Colouring, aliens, hangovers and endurance

May 9 Books

Just a little delivery again today – this one contains lots of opportunity for colouring! Starting off the pack is:

– “Maisy’s Placemat Doodle Book” by Lucy Collins
Color, doodle, and draw until mealtime with Maisy and friends! An irresistible book of pull-out placemats.

Is a small person you know impatient for dinner? No worries — Maisy has plenty to keep kids busy while they wait! Just grab some crayons or markers and pull out one of the fifty-two placemats inside. Maisy fans will be delighted as they help Maisy draw a fruit salad, create a flashy design on her tablecloth, draw a yummy meal on her plate, decorate fancy cupcakes, color a tomato-soup mess on Panda’s face, and so much more.

– “Creative Haven Steampunk Devices Coloring Book” by Jeremy Elder
Buzzing with steampunk energy, these mashups of the mechanical and organic worlds present curious machines to color. More than 30 original designs offer imaginative visions of flying machines, locomotives, submarines, watches, spectacles, and other curious contraptions. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Steampunk Devices and other Creative Haven® coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment.

– “Creative Haven Awesome Animal Designs Coloring Book” by Kelly A. Baker & Robin J. Baker
Whimsical and wild, these 31 full-page illustrations feature dreamlike scenarios of fantastic creatures. Colorists of all ages will appreciate a lively landscape of cartoon dogs, a portrait of a frog prince amid his leaping court, fanciful scenes of flamingos, peacocks, and parrots, and other imaginative designs. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only.

– “Olivia and Her Alien Brother” by Maggie Testa
Is Olivia’s little brother really an alien from space? Find out in this storybook based on a popular episode.
After visiting the planetarium, Olivia suspects that her brother, Ian, is actually a space alien, sent to Earth to rid the planet of big sisters! Can Olivia stop her alien brother’s evil plan?

– “Hungoevr Cookbook” by Milton Crawford
Everything you need to know to assess, understand, and improve a hangover is here: dozens of comforting recipes, very clever graphic tests for analyzing your state of mind, and quizzes for tracking your progress.

A good hangover brings its victim to a new state of mind—and one that, when looked at objectively, can be quite fascinating to its host: It can create an increased awareness of the body, a willingness to eat something usually off limits, and a fascination with the mind’s strange acrobatics. With P. G. Wodehouse’s six hangovers—The Broken Compass, The Sewing Machine, The Comet, The Atomic, The Cement Mixer, and The Gremlin Boogie—as a starting point, recipes are tailored to each specific malady, allowing the reader to find a recipe (or just a menu item) that precisely suits his state of mind . . . and body. Interspersed with the recipes are mind games, witticisms and graphic jokes, insights into hangover science, quizzes to see if you are still drunk or now just merely hungover, and more.

– “I Was There the Night He Died” by Ray Robertson
“So,” she says. Who died tonight?”

Sam Samson, meet Samantha. Sam’s a novelist: his dad has Alzheimer’s, his mother died of stroke, his wife was killed seventeen months ago in a car crash. Samantha, eighteen, is a cutter. She lives across the street from Sam’s parents’ house. Marijuana and loneliness spark an unlikely friendship, which Sam finds hard to navigate, especially as his dad’s condition worsens and the money for his care suddenly vanishes. Yet somehow, between a record player and a park bench, through late-night conversations about the deaths of Sam’s musical heroes, and ultimately through each other, Sam and Samantha learn to endure the things they fear most.

Starring a 40-something writer who stumbles through the small town he thought he’d left behind forever, and a marooned teenager who wishes she were anywhere else, I Was There The Night He Died is a saucy, swaggering look at loss, love, and the redeeming power of music in the twenty-first century.

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