Monday, December 15, 2008

Looking Forward to those 2009 Books

Although I'm still frantically catching up on my 2008 reading, I can't help but anticipate those crispy, fresh 2009 titles.

Here's a partial list of what I'm looking forward to in January:

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Simon & Schuster) - this picture book is about animal butts and it got a starred review in Kirkus. 'Nuff said.

3 Willows by Ann Brashares (Delacorte Press) - 8th-grade girls try the whole Sisterhood thing. Starred PW review.

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell (Atheneum) - Dowell can't write a bad or uninteresting book, and this one is a "light fantasy"!!

Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson (Scholastic) - I reviewed this way back - it's a charming picture book about a silly hen, and who could want more?

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster) - because it's a picture book by Gravett! Nothing more needs to be said.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick (Blue Sky Press/Scholastic) - a Civil War adventure with plenty of twists, written by the author of the incomparable Freak the Mighty.

Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud (Hyperion) - finally, a new fantasy by the author of the Bartimaeus books.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas - any story time is better with a Jan Thomas book.

And now, back to those 2008 books, which I am determined to read before January 26th!

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