Painter and Ugly is a children’s book about two champion sled dogs that are best friends. This book was written and illustrated by Robert J. Blake. Painter and Ugly was selected as a nominee for the 2013-2014 Show Me Readers Award. This award is designed to recognize authors of books for children in first through third grade.
Have you ever gone to Union Station and poked a finger in the bullet holes left after the infamous shoot out of 1933? They’re still there! The eerie thrill of seeing them conjures legends and tall tales that I’ve heard since I was a little girl. Wouldn’t you like to know what really happened?
I recently found the most adorable book that I look forward to reading to my grandchildren. The book is called Big Birthday by Kate Hosford. Annabelle is planning a birthday party and has decided that the zoo is boring. As the story evolves, Annabelle is successful in getting her party on the moon.
Labradors: Work, Rest and Play by Nick Ridley is not a typical dog book. Readers will find it shelved with other dog books in our Library, and it is certainly a book dog lovers will enjoy. But what makes this book stand out is the high quality collection of pictures it contains.
Helen Hamilton has always felt different. She’s done her best to hide it, until the day she went to school and attacked a new student without provocation. What’s wrong with her? As Helen began to unravel her past, she realized that she couldn’t hide from it any longer.
MCPL has a wonderful collection of picture books. One of my new favorites is a book titled The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. It is a wordless book; however, the pictures paint a very sweet and rich story about how a small gesture can have a huge impact on an entire community.
We all know how the story goes. There’s an evil witch who casts a sleeping spell on Snow White who awakes when kissed by Prince Charming. The same is true for sleeping beauty; Rapunzel is trapped in a tall tower saved by Prince Charming’s heroics. Finally, Cinderella hooks up with Prince Charming only through the help of a fairy godmother.
I’m a big fan of historical fiction, especially if it’s based on royal figures in British history. Phillipa Gregory’s books are right up my alley. I have steadily been making my way through her Cousins' War series, which is set during England’s War of the Roses. I just finished The White Princess, which I read in a day, and now I am left wanting more!
My recent blog about the book, Letters from Yellowstone, reminded me of my last trip to Yellowstone National Park two years ago. My wife and I flew to Salt Lake City and then drove the scenic route up through the Grand Tetons to Yellowstone. While driving, we listened to the audiobook, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Like Letters from Yellowstone, Guernsey consists of a series of letters between a diverse, fascinating cast of characters.