While everyone was busy camping for and browsing deals on Black Friday last Thanksgiving, I slipped quietly away from home and drove 15 minutes to Book Off, where it always feels like Black Friday with their awesome deals on books. Most of the books featured today were $1 finds. Here is the first of a two-part BHE post. I hope my loot this week will give you some reading ideas. Happy Thanksgiving once again!!!
Through the Mickle Woods
By Valiska Gregory, illustrated by Barry Moser
When the king reads the note from the queen, he is reluctant to follow its instructions. “It is not fitting for a king in mourning,” he says. But since it was the queen’s dying wish, the boy Michael convinces him to make snowy, midnight journey through the great woods. In the bear’s cave, lit by hundreds of candles that “flutter like moths,” Michael and theking listen to the bear tell three stories…
The Turkey Prince
Retold by Izzi Tooinsky, illustrted by Edwina White
Once in a far off kingdom… there was a prince who would one day become king. But all was not right, for the prince had lost his mind and thought he was a turkey.
The Seven Chairs
By Helen Lanteigne, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski
In his lifetime he made seven chairs. The first chair, made when he was a boy was a small three-legged stool. It wobbled…
By Rosemary Kahn, illustrated by Terry Milne
When Grandma was a little girl, she had a mustard-colored hat. In those days, hats were important and you always had to wear one, even if you didn’t like it. And Grandma thought her hat was the ugliest in the world. But then something unexpected happened…
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You
By Nancy Tillman
I wanted you more
than you ever will know,
so I sent love to follow
wherever you go…
A Bear and His Boy
By Sean Bryan, illustrated by Tom Murphy
Mack is a type-A bear who is terribly over-scheduled. When he wakes up to find a boy on his back, he tells the boy, whose name is Zach: “Here’s the deal… We’ve got no time to slack. Just look at this schedule, it’s totally packed!”
Gooney the Fabulous
By Lois Lowry
Mrs. Pidgeon has been reading Aesop’s fables to her second-grade class… One by one Mrs. Pidgeon’s students create costumes and stories and morals and excitement. Everyone except Nicholas. What on earth is making Nicholas so unhappy? Leave it to Gooney Bird, of course, to help him solve his problem… in a truly fabulous way.
Your Move, J.P.
By Lois Lowry
What’s going on with J.P. Tate? Suddenly he’s walking into walls, tripping over his feet, using deodorant, and forgetting all about chess. Could J.P. really be in love with Angela Patricia Galsworthy, the new girl with the terrific British accent?
By Sara Pennycracker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Clementine is having not so good of a week. On Monday, she’s sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair. Tuesday, Margaret’s mother is mad at her. Wednesday, she’s sent to the principal… again. Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her. Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse. And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her. Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week!
The Broken Bridge
By Philip Pullman
Although she has been raised by her father, sixteen-year-old Ginny has always felt a bond with her mother, a Haitian painter whom she has never known. Like her mother, Ginny is a talented and passionate artist… Then she uncovers some startling news about her mother. Suddenly, her whole life seems like a lie. Desperate and confused, Ginny sets off on an urgent quest to find the truth about her past—and lay claim to her true identity.
By Kevin Henkes
Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice. Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
By Cynthia Rylant
When Daniel’s parents die, he goes to live with his grandfather on a remote gray island off British Columbia. Together they live a lonely life, hardly talking to anyone. But the loneliness lifts from Daniel when he meets a mermaid…
FEATURED BOOK OF THE DAY
D is for Dahl: A Gloriumptious A-Z Guide to the World of Roald Dahl*
Compiled by Wendy Cooling, illustrated by Quentin Blake
This is not a biography! It’s an A to Z collection of facts, trivia, and zany details that bring Roald Dahl and his memorable characters to life… A delicious book to dip into, full of amazing top-secret facts about Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka, The BFG, Charlie Bucket, beards, and lots, lots more.
*I’ve always wanted a copy of this book ever since I saw it online. I finally got a hardcover for only $7. =)