Fall Booknotes from Our Staff: Children’s and Young Adult

Bumble-Ardy
by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins)

Bumble-Ardy, written and illustrated by beloved artist Maurice Sendak, brings us a loveable pig, Bumble, with a birthday to celebrate! Originally created by Sendak and Jim Henson as an animated segment for Sesame Street in the early 1970s, Bumble-Ardy is Sendak’s first written and illustrated book in thirty years. The magic artistry of Sendak’s fantastical characters has a vintage yet timeless feel, and the story of Bumble’s adventures unfolds in clever rhyme. And here’s a secret: Bumble’s birthday is the same as Mr. Sendak’s! Bumble-Ardy is sure to join the bookshelf as a new family favorite. –Seth

My Woodland Wish
by Caspar Babypants
illus. by Kate Endle (Sasquatch)

Dynamic duo Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants team up to tell this sweet tale that’s as much fun for parents as it is for the wee-ones. With her inimitable cut-paper style, Endle’s images evoke the serene wonder of nature, while Babypants’s words will lull and charm even the most savage beast. What would it be like, this book asks, to communicate with animals? Endle has created many beautiful board books, as well as illustrated such titles as Where’s the Party, but this is her first collaboration with Caspar Babypants, who is known for his “kindie rock” albums that bring rock to the masses of kids! –Leighanne

Caspar and Kate join us for a very special Children’s Storytime on Saturday, October 8th at 11:30 a.m. They will read from their new book and entertain us with songs inspired by the story. More info can be found here. Please join us! 

Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

In his gorgeous new book for young readers, Brian Selznick explores the lives of two deaf children growing up fifty years apart. He has perfected his mixed media method of storytelling, in which his illustrations play as pivotal a role as his warm, rich writing. First, we meet a girl who, in spite of her handicap, is pushing at the boundaries of her life. Then we leap in time to 1977 where a young boy who has just lost his mother loses his hearing as well. In alternating chapters of pictures and prose, these two incredible children fight against what is expected of them and search instead for what they need. –Leighanne

Booknotes, the newsletter of The Elliott Bay Book Company, is written entirely by bookstore staff. It represents a sampling of recently published books that we have enjoyed reading. We appreciate every opportunity to assist in finding books to meet your interests.

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