Saturday, December 20, 2014

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

StS is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got this week.

For review:

Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings. 112 p. Egmont USA, January 6, 2015. 9781606845967. 

Publisher synopsis: A popular middle-grade writer moves to chapter books with this humorous tale about a cat that makes Grumpy Cat seem cheerful. Perfect for fans of Geronimo Stilton and Dog Diaries.
Hissy Fitz lives with some two-legged creatures who are destined to serve him in every possible way and understand his every whim. Sadly, these creatures are sorely lacking in their skills. For one thing—they touch him when they want to touch him. Don't they know that the two-legged are there for him to touch when he wants to—meaning when he wants food? Petting wakes him up! They speak to him—don't they know the two-legged should be seen—so Hissy knows where to order food—and not heard?! It's becoming intolerable. What is this irascible cat to do?

Emmanuel's Dream: the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls. 40 p. Random House Children's Books, January 6, 2015. 9780449817445.

Publisher synopsis: Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.
Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity.
Includes an author's note with more information about Emmanuel's charity.

Astrotwins: Project Blastoff by Mark Kelly with Martha Freeman. 201 p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Paula Wiseman Books, March 24, 2015. 9781481415453.

Publisher synopsis: A team of middle schoolers prepares for blastoff in this adventure from the author of the New York Times bestsellingMousetronaut, based on the childhoods of real-life astronauts Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott.
It’s a long, hot summer and Scott and Mark are in big trouble for taking apart (aka destroying) their dad’s calculator. As a punishment, they’re sent to their grandfather’s house, where there’s no TV and they have to do chores. And Grandpa is less tolerant of the twins’ constant bickering. “Why don’t you two work together on something constructive. What if you built a go-kart or something?” Grandpa suggests.
But it’s not a go-kart the twins are interested in. They want to build a rocket. With the help of Jenny, nicknamed Egg, and a crew of can-do kids, they set out to build a real rocket that will blast off and orbit the Earth. The question soon becomes: which twin will get to be the astronaut?

That's what's new with me. What's new with you? Leave a link in the comments section.


  1. Unique books! New to me! Enjoy! Happy Reading & Happy Holidays!

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  2. Ooh, these look fabulous! I don't review kids books or anything but I do love reading them to my nieces and nephews. It's fabulous to get them converted to being little bookworms already. I love that style of illustration on Emmanuel's Dream!
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