read in 2016

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Karl Newsom Edwards

Published December 5, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

I previously reviewed “Fly” by @karledwardsart about a year ago.  I had found in on Edelweiss and fell completely in love with it!  Now Karl is on a roll and has a few more picture books coming out.  His blog has information about Hugely Wugely (which I have NOT read yet…hint hint Karl) but I have read I Got A New Friend which is due out in May (so.far.away).  In this story a little girl and a puppy become new friends….they play together, they eat together, the get messy together…the illustrations are great and the text is sweet and will make a perfect storytime reading!

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Bears and Rain and Skates…oh my!!

Published December 4, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Il Sung Na  who has written A Book Of Winter, A Teacup in the Storm and many others, has a new title coming out in March of 2017.  Thanks to Edelweiss and Knopf Books for Young Readers  for advanced access to this new book, Bird, Balloon Bear.  Bird is new to the forest and wants to make a new friend.  He sees Bear and decides to approach when just at that moment Bear makes a friend in Balloon.  Bird feels left out and wants to join in.  When Balloon disappears (pops actually), Bird and Bear then become friends.

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Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by  Pam Paparone is a counting book told in rhyming text.  The little girl journeys outside and the counting goes from 1-10…..until it rains too much then she runs inside and the counting goes backwards.  A fun story I am looking forward to reading at storytime!

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Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar  and illustrated by Troy Cummings is a “fractured fairytale”…or in my words a fairytale twist…..Super great illustrations and fun text tell the story of Little Red who wants to take part in an ice skating competition but she doesn’t have a partner.  Her Granny makes all kinds of suggestions and then one day Little Red meets Wolf out on the ice.  Will he eat her?  Will he follow her back to Granny’s house?  Will they become friends?  This is a little wordy for me to read at a storytime but it is worthy of getting added to the the collection at school!

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New for 2017…..

Published December 1, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

If I haven’t said it before, I will say it now…Edelweiss is just the best.  Early access to some really great titles is such a privilege to me.  My only complaint is when I wish to read a really great picture book as an actual physical book and not as an ebook…on my tiny tablet.  But I will seek out these titles once they are published so that I can really get the full effect of them.  Here is a new batch of picture type books that I have read:

 

Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun and translated by Jen Calleja , published by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books is simply stunning.  With facts and illustrations of animals from Africa, South America, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica you could really look at this book for days and days.

31944797   expected publication May 16, 2017

 

Next, from the same publisher is My very Own Space written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Rebecca Crane.  A little rabbit just wants to read his book, but there is too much commotion.  Rabbit creates a quiet little space where no one is allowed to come in…but rabbit soon discovers that it may be too quiet.

31944799  expected publication July 11, 2017

 

Flying Eye Books released many new titles on Edelweiss in the past couple of days.  Next is The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton.  Erin lives with her mum and her pup Archie.  Erin has grown up hearing tales of the mysterious Black Rock…she longs to discover the truth herself.  One day she finally is able to stay on her mum’s ship unnoticed but then tragedy…Erin falls overboard!!!  What happens as she discovers that things under the sea are not as they appear above the water line!

31944949  expected publication June 13, 2017

You are Wanted…….

Published November 6, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Nevin

I think I have to credit Goodreads with finding this title.  I have been on a more realistic fiction path recently which has not been horrible…it’s just not my normal.  I think that I will try Niven’s All The Bright Places since I had success with this one!

I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started this book. I almost put it down because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to accept the negativity…but i kept going and i’m glad I did…the negativity plays an important role in this story of acceptance and love and friendship.
Libby is overweight and has been since her life started spiraling out of control after her mom passed away. She quit attending school and got so large that at one point she had been named America’s Fattest Teen. She lost weight, started high school and wondered if she would ever be able to fit in.
Jack Masselin seems to have it all together…a hot on-again-off-again girlfriend, good friends and swagger. But Jack is harboring a deep dark secret that threatens to ruin his entire life. When he decides to write Libby a letter and join the “Fat Girl Rodeo” both lives are changed forever.
A story about acceptance of yourself and others, of true friendship and finding love.

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Hallooooweeeeennnnnn

Published October 24, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Halloween is just a week away, and while I’m not doing a storytime on Halloween, tonite I will most definitely be reading some Halloween tricks and treats…..

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas.  Easy text, super fun illustrations….this will be a hit.

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Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler  and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.  Melly isn’t afraid of much but when she is walking to a party, she feels she is being followed.  First by 1 black cat, then 2 skittish skeletons.  A fun Halloween counting book.

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Pete the Cat:  Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean.  Simply adorable.  Rhyming text and great Pete the Cat illustrations…I am so excited to read this one tonite!

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Peep and Egg:  I’m Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl  and illustrated by Joyce Wan.  It’s Halloween and Peep wants to trick-or-treat but Egg does not. Peep tries everything to get Egg to go. Will Egg finally agree or will Peep have to go all alone???

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Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record is a super fun Halloween story that sneakily adds some counting to the text.  This one is another that I will try and squeeze into storytime!

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For Just One Day……

Published October 16, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

For Just One day by Laura Leuck  and illustrated by Marc Boutavant  is an adorable book about a kiddo who imagines, for just one day, that they were are different creature.  Illustrations that remind me of the 60s with rhyming text, this will be a hit at storytime!

 

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So many books….so little time

Published October 6, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

I have been on a roll, reading ARCs and Galleys (I’m not sure why there are 2 names for the same thing) and there are some very cute books coming out.  Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for access to these great titles!

Before I talk about the picture books I read, I just have to say how excited I am to be reading Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull.  This is being described as a sequel series to Fablehaven, my 2nd favorite series of all time. Same characters, new adventure!!

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First up for today is Littles and How They Grow written by  Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by AG Ford  and published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers.

What a great story.  A tale about “littles” and how they grow.  This book showed diversity in the families and love on every page. I can’t wait to see this as an actual book.

Expected sale date June 13, 2017

Next up:  Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Time!  written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen (pronounced Le Win) Pham.  Freckleface Strawberry books are very fun and sweet.  I am not sure if this is the first beginning reader for Moore but she does a great job, tackling a friendship situation with text that kids can understand.  Great illustrations.

  Expected sale date July 11, 2017

Next:  Naptastrophe written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka.  If you are a parent  of anyone over the age of 2, you can relate to this book.  It is a tale of our little Lucy, who isn’t tired.  She isn’t tired when she is put down for a nap, she isn’t tired when she goes shopping with her dad, she isn’t tired at dinner and she is not tired when she falls face first into her food.  Fun illustrations and text.

  Expected sale date May 2, 2017