Maus is a must read!

Maus by Art Spiegelman is one of those graphic novels that has a history. Not just within the page but the actual book itself. When the book came out it was hailed as one of the comics that everyone must read, and not much has changed in the almost 25 years that has past sinces its publication. Yet with so much positive hype about it's a hard book to pin down on just what it is. Is it a historical graphic novel, a fable, a graphic memoir or is it something that mixes all of these different genres together? This graphic novel will leave you with questions!

So what exacltly is Maus?
Maus is a story about being a Jew during the Second World War. It frames the experiences of of Jews in the war in an anthropomorphic (animals having human form) way. The mice in Maus are Jews and the Cats are Nazi's.
This book won a Pulitzer prize (one of the only graphic novels to do this!) and is just as popular now as it was when it was first published. If you're interested in graphic memoirs, anthropomorphic dramas, or the history of the Second World War you shoud read Maus.

Download of the Day: August 28

The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies - Kathleen Hills

A murder in a 1950s farming community reveals secrets linked to a past as a conscientious objector, and unravels the story of an unhappy family.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #550

An international bestseller, first published in German in March 2012, Death in Brittany * * by Jean-Luc Bannalec (a pseudonym) introduces the first case of Commissaire Georges Dupin.

At the height of the tourist season, Commissaire Georges Dupin, the cantankerous Parisian transplant to the coastal town of Concarneau, is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the village of Pont-Aven, where the 91-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec has been found murdered in his restaurant.

Dupin and his team identify five principal suspects, amony them a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim, and a well-respected art historian. The case is further complicated when a second death occurs and a painting (perhaps a genuine second version of Gauguin's famous Vision After the Sermon) disappears from Pennec's hotel. As Dupin delves further into the lives of the victims and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence in this picture-perfect seaside village that once played host to Paul Gauguin and other post-Impressionist painters in the 19th century, members of the loosely connected Pont-Aven School.

"Dupin is fascinating to watch - he's both cranky and enthusiastic... The star of the mystery, though, is Brittany. Bannalec feeds the reader with intriguing bits of history (for example, Bretons are descended from the Celts, who fled Britain during the Anglo-Saxon invasions) and culture, along with bracing glimpses of centuries-old stone buildings, river banks, and the sea."

For mystery fans who enjoyed the Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series by Fred Vargas; the Chief Magistrate Antoine Verlaque series by M.L. Longworth, set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence; and Martin Walker's delightful Bruno Courreges series set in the fictional town of St Denis, in the picturesque Perigord region of rural France - featuring the consummate cook and locavore who happens to be the Chief of Police.

* * = 2 starred review

New in the Cormoran Strike series: Career of Evil

The latest mystery from author Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J. K. Rowling), featuring private detective Cormoran Strike, is now available! Titled Career of Evil, the book opens with a mysterious package delivered to Cormoran’s assistant. To their surprise and horror, the package contains a woman’s severed leg. Narrowing the suspects down to four twisted people from Cormoran’s past, he and his assistant take matters into their own hands to pursue the perpetrator. Galbraith’s previous mysteries have appealed to a wide audience not only for their gripping excitement and unexpected twists, but also for their character development, and Career of Evil is no different. It is the third installment in the Cormoran Strike novels, following The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Place your hold today!

Download of the Day: August 27

Postmark Ganymede - Robert Silverberg

This 1957 sci fi novella follows a space pilot who has been demoted to the postal service, but just might have what it takes to deliver the mail in the face of major obstacles.

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TV Spotlight: Get Sherlocked

The success of the acclaimed Sherlock show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has spawned many new fans of all things Sherlock. Part of that is digging up other versions of detective Sherlock doing his thing. There are many television and film adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke that are now in the catalog! Have a peek .

The Sherlock Holmes Feature Films Collection

Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Who is your favorite Sherlock?!

PreK Bits - "O" is for Only One

One is where you begin.
O is for one.
Ms. Rachel began with ONCE AROUND The BLOCK … a story about what to do while waiting … because waiting is hard to do ... for Beatrice.
Ms. Sara and Ms. Rachel led the action song "Walk, Walk, Walk ... Until We stop" which is sung by Raffi on the CD RISE & SHINE and by the Bartkowiak's on the CD HONK HONK RATTLE RATTLE.
SOUP FOR ONE … is perfect for one bug, ... at least until one (and one, and one ...) more arrive.

For more stories that begin with one, try the following favorites:
ONE BIG BUILDING ... begins with one big machine.
ONE DUCK STUCK … who will help?
ONE TWO THAT’S MY SHOE … counting one to ten with a puppy.
ONCE UPON A TIME, THE END … one imaginative bedtime story.
ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET … where every letter gets its own story.
YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL …. settling a bet once and for all.
ONCE UPON A MEMORY … a gentle journey of growth.
ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA ... sophia uses too many words until she finds the perfect "one".

Download of the Day: August 26

Pong - Audion

The record label describes this album as "dancefloor terror," a summary that cannot be topped.

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Barakamon- the best Manga about a calligrapher you'll ever read!

Seishuu Handa is handsome, young and also a master calligrapher. However he is also hotheaded when it comes to insults to his work. When he punches the director of a local gallery for calling his work unoriginal he is sent to a remote rural village to overcome his flaws. This is a great slice of life manga that was adapted into an anime in 2014.

One of the great things about this manga is the way that it was translated. Often you can miss the feel of the original Japanese because of the translations but in Barakamon the "sound effects" are in the original Japanese with a translation under them. This leads to getting a better feeling for what the original intent was based on the location of the words. It's a very different way to translate and one that I really appreciated.

The Day the Crayons Came Home!

If your kid loved The Day the Crayons Quit, and it seems like almost every kid on the planet did, check out the new companion book, The Day the Crayons Came Home, by collaborators Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers!

Oliver Jeffers’ amazing illustrations drew me to The Day the Crayons Quit, but the text in this new book really shines. The illustrations are still wonderful, and Drew Daywalts’ story is sharper and funnier than the first book. In The Day the Crayons Came Home, each crayon has written their owner Duncan a postcard telling the sad story of where they have been and what they are doing. I won't ruin any surprises, but each crayon's story is sillier than the last. Particularly funny is Neon Red Crayon’s journey through the world. He’s a little confused on geography (he reports riding a camel through the deserts of New Jersey), but he has a great trip. And of course, all of the crayons get their happy ending.

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