~ Last-minute holiday book picks ~
Age Range: 0-3
What Pet Should I Get?
By Dr. Seuss
A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss! This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds. An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?
Age Range: 3-7
Written by Debra Buchanan
Illustrated by Nataly Savitskaya
A Very Special Christmas Tree is a picture book that helps spread the “true meaning” of Christmas. Set in a beautiful forest, the author spins a tale about a little tree in a grove of large trees that all have perfect branches. While all of the trees grow and spread their strong limbs, the little tree keeps hope that she will also grow tall and strong. Fall comes and the little tree is still the smallest and her branches are awkward. As she watches the trees be purchased one by one after Thanksgiving and find homes in prestigious places that are New York City hotspots and known for creating Christmas Spirit, the little tree is the last one standing. A gentleman eventually comes and takes the little tree to what appears to be a simple place with few decorations. However, the little tree unexpectedly receives the best honor of all Christmas trees when she realizes that the true meaning of Christmas is not just about beauty and sparkle and all things grand, but the gift of giving—giving in a greater sense, giving of oneself. The little tree has found a place in a church that provides shelter for homeless families. The joy that the gentleman and his simple holiday decorations and small Christmas tree bring are the highest Christmas honors.
Author Debra Buchanan is an award-winning dance educator and director. A Very Special Christmas Tree began as a ballet to be performed during the Christmas season and Buchannan has seamlessly transformed her story from movement to words. While the story of a small tree finding a home is a familiar one, readers will enjoy the tour of the grandiose Christmas Trees of New York—at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center, The Plaza Hotel, and Radio City Music Hall. The quiet story transition illustrates the beauty that comes from the simple but powerful gifts of kindness and generosity. It’s well written and the color illustrations add warmth and a blanket of gentleness that rounds out this lovely little book.
Age Range 9 – 12 years
Woof (Bowser and Birdie)
by Spencer Quinn (Author)
The New York Times Bestselling Mystery
There is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp — Bowser can smell it. Bowser is a very handsome and only slightly slobbery dog, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! And the sweat on humans when they’re lying. Birdie Gaux, the girl Bowser lives with, also knows something is wrong. It’s not just that her Grammy’s stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It’s the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It’s the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck. When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser’s powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic ’em.
About the Author
Spencer Quinn is the author of the New York Times bestselling adult mystery series, Chet and Bernie. He lives on Cape Cod with his dog, Audrey.
Teenage ~ Young Adults
by Rainbow Rowell (Author)
#1 New York Times best seller!
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters
Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ would like to wish all our readers who Celebrate Christmas ~
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
A HAPPY NEW YEAR