If it’s Monday, it’s must be time to head to the mailbox! We’ve enjoyed participating in Mailbox Monday, a fun book blog carnival begun by The Printed Page. All this month Chick Loves Lit has been hosting, so head over to check out the many books that have graced readers’ mailboxes and doorsteps this past week, and be sure to share your own excitement of books received!
I have a household of happy, happy children this week following several days of packages, both expected ones and wonderful surprises.
- Dot and Dash Dress Up, Dot and Dash Go to Bed, and Dot and Dash Meet Their Friends by Emma Dodd — These adorable books are already beloved by my two younger children, especially for their too-cute-for-words illustrations!
- Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Alix Delinois — A beautiful tribute to the author’s homeland, perfect to read with older children to give some context to the stories of the Haiti earthquake.
- Star Wars ABC and Star Wars: Millennium Falcon a 3-D Owner’s Guide — Oh dear. The younger ones get to have something of their own revolving around the topic that they hear their older brother talk (incessantly) about, and the big brother (and his 35 year old dad) have a new book to drool over. All is good.
- Man Gave Names to all the Animals by Bob Dylan, illustrated by Jim Arnosky — The illustrations are magnificent and although I’m not familiar with the Bob Dylan song, my kids are huge fans of books that have accompanying CDs. I anticipate this will be a big hit.
- Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie, illustrated by Robert Ingpen — Can you believe I’ve never read any of the Peter Pan stories?? It might be time to correct that, thanks to Sterling!
- This Book Made Me Do It: Cool things to make, do and explore — Tricks, projects and experiments that seem perfect for the tween-teen set.
- Danger! — Oh yes, there’s a high gross factor to this book (especially when I turned to the section titled “Nature’s Nasties”… ICK!), making it seemingly ideal for tween boys.
- Day & Night — If you went to see Toy Story 3 in the theater, you’ve got to remember the cute animated short that was featured before the movie. Here’s the book version, with the same fun images and storyline.
- A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska — Described as a “rediscovered classic,” this one caught my eye on a press release, and I’m excited to share it with my kids.
- The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future — This is a new book by Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants fame. A cursory glance shows much of the same B-level humor. We’ll see.
- Welcome To My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC by Quiara Alegria Hudes was one of the featured titles when I went to the Scholastic Breakfast in conjunction with BlogHer. I was intrigued by the author’s history — she’s half Puerto Rican and half-Jewish. She also wrote “In the Heights” (Maybe that gives me an excuse to see another Broadway show so that I can do a Books on Screen/Stage?).
From MacMillian Audio:
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen — I have heard so much about this guy and this book — he was just on the cover of Time, as well as being featured in many lists about upcoming releases that reviewers/editors look forward to. It is LONG — 19 CDs and almost 20 hours — but I’ve been on an audiobook roll, so I decided to tackle it.
We’d love to hear what you’ve been happy to receive lately or if any of these titles make you anxious for our reviews! We also invite you to join in our carnivals each Tuesday: from Kids’ Picks to What’s on Your Nightstand, to a Children’s Classics challenge. Join Us!
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