Lost…but now Found

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This could be a very expensive movie to watch, but I’m committed. The DVD didn’t cost much – about $6.00 plus shipping and handling.  It’s the international/all formats DVD player that could be the issue, but even that won’t deter me from seeing it. The popcorn popper is ready.

As my regular readers know, the Irish picture book author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers is one of my very favorite children’s book people. One of the (very) few authors whose books I will order unseen. He is just that good. And my favorite of Jeffers’ ten picture books is Lost and Found. It’s the one about the lonely penguin who finds a friend. I know it sounds cliché, but if you don’t know the book – seek it out!

And now there’s a movie version of Lost and Found. Well actually, it’s been around since 2008. Why didn’t I know about this earlier? It was on YouTube, of course. Lost…but now Found:


New Books on the Horizon

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Over the past week, I heard about a few new books that inspired me to start a list of books to order for the 2012-2013 school year. An odd sensation. All around me, the kids – and teachers – are talking about their summer plans, but there were a few moments when I found myself reading about an upcoming release and thinking it would make a good Christmas present.  It may be too early for holiday shopping, but here are the books I’m already putting on my school list:

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills – How cute is this cover!  A sequel to How Rocket Learned to Read. I can already see the teachers finding fun ways to use this one!

The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers – Jeffers’ picture books are becoming automatic purchases. Every one of his books, especially Lost and Found and Up and Down, are loved by our students – and we read them regularly.

All the Wrong Questions: Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket – The first volume in a four-part series by the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz a new gothic novel by the author of A Drowned Maiden’s Hair

Son by Lois Lowry – a battle between good and evil by the author of The Giver. Kirkus has already given it a starred review: “Written with powerful, moving simplicity, Claire’s story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!”

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech – a new novel by Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons) is always reason to celebrate!

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Harry’s creator writes her first novel for adults,

A Boxcar Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan – for younger readers, a prequel to the still popular Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Like Warner’s series about The Boxcar Children, Jean Craighead George’s books are perennial favorites. My Side of the Mountain is one of the most circulated titles in our library, and it’s one of those books that many adults (including my husband) have fond memories of reading when they were children. George died this week at the age of 92.  Here’s the link to The New York Times obituary:


Five Fall Stars

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Until the power goes out and I am “disconnected,” Hurricane Irene has given me a chance to check out lots of websites to read about the new fall books. As always, there are so many titles to look forward to, but even on a limited library budget, these five books should be at the top of any school’s list:

1. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. A win-win for teachers and students. Art teachers will especially love this book about the power of creativity.

2. If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. Talk about “money in the bank” for story time. Whenever I have a few minutes, I can pull any of the books from this series off the shelf, and the kids are happy. And this wins for cutest cover hands down!  Pair this book with Laurie Keller’s, Arnie the Doughnut, about a donut who becomes a dog! I know. It’s confusing. But out dog, Arnie, was named after this charming book.

3. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers, the British author of Lost and Found, is one of my favorite author/illustrators.  His stories are beautiful and joyful, two qualities not to be underestimated in an often loud and crazy world.

4. Around the World by Matt Phelan. Phelan is amazing. I loved his graphic novel about the Dust Bowl, The Storm in the Barn. This one about three historic journeys looks equally compelling.

5. The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer. This is Wolitzer’s first novel for young readers, and I love the premise about three kids at a national scrabble tournament.