We headed downtown to the main branch for our next summer library trip. This large, 1960’s building always puts me in another place and time. Visit me on Facebook for a quick video introduction to these titles.
The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket: Want to get kids interested in classical music? I have three words for you: GET THIS BOOK. It comes with a CD with Snicket himself narrating the story alongside an amazing musical score by American composer Nathaniel Stookey. On a recent long trip, we listened to it three times!
The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe, Book Three by Gordon McAlpine: My son picked up this cleverly titled book. Alas, it is Book Three of a trilogy. Since he hadn’t read the first two and getting them would require some doing, he didn’t read it all. Book series are huge right now, but I’m not a big fan. I find reading one book a big commitment, much less reading multiple titles to find out the ending. Plus, libraries are notorious for having missing or checked out copies.
Pearl and Wagner One Funny Day by Kate McMullan: Pearl is a bunny and Wagner is a mouse…and they are best friends. This is a really cute, easy reader series (each book is a complete story). It features very short chapters that help the young reader feel good about finishing a “big” book.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers by Marvel Comics: My daughter picked this book up. “The art is great. The story is great. The characters are great,” she said. (As you can tell, she’s a bit of a Marvel fan.)
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke: Graphic novels (novels in which comic book art is used to tell the story) are huge right now. Kids at my library pluck these titles off the shelves the minute I put them there it seems. The format is a little frenetic for my distracted brain, but “Zita” is calmer, less busy. It too is a series, but the stories are stand alone. My son and I give this space girl a big thumbs up.
Fox Be Nimble by James Marshall: I’m a huge Marshall fan. The humor and delightful, if not dorky illustrations make his books fun for all ages. To read about one of my favorite Marshall titles, go to I Dig This Pig.
The Emperor and the Drummer Boy by Ruth Robbins: The artwork of Nicolas Sidjakov drew me to this book. He won the Caldecott Award (the highest award for illustrators) for Baboushka and the Three Kings in 1960. But I like these drawings better. Check out his stylized ocean waves.*
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Special Read-Aloud Edition by C.S. Lewis: All Harper Collins Publishers did with this read-aloud version of Lewis’ classic tale is enlarge the original type and expand the pages to picture book size. But those details were enough to make this beautiful story appealing to my youngest daughter with Down syndrome. We are currently reading it aloud together. What a gift.
*interior page of The Emperor and the Drummer Boy