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.

Download of the Day: August 25

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Young Mary Lennox's outlook changes when she is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, and develops friendships based on the discovery of a neglected gardeon on the manor property.

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It’s National Waffle Day!

Today just happens to be National Waffle Day, so let’s talk about breakfast. Breakfast is also good for lunch or dinner, and with good purpose – breakfast foods are delicious and wonderful! Waffles, toast, fried potatoes, piles of bacon, eggs any way you like it – the list goes on.

Here are a few all-star breakfasty books featuring waffles and beyond to wake you up and fuel your day at any time:

Crepes, waffles, and pancakes!: Over 100 recipes for hearty meals, light snacks, and delicious desserts

Vegan brunch: homestyle recipes worth waking up for-- from asparagus omelets to pumpkin pancakes

The big book of breakfast: Serious comfort food for any time of the day

Breakfast for dinner: Recipes for frittata florentine, huevos rancheros, sunny-side-up burgers, and more!

What's your favorite breakfast food, and when's the best time to eat breakfast?!

Download of the Day: August 24

The Storytellers of AADL - Josie Parker

Gather 'round for the tale of the storytelling library director!

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Download of the Day: August 23

Find the Right Words with Thesauruses - Kara Fribley

This resource is a helpful one for writers, especially when they're trying to avoid repeating themselves!

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #549

"A literary thriller", Dragonfish * * * by Whiting Award winner Vu Tran is the "nuanced and elegiac, noirish first novel" of an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Chicago.

Robert Ruen, an Oakland (CA) cop with an anger management issue is forced at gunpoint to travel to Las Vegas in order to help find Suzy, his Vietnamese ex-wife who has disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese businessman, smuggler and gambler. As Robert pursues Suzy through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny's sadistic son, "Junior," he realizes how little he knows of her - from her perilous escape from war-torn Vietnam, to the dangers and hazards in a Malaysian refugee camp where she first met Sonny.

Parallel to Robert's investigation is a secondary narrative in the form of letters to a daughter Suzy abandoned decades ago, throwing light on a woman debilitated by sorrow and haunted by ghosts and guilt.

"Vu Tran takes a strikingly poetic and profoundly evocative approach to the conventions of crime fiction in this supple, sensitive, wrenching, and suspenseful tale of exile, loss, risk, violence, and the failure to love."

"A superb debut novel…that takes the noir basics and infuses them with the bitters of loss and isolation peculiar to the refugee and immigrant tale. " (Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air). Also check out this week's The New York Times Book Review for Chris Abani's review (and podcast), whose The Secret History of Las Vegas would be an interesting readalike.

* * * = 3 starred reviews

Download of the Day: August 22

The Waiting Room - Lusine

This album offers an electronic music experience somewhere between experimental and pop, featuring sonic eclecticism alongside vocal-led tracks

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Download of the Day: August 21

First Do No Harm - Larry Karp

Admission into medical school is the catalyst for family drama and small town secrets in this thriller.

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Download of the Day: August 20

Aerial Views - Brad Senne

Brad Senne's dreamy, acoustic, folksy sound will hook even the most dubious listener.

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Download of the Day: August 19

Chanel No. 5: The Art and Science Behind a Timeless Perfume - Michelle Krell Kydd

Flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd explores the art and science behind the creation of Chanel No. 5 through a past, present, and future lens

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