Elena De Roo's train poem transports a child from the busy activities of the day through a rainy night and into sleep. The reader of this bedtime adventure will share (and share in) the sights, sounds, and motion of travel.
After a dramatic exploration of the redwoods, and the coral reefs, Jason Chin takes us on a tour of the Galapagos Islands. Beginning his story with an island-forming volcano, Chin travels through time, showing creatures emerging from the transfigurations of rock and sea, until the appearance of the HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin. This book features maps and great pictures cataloging the variety of animal life found there today. Share it with your budding naturalist.
There is magic on every page of Jinx -- I mean it, on every page! Jinx is a young boy who, through no fault of his own, winds up as a servant to a very cranky wizard. And although Jinx is not a very good apprentice -- he struggles with the most basic of spells -- he is not without his talents: he can read and speak six languages, see people's auras and can talk to trees. When the wizard uses Jinx in a spell that leaves him without his gifts, Jinx leaves in search of answers, meeting Elfwyn and Reven along the way, both of whom have had curses placed on them as well. Fast-paced, very fun and exciting, Jinx has it all: wizards (good and bad), witches, werewolves and trolls, all living in the dark and scary Forest of Urwald. Readers will recognize traces of Hansel & Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood woven into this book, as well as some wonderful dialogue between the three teenaged characters -- who seem very much like teenagers today, despite all that magic.
Although 16-year-old Blue is from a family of clairvoyants, her gift seems limited to making the psychic talents of others stronger. Yet while standing next to her mother watching the soon-to-be dead walk, Blue sees for the first time - a boy destined to die within the year who speaks to her. When that same boy shows up with 3 friends from the nearby prep school for a reading with her mother, Blue becomes entangled in helping the four boys use ley lines, invisible lines of energy, to find the body of a legendary Welsh king. It is said whoever awakens King Glendower will be granted a reward. Add to the suspense two details. Blue has always been told her destiny is to cause her true love to die, and a sinister, ruthless person who knows the boys is also searching for the king’s body. The Raven Boys, with its haunting, multi-dimensional characters and a thrilling, supernatural plot, is a page-turner, the first book in a new series for teens by the author of the acclaimed Scorpio Races.
This enchanting picture book biography of Julia Child’s cat will delight readers who love anything Julia, anything French, cats and cooking. It relates Julia’s career after she moves to Paris with her husband Paul, who is on assignment in the Foreign Service in the 1948. As they set up their household, they determine that “Une maison sans chat, c’est la vie soleil.” (“A house without a cat is like life without sunshine.”) Hence they adopt Minette, a mischievous cat with a speckled coat. “And day and night she could smell the delicious smells of mayonnaise, hollandaise, cassoulets, cheese soufflés, and duck pates wafting from the pots and pans of her owner, Julia Child of Julie’s she still prefers mouse and bird. OOH--la-la! Magnifique!