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In the garden book cover
In the garden book cover

In the garden

Emma Giuliani

j635 Giuliani
Gardening, Kids

"From season to season, children follow the life of a garden as each page reveals new treasures hiding under lift-up flaps. Peek inside the curious tulip bulb and discover the peas inside a peapod. Watch a ladybug help with pesky aphids and search for ripe strawberries under the leaves"--...

I happened upon this giant book on a cart to be shelved, and was drawn in by its bold colors and the word "garden," which has quickly become an obsessive hobby of mine. I leisurely read through the gardening tips and fruit, vegetable and flower vocabulary, particularly tickled by the cute lift-the-flap moments revealing the secret, inside petals or what a seed will look like as it grows into fruition. Every once in a while I have an older kid at the children's desk asking for a lift-the-flap book, and this nonfiction, yet whimsical, read is the perfect answer. -Mari

Lunar New Year love story book cover
Lunar New Year love story book cover

Lunar New Year love story

Gene Luen Yang

Romance, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Graphic novel superstars Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham join forces in this heartwarming rom-com about fate, family, and falling in love. Val is ready to give up on love. It's led to nothing but secrets and heartbreak, and she's pretty sure she's cursed--no one in her family, for...

Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham are some of best in the business when it comes to graphic novels and illustrations in the children's lit world, so I was excited to see a graphic romance novel for (young) adults! I thought the love story was interesting and was blown away by the illustrations. I love a thick graphic novel, and this story has a lot of cool elements--memorable characters, deep family secrets, celebration of Chinese and Korean culture, and of course a long-game romance with a romantic comedy of the 90's-type ending! Would be a great winter read around Valentine's Day and Lunar New Year of course, but a fun summer romance too! -Mari

Moomin : the complete Tove Jansson comic strip book cover
Moomin : the complete Tove Jansson comic strip book cover

Moomin : the complete Tove Jansson comic strip

Tove Jansson

COMIC Moomin
Graphic Novels, Adventure, Kids

A cute and quaint comic series that's not just for kids! I loved accompanying the Moomin family on their hilarious adventures through Moominvalley. Also a good Pride Month read from the artist and writer Tove Jansson, a queer icon! -Annie

Ruined book cover
Ruined book cover


Sarah Vaughn

Fiction, Romance

For fans of Bridgerton comes a Regency-era romance graphic novel about the unexpected passion that blooms from a marriage of convenience. The whole town is whispering about how Catherine Benson lost her virtue, though they can never agree on the details. Was it in the public garden? Or a moving...

tl;dr: Great book for Bridgerton lovers. I picked up this book because I haven't read a graphic novel romance and was very intrigued when I saw it on the shelf. I didn't like the illustration at first but it grew on me as the story went deeper into the characters' lives and motivations. I tend not to read historical fiction but I thought this might be a nice entry into the Bridgerton-influenced historical romance. There's no narration text, just illustrations and dialogue. The clean-line and uncluttered drawings communicated so much on their own. Novels require descriptive writing to detail the setting, but this graphic novel used sparseness to get me into the headspace of Regency England. FYI--some scenes are mature in nature. -Melody

The pelican can book cover
The pelican can book cover

The pelican can

Toni Yuly

jE Yuly
Picture Books, Nature

"An exuberant celebration of the remarkable things that a pelican can do"--

This is my new favorite storytime read! Toni Yuly's latest combines beautiful illustrations, perfect pacing, and a predictable call-and-response structure. Adaptations for storyJAM are forthcoming already! -Casey

Five stories book cover
Five stories book cover

Five stories

Ellen Weinstein

j813.54 Weinstein
Picture Books, History, Kids, Nonfiction

"Five children, from five different cultures and in five different decades, grow up in the same building on the Lower East Side of New York City"--

Fascinating look at the generations who arrive and make New York their own - the neighborhood businesses changes, cultures ebb and flow and blend, but the vibrancy and character remain and build year after year! -Anne W


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