Friday, September 28, 2018

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

There are all sorts of wonderful things a person might see very early in the morning…And if you are very, very lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the girl and her Sweep.

Look! Here they are now, approaching through the early fog: a thin man with a long broom over one shoulder, the end bobbing up and down with every step. And trailing behind him, pail in hand, a little girl, who loves that man more than anything in the world.

Welcome to Victorian London, where “climbing boys,” or orphans hired by chimney sweeps, fit in narrow spots, cleaning soot out of the chimneys on both sides of the Thames.
In Jonathan Auxier’s middle grade novel, Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, the reader is introduced one such climber, young Nan Sparrow, who works for the horrible Wilkie Crudd. Nan is Master Crudd’s best climber, and she’s better than the boys. But when a dangerous climb through a chimney goes wrong, and Nan narrowly escapes with her life, she finds it’s a piece of charred clump of soot that she keeps in her pocket that saves her. Except, when it saves Nan from burning, it is no longer a small and insignificant piece of charcoal, but the soot has come to life—a golem. The golem—called Charlie—and Nan, must navigate chimneys on their own, hiding out in the so-said to be haunted House of 100 Chimneys, befriending the mudlark Toby Squall, the young boy searching for treasure to peddle in the banks of the Thames, and his rat, Prospero. Together, they will search for the clues leading them to Nan’s original Sweep, who disappeared when she was very young.

In a wondrous story that sweeps you off your feet, do not miss Jonathan Auxier’s newest novel for young readers. If you take the magic of Mary Poppins, throw in a dash of Dickens, add the heart of Nan Sparrow, then you have an original story of friendship, hope, and magic. Then you have Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster.

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T. Rex Time Machine by Jared Chapman

Two hungry T. Rex Dinosaurs?

A time machine?

What could possibly go wrong??

When two hungry dinosaurs travel from the age of the dinosaurs to the future in a time machine, the time machine lands in the drive through lane of a fast-food restaurant called “Burger Town.” The dinosaurs are amazed by all the food that can be found everywhere! As they chorus: “THE FOOD COMES TO US!” The T. Rexes go on a jaunt around town, scaring the townspeople (unintentionally) while eating everything from pizza to noodles. When the police show up to arrest the dinosaurs, they scatter, running through a donut festival and back to the “magic egg,” (aka, the time machine). While inside the time machine, they can’t figure out a way to travel back to their own time, and the green dinosaur wails, “I didn’t get a donut!” What they don’t know is that the time machine is voice activated. The time machine says, “I didn’t quite get that. Did you say… ‘I want to dance with King Tut’?”

Do the dinosaurs make it home? Or are the great pyramids in their future…

T. Rex Time Machine by author/illustrator Jared Chapman is a hilarious picture book that will leave you hungry for french fries and donuts--and more dinosaur adventures! Jared Chapman’s illustrations are eye-catching and the humor is for children and adult readers alike. Some of Chpaman’s clients include Walt Disney Television Animation, Nick Jr., Nike, McSweeney’s, Hallmark, Jib Jab, and Mudpuppy.

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Jared Chapman travels to Lemuria Bookstore...joined by a time-traveling T. Rex

Friday, September 7, 2018

Food Hide and Sneak by Bastien Contraire

Bastien Contraire’s Hide and Sneak series of board books has a new addition: Food Hide and Sneak! Illustrated in bright shades of watermelon pink and watermelon-rind green, each page has a hidden secret. A visual game of hide and seek for babies and toddlers, on every page, Contraire sneaks in an item that “does not belong.” Perhaps there’s a sneaky umbrella hiding in a line-up of ice cream cones, or a ladybug hiding among rows of fruit. With its clean layout and stylistic design, you’ll be looking twice to find the item that’s hiding sneakily among its counterparts. A great first book for toddlers learning to read visual differences in illustrations.

Don’t miss Bastien Contraire’s other books in this series!

Undercover: One of these Things is Almost Like the Others

Vehicles Hide and Sneak

Animals Hide and Sneak