May, 2016

Northeast Fruit & Vegetable Gardening by Charlie Nardozzi

From  This easy-to-follow guide features:
Planting, care, and harvesting information for more than 60 fruits and vegetables
Popular vegetable selections from arugula to winter squash
A variety of common and unusual fruits, nuts, and herbs
Advice on garden design, building the soil, storing and preserving your harvest, and more
Northeasterners pride themselves on the ethics of self-sufficiency and frugality. Perhaps that’s why more are planting their own food gardens than ever before. It helps ensure the produce you’re eating is safe, fresh, and healthy. It’s a win-win!

Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass by Mary Beth Beuke

The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass is the only book on the topic that will be needed and comes from a lifetime collector who shares her twenty-some years of beachcombing to show how to understand, collect, identify and use sea glass. From understanding glass colors and possible origins to the history of sea glass from history and modern collectors and how they are used, this blends a coffee-table presentation with full-page color art with a lovely, artistic discussion that will appeal to artists, nature buffs and collectors alike. The result is a highly recommended guide for any sea glass enthusiast.” —Midwest Book Review

Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee

“Many kitchen decorating books focus on remodeling the space. Here Lee, interiors editor for The Times Magazine in London and author ofHomes from Home, shows how to combine vintage finds with new products to decorate a kitchen. In 300-plus color photographs retro, country, white-on-white, and utilitarian styles are on display. For each there are examples of sleek modern designs, such as a uncluttered country look, with others presenting kitchens that contain a full display of the flea market finds. Lee then focuses on furniture, surfaces, and cabinets that enhance the theme with advice on storage and cooking utensils. VERDICT: The variety of styles makes this book an inspiring choice for those looking for ideas on decorating kitchens.” - Library Journal

Spinning and Dyeing Yarn by Ashley Martineau

“Loving wool and all its needleworking implications, such as crocheting and knitting, doesn’t necessarily add up to a love for its cousin, spinning. ‘It’s costly,’ say the nay-sayers. ‘Requires too much equipment and knowledge,’ insist others. Answering all these negative reactions with an updated, easy-to-use manual is British crafter and author Martineau. Her approach is simple. She streamlines the information and shows critical instructions – dyeing, using different spindles. And finishing the yarn – in colorful step-by-step photographs. Basic troubleshooting tips demystify and solve common issues. Plus, her response to equipment expense is to make your own. A separate section on selling handmade yarn, with tips on photography, shipping, handling, and managing online sales gives even rank amateurs a chance to aspire to turning pro.” – Booklist

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3—Henry loves books. In fact, he literally devours them. And the more he eats, the smarter he gets. When he starts eating too many too fast, he can no longer digest them, and their contents get all mixed up. The simple cartoon illustrations twinkle with humor and feeling. Done in paint and pencil on smart backdrops—pages from old books—the pictures set the stage for the quirky story. When forced to give up eating his favorite volumes, Henry eventually learns to enjoy reading them. However, an actual bite taken out of the back cover suggests he still succumbs to the occasional indulgence. This well-done package will charm its audience. The snappy text works well for reading aloud, but older children will enjoy exploring the subtle details hidden in the illustrations and backgrounds.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Made in Mexico by Peter Laufer

“I learned to play guitar on an instrument made in Paracho, Mexico.  This lovely book with its charming illustrations is a fitting tribute to the town and the culture that produces these fine-sounding instruments.”  Linda Ronstadt

LaRue For Mayor by Mark Teague

From  Those familiar with this wonderfully hilarious series will be familiar with the very effective format that Mark Teague has used in the past and has pretty well perfected in this third installment of the Adventures of Ike LaRue. If you are a dog person, or an animal person, for that matter, you will instantly recognize our own dog or a dog you have known in the antics of Ike.

Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

From Publishers Weekly

Scieszka and Smith, creators of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, turn their attention away from fairy tales to reinvent the fable, thinly disguising sage bits of advice as pithy morals. Foxes and grapes are too pedestrian for these veteran absurdists, who tackle boastfulness in “Duckbilled Platypus vs. BeefSnakStikR” and who denounce vanity in the story of a skateboarding frog. Unusual characters notwithstanding, each piece highlights an everyday, modern situation in the manner of Aesop’s classics.

Nacho and Lolita by Pam Munoz Ryan

From Booklist

Gr. 1-3. If you think Jeanne Willis’ Tadpole’s Promise (2005), in which a romantically involved tadpole and caterpillar metamorphose into predator and prey, is too much of a downer, here’s a happier interspecies romance–one that puts magical flourishes on a Mexican folktale Ryan heard from her grandmother. Nacho is a pitacoche bird that “carries all the colors of the world in his feathers,” but he longs for a companion. Then he meets a migratory swallow named Lolita, and ooh-la-la! He cannot fly well enough to return with her to South America, so he converts his enchanted feathers into bright flowers that cloak the landscape and guide the returning Lolita back to his side. Although the seams between truthful animal behavior and anthropomorphic fantasy seem a bit rough, Ryan’s cozy storytelling will draw listeners close, and the Colombian-born illustrator cleverly exploits the contrast between the drought-scarred backdrops and Nacho’s brilliance to achieve a vibrancy that is unusual in colored-pencil illustrations. A fanciful, broadly appealing affirmation of the transforming power of love. Jennifer Mattson
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Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–What is the use of one green sock? That is the central question asked (and very satisfactorily answered) here. When an intrepid young bird finds and sports her verdant treasure, she is teased by the nefarious feline brothers, Tom and Tim. Their limited imaginations can only conceive of socks in pairs. Lizette’s rodent pal, Bert, envisions another use for the footwear, proudly modeling the cap concept. More teasing, a caring mother, and a fishy friend add interest to this celebration of the ordinary–and of friendship. Valckx’s droll caricatures, executed in watercolor, are brimming with personality. Adept at understatement, the illustrator uses spare backgrounds and strong outlines to convey a mood in a minimum of strokes: dejected shoulders, a wilted flower, a coquettish kerchief on Mama speak volumes. Pair this with Kristine O’Connell George’s One Mitten (Clarion, 2004) or other favorite tales of creativity.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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