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The last garden in England book cover
The last garden in England book cover

The last garden in England

Julia Kelly

FICTION Kelly Julia
Historical Fiction, Fiction

Present day: Emma Lovett has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens. Given the chance to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden. 1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith is determined to make the gardens of Highbury House a triumph; but the gardens-- and the people she meets-- promise to change her life forever. 1944: Land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury wanting to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. -- adapted from jacket

Anne M's picture

I love books where the main character has to research and engage with history in some way and discovers something about the past and themselves along the way. The Last Garden in England fits this bill. Emma, our heroine, is commissioned to restore the gardens of Highbury House to their former glory. In her research, she uncovers the original creation of the gardens in 1907 and the changes that occurred during World War II. We the reader get to take a deep dive with interweaving narratives from those times. And there are secrets to uncover. If you are a fan of Tracey Chevalier (The Girl with the Pearl Earring) or Jennifer Robson (The Gown), this novel will interest you too. -Anne M

Brave New Meal: Fresh as F*ck Food for Every Table: A Vegan Cookbook book cover
Brave New Meal: Fresh as F*ck Food for Every Table: A Vegan Cookbook book cover

Brave New Meal: Fresh as F*ck Food for Every Table: A Vegan Cookbook

Michelle Davis

RECEIVED
Cookbooks

Frannie's picture

The latest entry from the Bad Manners creative team does not disappoint! This book has you cooking with the seasons, features beautiful photography, and some great recipes. So far everything I have made from this book is a hit. Brussel sprout hash, papusas, and green grape pie are just a few of the gems so far. If you're looking to make more with the freshest produce at the store or for a new plant based cookbook, look no further. -Frannie

Cloud cuckoo land : a novel book cover
Cloud cuckoo land : a novel book cover

Cloud cuckoo land : a novel

Anthony Doerr

FICTION Doerr Anthony
Literary Fiction, Fiction

Constantinople, 1453: Anna lives in a convent where women toil all day embroidering the robes of priests. She learns the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land, a better world, and reads it to her sister as the walls of Constantinople are bombarded by armies of Saracens. Lakeport, Idaho, 2020: Seymour, an activist bent on saving the earth, sits in the public library with two homemade bombs in pressure cookers. Upstairs, eighty-five-year old Zeno, a former prisoner-of-war, and an amateur translator, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon's adventures. The future: On an interstellar ark called The Argos, Konstance, alone in a vault with access to all the information in the world, knows Aethon's story through her father, who has sequestered her to protect her. All are dreamers, misfits on the cusp of adulthood in a world the grown-ups have broken. -- adapted from publisher info

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If you read “All the Light We Cannot See,” Anthony Doerr’s 2014 novel about two young people living in war-torn Europe, you know it was phenomenal. This is the much-anticipated next novel. It was worth the wait. This novel spans places and time. It has an interweaving narrative from characters living during the collapse of the Byzantine Empire to 20th century Idaho to sometime in the non-distinct future. What anchors them and puts them together is a book and libraries. It is specifically about a lost book (lost multiple times in history), the aforementioned “Cloud Cuckoo Land” and found again by the characters and what this Greek comedy meant to each person. I can’t recommend it enough. -Anne M

We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence book cover
We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence book cover

We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence

Becky Cooper

364.1523 /Cooper
True Crime

"1969: the height of counterculture; the year Harvard would begin the tumultuous process of merging with sister school Radcliffe; and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious graduate student in Harvard's Anthrlopology department, would be found bludgeoned to death in her apartment. Forty years later, Becky Cooper, a curious undergrad, will first hear whispers of the story: The dead was nameless. A student had an affair with her professor, and he murdered her in the Peabody Museum. Though this rumor would prove false, it started and investigation that would consume Cooper's life for the next ten years. WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE is a narrative of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history"--Dust jacket flap.

