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Dangerously but always relevant and readable, Prose is at her best when writing satire. Inhabiting the minds of various players in a threadbare theater production, Mister Monkey skewers perceptions of artistic "quality" while broadly and masterfully lampooning ambition and its ensuing anxieties.

An engaging, seemingly frothy story far sharper than its lightheartedness would lead the reader to believe.

Picked by Wesley

A stellar concept book for little ones, Rhymoceros introduces rhymes in a cheeky and easy-to-decode format. By adding variations to the same basic animal shape - one rhino encounters a "shower" while another holds a "flower" - coat maintains a balance between predictable and new clues that help kids visually grasp the rhyming pair. And even though big for a board book, Rhymoceros still fits well in little hands and laps!

Picked by Niki
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By Ed Galing, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

Ed Galing was a prolific poet, a native of Nashville, and oftentimes, homeless. He was a frequent contributor to the local paper that is written and distributed by currently and formerly homeless people. When the Steads came across his poem, "Tony," on a trip to Tennessee, they were so stuck by its simplicity and beauty, they knew they had to illustrate it. This book is Erin Stead's homage to that poem. This quiet scene takes place in the cool and shadowy hours before sunup. A man and his horse deliver milk and eggs. A neighbor greets them and gives the horse a pat. The hushed moment is perfectly expressed by Erin's wood prints. The words come alive. You can faintly hear the clomp of hooves and the clink of milk bottles. Sublime

Picked by Nicole

Sentenced to live out his days as a Former Person in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov resolves to make the best of his reduced circumstances. With unparalleled charm, he moves through three decades, befriending staff, guests, and foreign journalists, always the gentleman. Fans of Helen Simonson will enjoy the count's quick wit and the minutiae of his days. 

Picked by Emily A.

Masha answers and ad in the newspaper to be Baba Yaga's assistant but must complete three seemingly impossible tasks before she officially gets the job. With help from the memory of her grandmother, a few plucky Matryoshka dolls, and her own fairy tale expertise, Masha approaches each task with with and confidence. For fans of strong female protagonists, exquisite art, folk tales, and scary stories alike! 

Picked by Niki

After Will's brother Shawn was shot and killed, Will knows that the rules of his neighborhood dictate that he must exact revenge on his brother's murderer. As Will takes the elevator down to complete his deadly task, a victim of gun violence from his past boards the elevator at each floor. Reynolds, who might be YA literature's modern-day Shakespeare, crafts a masterful verse novel that readers will read quickly but ponder deeply, especially after the powerful final line. 

Picked by Niki

This graphic novel from the excellent Faith Erin Hicks has everything you want from an adventure story: lots of high-octane action, and embroiled conflict, political intrigue, and a compelling cast of diverse characters. Despite the tensions between the Dao conquerer currently occupying the City and the city natives, and unlikely friendship develops between Kaidu, a Dao soldier-in-training an Rat, an intellectually and physically agile city inhabitant. Together they begin to uncover the City's vast secrets!

Picked by Niki

In this twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Holmes' intrepid housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, joins forces with Mary Watson (wife of the good doctor) to solve a case the Great Detective has turned away. With appearances by your favorite supporting characters and a clever and compelling plot, you'll be hoping this is a start of a promising series. 

Picked by Deborah

Mothers an daughters and daughters of daughters. This intricate memoir explores generations of women and their complex and intricate relationship with on another. Above all though, it's about the fallibility of memory. How conflicting memories and perceptions of events can produce trauma that lasts for generations. And what it means fora story to be real. 

Picked by Courtney