The author\illustrator of Pokko and the Drum, Matthew Forsythe, is back to his brilliance with Mina. Mina is a mouse with her feet on the ground and a father with his head in the clouds, and she loves him unconditionally. Even when it seems he doesn’t know the difference between a squirrel and a cat! Using a rose-colored palette, Forsythe unfolds a bright and charming take of trust, good sense, and the surprising possibilities that come from kindness.
It's true that not everyone appreciates a spider who calls attention to herself, but that doesn't stop Sylvie in this engaging follow-up to Truman. Following a self-aware spider who tries her best to keep out of sight for fear she'll be squished, Sylvie, reminds us that true friendships begin when we take a risk and step into the light. With a luscious vocabulary and a bouncy rhythm Sylvie is a singular, ray of sunshine.
What a wonderful story of friendship, courage, and counting! This has been a smash hit at Carmichael's Kids storytimes and will be featured on our back to school book display. My favorite new release of the summer!
This feels like a book from my childhood. Rosie is a dog who's family spends all their time making chocolate truffles that Rosie can't enjoy. Tired and bored, she ventures off to find a new life. While she learns of several things she's not quite cut out for, she also finds that she's exceptionally good at finding truffles (the other kind!) Hartland's energetic pacing races you through Rosie's adventures, but don't go too fast! There is plenty to discover in the delightfully detailed illustrations. Complete with two truffle recipes in the back, this book is delectable!
Sydney the Skunk is conent to stay in holed up in their burrow, but his best friend, Taylor the Hedgehog, has other, more adventurous plans. This is an absolutely charming tale of how best friends can inspire us to do big, exciting things and are there to comfort us when our big plans don't turn out as expected. Hocking's spirited illustrations add to the delight of this story, and have me seriously considering a jaunty scarf trend in the Fall.
This charming story is written in the perfect dog voice! Poor George wants to be good, he hopes he'll be good... but as we all know sometimes wanting to be good isn't enough to really be good. In high contrast color design, Oh no, George is a story of temptation and redemption... isn't it? George? ... George!
Bright pastel illustrations accentuate this engaging and heart-warming story of friendship and acceptance. If you loved Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius, I'm betting you'll love this darling story too.
Celebrate the unabashed joy and chaos of a day at the neighborhood pool is effortlessly organized by Davies' unexpected rhyme scheme and rich vocabulary. Full of onomonopias and adventure, Bubbles...UP! is a refreshing dip in the pool of hot summer releases.
As a life-long lover of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, I wasn't sure what to think about a modern twist on my beloved March girls. But Khan (author of Amina's Voice) has done a beautiful job of incorporating this classic into the 21st century. More to the Story follows young wanna-be journalist Jameela and her sisters through a rough year of unexpected loss, school challenges, and new friendships. I loved More to the Story, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more to the Mirza sisters' story in the future.
This is one of my all-time favorite reads. By bestselling author of the Matched series, Ally Condie, Summerlost is a coming-of-age mystery that has secrets adventures, summer freedom, and a Shakespeare festival, but it also speaks honestly about love, loss and how the right friendships at the right time can help you move forward.
If you grew up in the 90s wanting to be Meg Ryan like I did, you are going to love Waiting for Tom Hanks. The RomCom references flow deep and there are tropes a plenty, but there were definitely a few surprises in store. If you're looking for a low-stress, high-fun, rainy weekend on the couch read, Waiting for Tom Hanks will not disappoint. Can't wait for the film release! Drew Danforth strikes me as a Chris Evans-type. ;)
The latest mystery from the author of Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and Mystic River. And in typical Dennis Lehane fashion, the moment you think you know what's happening everything shifts and everything you thought you knew is quickly unraveling. Since We Fell is the emotional rollercoaster that you immediately get back in line to ride again!