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December 2011 Archives

Books for kids

Posted by Stephanie Domet

Can you tell we're constant readers here on Mainstreet? We're awash in book recommendations for the season. On Thursday's show, Suzy MacLean from Woozles Children's bookstore in Halifax and Darcy Johns from the Cole Harbour Library dropped by to bring our attention to these great books:
- Roadworks, by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock
-Picture a Tree, by Barbara Reid
-I Want My Hat Back - by Jon Klassen
 -Binky the Space Cat, by Ashley Spires
-Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts, by National Geographic
-That Fatal Night: the Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton, by Sarah Ellis
-Blizzard of Glass, by Sally Warner
-Divergent, by Veronica Roth
I just started reading Divergent last night, and I am hooked!


Speaking Volumes recommends...

Posted by Stephanie Domet

Our on-air book club, Speaking Volumes, dropped by yesterday with some books to put on your list for giving -- or getting!

Among their recommendations:

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

Atlantic, by Simon Winchester (and in fact anything by Simon Winchester)

The Amazing Foot Race of 1921: Halifax to Vancouver in 134 Days, by Shirley Jean Roll Tucker

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, by Sylvia Nasar

The Last Colonial: Curious Adventures & Stories from a Vanishing World, by Christopher Ondaatje

Fireside Al's Treasury of Christmas Stories with CD, by Alan Maitland

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours, by Regina Brett

Be sure to tune in today to hear some great recommendations for the young readers on your list!

Children's Book Reviews

Posted by Dean Gallant

Every now and then, Mainstreet's Alex Mason pops into the studio to talk about a children's book that's become a hit at his house. And we've compiled all the reviews on this blog, in case you're looking for gift ideas for the children in your life. We'll also be talking about the benefits of reading to children over the next week or so, on Mainstreet.

Here are the books he's talked about on air:

Everybody Was A Baby Once And Other Poems
by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman, published by Candlewick Press
(Alex's judgement: hit and miss)
Everybody was a Baby Once

Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion Books
(Alex's judgement: so funny he embarrassed himself in the book store;
Poppy's judgement: stop trying to make me spell things, and just read to me!)

Can I play too?

Pumpkin People
by Sandra And Ron Lightburn, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: great illustrations, delightful to read again and again)
Pumpkin People

The City Speaks in Drums
by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Susan Tooke, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: fun to read and visit the places illustrated in the book)

Mabel Murple

by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: a timeless delight with energetic new illustrations)
The City Speaks in Drums

City Dog, Country Frog
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J Muth, published by Hyperion
(Alex's judgement: beautiful and touching)

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus

by Mo Willems
(Alex's judgement: good ol' crazy fun)

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

by Mo Willems
(Alex's judgement: gets a little laborious after many many reads - the original Knuffle Bunny is a better book)

The Quiet Book & The Loud Book
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska, published by Houghton Mifflin
(Alex's judgement: delightful)

When I'm Feeling Scared

by Trace Maroney, published by Five Mile Press
(Alex's judgement: painful, even on the first read)
Quiet Book

Possum Come A-Knockin'
by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by George Booth, published by Dragonfly Books
(Alex's judgement: amazing!)

Three Little Cajun Pigs

by Mike Artell, illustrated by Jim Harris, published by Dial Books For Young Readers
(Alex's judgement: really fun, especially if you have Acadian inlaws)

Possum Come

A Bad Kitty Christmas
by Nick Bruel, published by Roaring Brook press
(Alex's judgement: charmingly naughty)

Look At That Building!: A First Book of Structures
by Scot Ritchie, published by Kids Can press
(Alex's judgement: no character development, and not much of a plot, but a favourite anyway)

A Bad Kitty

Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
selected by Michael Rosen, pictures by Paul Howard, published by Candlewick Press
(Alex's judgement: a wealth of great poems for any age, and a bargain)

The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart Clark, published by Oxford University Press
(Alex's judgement: another bargain, but some darker content you might not want to read to young children)

Poetry Collections