Poor Gerald the elephant -- all he wants is to take a nap. A bleary-eyed Gerald blinks out at readers from the cover, blanket and Knuffle bunny tucked in his arms. Piggie's head pokes into the frame from the side at a 90-degree angle, hinting at the disruption to come. Inside, "I am tired," Gerald announces. "And cranky. I am going to take a nap." Those declarations set off a characteristically hilarious encounter between the fussbudget elephant and his porcine pal. He spreads out his mat, lies down and in marches Piggie, hollering, "GERALD!" Gerald explodes from slumber in alarm. Readers will not find it at all surprising, though they will find it funny, that pretty soon Gerald's cranky mood spreads to Piggie, who decides that she will take a nap, too: "SNORE!  SNORE! SNORE! SNORE!" Several pages later, the stertorous swine wakes up, rested and smiling. "How are you enjoying your nap, Gerald?" Beside himself, the elephant rages that he is "NOT napping!" -- but if he's not napping, then how come Piggie is floating? And endowed with a turnip-head? Careful readers will have noticed the change in background color that cues this extended dream sequence-and they may also find themselves wondering whether Gerald could possibly be as rested as he seems when he really wakes up. As naps go, this is about as strenuous -- and as funny -- as it gets. (Early reader. 3-9) Kirkus.

By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484716304
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 2nd, 2015

Gerald is tired and cranky and wants to take a nap, but Piggie is not helping.


Experience the beauty, essence and character of thirty North American bird species. Inspired by traditional Asian brushwork and haiku, the artwork and text capture the quirky traits peculiar to each species. Zen Birds celebrates the amazing lives of birds - a must-have for any bird lover or nature enthusiast.

$8.95
ISBN: 9781591932727
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Published: Adventure Publications(MN) - July 2nd, 2010

Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.

Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.

$16.99
ISBN: 9780803738225
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

A spring 2015 Indie Next Pick 

“Whimsical and magical with a dose of gentle social satire.” — New York Times Book Review

* “Fits neatly into the literary world of May Poppins and Nanny Piggins… An invigorating romp with more adventures on the horizon.” —Booklist, starred review

“Move over, Mary Poppins, and make way for Ms. Rapscott…these adventures will entice young readers to take Ms. Rapscott’s advice and get ‘lost on purpose’ in a great story.”—BookPage


From the bestselling, Edgar Award–winning author of the “terrifically good” (The New York Times) Red Sparrow, a compulsively readable new novel about star-crossed Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash in a desperate race to the finish.

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence…

$26.99
ISBN: 9781476793740
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 2nd, 2015

"Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews’s debut thriller, is a challenging act to follow. Palace of Treason, the sequel to Red Sparrow, does not disappoint. The book is enthralling. Matthews deftly weaves in enough back story to hook both new readers and those returning. Palace of Treason shimmers with authenticity. The villains are richly drawn...the scenes of them on the job are beyond chilling. Whether in Vienna, Moscow, or Washington, Matthews’s scene-setting is superb, and he has a fine eye for telling details."

– New York Times Book Review


The unpredictable events of a particular Tuesday unroll before the reader’s eyes with the precision and clarity of a silent movie in this Caldecott Medal-winning book.  In this ingenious and imaginative nearly wordless picture book, frogs in a pond lift off on their lily pads and fly to a nearby town where they zoom through a woman’s living room, encounter a dog playing in his yard, and distract a bathrobe-clad citizen from his midnight snack.  Who knows what will happen next Tuesday?

$7.99
ISBN: 9780395870822
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Published: Clarion Books - September 27th, 2011

"Dominated by rich blues and greens, and fully exploiting its varied perspectives, this book treats its readers to the pleasures of airborne adventure. It may not be immortal, but kids will love its lighthearted, meticulously imagined, fun-without-a-moral fantasy"--"School Library Journal, " starred review. A Caldecott Medal Book.


The Spoon River Boys
Appear At
Local Music Showcase!
June 13, 1:00 P.M.

The Spoon River Boys, featuring original music and area musicians will debut its new CD on Local Music Showcase, Saturday, June 13, 1:00 P.M. at New Copperfield's Book Service, 120 North Side Square, Macomb, IL.

