Hockey, young love & books for kids (some with pictures, some without)

New Books - Nov 12

Last week, we promised more new kids books, and they are making their way into the shop along with new non-fiction and YA. More are on their way soon!

– “Hockey Confidential” by Bob McKenzie
Over 500,000 hockey fans follow Bob McKenzie on Twitter and millions more on TSN – no one has the access or breadth and depth of experience when it comes to the hockey.

Now in his very first book on the NHL, Bob goes behind the scenes, covering the inside stories, the lesser-known personalities and the events that shape Canada’s game. He talks to Bobby Orr about Connor McDavid (touted as “the next Crosby”), reveals the actual stats that NHL coaches and scouts use, and explores what it’s like to be Don Cherry’s son. Entertaining, insightful and a damn good read, Hockey Confidential is a must for every hockey fan.

– “The Hockey Sweater – 30th Anniversary Edition” by Roch Carrier
In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?

The Hockey Sweater is a Canadian children’s classic. The anniversary edition includes lots of extras, including a DVD of the original film, original material from the author and illustrator, stills from the animated film, letters and quotes from celebrities and more. The design is updated and refreshed. This is a wonderful collector’s edition for those who know the book, and a wonderful introduction to those who don’t.

– “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak
A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .
 
BLORK. Or BLUURF.
 
Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
 
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

– “Say What You Will” by Cammie McGovern
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

– “Penguin and Pinecone” by Salina Yoon
When curious Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary!

– “Colors” by Orla Kiely
With iconic shapes and patterns, Orla Kiely presents basic concepts fashionably and accessibly. Each spread features a color or number illustrated by a famous Kiely pattern. Simple enough for toddlers yet sophisticated enough for fashionistas, these books are perfect for mothers and babies.

– “Numbers” by Orla Kiely
Orla Kiely counts with her trademark simple sophistication. This companion book to Colors includes a spread for each number from 1 to 10, with a numeral (1), a spelled-out number (one), and a labeled, classic Orla Kiely shape.

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