Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

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

For review:

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares. Unpgd. Candlewick Press, 

Publisher synopsis: Separation and miles cannot keep a determined cardinal from his loved one in an ode to serendipity and belief that is destined to be a new Christmas classic.

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . . From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht. Illustrated by Jarvis. Unpgd. Candlewick Press, September, 2017. 9780763695712.

Publisher synopsis: A festive read-aloud brimming with all the joy and excitement of Christmastime — beginning, of course, with picking out a tree!

Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. With style and warmth, debut author Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, evoke all the rituals of decorating the tree — digging out boxes jam-packed with ornaments and tree trimmings, stringing tinsel, and, at long last, turning on those twinkling lights. Joyously drawn 

Traveling the Blue Road: poems of the sea collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Illustrated by Bob Hansman and Jovan Hansman. unpaged. Sea Grass Press/ Quarto, October 17, 2017. 9781633222762.

Publisher synopsis: Gorgeous illustrations surround a collection of poetry written for children about the courage, beauty, and promise of sea voyages. Compiled and edited by award-winning poet Lee Bennett Hopkins, the poems describe how the sea has historically shone as a metaphor for hope and despair and served as a pathway for people searching for new life, including poems about the pilgrims coming to the New World, the Mariel boatlift, the Vietnamese boat people, a Dutch slave ship, the current migration situation in the Mediterranean, and the voyage of the St. Louis.

I have coveted this one ever since viewing a couple of pdf printouts from the book at the July publisher preview at Quarto. Thanks Michelle!


After the Fall by Dan Santat. unpgd. Roaring Brook Press, October, 2017. 9781250179371.

Publisher synopsis: From the New York Times–bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall—that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

I adore this man and his work. He just keeps getting better.

That's what's new with me. What's new with you?


  1. After the Fall looks interesting. Hope you have a great weekend. - Katie

  2. All the books are giving Christmas feels :D I hope you enjoy all your books. Happy reading :)

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  3. You got some interesting reads this week. Hope you enjoy them!

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  4. Erk, is it Christmas season already?! Sometimes I feel like I'm not over last year yet! Haha. Hope you enjoy the new books!

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  5. Oooh! Some nice picture books there! I hope you enjoy them all!

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  6. Red and Lulu looks so cute. I love it!

  7. Pick a Pine Tree looks so cute. I will have to look for that one. Happy reading.

  8. Love all the covers of your haul! Hope you enjoy reading them all!
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  9. Enjoy your new books and happy reading. 😁❤️