Every Sunday, we share the books that we have hunted down during the past week or so – the titles that have spoken to us from the library bookshelves, or those which called out to us from bargain bookstores. And as we have just recently launched our Oddballs and Misfits, the Surreal and the Peculiar bimonthly theme until the end of April, our book hunting posts have something to do with strange reading materials, similar to the ones I have on spread here.
I don’t think we could possibly conclude our Oddballs and Misfits theme without featuring at least one Bradbury story. These are collections of Ray Bradbury’s most celebrated tales. I have no illusion that I would be able to finish both in the next two months: Bradbury Stories: 100 of his Most Celebrated Tales and A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories. I was thinking though that I could share just snippets of a few titles such as the famous A Sound of Thunder short story and The Illustrated Man. We shall see how this goes.
I am a huge fan of Tomi Ungerer’s strange artworks and narrative. I am also glad to find his autobiography - Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis and one of his picture books Adelaide: The Flying Kangaroo.
Graphic Novel and a Newbery Medalist
My daughter was able to finish reading the graphic novel version of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson in less than a week. I also looked through a few of the pages, and I thought that I could find a way to fit this in our current theme. I am also excited to have my daughter read Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal.
Beatrix Potter, Bookmobile, and Moon Man
These three books also called out to me from the library shelves. I have always been intrigued by Beatrix Potter and so I jumped at the chance of reading The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit. I meant to share The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffeneger during our books about books bimonthly theme, but I have a feeling it would be perfect for the current one as well. The Man in the Moon by William Joyce, I have a feeling, is a must-read. Joyce won an Oscar Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
I was able to finish reading Books 1-11 of The 39 series, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have a copy of The Black Book of Buried Secrets. At 2 dollars and 50 cents, you can’t possibly beat that price.
I have a collection of Philip Pullman’s novels and this one is quite unfamiliar to me: Count Karlstein. I also own Howl’s Moving Castle (book one of the series) and I already have House of Many Ways (book three), thus I am excited to find Dianna Wynne Jones’ second book in this series Castle in the Air.
Rarely do I find good poetry books in Bras Basah, so when I saw this one The Kingfisher Book of Children’s Poetry especially selected by Michael Rosen and such a wonderful cover to boot, I knew I had to buy it.
Fantabulous Book Find
This seems to be a mighty interesting book written by C. S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters. The book cover and the title alone enough are enough to intrigue me – makes me think this is a rare find as well.