July 27, 2010

I dare say that we all feel strongly that what literature needs, more than anything else, is more characters who are booksellers. Enough, we feel, with the greedy industrialists, vampires, corrupt politicians, fallen angels, forbidden lovers, rogue FBI Agents, average joes fighting insurmountable corporate evil, and out of work wizards. What about some more booksellers? That's where Dog Loves Books, the new picture book by Louise Yates, comes in. This book tells the tale of a book loving dog who decides to open a bookstore. Is it accurate? Well, according to The American Booksellers Association , 0% of American Independent bookstore owners are dogs, thus, if the book had been set in the United States it would not be very realistic. The author, however, lives in Engand, and the Booksellers Association of England & Ireland reports that over 23% of English Independent bookstores are owned by dogs. In terms of books Dog "loved the smell of them, and he loved the feel of them. He loved everything about them." This shows sound research on Yates' part, as those exact characteristics have been mapped in association with the bookselling gene. In the book Dog struggles with customers who come in and want a cup of tea rather than a book. This scene does accurately depict an occupational hazard. For example I was once asked to provide canary feed by a customer who thought she was in the pet store that was once a few stores down. Finally, Dog finds that his voracious reading helps him find the right book for his customers and that "most of all Dog loves to share books." Yes, Dog Loves Books is a charming and delightful picture book, but most of all, it is true to life.

Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

Star Island



Star Island
By Hiaasen, Carl
2010-07 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307272584 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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You can tell a new Carl Hiassen book is out from many paces back, just by the tell tale pastel colors on the cover. This over the top tale of pop sensation Cherry Pye, and her much suffering "undercover stunt double" Anne Deluisia will make this summer that much better for Hiassenfans. ...More

The Year of the Flood



The Year of the Flood
By Atwood, Margaret
2010-07 - Anchor Books
9780307455475 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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The stellar follow up to Oryx and Crake is out now in paperback. Dystopias are one of those things which are considerably more fun to read about than to live through. Atwood has made a specialty of them, and The Year of the Flood is centered around her penchant for examining the dangerous interplay of science and sociology, in this case religion. ...More

Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing



Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing
By Benke, Karen
2010-07 - Trumpeter
9781590308127 - Paperback
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Here's an unusual book, a colorful and well designed book to engage young creative writers in activities and projects to develop their interest. ...More

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman



Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
By Krakauer, Jon
2010-07 - Anchor Books
9780307386045 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Where Men Win Glory easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. The paperback version includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. ...More

Clementine, Friend of the Week

Clementine, Friend of the Week
By Pennypacker, Sara
2010-07 - Hyperion Books
9781423113553 - Hardcover
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As many of you may know Clementine books are among the most treasured books of second to fourth grade readers. In fact this review of the first Clementine book won first prize in our Mallett School Book Review Contest this year. Today's release is only the third Clementine book, and therefore big news for her legion of young fans. ...More

The Passage of the Week!
 
How Rocket Learned to Read



How Rocket Learned to Read
By Hills, Tad
2010-07 - Schwartz & Wade Books
9780375858994 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Remarkably, Dog Loves Books did not corner the market on delightful books featuring dogs who read. Click on The Passage of the Week! to hear Margaux render a passage from this charming new picture book. ...More

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