Candice's picture

Fascinating. The rumors of a death some 40 years previous instigate a journey of research, sifting through stories, facing and naming some hard-learned truths, and personal reckoning for the author. -Candice

Witches of Brooklyn book cover
Witches of Brooklyn book cover

Witches of Brooklyn

Sophie Escabasse

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Escabasse Witches
Graphic Novels

"Effie moves to Brooklyn to live with her strange aunt and soon discovers that she might be a witch"--

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I am beyond obsessed with these aunts! I love the illustration style and the story moves really quickly, just picked up the sequel "What the Hex?!" and can't wait to dive in! -Mari

The dinosaur awards book cover
The dinosaur awards book cover

The dinosaur awards

Barbara Taylor

j567.9 Taylor
Kids, Nonfiction, Humor

Welcome to the Dinosaur Awards. Fifty fabulous dinosaurs are practicing their acceptance speeches. They're in the running for prizes that celebrate their most award-worth qualities and skills (some will surprise you). Who will win the fuzzy and furious award? Who will win the terrifying toes award? And who will take home the loudest trumpeter award? Who will be crowned the Lizard King? Readers can learn all about the dinosaurs' features, diet and habits as well as discover what makes each one so prize-worthy - and there are 10 comic strips to enjoy, too. With easy-to-understand, humorous text by Barbara Taylor and joyful illustrations from cartoonist Stephen Collins, this is the perfect book for dinosaur-loving kids everywhere. There are pronunciation guides, time periods, and vital statistics for each dinosaur, as well as an index to peruse.

Mari's picture

A mixture of clever/hilarious text, adorable and colorful illustrations and as always amazing dinosaur trivia, this book is great one to enjoy during Dinovember! I enjoyed many of the award categories such as "Mom-of-the-Era," "Absolutely Crushing It," the "Scissorhands" award and "King of Rock and Roll." The book is delightfully sprinkled with comic strips, infographics, and tons of little quotes and details to keep you engaged all the way through. -Mari

Himawari House book cover
Himawari House book cover

Himawari House

Harmony Becker

GRAPHIC NOVEL Becker
Graphic Novels, Read Woke

"When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets Hyejung and Tina, two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths."--Provided by publisher.

Casey's picture

Incredible design, a wide breadth of illustration styles, strong female friendships, humor, and polyglots adjusting to life abroad. Himawari House is a delectable slice of life through and through! -Casey

The unofficial Simpsons cookbook : from Krusty burgers to Marge's pretzels, famous recipes from your favorite cartoon family book cover
The unofficial Simpsons cookbook : from Krusty burgers to Marge's pretzels, famous recipes from your favorite cartoon family book cover

The unofficial Simpsons cookbook : from Krusty burgers to Marge's pretzels, famous recipes from your favorite cartoon family

Laurel Randolph

641.5973 /Randolph
Cookbooks

"Everyone knows and loves The Simpsons. Now you can make the food you've seen in the show for thirty-one seasons right in the comfort of your own home faster than you can say, "Mmm...Donuts." Over the years, Simpsons episodes have featured, and sometimes revolved, around countless food items. Thanks to Homer Simpson's unending appetite and a writers' room full of food lovers, the show has a long list of truly iconic dishes. From Chief Wiggum's Chili to the Flaming Moe (a.k.a. Flaming Homer) to Super Squishees to Krusty Burgers, you'll find all those recipes and more in The Unofficial Simpsons Cookbook. Featuring 70 recipes that include many of the most classic Simpsons dishes, this cookbook includes easy-to-follow instructions for chefs of all ages and levels. Finally, you can make all your favorite meals straight from Marge's kitchen in no time!"--

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I enjoyed looking through this book for the amazing pictures alone, plus the recipes are hilarious. My favorite recipe to try someday is the Nacho Man Nacho hat! I frequent this author's Instagram account, The Joy of Cooking Milhouse, on the regular. -Mari

The legend of auntie Po book cover
The legend of auntie Po book cover

The legend of auntie Po

Shing Yin Khor

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Khor
Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction

"Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman's daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan--reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch"--

Mari's picture

I loved the story, the characters, the illustration style and the historical context. -Mari

Northern spy book cover
Northern spy book cover

Northern spy

Flynn Berry

FICTION Berry Flynn
Fiction

"A producer at the Belfast bureau of the BBC, Tessa is at work one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground after the Good Friday agreement, but they never really went away, and lately, bomb threats, arms drops, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the anchor requests the public's help in locating those responsible for this latest raid - a robbery at a gas station - Tessa's sister appears on the screen. Tessa watches in shock as Marian pulls a black mask over her face. The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa knows this is impossible. They were raised to oppose Republicanism, and the violence enacted in its name. They've attended peace vigils together. And besides, Marian is vacationing by the sea. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday. When the truth of what has happened to Marian reveals itself, Tessa will be forced to choose: between her ideals and her family, between bystanderism and action. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she fears nothing more than endangering the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son."--Provided by publisher.

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It was very difficult to stop reading this until I finished. The Troubles in Ireland is such a complicated topic, I found the narrative set within to be very interesting. Plus, there are a lot of surprises. -Mari

Seek you : a journey through American loneliness book cover
Seek you : a journey through American loneliness book cover

Seek you : a journey through American loneliness

Kristen Radtke

155.92 Radtke
Science, Graphic Novels, Memoir

"When Kristen Radtke was in her twenties, she learned that, as her father was growing up, he would crawl onto his roof in rural Wisconsin and send signals out on his ham radio. Those CQ calls were his attempt to reach somebody--anybody--who would respond. In Seek You, Radtke uses this image as her jumping off point into a piercing exploration of loneliness and the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another. She looks at the very real current crisis of loneliness through the lenses of gender, violence, technology, and art. Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to Instagram to Harry Harlow's experiments in which infant monkeys were given inanimate surrogate mothers, Radtke uncovers all she can about how we engage with friends, family, and strangers alike, and what happens--to us and to them--when we disengage."--

Mari's picture

A great mixture of autobiographical and social science examination. I loved this unique graphic format and felt very relevant in the pandemic world with more isolation. -Mari

Bad Santa book cover
Bad Santa book cover

Bad Santa

DVD MOVIE COMEDY Bad

A heartwarming tale of a Mall-Santa/master thief falling in love and bringing joy to all the children.

Mykle's picture

An Xmas staple. -Mykle

Lethal weapon book cover
Lethal weapon book cover

Lethal weapon

DVD MOVIE ACTION Lethal

Two Vietnam-vets-turned cops have only one thing in common : they both hate to work with partners, but when a routine murder investigation turns into a no holds barred war with an international heroin ring their partnership becomes the key to survival.

Mykle's picture

Classic. The older I get, the less I relate to Riggs and the more I relate to Murtaugh. -Mykle

Love actually book cover
Love actually book cover

Love actually

DVD MOVIE COMEDY Love

It's all about love and holiday cheer in London. The Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower's young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

Mykle's picture

An amazing ensemble cast of interconnected characters experiencing love and Xmas. -Mykle

Die hard book cover
Die hard book cover

Die hard

DVD MOVIE ACTION Die

A team of terrorists has seized a building in L.A. and taken hostages. A New York cop, in town to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, is the only hope for the people held by the savage criminals.

Mykle's picture

The best Xmas movie ever made. -Mykle

Elf book cover
Elf book cover

Elf

DVD MOVIE COMEDY Elf

A human that thinks he's an elf goes to New York to meet his biological father then saves Xmas.

Mykle's picture

Great performances by James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Will Ferrell. -Mykle

Sophie's squash book cover
Sophie's squash book cover

Sophie's squash

Pat Zietlow Miller

jE Miller
Picture Books

A young girl befriends a squash.

