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The Christmas Quiet Book

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By Deborah Underwood, Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780547558639
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2012

You are brought along on every Christmas joy--along with some of the anxiety, anticipation, and excitement--with this seemingly simple repetition. Each page appears to stand on its own, but look closely and you'll be able  to discern backstory and visual narrative from the fuzzy, soft, expressive illustrations that accompany. My new Christmas favorite.


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The Science of Good Cooking

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By Cook's Illustrated (Editor), Guy Crosby (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781933615981
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Cook's Illustrated - October 1st, 2012

Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen have a knack for writing recipes that I actually read and remember. Their ability to explain the crazy voodoo of food science astounds me, and finally published a cookbook focusing on the science! It's a great gift for someone who likes cooking, but hates cookbooks and wants to improve their cooking skills forever (by figuring out the 'why' of recipes, along with 'how').


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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaus

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By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062104182
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 4th, 2012

Rock star of the children's book world Mo Willems breaks out of the mold once again with this silly, sarcastic, upside-down fairy tale retelling that is sure to please both the kids and the adults. Especially the fans of irony. And dinosaurs!
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The Commitment

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780452287631
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2006

With his signature Tourette's-like honesty, Savage Love columnist/podcaster Dan Savage draws upon his own long term, if hilariously flawed, relationship to explore the issues surrounding gay marriage. Between his son's view on gay marriage ("boys don't marry boys!") to his Christian mother's ("you should marry the person you want to be with") to his boyfriend's ("why not just get a 'property of dan savage' tattoo?" Dan eventually finds his way further down the path to marriage than he realizes.
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Around the World with Mouk

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By Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780811869263
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 18th, 2009

Yay! A multi-culti Richard Scarry! Marc Boutavant has all the brightly-colored Japanese-style illustrations your kid will love instantly, packed with cultural references to surprise and delight. However: don't be fooled by the stickers; despite having very little text, this book is so chock-full of details it may take the patience of an older kid to fully appreciate.

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Glaciers

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781935639206
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Published: Tin House Books - January 17th, 2012

This slim, elegant novel embodies the sense of longing I sometimes feel when stepping into a particularly well-stocked thrift store: there's meaningful objects everywhere which serve to remind me the longing I feel for that kind of meaning in my own life.  When evaluating this book shortly after completing it, the word poetic came to mind, but not in that pretentious way. More like the poetic of Banana-Yoshimoto's-Kitchen-poetic.


Jill


Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator

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By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062004000
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

1. Are you a little OLD for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? Do need a book with more pages? You probably do.
2. Do you want to read a funny chapter book featuring ALLIGATORS (with a whole 6 1/2 chapters!)? Of course you do!
3. I love the adventures of Amanda, her Alligator and their new, surprise friend. You will too.


Jill


Winter Town by Stephen Emond

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316133326
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2011

You know when you're walking around in a snowstorm, and it's all quiet, and you're totally warm in your heavy coat? This book reminds me of that. Thoughtful, full of dialogue, tenuous friendships, with threads of art and comics throughout-- I like to think of Stephen Emond as the introspective high-schooler's Jeff Kinney.


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