Customer: I would like this book please. Me: Of course, it will be…. up to 4 weeks to get. Why? Because not all books are “books” in the book world and come from our “sidelines” vendors. (You just got a peak into the underbelly of the Bookstore World). But it was mostly worth the wait. All the Birds in the World is David Opie’s book of flight, fancy and birds. Putting fact and fiction together, our narrator gives us the bird(s). They talk about all types of avian beings. And yes, even a little ol’ kiwi gets its day in the sun. The cartoon illustrations are bright and can be amusing. But they also show the information in a way all can see what is going on without question. I did say, “mostly worth the wait” as I felt the penguin could have gotten the same treatment as the kiwi as both are flightless birds and not as colorful as their cousins, but it still is a clever book to introduces the young child to going to the birds.
Same customer: I need Little Tree by Loren Long. Me: Oh! I had forgotten this book by them. Mind if give it a little peak before I send it off? Customer: Sure! (She’s been pretty cool.) I had forgotten the story of the seasons and of change. I had forgotten how the little tree is afraid of change. And I had forgotten about the sweet, perfectly detailed and colors of the illustrations. When you reread a book, you get something new each time (especially if you had forgotten you had even read it). It was a somber story, but also not sad. It has hope and fits almost all ages. This book could be a good book for a large change in a child’s life, or for someone who might be going through a hard time.
Another customer had ordered a copy (among other GLBT+ titles) Maiden & Princess. When I first saw the cover, I thought it was by the Knight Prince author/illustrators, and it is the author but different illustrator. Which are created by Daniel Haack, Isabel Galup and Becca Human. It also was another book I had forgotten I had read before. Once I got into this picture book, I realized I knew it, and was enjoying it more than before I realized. Straight forward message (girl is friend with boy, everyone thinks they should marry, girl meets girl and finds her Happily Ever After) and intriguing art made this book something that should be experienced more than once. Mood affects our feelings of a read and this time, it was all good! Even the slightly non-traditional art (with its unique and same time familiar look and colors) makes the whole package a recommend.