Counting books are boring...EXCEPT THIS ONE!
See if you can count the monkeys, but watch out! Some wolves, crocodiles and sweet old bee keepers might get in the way.
For years, Theo van Gogh was the only person who believed his eccentric older brother. An innovative art dealer himself, Theo saw the genius in Vincent, worrying over the state of his health, sending him messages of encouragment in his darkest moments, and always, always, sending money. This book is a vigorously painted portrait of brotherly love that was as torrid as any of Vincent's paintings.
Big Jim Hickory has a big problem. His lumberjacking is putting animals out of house and home! Luckly, he knows a place large enough for all of them to live - his BEARD! But Big Jim is about to learn that having wild tenants on your face has its own problems...hilarious and touching!
A monster of a coloring book! This mythological menagerie would have kept me busy for hours as a kid. Packed with facts and densely-drawn images to color, The Book of Beasts, is a fantabulous field guide to all fauna fantastic!
When society conquers mortality, the task is given to the Scythes, a sanctioned, monastic order of death-dealers to keep overpopulation in check. Award-winning author Neal Shusterman, is back with yet another terrifically tense, philosophically uncomfortable series!
The miracles of Jesus practically explode off the page in this vibrantly illustrated, eye-popping picture book. The raddest retelling of the Jesus story I've ever seen.
Friday Barnes (mistakenly named, she was actually born on a Thursday) is a sharp young girl in a frumpy brown cardigan who prefers to go unnoticed. But when she helpes her uncle a real-life detective solve a real-life mystery, she uses the reward money to send herself to a truly mysterious place - prep school. For fans of mysteries with a snarky sense of humor!
It's a good question, isn't it? The best-selling Who Was series takes a crack at the mysterious singer/songwriter who had a major influence on rock n' roll and was once called The Voice of His Generation. See if you can answer by the end of it!
Greenglass House is everything you'd want from a middle grade mystery--a relatable protagonist, a puzzling location, a quirky rogues gallery, and a fun twist ending. Imagine a heartfelt, snowbound Westing Game set in a hotel above a smuggler's town. That's right... I said a SMUGGLER'S TOWN!
Jeanne is a peasant girl who sees the future. William is an oblate with super strength. Jacob is a Jewish boy who heals people with his touch. Together - along with a resurrected dog named Gwenforte - they might be the saints that France is waiting for - or wants to destroy! Adam Gidwitz brings the so-called "Dark Ages" to vibrant life in this lavishly illuminated story that's told in the manner of Canterbury Tales.
With a little help from Woody Allen and Walt Disney, the lively MELODIES of George Gershwin's RHAPSODY IN BLUE will forever be linked with the sounds of NYC. Learn how the noisy RAZZMATAZZ of the Big Apple influenced Gershwin in this picture book bio that's as cool as the musicians its based on.
More books like this, por favor! This bilingual libro takes all of your favorite nursery rhymes and lavishly rewrites them for ninos, and ninas, with illustrations that are vibrate, bella and bonita!
Mr. X has stolen the MAZE STONE and the streets of Opera City are in peril! John Pierre, the great Maze Detective, in this densely illustrated labrinythine puzzle book as he saves the day by solving mazes, puzzles, and lock and find conundrums. For fans of, Where's Waldo and I spy! This book will keep you busy for hours.
Meet Dory, a loveable young rascal whose real and imaginary worlds swirl together like a vanilla chocolate ice cream cone! Wild, unpredictable and hilarious, this is my favorite early chapter series, hands down!
The suspense of Coraline is like a fog, slowly seeping into your skin until it chills you to your marrow's core. Perfect for adventurers, young and old, who are looking for a good fright, Coraline is as much about FACING your fears as it is about fear itself. "Because when you're scared and you do it anyway, that's brave."
3-2-1-BLAST OFF with Salina Yoon as she guides you through the wonders of the solar system in this adorable lift-the-flap board book. The perfect planetary primer for the young astronaut in your home. 5 out of 5 shooting stars! Board book.
When a unicorn offers Phoebe a wish, she grabs life by the horn and wishs for the unicorn to be her best friend! This is the best newspaper-style comic strip I've read in years. It had me literally laughing out loud. IT'S CALVIN AND HOBBES, BUT STARRING GIRLS! Graphic novel series.
Zita rules! Imagine The Wizard of Oz meets Star Wars. Zita the Earth Girl becomes Zita the Space Girl when she jumps through a portal to save her friend: a portal that takes her to another galaxy where she meets a giant mouse, a dysfunctional battle droid, and a lovable lug named Strong-Strong. For adventurers of all ages. Graphic novel series.
Prepare to be DAZZLED and SHOCKED by the ASTONISHINGLY TRUE story of Adelaide Herrmann, the INCREDIBLE and FEARLESS Queen of Magic! Not for the faint of heart or imagination. Addie is a true pioneer worth celebrating. Picture book biography.
I first fell in love with Anne (with an E) when I was in middle school. She was stubborn, imaginative, independent, a total romantic, and a complete mess -- just like me! This is a beautiful tale about how unlikely people can change each other's lives. She was my first crush and I've never gotten over her. Darn you, Gilbert Blythe!
Candace Fleming Meet the peasants, priests, nobles, and revolutionaries that shaped the final days of the Russian Empire. A fascinating portrait of the last tsar, his troubled family, and the crumbling, oppressed nation that rose up against them. Also, find out what really happened to Anastasia! (Spoiler: it's nothing like the movie). World History.
Ages 12 plus.
Neil Gaiman's first foray into the land of Faerie is one for the ages, lavishly illuminated in this full-color edition with Charles Vess' original illustrations. There aren't words yet to describe the wild whimsy of this book, so I will attempt to make some up: splefartic, edelfrass, mellorn!
Ages 14 plus (some graphic content).
H is for "Hear ye!" Make way for this magnificent, motley, medieval alphabet primer: a bounteous boon for the young lord or lady in your life. I even learned a new word myself (who knew Z was for zither?). Board book.
Sutcliffe "Cold blooded." "Sorry sight." "Wild goose chase." These are just a few of the phrases that William Shakespeare either coined or turned into household words. Did you know that he even invented "household words?" This densely researched and illustrated picture book is a perfect introduction to the Bard that you will get your "money's worth" out of (he invented that one, too!).
He's a supervillain with a robotic arm and a surprising set of morals. She's a shapeshifting sidekick with a rambunctious personality and a mean temper. Together, they make one heck of a team! Nimona mixes medieval fantasy with the modern superhero story, and it somehow works. You'll be laughing at the beginning and crying at the end. Graphic novel.
Ages 13 +
This brain-bending, time-traveling, code-breaking, choose-your-own-adventure comic book begins with a single question that may determine the fate of the entire world... chocolate or vanilla ice cream? A true challenge: this one is not for the faint of mind.