Holly W.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Monday, January 28, 2008

Children’s librarians and lovers of children’s books eagerly await the annual announcement of the Caldecott winner.The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.The 2008 winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret.As I’m constantly telling people, you are never too old to enjoy a good picture book and this year’s winner holds true.What is different is that The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not your typical picture book.The American Library Association’s web site describes it best…

From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.

Regardless of your age, spend some time with Hugo; let yourself be drawn into the story and drawings- savor the magic.Better yet, share it with someone.I’ll be watching for more from Brian Selznick and others in this new picture book form.

Holly, Youth Services

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Twilight

Monday, January 28, 2008
Stephenie Meyer

So, like a good vampire story?
Not of the horror variety, but a good vampire romance?

Bella moves from sunny and hot Phoenix and her mother to overcast and damp Forks, WA and her father. She leaves behind a large school where she is lost in the crowd for a smaller town where her father is the chief of Police. Suddenly Bella finds herself drawing the attention of other students, especially mysterious Edward. And then there is Jacob. Little does Bella know just how much her life is about to change. These books will grab you and not let you go. Stephenie Meyer has created a world of the supernatural in Forks, WA in the Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse). Warning- you need to read them in order! And there are more books planned.

Holly, Youth Services

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Why Gender Matters

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

As a mom of a 3 year old boy I find it fascinating to watch the way he thinks and his endless energy. Robbie is so different from our neighbor's daughter who is only 9 months older. Leonard Sax, M.D., PhD. addresses gender differences in Why Gender Matters. Sax's research is not "touchy-feely" but based on brain research. An interesting read that has applications for me as a parent and professionally as one who works with children. Okay, it even explained a little bit about my husband!

Holly, Youth Services

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