Look at our New Books!

 It’s Scholastic Bookfair Week!

Only one sales day left! Our doors close Thursday at 5pm!

I always buy books at the fair, and my stack is getting pretty high!

Look what's coming to the library!

 The book that thrills me the most this week is Wonderstruck: A novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick.  Our readers might remember Selznick as the Caldecott award winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Selznick has a unique gift for telling stories with pencil drawings and text.

His new book,  “Relates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides to leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he has never known in New York City; and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missing in her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.” {Follett Library Services, 2011}

I think the book is brilliant because of the unique style of storytelling. I have never seen a story told in drawings and another interconnected one told in text. The book is about 600 pages long with 460 pages of black and white drawings.  It’s completely original and is getting lots of positive press. It’s a bit spendy, but I think worthy of any book collection. I fully anticipate that this novel will garner many, many awards. I ordered extra copies, so stop by Thursday for our last day of the sale!

We have two copies of Wonderstruck, so if this is something you are interested in, stop by and ask for it! Due to the popularity of the book, I am taking reservations for check out.

 Look what we have for the younger readers!

Books for the younger crowd!

Sometimes you just can’t beat a book about UNDERWEAR!  When you add a picture of tighty-whitey’s on the front, it’s a winner in the kindergarten crowd. It’s a story of a bear who finds a backpack filled with different types of underwear–Big, small, frilly, itchy, striped or polka-dots! Bear and his animial friends try them all on and have a great underwear party! I read it this morning, and it was all thumbs up!

 “We loved everyone wearing underwear!”

~Mrs. Flowers Kindergarten class


And, last but not least, for our intermediate fantasy fiction fans…..

The wait is over! Heroes of Olympus book 2 is here!

 Rick Riordan’s, Son of Neptune was released yesterday and continues the Heroes of Olympus series! No advertising is needed here! All I had to do this morning was hold up a copy, and away it went into a happy reader’s hands!

Look early next week for a guest post by two Bulldog Readers who are traveling to Olympia this weekend to meet Rick Riordan. Their mom drove them to Olympia last weekend to pick up the special tickets for this weekend’s event! I can’t wait to hear about their experience meeting this amazing author!

Wildwood is a new book to our library and a donation from Josa, our Summer Reading Contest winner! This was one of his favorite books from the summer. I’ve just started my copy at home, but it’s looking pretty great! I had a hard time putting it down last night.


What book did you get at the bookfair?
What do you think about our stack of books?
Leave us a comment and let us know!



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9 thoughts on “Look at our New Books!

  1. Dear Mrs Hembree,

    Wow I love your wonderful pile of books which you got.

    Thanks for the wonderful reviews too. I will make it a point to see if I can find some of the above books in our local library and get back to you and tell you what I think.

    Your bulldog readers are so lucky to have you for your passion about books and wanting everyone to share in reading is just wonderful Mrs Hembree!

    Happy reading.
    From your pal,

    • Dear AA,
      Thank you so much for your beautiful compliment! If I am remembered for anything as a teacher, I hope it will be for my love and passion for reading! I just want all kids to love it as much as I do!

      If you see Wonderstruck in Australia, it is worth buying! You and BB would enjoy reading it together I think!

      Mrs. Hembree

  2. Dear Mrs Hembree,
    Booktastic post.

    I noticed in your book stack you have Magic Tree House which is a very populaur book in our grade.

    Your book fair reminds me of when some of the kids from our school did a book swap which is you bring a book and swap it for another book.

    Mrs Hembree did you know you have thirty four books on your stack.

    Bad Kitty sounds like a good book.

    I think some of your girls who come to libary would enjoy reading this book Fairy School Drop out as well.

    From your pal,

    • Dear BB,
      Wow- thanks for counting up all the books! It’s a big stack! Bad Kitty is a funny chapter book. It’s popular with readers who like humorous books.

      Yes, I also got the newest Magic Tree House book-Dogs in the Dead of the Night! I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about rescue dogs I think. MTH books are super popular here too! I like them because they have good action and adventure and usually a touch of geography and history too!

      I haven’t heard of Fairy School Dropout, so I will have to find out about that one!

      This morning I have to go to school and pack up all the cases of books to go back to Scholastic. Luckily, I have some volunteer staff members who will help me.

      One more day on your vacation! What will you do?

      Mrs. Hembree

  3. G’day Mrs Hembree,

    Thank you for replying back to me with your comment.

    Yes the magic Tree House books are awesome and I am pretty sure your bulldog readers will love reading it.

    How did you go packing you all your books from the book fair.
    That is great that you got some great helpers. That always helps. 🙂

    Yes I will be back at school. I plan to catch up with my cousins and spend extra time with my nanna and pop.

    From your pal,

  4. Dear Mrs.Hembree
    Mrs.Hembree have you read Pokemon Diamond
    and pearl Adventures Volume 1 before. Check one out to see if its OK for the library. I read the the book it is OK for kids it’s like the Dragon ball books but different the the book.
    Bye. You student Alex.

  5. Dear Mrs. Hembree
    I’ve been waiting for the Son of Neptune to be out for so long. I’m a third of the way through the book and I can’t wait until the next book comes out, The Mark of Athena!!!! Did you read The Son of Neptune yet?
    From, Tracy

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