days when people crossed the country in wagon trains hoping to find a better place to live.