Frannie's picture

A seasonal favorite of mine! This book riffs on the perennial issue of loving something maybe too much, especially when its existence is fleeting. Great for fall and appreciating what we have when we have it. -Frannie

Fuzz : when nature breaks the law book cover
Fuzz : when nature breaks the law book cover

Fuzz : when nature breaks the law

Mary Roach

591.5 /Roach

"Join "America's funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller-blasters. She travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter's Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. Along the way, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature's lawbreakers. Combining little- known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and mugging macaques, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat"--

Victoria's picture

Witty, dry, and as thoroughly researched as anything Mary Roach ever delves into, Fuzz is a hoot! The author has a brilliant knack for roping you into subjects you never knew you wanted to learn about! Fans of Sarah Vowell and Bill Bryson will enjoy this read. -Victoria

Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters of the world book cover
Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters of the world book cover

Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters of the world

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

RECEIVED
Diverse Characters, Young Adult

High school seniors Aristotle and Dante find ways to spend time together despite being at different schools, having to keep their love secret, and nightly news of gay men dying from AIDS.

Victoria's picture

This second novel is equally as eloquent, captivating and heart-wrenching as the first. Characters are beautifully life-like, multi-faceted and layered and the story is realistic, thought-provoking and well worth waiting nine years for! -Victoria

Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer book cover
Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer book cover

Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer

Traci Sorell

j629.1092 Ross
Kids, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Science

"Mary Golda Ross designed classified projects for Lockheed Air Corporation as the company's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work"--

Angie's picture

Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross’s journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all. Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work. -Angie

The big, fun kids baking book book cover
The big, fun kids baking book book cover

The big, fun kids baking book

j641.815 Food
Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Kids

An ultimate baking primer for beginners, written by the editors of the top-selling food magazine, shares more than 100 photographed recipes for everyday and special-occasion cakes, brownies and other baked favorites while providing fun ideas for customizations and alternatives to cakes.

Angie's picture

I recently took this kids cookbook home for my daughter and I to bake something together. We loved the pictures of each recipe, the tips and random facts. The spiral bound book made it easy for us to flip through to find all the delicious bake goods! -Angie

Fairytale blankets to crochet : 10 fantasy-themed children's blankets for storytime cuddles book cover
Fairytale blankets to crochet : 10 fantasy-themed children's blankets for storytime cuddles book cover

Fairytale blankets to crochet : 10 fantasy-themed children's blankets for storytime cuddles

Lynne Rowe

746.434 /Rowe
Crafts

Bedtime bookworms will love snuggling up and listening to their favourite story in a cosy hooded blanket. Bring storytime to life as they act out the characters - will they be a goodie or a baddie, Little Red Riding Hood or the wolf? Every blanket tells a story, with pockets on the sides for snuggly paws and different tails. Perfect for unwinding for a bedtime story and animating the oral tradition of storytelling - little listeners, as well as their parents, will find themselves enchanted.

Casey's picture

Gifts you can make! These fairytale inspired blankets are adorable and cozy for the upcoming winter. -Casey

Rise of wolf 8 : witnessing the triumph of Yellowstone's underdog book cover
Rise of wolf 8 : witnessing the triumph of Yellowstone's underdog book cover

Rise of wolf 8 : witnessing the triumph of Yellowstone's underdog

Rick McIntyre

599.773 /McIntyre
Nonfiction, Animals

*Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves--but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Wolf 8 struggles at first--he is smaller than the other pups, and often bullied--but soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot. An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female. Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protégé? Authored by a renowned wolf researcher and gifted storyteller, The Rise of Wolf 8 marks the beginning of an original and bold new trilogy, which will transform our view of wolves forever.

Casey's picture

I'm looking forward to more books in this series by Rick McIntyre. If you're interested in wolf restoration, I cannot recommend this title highly enough. -Casey

Pig. book cover
Pig. book cover

Pig.

