Monster load of new books!

New Books - Nov 6

Last week, we were bringing in bits and pieces to the book side, but look at the load we got today! So much goodness. This round, we’re mainly stocking up on our youth section. Keep checking back, as we’ll be tackling the baby/children section next and bringing in some fresh stock for our youngest customers.

– “Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen” by Zoe Nathan
Everything in generosity is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica’s favorite neighborhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes and more than 150 color photographs, including how-to sequences for mastering basics such as flaky dough and lining a cake pan. Huckleberry’s recipes span from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche). True to the healthful spirit of Los Angeles, these recipes feature whole-grain flours, sesame and flax seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural sugars, and gluten-free and vegan options–and they always lead with deliciousness. For bakers and all-day brunchers, Huckleberry will become the cookbook to reach for whenever the craving for big flavor strikes.

– “Frozen: An Amazing Snowman” by Barbara Jean Hicks
Featuring Olaf, the happy-go-lucky comic relief of Disney’s Frozen, this humorous tale of what it means to dream is told in verse and features charming illustrations.

– “Say Hello to Zorro!” by Carter Goodrich
Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule.

Then disaster strikes.

A stranger comes home at “make a fuss time” and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like chasing the cat and napping), everything becomes more fun. As long as everyone follows the schedule.

– “Zorro Gets an Outfit” by Carter Goodrich
Fashion goes to the dogs in this lovable follow-up to “Say Hello to Zorro!”

Mister Bud and Zorro get along just great. They wake up together, have walk time together, and take naps together. But something is about to interrupt their schedule: Zorro has to wear a fancy outfit.

Zorro is embarrassed, mortified, aghast. Mr. Bud tries to cheer him up, but nothing works. Everyone makes fun of Zorro, and he refuses to participate in chew-on-a-stick time. Mister Bud doesn’t know what to do.

But when another dog, a “very cool” dog shows up in an outfit and does amazing tricks and beats all the other dogs in a race, Zorro discovers that wearing clothes might not be so bad after all.

Everything is back on schedule.

– “Creative Haven” colouring books: “Arabic Patterns”, “Asian Tattoo Designs”, “Beautiful Butterfly Designs”, “Floral Tattoo Designs”, “Hamsa Designs”, “In Full Bloom”, and “Skyscapes”

– “Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book” by Aye Jay
With all the fun of a heavy metal parking lot without the beer stains and moshing, this activity book for kids and adults is an entirely new take on the coloring book genre.

– “Pocket Beer Guide 2015: The World’s Best Craft and Traditional Beers” by Stephen Beaumont & Tim Webb
The definitive and most up-to-date guide to the world’s best beers. Collaborators Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb (“World Atlas of Beer”) have teamed up once again for this seminal collection of 3,500 expert beer reviews, 500 more than the previous edition. “Pocket Beer 2015” combines their deep knowledge about beer with a team of international beer experts with regional knowledge to create the ultimate guide to the world’s best beers. This landmark portable guide provides beer fans and connoisseurs with easy access to an expert overview and puts a world of superb beers at their disposal. It is a ‘must’ for brewpubs, bars, restaurants, caterers and anybody who enjoys a good glass of beer.

– “The Honeyman Festival” by Marian Engle
First published in 1970, The Honeyman Festival chronicles one night in the life of Minn Burge, a woman in her mid-thirties who is torn between affection for her family and the need for a life in which impulse and intelligence can once again find play.

Pregnant with her fourth child, and unable to take refuge in facile resolutions, Minn interrogates her life with a razor-edge passion in which many readers will find they too are involved.

This groundbreaking novel by one of Canada’s most beloved novelists is now available in a beautifully packaged A List edition, featuring an introduction by a notable Canadian writer.

– “Like This” by Leo McKay Jr.
Set in a fictional town called Albion Mines, (the old name for author Leo McKay’s home town of Stellarton), Like This offers a gripping, and at times frightening, look at small-town Nova Scotia life. These superb stories are startling and often disturbing, filled with complexity and power. McKay portrays characters with astonishing depth and dead-on emotional rightness. The world is not fair in these stories. There is pain, abuse, solitude; but somehow there is also hope.

– “A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius” by Stacey Matson
Arthur Bean, soon-to-be a rich and famous author, has set two goals for himself: to win the school writing contest and to win the heart of his secret crush, Kennedy. But his life has had some major twists and turns lately, and the recent loss of his mother definitely complicates things.

Arthur is in turns outrageous, defiant, and unintentionally hilarious as we peek over his shoulder at his reading journals, notes from his long-suffering teachers, his offbeat articles for the school newspaper — even the emails he sends to writing partner Kennedy. A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius is a fresh and funny story about a boy whose bad luck can’t dampen his spirit — or his love of writing.

