John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien - Caroline McAlister, Eliza Wheeler

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Before he dreamt of hobbits, made-up languages, or the “One Ring to rule them all,” J.R.R. Tolkien was a young boy enchanted by dragons. John Ronald’s Dragons (Roaring Brook, $18.99) soared through the skies, belched flame, and hoarded treasures. Author Caroline McAlister locates Tolkien’s fascination with the mythical beasts in his early childhood and traces its development throughout his life until it bore fruit in The Hobbit’s very own dragon, Smaug. Eliza Wheeler’s illustrations honor John Ronald’s first love with a hidden dragon-like character on every page. Ages 6-9.


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By Caroline McAlister, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626720923
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 21st, 2017

The Darkest Dark - Chris Hadfield, Kate Fillion, The Fan Brothers

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Little Chris loves imagining himself in a rocket on his way to Mars, exploring space. But as brave an explorer as he is in his daydreams, Chris is afraid of the dark that surrounds him at bedtime. Only when he watches the 1969 moon landing does he realize that outer space is The Darkest Dark (Little, Brown, $17.99), and that amazing discoveries await him in that infinite obscurity. Astronaut Chris Hadfield movingly shares his own story with the help of accomplished children’s author Kate Fillion, and shows that sometimes, all you need to vanquish your fears is a new perspective. The Fan Brothers use a highly detailed, almost photographic style in their graphite illustrations that flawlessly matches the nature of the text. Ages 5-8.

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By Chris Hadfield, Kate Fillion (With), The Fan Brothers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316394727
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

The Sound of Silence - Katrina Goldsaito, Julia Kuo

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Yoshio is walking through Tokyo on his way to school when he comes across an elderly woman playing the koto, a Japanese stringed instrument. When he asks what her favorite sound is, she replies that it is The Sound of Silence (Little, Brown, $17.99). Katrina Goldsaito’s text tracks Yoshio as he searches for this silence all day long amidst the bustling Tokyo streets, where thoughtfully placed bursts of color accentuate Julia Kuo’s evocative pen-and-ink drawings. After a day of searching, Yoshio discovers that silence, or ma, exists in and around all the other sounds, and he, too, comes to appreciate its value. Ages 6-8.

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By Katrina Goldsaito, Julia Kuo (By (artist))
ISBN: 9780316203371
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016