ON ORDER DVD
Drama

Brian's picture

Though the description sounds like John Wick with a pig, the movie is more of a quiet meditation on love and what gives us purpose. -Brian

How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America book cover
How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America book cover

How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America

Clint Smith

973.00496 /Smith
History, Black Lives Matter

"'How the Word is Passed' is Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nations collective history, and ourselves."--

Victoria's picture

A thoroughly researched exploration of the impact of slavery and how it's history has been recorded through various monuments and landmarks. You may never see the Statue of Liberty or Wall Street the same way again! -Victoria

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe book cover
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe book cover

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Saenz Benjamin
LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Victoria's picture

I'm not sure how this book has escaped my clutches. It is a heart-warming, beautiful, soul-touching reminder that love is love! The sequel, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World is released later this month so you have time for a re-read before it comes out! -Victoria

The 13 nights of Halloween book cover
The 13 nights of Halloween book cover

The 13 nights of Halloween

Guy Vasilovich

j394.2646 Vasilovich
Picture Books

A Halloween version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring macabre gifts such as icky eyeballs, demons dancing, and thirsty vampires.

Karen's picture

You will not regret checking this book out! mwha, ha, ha, ha, ha! -Karen

Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale book cover
Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale book cover

Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

j394.2646 Capucilli
Picture Books

"In this version of the classic tale, Stone soup, three witches are looking for a tasty treat on Halloween morning and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their bone soup"--

Karen's picture

Added by Karen

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything book cover
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything book cover

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Linda Williams

jHOLIDAY E Williams
Picture Books

A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

Karen's picture

This classic Halloween story is not too scary. It's about a brave little old lady walking home in the woods and meets two shoes. I won't tell you any more. The story has actions that gets kids to participate and have fun. -Karen

The teeny-tiny woman : a ghost story book cover
The teeny-tiny woman : a ghost story book cover

The teeny-tiny woman : a ghost story

Paul Galdone

jE Galdone
Picture Books

Retells the tale of the teeny-tiny woman who finds a teeny-tiny bone in a churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before she goes to sleep.

Karen's picture

Added by Karen

The dark book cover
The dark book cover

The dark

Lemony Snicket

jE Snicket
Picture Books

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.

Karen's picture

This book can be helpful for any child afraid of the dark. -Karen

In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories book cover
In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories book cover

In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories

Alvin Schwartz

jREADER Schwartz, Alvin
Early Readers

Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

Karen's picture

Added by Karen

The house in the night book cover
The house in the night book cover

The house in the night

Susan Marie Swanson

jE Swanson
Picture Books

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

Karen's picture

This is a beautiful book with a simple and poetic story. A calming way to end after reading the spookier stories. -Karen

The good, the bad, and the spooky book cover
The good, the bad, and the spooky book cover

The good, the bad, and the spooky

Jory John

j394.2646 John
Picture Books

When Bad Seed cannot find an amazing costume for Halloween night, he postpones trick-or-treating for everyone else until he finds the perfect one.

Karen's picture

Added by Karen

Creepy carrots! book cover
Creepy carrots! book cover

Creepy carrots!

Aaron Reynolds

jE Reynolds
Picture Books

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Karen's picture

I love this book! It's so cute and perfect for Halloween! If you like this book by Aaron Reynolds, check out 'Creepy Pair of Underwear,' also by Reynolds. -Karen

Beneath the bed and other scary stories book cover
Beneath the bed and other scary stories book cover

Beneath the bed and other scary stories

Max Brallier

jREADER Brallier Max
Early Readers

The kids at school dare John to visit the old house on the hill at night, and when he and his sister go in they find dusty dishes set on the table, a book open like it is waiting for a reader, and something hiding under the bed in the attic--and that is only one of the five scary stories with unexpected twists that are included in this collection.

Karen's picture

This book is the first in a series of three. It's pretty creepy so I would suggest it for readers 8 and up. My 7.5 year old grandson read this book over and over again until he told me to take it back, "This book creeped me out, Mimi!" -Karen

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Interests: Black Lives Matter, Black History, Humor, LGBTQ+, Picture Books, Cookbooks, Crafts, Gardening, Science, Travel, Young Adult