Library Loot (May 23 2012)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.
I love how the library has become a place for wee reader to play (and play with books) and meet other young ones (and for me, to meet other mums). Of course there’s that added bonus of books, books and more books!

Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows – Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Volume 3! Yay! Or maybe it’s more like Volume 3! Shudder!!

Sam Lesser may be dead and gone, but Dodge still has uses for him, and in the first chill days of October, will make contact with him again. The dead know things the living may not, and Sam’s restless spirit has had time to discover the thing Dodge wants to know most of all… where to find the key to the black door.

Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Mark Buckingham

So one benefit that comes with wee reader and his new found love for walking is that I get to chase after him down aisle after aisle of children’s books. That means I get to pick up books like these, which I wouldn’t regularly pass by.

In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back.

In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he’s had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy.

Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle—three creatures with a strange story to tell.

Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined—a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

It’s going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter.

Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . .

Someone just like Odd .

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up – Julia Eccleshare
Thanks to Buried in Print I had to lug this behemoth of a book home. 😛

This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children’s literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the “must-read” books from all the rest in the realm of children’s books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator or counselor looking for inspiration, or a young reader with a voracious appetite, this guide to the best writing for children and young adults covers the spectrum of children’s literature. It is organized by age group—from board books to YA novels and all the gradations in between. Each entry features evaluations by a team of international critics complete with beautifully reproduced artwork from the featured title. The beloved classics are here, but the guide also takes a global perspective and includes the increasingly diverse contributions from African American and Latino authors and illustrators—not to mention important books from around the world.

The Collected Stories – John McGahern
I heard Yiyun Li reading McGahern’s story The Wine Breath on the New Yorker fiction podcast and wanted to read it for myself – as well as the other short stories that McGahern (a new-to-me author) has written.

These 34 funny, tragic, bracing, and acerbic stories represent the complete short fiction of one of Ireland’s finest living writers. On struggling farms, in Dublin’s rain-drenched streets, or in parched exile in Franco’s Spain, McGahern’s characters wage a confused but touching war against the facts of life.

Castle Waiting (Vol. 2) – Linda Medley

A discussion with a friend about graphic novels made me realise that I’ve yet to read this volume. An interlibrary loan from the Sacramento library.

With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley’s witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting.

Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies’ underpants, the identity of Pindar’s father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the “manly arts,” and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume.

The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain’s earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.

Wee reader’s loot:

Wee reader’s new favourite thing is walking around while holding things like a ball, toy, playing cards, and yes, books. He didn’t want to let go of this one so we had to take it home with us.

American Babies (A Global Fund for Children Book) – Global Fund for Children

Wee reader also picked out these books:

Little Critter Numbers – Mercer Mayer

Yum Yum, Baby Bundt: A Recipe for Mealtime – Jamie Harper


Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
What did you get at your library this week?

8 thoughts on “Library Loot (May 23 2012)

  1. Love the Mercer Mayer books, and luckily so does my nephew! YAY! I also want to read 1001 Children’s Books – it looks amazing. Do they have one of those for YA?


  2. I loved Castle Waiting Volume 2, maybe even more than Volume One. It’s good stuff. And fortunately, there is new Castle Waiting apparently coming out in the near future!


  3. I got bizarrely excited when I saw the Neil Gaiman book about Frost Giants. When I was little, my mother used to read us lots of myths and legends and though she prefered Greek myths I loved the Norse ones. Enjoy your loot!


  4. Heheh. Oh, it’s AWFUL, isn’t it?! Crazy heavy. I actually borrowed it twice from the library (the second time because I couldn’t remember any of the context for the list of books that I made when I’d borrowed it the first time) but then I just smartened up and bought the *#&$ thing. (The moral of that story? Don’t go for a second borrow if you like it!) Enjoy your loot (all of it) and if the collected stories weigh very much, you’ll get your bookish revenge, as I’ve just added that to my TBR list.


    1. Well with a bag already full of wee reader’s stuff (snacks, drinks etc) and having to carry him when in the parking lot, the book gets even heavier!


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