The Museum by Susan Verde & Art by Peter H. Reynolds
When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart!
As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she finds herself on an exciting adventure. Each piece of art evokes something new inside of her: silliness, curiosity, joy, and ultimately inspiration. When confronted with an empty white canvas, she is energized to create and express herself—which is the greatest feeling of all.
With exuberant illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, The Museum playfully captures the many emotions experienced through the power of art, and each child’s unique creative process. (via Abrams)
Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin
Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin’s breathtaking photographic project Beautiful Whale is the first of its kind: It chronicles his fearless attempts to reach out to whales as fellow sentient beings. Featuring Austin’s intimate images—some as detailed as a single haunting eye—that result from encounters based on mutual trust, Beautiful Whale captures the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out. As oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle says in her foreword to the book, “As an ambassador from the ocean—and to the ocean—Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope.” (via Abrams Books)
You Are Why You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life by Dr. Ramani Durvasula
An intelligent, timely, and prescriptive book that shows how your attitude towards food often reflects your attitude towards other areas in your life—jobs, relationships, money—and how you can let go of trying to please others all the time and instead satisfy your own true appetites and live a more authentic and healthier life. (via Globe Pequot Press)
Sewing for Kids by Alice Butcher
An exciting collection of easy sewing projects for children aged 5–11, including toys, decorations and accessories that kids will really love to make. Your children will have great fun learning important sewing techniques with simple instructions written just for them, and can make loads of exciting things from character softees and puppets, to patchwork balls, blankets, games, masks, and more. Includes all the templates and techniques you need to get sewing with a gorgeous, nostalgic design style just like the craft books you loved when you were a kid! (via F & W Media)
Every Little Thing by Chad Pelley
Every Little Thing explores how lives are shaped by the butterfly effect of decisions that go desperately wrong. After a shocking family tragedy, Cohen Davies feels isolated, guilty, and numb to everything except the allure of his new neighbor, Allie Crosbie. She’s a free spirit, and he sees in her the perfect place to bury his troubles. But when Allie’s father asks an unfathomable favour, Cohen’s decision to help himsets off a chain reaction of irrevocable events that leave one man dead, one man assaulted, and Cohen incarcerated. In the aftermath, Allie will reveal a shocking secret of her own. (via Breakwater Books)
50 Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time by Larry Matysik
A no-holds-barred, definitive look at the greatest pro wrestlers ever
Who were the best pro wrestlers of all time? What makes these 50 remarkable performers so special, and what were their contributions to the massively popular spectacle of wrestling? The 50 Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time has the answers. Bestselling author Larry Matysik shoots from the hip about who qualifies as the very best in history.
The complexity of choosing and ranking the 50 finest from a strong group of talented candidates also reveals a secondary tale about the evolution of pro wrestling and how this unique sport operates. This sure-to-becontroversial list and Matysik’s keen insights form a detailed, entertaining, and enlightening description of sports entertainment through the history of its legends. (via ECW)
Easy Card Tricks by Peter Arnold
50 tricks that are easy to learn and will astound your friends and family.
Astound your friends and family with amazing card tricks. Learn 50 tricks that are easy to master and hundreds of techniques that are essential for every budding magician. ‘Easy Card Tricks’ includes mathematical dupes, sleights of hand, ‘mind-reading’ stunts, expert shuffles, and card predictions that will seem impossible to an observer. Some of these tricks need no special skills at all, some need simple equipment such as a pen and paper, and some need simple conjuring skills to make the false shuffles, double lifts and glides look effortless. But all of the tricks are impressive and, with a little repetition in private, you will soon be a master of illusion. (via Octopus)
KIDS & DRAWING
I Heart Manga Dot to Dot by IMPACT Books
With a few strokes of your pencil, connect the dots to bring girls, guys and good times to life. Based on drawings by some of the best manga artists around, these scenes rock with fashion, frolics and friends. With easy-to-follow instructions and a solutions key to help if you get stuck, the images transform into a boredom-busting coloring book when complete, providing hours of creative activities.
The possibilities are endless! (via F & W Media)
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Mortal by Ted Dekker
Centuries have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace…and fear. A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood-the first Mortals in a world that is dead. (via Faithwords)
But The Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living. Division and betrayal threaten to destroy the Mortals from within. The final surviving hope for humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation and no one knows the path to survival.
On the heels of Forbidden comes MORTAL, the second novel in The Books of Mortals saga penned by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare take the journey.
The Books of Mortals are three novels, each of which stands on its own, yet all are seamlessly woven into one epic thriller.
Dig In by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Michelle Berg
It’s a busy day on the construction site, and these industrious mice are up to something big! But what are they working on? Bold, colorful illustrations and recognizable vehicles with moving parts add to the fun, with hidden clues for the careful observer. Is that red paint … or red sauce? Is that a construction pit … or a drain? Children will delight in guessing their way to the end, when the final spread reveals a carefully constructed surprise. It’s favorite vehicles meet lunchtime and bathtime in these novelty board books with interactive mechanisms. (via Abrams)
Stitched Safari: 18 Adorable Animals to Make with Felt by Tomomi Maeda
A cute collection of 18 felt animals, from miniature elephants and giraffes to tiny cats and dogs. The adorable projects are quick and simple to make and perfect for all ages! Clear step-by-step illustrated instructions make the designs easy to recreate and adapt. (via F & W Media)
Fuse by Julianna Baggott
To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge’s father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.
At Partridge’s side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined. Long ago a plan was hatched that could mean the earth’s ultimate doom. Now only Partridge and Pressia can set things right.
To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge. And Pressia, armed only with a mysterious Black Box containing a set of cryptic clues, must travel to the very ends of the earth, to a place where no map can guide her. If they succeed, the world will be saved. But should they fail, humankind will pay a terrible price …(via Grand Central Publishing)
Kingdom Keepers V : Shell Game by Ridley Pearson
As if it weren’t difficult enough to be starting high school, the Kingdom Keepers suffer an unexpected setback after the Overtakers confront them at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. To complicate matters, the Keepers are then invited on a cruise aboard the Disney Dream, and it seems that they arent the only surprise guests aboard the ship…(via Hyperion)
How to Boil an Egg: Poach One, Scramble One, Fry One, Bake One, Steam One by Rose Bakery
How to Boil an Egg Etc, is a collection of simple and unusual recipes for cooking eggs from Rose Bakery. Renowned English chef Rose Carrarini of Rose Bakery has chosen her favourite classic and contemporary ways of using eggs, including all the basics like poached, scrambled and fried eggs, as well as muffins, pancakes, tarts, gratins, cakes and puddings. One of the most complete and nourishing of ingredients, this book shows how tasty and versatile eggs can be. (via Phaidon)
Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige
SCHRODER relates the story of Eric’s urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand-and maybe even explain-his behavior: the painful separation from his mother in childhood; a harrowing escape to America with his taciturn father; a romance that withered under a shadow of lies; and his proudest moments and greatest regrets as a flawed but loving father.
Alternately lovesick and ecstatic, Amity Gaige’s deftly imagined novel offers a profound meditation on history and fatherhood, and the many identities we take on in our lives—those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves. (via HBG)