Paolini’s Series Concludes


Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series will be completed this autumn with the publication of Interitance, the final book in the Cycle.  It will be published on November 8, 2011 in hard cover, e-book and audio formats. 

The original three volumes of the series will be reissued in paperback on July 7th.

Octopus Soup: A Yummy Wordless Treat


Octopus Soup by Mercer Mayer

When an octopus climbs up an anchor line and into a fisherman’s basket, it causes all sorts of chaos.  The octopus is flung onto the head of someone cleaning the street and from there is chased through a window.  Taking refuge in a pitcher of water, the octopus is discovered by a chef with a taste for octopus soup.  A chase ensues, ending with the octopus hanging from the dock until it drops into the chef’s waiting soup pot.  But don’t fret, there is yet another twist in this tale.

Mayer’s latest features vaudeville physical humor and a timeless story.  The wordless story has more than enough humor to keep children giggling, enough tension to keep them wondering what will happen, and more than enough appeal for young readers. 

Hand this to children too young to be reading yet who want a book they can “read” on their own.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.

Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth

Booklist has a list of their top picks for 2011 Graphic Novels for Youth selected from those reviewed in the past 12 months.


Crogan’s March by Chris Schweizer

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Joann Sfar

The Meeting by Brigitte Luciani

The Odyssey by Homer and Gareth Hinds


Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann

Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson

Set to Sea by Drew Weing


Trickster: Native American Tales ed. by Matt Dembicki

The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke