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Jeremy Draws a Monster

Jeremy Draws a Monster
WWritten and Illustrated by Peter McCarty
Ages 3+, $16.99

Peter McCarty's newest book, Jeremy Draws a Monster, is an imaginative read in the vein of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon. Jeremy loves to draw, but he is very lonely, so he creates a monster to play with. But the monster demands things to eat constantly and Jeremy begins to run out of ways to appease the monster. What will Jeremy do about his monster problem? Straying from his previous 'soft' approach to his illustrations (Hondo and Fabian, T is For Terrible), Jeremy Draws a Monster consists of edgy pen and ink drawings that convey the spontaneity of the moment within each page. This is a fun read for the whole family!

Egg Drop

Egg Drop Written and Illustrated by Mini Grey
Ages 3+, $16.99

This month I could not decide between two picture books because I loved them both so much -so I reviewed both. Plus, who does not love all things Mini Grey? Egg Drop is Mini's newest book about an egg who dreams of flying. Egg sees all the birds, kites, and helicopters flying way up high. So Egg devises a plan to try and fly, using any means necessary. The other chickens try to warn Egg; tell Egg to wait. Mini Grey's unique use of mixed media and clever sense of humor appeals to anyone who has ever dreamed big.

Mouse and Mole Fine Feathered Friends

Mouse and Mole Fine Feathered Friends
Written and Illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee
Ages 5+, $15.00

Our favorite mismatched friends, Mouse and Mole, are back together in a new adventure perfect for early readers. When Mouse and Mole decide to go bird watching in order to get material for writing their own books about birds, they discover that getting close enough to observe the birds isn't quite as easy as they expected. With a little ingenuity, they overcome that problem, discovering in the process that it's more fun to use teamwork to create their book than it is to work alone. Wong Herbert Yee's charming watercolors bring the two friends to life in this welcome addition to the series.

Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures

Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures
From the archives of The Anne Frank House
Ages 8+, $19.99

Although Anne Frank's story may seem to be a familiar one, this new compilation of photographs and documents from The Anne Frank House is an essential addition to the literature about her. This beautifully produced volume contains never-before published school photos and snapshots of Anne and her family, as well as reproductions of pages from her diary, and color photographs of the rooms in the Secret Annex. These moving and heartbreaking images will deepen the experience of anyone reading Anne's Diary for the first or the fortieth time.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me
Written by Rebecca Stead
Ages 9+, $15.99

Set in New York City in 1979, this unique and highly intelligent novel is a delight from start to finish. 12-year-old Miranda starts receiving strange messages from someone who appears to know what will happen in the future, and the messages seem to indicate that she can prevent a tragedy if she can just figure out the clues the mysterious sender is providing. With its nod to Madeleine Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and its exploration of the space/time continuum, this novel demands much from the reader, but the rewards are breathtaking. When all the pieces start falling into place, the reaction is "Wow--let me go back to the beginning and read the whole book again!"

Shiver

Shiver
Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Ages 14+, $17.99

Maggie Stiefvater's first novel, Shiver, tells the story of a forbidden romance between a werewolf, Sam, and a human, Grace. Grace has always watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, constantly fascinated by them, especially her wolf -the one with the yellow eyes. Sam has always looked out for Grace, ensuring her safety, trying to prevent another traumatic encounter with the wolves. Told in the alternating voices of these two star-crossed lovers, Shiver is an engrossing read you won't be able to put down.