– “Pictura” colouring books: “Coloring Dragons”, “Coloring Fairies”, and “Coloring Nature”
Pictura showcases a stunning range of beautiful, imaginative artwork by famous illustrators. Color in these spectacular settings, enhance the scenes, and add your own personal touch using colored pencils, markers, crayons, or inks. The unique accordion foldout makes it an attractive decorative piece that can be displayed and shared with others!

– “Monster High: Ghoulfriends Till the End” by Gitty Daneshvari
The ghoulfriends’ new GFF, Wydowna Spider, starts to clear the cobwebs about the mysterious threat to Monster High. The previous generation of monsters formed a secret society that seems bent on turning the school into something that’s more like a prison! But when Rochelle Goyle, Robecca Steam, and Venus McFlytrap uncover a second ancient group of monsters…the fate of the student disembody is in their hands!

– “Monster High Drop Dead Diary” by Abaghoul Harris
Enroll in Monster High with this fab journal featuring a foil cover and ribbon book mark! All your favorite Monster High characters prompt you to share your dreams, fashion sketches and more, while offering royal beauty secrets, scary-cool inspirations, drop-dead gorgeous fashion tips and even some freaky-fabulous DIY projects!

– “Monster High 4: Back and Deader Than Ever” by Lisi Harrison
The RADs are free and Draculaura (Lala) is flashing her fangs with pride. But when Daddy Drac pays her a surprise visit everything goes batty. Mr. D. thinks RADs should have their own school, but Lala isn’t ready to give up the rights they fought so hard for.

It’s father against daughter in a battle for Salem’s student body. Despite the many challenges, Lala is determined to save Merston High. But she might die twice while trying.

– “My Little Pony: The Journal of the Two Sisters” by Amy Keating Rogers
As seen on the hit animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

Learn the history of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna by reading the diary they kept when they were younger. PLUS, hidden inside, readers will discover the pages of a bonus book–The Journal of Friendship. Inspired by Celestia and Luna, the pony friends Princess Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity and Applejack share a diary of their own! Read their entries–as seen on the show–and then write some of your own friendship observations in the book, too!

– “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks” by Perdita Finn
Another exciting chapter book for fans of My Little Pony Equestria Girls!

Back in Equestria, Twighlight Sparkle listens to the music of springtime as it drifts through her window. She lets the sound take her away on a rock ‘n’ roll daydream…

DJ Pon-3 overhears the Equestria Girls singing and prancing around Canterlot High’s Spring Carnival and casually suggests they start a band in time for the Spring Fling! The girls are electrified to kick-start the band, but they don’t want to fall flat…or sharp!

Finding instruments and a place to practice is easier said than done: Rainbow Dash must take part in a shred-off, Applejack must bargain with the Flim Flam brothers, Fluttershy and Rarity have to calm a herd of hamsters, and Pinkie Pie has a decorating dilemma!

Luckily, the Equestria Girls know it’s always better when they work together!

– “Ever After High #1: The Storybook of Legends” by Shannon Hale
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

– “Until the Day Arrives” by Ana Maria Machado
A fast-moving middle-grade novel set in the 17th century about two Portuguese orphans who are sent to Brazil, where they encounter slaves from Africa. The novel opens when Bento is wrongly thrown into Lisbon’s prison, leaving his younger sibling, Manu, to fend for himself. Fortunately, a nobleman’s family reunites the siblings — although they will have be exiled to Brazil. They keep secret the fact that Manu is a girl in disguise so that she can accompany her brother aboard ship. The story shifts to the African savannah, where a young boy, Odjigi, is hunting gazelle with his father and other men. But the hunters are kidnapped by slave traders, as are the women and children of the village. In Brazil the siblings adapt to their new lives, but they are shocked by the treatment of African slaves. Manu befriends an aboriginal boy, Caiubi, and a slave, Didi, who has been separated from his father. Meanwhile Bento falls in love with Rosa, a beautiful young slave who is also searching for her family. When Manu learns about quilombos — villages hidden deep in the forest where slaves live in freedom — she is determined to help Didi and Rosa escape.

– “Shapes” by Orla Kiely
Learn all about shapes in this beautifully-designed board book from iconic British designer, Orla Kiely.

Complete with stunning, textured cloth covers, this stylish series blends bold design with gentle learning and first concepts to create rewarding books for both parent and child.

– “Creatures” by Orla Kiely
From elephants and giraffes to foxes and dragonflies, learn all about creatures in this beautifully-designed board book from iconic British designer, Orla Kiely.

Complete with stunning, textured cloth covers, this stylish series blends bold design with gentle learning and first concepts to create rewarding books for both parent and child.