March 2012

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.

Jill


History of a Pleasure Seeker

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ISBN: 9780307599476
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Published: Knopf - February 7th, 2012

Richard Mason (The Drowning People) brings to life Amsterdam 1907 in this sensual story about a young man, lowly born, but with high aspirations.  Devastatingly handsome Piet Barol goes to work as a tutor for a wealthy Dutch family and his presence touches each member of the family in a different – and at times shocking - way.  Rich in period detail, this novel is beautifully written and a must for all fiction lovers.

 

Nathan


Shatter

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780316187428
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 26th, 2012

A suspenseful tale of psychological mind control by a twisted but brilliant individual who exerts power over his victims via cell phone.  The fourth in Rowbotham's Joe O'Laughlin series, here we see Joe reunited with his retired police buddy and trying to cope with his Parkinson's disease.  A complex, many layered read for fans of the genre.

Susannah


Otto the Book Bear

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ISBN: 9781423145622
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 31st, 2012

A friendly story-book bear comes to life, has adventures, meets new friends and finally finds a home.  This book probably could have been written solely for librarians and booksellers in mind but fortunately it's just so appealing, most pre-schoolers will love it and Otto, even more.


Susannah


The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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ISBN: 9780062064226
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Published: Harper - January 24th, 2012

Margot Livesey has written a kinder gentler, Jane Eyre, but an equally compelling story, set in the mid 1950s. Her heroine, Gemma, will remind you of the spunky strong willed Jane.  You can hear Livesey’s Scottish background in her loving description of the flora and fauna of Gemma’s surroundings. I encourage to you pick up this engaging book

Jane D.


Glaciers

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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


Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

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By Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramon K. Perez (Illustrator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781936393091
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Published: Archaia Entertainment - December 27th, 2011

A screenplay that was never produced is brought to life in this beautiful graphic novel. This funny, surreal story from one of America’s great imaginations follows Mac as he crosses the desert, to run from an adversary he doesn’t know and reach a goal he doesn’t understand. By incorporating original text, using striking colors, and playing with the conventions of the genre, Perez’s interpretation of Henson’s story shows how powerful graphic novels can be.


Josh


Damascus

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ISBN: 9780982684894
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - October 18th, 2011

Art. Protest. War. The tension between fate and responsibility. A bartender with a birthmark that looks like Hitler’s mustache who buys a Santa Costume from a homeless man. A successful lawyer with terminal cancer. Mohr’s novel whorls around a dive bar in the mission district of San Francisco, brushing elbows with and sometimes plowing right through many of the major questions and themes in contemporary American culture.


Josh


And Then It’s Spring

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By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596436244
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2012

Watch and wait, hopeful seeds seem to whisper, but of course the hardest thing about gardening is patience. As a little boy and his dog bide their time, fretting over their fledgling garden, winter browns give way to the lush greens of spring and a bountiful harvest. This satisfying picture book, illustrated by none other than the 2011 Caldecott medal-winning Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee), reminds even the most impatient of snow bunnies that brighter days are just waiting to bloom.

Amy


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