Area musicians Dave Otey and Chico Malo will be performing the original music by author and poet Randy Sollenberger from their new CD. Mr Sollenberger recently published his book My Guardian Angel and Beating the Reaper: With Songs and Stories of Forgottonia.

Local Music Showcase! gives all area music lovers an opportunity to see the finest local musicians in live performance in an intimate, family-friendly atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon. The event is free and everyone is invited. Bring the family!

 


Despite her name, Clover has always felt decidedly unlucky. So when she stumbles upon a mysterious cottage in the Woods, she can hardly believe her good fortune. It’s the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and it houses creatures of all kinds. Fairy horses, unicorns, and a fiery young dragon are just the beginning! Mr. Jams, the Agency’s owner, agrees to hire her as summer helper and Clover hopes her luck has finally changed. But when she’s left alone to care for the Agency, a sneaky witch comes after the magical creatures! Will Clover outsmart her in time to protect the animals? The first installment in a new illustrated chapter book series by Kallie George, featuring enchanting illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, will charm young readers as Clover learns that courage and heart can be even more powerful than good luck..


Ages 9-12

By: Kallie George    

Series: Magical Animal Adoption Agency

$14.99
ISBN: 9781423183822
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 3rd, 2015

In early 1861, as he prepared to leave his home in Springfield, Illinois, to move into the White House, Abraham Lincoln faced many momentous tasks, but none he dreaded more than telling his two youngest sons, Willie and Tad, that the family's beloved pet dog, Fido, would not be accompanying them to Washington. Lincoln, who had adopted Fido about five years earlier, was afraid the skittish dog wouldn't survive the long rail journey, so he decided to leave the mutt behind with friends in Springfield. Abe & Fido tells the story of two friends, an unlikely tandem who each became famous and died prematurely. It also explores the everyday life of Springfield in the years leading up to the Civil War, as well as Lincoln's sometimes radical views on animal welfare, and how they shaped his life and his presidency. It's the story of a master and his dog, living through historic, tumultuous times.

$27.95
ISBN: 9781556522222
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Published: Chicago Review Press - April 2015

In amazingly lifelike, luminous paintings, Wendell Minor, one of America’s finest wildlife and landscape painters, reveals the variety of animals that surround us when we are awake and when we are sleeping.
 
Minor’s vivid introduction to diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) creatures invites readers to experience the movements, sounds, colors, and textures of nature. By day a red-tailed hawk soars through sky, and by night a barn owl silently swoops through it. In the daylight a family of fluffy cottontail rabbits hops into a field to forage for food, and under starlight a family of pink-nosed opossums does the same. As day turns to night and night to day, amazing critters large and small come and go. Children will enjoy comparing and contrasting the roaming habits of the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us.

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By Wendell Minor, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399246623
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 19th, 2015

"An album of contrasts. . . . The attraction of this invitation to explore daytime and nighttime worlds is visual: appealing gouache-and-watercolor animal portraits display Minor s characteristic use of light and color, meticulous detail, and appreciation for nature. . . . For storytime or laptime, another beautiful rendition of the natural world." Kirkus Reviews


A foodie, at-home gourmet cook, and master entertainer, Niequist writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life - including friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, heartache, and more. Combining content from Bread and Wine, Cold Tangerines, and Bittersweet with insightful takeaways, her comforting devotional speaks spiritual truths to women in easily digestible bites.

$16.99
ISBN: 9780310344971
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Published: Zondervan - March 10th, 2015

Sink deep into the everyday goodness of God and savor every moment!

In this daily devotional, Shauna Niequist becomes a friend across the pages, sharing her heart with yours, keeping you company, and inviting you into the abundant life God offers.

And there are recipes, too, because spiritual living happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and breakfasts and late-night snacks. These recipes are Shauna's staples, and each one should be enjoyed around a table with people you love.

So read and learn and pray and cook and share. Remember to savor each day, whatever it holds: work and play, coffee and kids, meals and prayers and the good stuff and the hard stuff. Life is all about relationships, and your daily relationship with God is worth savoring in every moment.


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