DECEMBER 1, 2014

Book News by Trent Shaw


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2014 Favorites


Jenny Broom, Illustrated by Katie Scott
(Big Picture Press, $35.00, HC, 9780763675080)

Sure to sell well for the holidays is Animalium, the first in a new series of books where the printed page emulates the walls of a museum. Organized into six galleries – Invertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals – the animals are then arranged in evolutionary order so the reader can see how they evolved over time. In addition, each gallery includes a habitat diorama that showcases various ecosystems. Accompanying all this information are Katie Scott’s beautiful, detailed illustrations, which have the feel of antique, zoological plates and will have both kids and adults glued to the pages (or “walls” as the case may be) for hours. This is exactly the type of book that can become a stock problem during the holidays so watch this closely.

Also New in 2014 Favorites:

Beginning Readers

Jim's Lion

Russell Hoban, Illustrated by Alexis Deacon
(Candlewick Press, $15.99, HC, 9780763665173)

Jim's Lion, Russell Hoban’s moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness, is reimagined with new art by Alexis Deacon. Asleep in his hospital bed, Jim dreams of a great lion with white teeth and amber eyes. This lion is Jim’s finder. According to Nurse Bami, everyone has a finder, a creature who comes looking for us when we are lost. But when the time comes for Jim’s operation, will his lion be able to find him and bring him safely home? Dramatically reimagined by award-winning illustrator Alexis Deacon, with the inclusion of powerful dream sequences, Russell Hoban’s tale of a boy’s search for strength and courage will resonate with any child dealing with adversity. FICTION/Animals-Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.

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Middle Readers

The Map to Everywhere

Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
(Little, Brown and Company, $17.00, HC, 9780316240772)

In The Map of Everywhere, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere - but they aren't the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can't beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear! Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale - the first in a brand new series. FICTION/Action & Adventure-Pirates/Fantasy & Magic/Social Issues-Friendship

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Non-Book & Specialty Items

Northwest Coast Native Animals Matching Game

(Native Northwest, $20.00, Non-Book, 9781554761869)

The Northwest Coast Native Animals Matching Game features 48 sturdy cards, brightly illustrated with 24 different Northwest Coast animals - from the octopus to the raven to the wolf. Children will have a great time pairing the different animals - a fun test of concentration and memory. Made with non-toxic paints and coatings and soy-based inks - all packaged in an attaractive cardboard box. NONFICTION/Animals-General/Games & Activities/Non-Book

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Picture Books

Hunters of the Great Forest

David Nolan
(Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, HC, 9781596438965)

Don't miss Hunters of the Great Forest, an imaginative, wordless tale by Dennis Nolan. On a warm night, a band of hunters sets out on an epic journey into the heart of a great forest. As they travel over hills, through thickets of trees, and around mountains, nothing will keep them from their ultimate goal. What that goal is may surprise you. Nolan's eye-popping illustrations, rendered in pen & ink, watercolor, and colored pencil are wonderful and have a David Weisner quality to them. FICTION/Fantasy & Magic/Nature & the Natural World

Also New in Picture Books:

Pre School

Big and Small with Northwest Coast Native Art

(Native Explore, $10.00, Board Book, 9781554764105)

Pacific Northwest stores should take a look at Big and Small with Northwest Coast Native Art, a new board book from publisher Native Explore. In eight double-page spreads, various First Nations and Native artists present the concept of big and small - from bear and salmon to frog and mosquito to humback whale and fish. A great new addition to Native Explore's unique board book line. NONFICTION/Animals-General/Concepts-Size & Shape

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Young Adult

My True Love Gave To Me

Stephanie Perkins, Editor
(St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99, HC, 9781250059307)

There has been rave reviews for My True Love Gave To Me, an anthology of twelve Holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers including Kelly Link, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Holly Black, and many more. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. FICTION/Short Stories/Love & Romance/Holidays & Celebrations-General

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