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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682632857
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

This story has all the makings of a classic folktale: fierce friendships, non-stop action, and short, cliff-hanger chapters to keep you right on the edge of your seat!  Chaya is a thief with a heart for justice and she's on the run from the king. She's not only trying to avoid capture, but to survive the unknown jungle alongside her two unlikely companions. It's a story that feels timeless and fresh all at once. And whether it's your next read or your next read-aloud, lower elementary readers are in for a treat!


Review by Claire

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

This is the kind of gentle and lyrical ecotone I wish I could write, and one that everyone on planet Earth should definitely read!  The essays on Fireflies and the Southern Cassowary were my personal favorites, but each animal and anecdote left me with something new: A deep nostalgia for my own mud-caked and grass-coated childhood; An urge to protect the places and creatures that help us find such solace, and to defend the people denied that comfort because of prejudice; A plethora of  Did-you-know's to break out in random conversations and a heightened appreciation for bright colors--the brighter the better! Without a doubt, I will be returning to this collection for the humor, hope, and understanding elicited by Nezhukumatathil's experiences, but also for Fumi Nakamura's original art (which I honestly want to have printed on my walls)!   


Review by Katelynn

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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

Like if George Saunders re-wrote The Monkey Wrench Gang. Only, you know, better. 



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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616205607
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 5th, 2019

I love this book because Louv doesn’t lecture the reader. The focus is not on what we might be doing wrong, but on all the ways humans and other animals have done well together—and why. It covers childhood pets, wild encounters, studies of our mutual makeup, ways of communicating, and more! If anything, this combination of diverse anecdotes and research encourages awe  and open observation when we connect with nature, and an acknowledgement of the benefits therein. 


Review by Katelynn

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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538745823
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

Is it absurd to use a domesticated crow and his blood hound sidekick to tell the story of a zombie apocalypse? Or just absurd that no one has ever thought to create such a hilariously profane avian hero, in the midst of an identity crisis and spurred on by a love for Cheetos? Either way, "Hollow Kingdom" is a glorious Seattle receptacle where the movie “Zombieland” and the book “The Truth About Animals” are tossed together with the anthropomorphized voices of the urban animal kingdom. Now, my only hope is that this clever cast of characters will rescue my cat when I succumb to the pull of my phone and the audiobook read in the many voices of Robert Petkoff.


Review by Katelynn

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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

We are the duck and the mouse, the wolf is artificial scarcity resulting in desperate poverty, and the hunter is capitalism.

Give your child the gift of fun as revolutionary praxis this holiday season!


Review by Anje

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Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780544577831
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Mariner Books - July 18th, 2017

Nicole Georges' workds speak straight to the soul, and especially so in Fetch, her new graphic memoir about a misbehaving dog that she rescued at 16 and who, in turn, rescued her over the next 15 years. Extremely heartfelt and moving, Fetch is an empathetically told tale that all dog-lovers can respect and find comfort in.



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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596434028
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

A delightful and thoughtful story where animals take care of their zookeeper for a change. Being confined to bed would certainly be more bearable if you had many four-legged and feathered friends to look after you! This book's lovely drawings demonstrate what true friendship looks like. 



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I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

It's a rare thing indeed when both child and adult alike can enjoy an illustrated book over and over again.

This is one of those books.