Saturday, March 8, 2014

Books We Love - New Arrivals!

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
*** Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal ***
Once again winning the Newbery Award, the latest from Kate DiCamillo is about a girl, a squirrel, romance, vaccuums, and the power of story. Illustrated by K. G. Campbell. 

Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis 

The third book in the Wildwood series, from this Portland-based husband & wife writer-illustrator team. (Mr. Meloy is also in the band The Decembrists and Ms. Ellis' wonderful illustrations have graced that band's albums as well as children's books including "Mysterious Benedict Society.") In the latest installment, a young girl's midnight seance awakens a long-slumbering malevolent spirit...A band of runaway orphans allies with an underground collective of saboteurs and plans a daring rescue of their friends, imprisoned in the belly of an industrial wasteland...Two old friends draw closer to their goal of bringing together a pair of exiled toy makers to reanimate a mechanical boy prince...As the fate of Wildwood hangs in the balance. 

Survivors #4: The Broken Path by Erin Hunter

The fourth book in the Survivors series, from the author of the Warriors and Seekers series. Lucky and Alpha have finally reached an uneasy peace, but tensions are still high -- and Alpha has made it clear that there are some dogs he will never fully accept. As the newly united Pack sets off in search of a home far away from the Fierce Dog camp, they discover that no territory is truly safe. When they encounter another group of dogs who survived the Big Growl, Lucky hopes that they can work together as allies - but this new Pack may be their most dangerous enemy yet. 

Zoom! Zoom! Sounds of Things That Go in the City

Written by Robert Burleigh; illustrated by Tad Carpenter. Retro-style illustrations enliven the simple rhyming text through a boy's day, from morning's joggers until night's last train. 

Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr

Illustrated by Ben Cort. Includes a CD with a new recording of the song and a read-along by Ringo Starr. Who wouldn't like to visit an octopus's garden? Perfect for sharing and reading (and singing) again and again, this book is sure to become as much a classic as the song. 

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett * Caldecott Honor 2013

Illustrated by Jon Klassen, who has won multiple Caldecott awards for his marvelous illustrations. With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself. A wry, triumphant fairy tale with a happy ending; a story about generosity where perserverance and good will triumph over cynicism and evil. 

Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin 

A Bedtime Journey. Furred, finned, or feathered, your dream animal is waiting. Snuggle up, open this book. And get ready to go to your dreams. Close your eyes, and snuggle in. 

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