Library Loot (31 January 2014)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

Just one book for me from the library, and plenty for the kids. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any Chinese New Year-related books and didn’t have the foresight to request them earlier. Well next week then! Good thing the celebrations are for 15 days huh.

Weelicious lunches : think outside the lunch box with more than 160 happier meals –  Catherine McCord

I’m always looking for new lunch ideas for Wee Reader – he has nut allergies so I have to pack his lunch. There’s a handy allergy guide to the recipes! Fantastic! (Luckily Wee Reader is no longer allergic to wheat and egg so we can cross those of the list).


Easy, healthy, and fun lunch ideas for every age!

Once kids walk out the door for school, all bets are off. Will your son toss the nutritious food you’ve included and jump right to the treats? Will your daughter trade her sandwich for her best friend’s prepackaged meal? Determined to improve what kids eat both at school and on the go, founder Catherine McCord offers innovative solutions for quick, delicious, easy-to-make, kid-friendly lunch box meals that little ones and their older siblings won’t be tempted to swap, including: Chicken Satay Bites PB&J Pancake Sandwiches Pumpernickel Tuna Melt Chicken Salad Roll Ups Chopped Veggie Salad Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons Carrot Hummus Cinnamon Pita Chips Chocolate Graham Crackers Nature Cookies Cinnamon Roll “Sushi” Sandwiches

Filled with lots of great menu planning ideas; tips, tricks, and reusable product suggestions to make lunch fun; inspiring color photographs, advice on dealing with food allergies and so-called picky eaters; and more than 160 tried and true recipes, Weelicious Lunches takes lunchtime planning from hassle to joy!

The Good Muslim – Tahmina Anam

I loved A Golden Age, so I’m looking forward to this.


In the dying days of a brutal civil war, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come. . . . Almost a decade later, Sohail’s sister, Maya, returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax. Set in Bangladesh at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, and the long shadow of war

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Had to see what the fuss is about.


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Cheating at Canasta – William Trevor

One of those books that have been languishing on my TBR list for a while now.


Trevor’s precise and unflinching insights into the hearts and lives of ordinary people are evidenced once again in this stunning new collection. From a chance encounter between two childhood friends to the memories of a newly widowed man to a family grappling with the sale of their ancestral land, Trevor examines with grace and skill the tenuous bonds of our relationships, the strengths that hold us together, and the truths that threaten to separate us. Subtle yet powerful, his stories linger with the reader long after the words have been put away.
These twelve exquisitely nuanced tales of regret, deception, adultery, aging, and forgiveness confirm Trevor’s reputation as a master of the form and one of literature’s preeminent chroniclers of the human condition

Wee Readers’ Loot:


You were the first – Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
A sweet book about a first-born child


Road Work Ahead – Anastasia Suen ; illustrated by Jannie Ho
We love Anastasia Suen’s books!


Locomotive – Brian Floca
A lot more words than I was expecting, but gorgeous illustrations. It just won the Caldecott Medal


Blue bus, red balloon : a book of colors – Brian Biggs
Fun and colorful


Barnyard Baby – Elise Broach ; illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
A lift-the-flap book although Wee-er Reader might be too young for that.


Iron Horses – Verla Kay ; illustrated by Michael McCurdy
Great illustrations. wood-cut-like (is that a word?). A Wee Reader pick.


The Quiet Book – Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Renata Liwska

I saw this book quite a bit last year but never picked it up.


The house in the night – Susan Marie Swanson ; pictures by Beth Krommes


Dear Juno – Soyung Pak ; illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Wee Reader is very interested in getting the mail these days


Minette’s feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat – Susanna Reich ; illustrated by Amy Bates
Ok this was more for me than the kids. I was really curious how anyone would write a picture book about Julia Childs.


Big rigs – Candice Ransom
A Wee Reader pick


Spot loves his teacher – Eric Hill
Wee Reader picked this “for didi (little brother)”


Tugga-tugga tug boat – Kevin Lewis ; pictures by Daniel Kirk
Kevin Lewis’s Chugga Chugga Choo Choo was one of Wee Reader’s early favorites.


Spot’s abc : a first alphabet book – Eric Hill
Another pick for the Wee-er Reader


I’m dirty – Kate and Jim McMullan
A Wee Reader pick
What did you get from the library this week?



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