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I read in a whole range of genres from science fiction and fantasy to crafting and children's books so there should be something for everyone here!
The point of this blog is to just put the word out concerning good books. As a bookseller for Barnes & Noble, we get to recommend books to our customers, often ending with happy readers. So I'm just doing here what I do at work; getting the word out on good books for people to enjoy.
New books are posted every Saturday, occasionally with a more in-depth Epinions review. Likewise, since I'm a music junkie, I include a little note about what I currently have playing in my playlist (don't worry, my music tastes range just as widely as my book lust).
From time to time, recommendations are punctuated by what I'm currently reading or what I've just finished, giving you even more insight into what we booksellers read.
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and pluck out a book you'd like to read, because today begins my ever-lasting love affair with books.
I am an author, I sell books for a living, and I love music like there's no tomorrow. I've experienced much of this country, from forested hills of the East, to the golden plains of the Midwest, the sandy beaches of the Southeast, and the oh-so-majestic mountains of the Rockies. And when all else fails, eat chocolate.
illustrations and a simple, sweet story.
The Bottom Line:
Bear is about to go to sleep, but will anyone hear his story first?
I love being the Lead in the kids’ section of the
bookstore. As adults we don’t ever have
a reason to wander in there and look at all the cool stuff kids get to look at
and read these days. Like this picture
This book is soft, simple, and perfect for putting little ones to bed. If you have ever read A Sick Day for Amos McGee (a Caldecott winner, by the way), then this book is right up your alley. That is because it's written and illustrated by the same team.
Bear is about to go to sleep for a long time during
winter. But first he has a story he
wants to tell. He goes to the different
animals of the forest to see if they want to hear his story. Sadly, most of them are too busy getting
ready for winter themselves, so Bear does what he can to help and moves
on. Will Bear find someone to listen or
will he have to wait until spring to tell his story?
Bear is very sweet and helps out each little
animal when necessary, from making a hole for Frog to sleep in to helping Mouse
find seeds. When Bear wakes up readers
will wonder what his story is and whether or not everyone will be awake and
ready to listen. But I won't spoil that for you.
The illustrations were done by Erin Stead and they are soft
and very adorable. Duck and Mouse and
all the other creatures are so little compared to Bear. I love how such simple children's illustrations can convey different things so well. How gentle bear is when helping mouse. The colors are perfect for fall and they
evoke a sense of slow quietness – especially in the picture when the first snow
begins to fall and Bear stands alone under the sky, sleepy and still looking to tell his
story. It takes up both pages and fills
you with that unique feeling you get when it’s you standing outside in a wide
open space just as snow begins to fall.
It actually made me a bit sad for Bear because no one was able to listen
to him. Awwww!
Erin Stead’s illustrations are a skillful combination of
watercolor and pencil, and as usual I’m infinitely impressed by anyone who
knows how to wield watercolors. They’re
perfect for the overall tone of the story.
If you enjoyed A Sick Day for Amos McGee, have a little one
who loves bears, or are in need of a sleepytime or seasonal book, then this is
the ideal choice. The ending is an interesting little surprise, but some (like myself) will always wonder just what story it was that bear intended to tell...
Notes from the playlist: "Coventry Carol" by Lifescapes