Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Good Morning, Neighbor Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Maria Dek (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616896997
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 4th, 2018

A merry band of forest animals pool their supplies for a giant cake in this colorful, quirky picture book. When a mouse wakes up craving an omelet, he realizes he doesn’t have an egg. “Good Morning, Neighbor” (Princeton Architectural, $17.95), he says, as he asks the blackbird if he can borrow one. The blackbird doesn’t have an egg, but he does have flour--“With an egg, we could make a cake!” The animals go from door to door in their forest neighborhood, collecting supplies and friends along the way. Davide Cali’s rhythmic, deadpan humor makes this a perfect read-aloud. Maria Dek’s lush, textured illustrations draw attention to the things that make common forest creatures so absurd and wonderful—a dormouse’s enormous eyes, a mole’s star-shaped, tendrilled nose. Readers of all ages will adore this unique celebration of the power of working together. Ages 3-7. Elli Bloomberg.

Blast from the Past
Stone Soup Cover Image
By Marcia Brown, Marcia Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689711039
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Published: Aladdin - August 1st, 1997

Three hungry soldiers wander into a French village, hoping to find something to eat. The peasants they meet there are thrifty, and weary of sharing what little food they have. But the soldiers won't be cowed. In a gallant act of trickery, they dupe the villagers into contributing bits of food to their "stone soup" recipe, which ends up feeding every single hungry person. Children will love being in on the soldiers' joke and feeling wiser than the curmudgeonly older townspeople. Marcia Brown's Stone Soup (Aladdin, $7.99) is a classic retelling of a folktale, rich with dramatic irony and bursting with simple yet bold illustrations and sneaky laughs. It is a quirky and jubilant reminder of the joys of community. Ages 4-7. Colette Whitney.

YA Pick
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Cover Image
By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436237
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Published: First Second - April 2nd, 2013

Growing up, Lucy Knisley was surrounded by chefs, bakers, and gourmands, a childhood that gave her an adventurous appetite. She illuminates each stage of her life in this graphic memoir with vibrant illustrations, relatable text, and the one recipe that most exemplifies who she was at that moment in time. With her secret to the best ever chocolate chip cookies, the steps to making the most exquisite bowl of sautéed mushrooms, and a carbonara recipe that will have every reader running to the kitchen, she reminds us that food can offer us so much more than simply survival. Reading Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (First Second, $17.99) is a nostalgic and homey experience, but also one that challenges readers to venture outside their comfort zones—both in the kitchen and in life. Ages 12 and up. Colette Whitney.