Kelly’s Reviews

Bluebird

Lawrence resident, Lindsey Yankey, has just published a beautiful new children's book called BLUEBIRD. The wind is missing! Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it. Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781927018330
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Published: Simply Read Books - January 26th, 2014

The wind is missing Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it.
Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere. In the end, she finds more than her favorite friend--she finds confidence too.


Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

A perfect gift for the knitter in your life, this book contains poignant, powerful essays about the influence knitting has had on the lives of 27 writers, including Andrew Dubus, III, Barbara Kingsolver, and Elizabeth Berg. Recommended by Kelly.

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By Ann Hood (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393239492
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 11th, 2013

"The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters. . . . These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud."--Ann Hood, from the introduction

Why does knitting occupy a place in the hearts of so many writers?


Downton Tabby

For the over-educated, PBS-addicted, cat-loving, anglophile in your life, you must have a copy of Downton Tabby: A Parody. Lots of nauseating puns and catlike depictions of the Dowager (Vibrissa Clowder, The Dowager Catness of Grimalkin) Moseby (Useless Molesley), etc. It will supply spates of chuckles on Christmas Day and beyond. Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781476765938
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2013

A parody of the worldwide television phenomenon Downton Abbey, with cats.

Welcome to Downton Tabby


A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition

Perfect for the Peanutsophile in your life! This delightful book is full of photos--original storyboards, marked scores, recording sessions, headshots of the creators--in addition to the extensive biographies and the entire play with illustrations. This one is a keeper. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780062272140
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Published: It Books - October 22nd, 2013

Charles M. Schulz's A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is a lushly illustrated tribute to the beloved television classic that takes readers behind-the-scenes of the Peanuts holiday special that has aired each year since December 1965.


Throw the Damn Ball

Following on the heels of the popular book of cat poetry, I Could Pee on This, Throw the Damn Ball includes equally pithy verse for the dog-lover in your life. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780142180853
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Published: Plume Books - October 29th, 2013

A hilarious collection of poetry by dogs- perfect for lovers of literature and pups alike
Dogs seldom make passes
At dogs passing gasses.
Are these the words of Dorothy Parker? Ogden Nash?


Any Way You Slice It

Senior scientist at Salina Kansas's The Land Institute, Cox broaches a topic few others are willing to: rationing. Not only does he provide an excellent account of rationing in America's past, he offers scenarios for the types of rationing of ever-decreasing essentials like water, food, and fuel that we may face in an uncertain future. An excellent and brave book. Recommended by Kelly.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781595588098
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Published: New Press - May 7th, 2013

Rationing: it's a word and an idea that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to 'shouting an obscenity in church.' Yet societies in fact ration food, water, medical care and fuel all the time, with those who can pay the most getting the most.


Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea

A great seafaring tale with soft but courageous hero brothers whose bravery and devotion to each other survive peril and shipwreck. A great adventure tale for young readers. Recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9781616202460
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

A swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures at sea.


Box of Matches

In this novel, very little "happens," but everything happens to the narrator in the darkness of the very early morning. This moving and humorous book will make you feel better about getting up in the morning. Recommended by Kelly and Pat.

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ISBN: 9780375706035
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Published: Vintage - March 9th, 2004

Emmett has a wife and two children, a cat, and a duck, and he wants to know what life is about. Every day he gets up before dawn, makes a cup of coffee in the dark, lights a fire with one wooden match, and thinks.


Finders Keepers

This book focuses on the almost universal fascination with ancient human artifacts. In it, Childs explores the "rights" and "wrongs" of pot hunting, whether it be that of a professional archaeologist or an amateur pot hunter. In the end, he arrives in a sea of gray area and many pages of self-examination as well. Fascinating! Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780316066464
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 25th, 2013

Renowned naturalist Craig Childs explores the paradoxical nature of anthropological excavation amongst the Native American ruins his work is based upon.


Is This Panama

This is a terrific picture book about fall migration from the perspective of Sammy the Wilson's warbler. In his journey to Panama, he is helped by many other migrating creatures, which reminds readers just how magnificent, ardous, and widespread are the migrations going on all around us in the spring and fall. It's beautifully illustrated and a great story about persistence and homecoming!

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By Jan Thornhill, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781926973883
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Published: Owlkids - September 10th, 2013

When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it's time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there's one problem -- where's Panama?


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