Rowayton Library Recommends

Uncomplicated--Taking the Stress out of Home Cooking

February 15, 2019

Uncomplicated--Taking the Stress Out of Home Cooking by Claire Tansey is as good as its word. We marveled at the number of recipes we wanted to try and fell for the comforting “you can do it” advice. Lush photographs enhance the instructions, which are very pantry friendly and also imaginative. She has a way of adding one more ingredient, in the case of the delicious Chinese noodles frozen edamame, that takes a dish to the next level. (Cookbook)

55, Underemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life

February 15, 2019

55, Underemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life by Elizabeth White shines a light on the options, or lack thereof, available to those who have not prepared for retirement, often through no fault of their own. The uncertain economic times, the crash of 2008, unfortunate medical events, the list of reasons is long and unforgiving. There is lots of helpful, candid advice, practical plans, and personal anecdotes. A comprehensive list of resources is included. (Non-Fiction)

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

February 15, 2019

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston is a memoir of life at her ranch high in the mountains of CO. She bought the property in 1993 and over the years transformed it into a working ranch that became her first real home. She had a dysfunctional childhood with no roots of any kind, so it was a revelation to her that a physical place could exert such a hold. Her descriptions of nature are wonderful and she doesn’t shy away from describing sadness or challenges. (Non-Fiction)

She Lies in Wait

February 15, 2019

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge starts thirty years ago when a terrible crime occurred while a group of six friends went camping. No bones have been unearthed and it falls to DCI Sheens, who was a young cop when a girl went missing, to determine the truth. An exhaustive investigation failed to turn up the missing girl but modern analytic techniques may offer an advantage. it's a clever, detailed police procedural turning on who was lying then and who is lying now.

Rupture

February 15, 2019

Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson is the new Ari Thor Icelandic noir. A fifty-year-old crime has resurfaced. This book takes us back to Ari Thor’s days as a young policeman. He is trying to solve a cold case in a town committed to maintaining its secrets. The author’s economical prose perfectly describes the claustrophobic atmosphere of Iceland in the winter; a countryside full of insular communities with many interconnections. He is dogged and perseveres, drawing the reader into a labyrinth of lies.

Old Newgate Road

February 15, 2019

Old Newgate Road by Keith Scribner takes place in East Granby, CT where growing tobacco for cigar wrapping was once the principal business. The main character returns home to his old house from Portland, OR, taking a break from a collapsed marriage and a flailing teenage son. He is there to pick up a load of wood for shipment to his contracting business. He goes to the family home, which has been deserted for years, except that it is no longer. His elderly father, jailed for murdering his mother, has been freed and has taken up residence. A cascade of memories complicates the question of what kind of forgiveness is possible. This is a compelling read about family dynamics and conflict.

The Lost Man

February 15, 2019

The Lost Man by Jane Harper is an exceptional thriller. She really knows how to capture the atmosphere of a place, in this case, the arid, isolated, endless stretches of the Australian outback. Sudden death in the family at the center of the book starts a chain of revelations involving events from the past and shines an unforgiving light on generations of cruelty. Solving the crime, if there was one, is almost incidental to this fine analysis of people struggling to make a living on the edge of civilization with all the unique challenges that entail.

Late in the Day

February 15, 2019

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley takes place in present-day London and is about two couples who are long-standing friends from university days. Hadley spares no one in this examination of what can happen when an unexpected tragedy in middle age throws everything about their relationships into question. Her prose is exquisite. The plot is developed in several time periods which illustrate their tangled history, with themes of adultery and aging. A master writer with a very perceptive pen brings these characters to life.

Dear Mrs. Bird

February 15, 2019

Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce is a charming confection about a young “journalist” in London during WWII. Her dream is to become a war correspondent, and just when she thinks she has gotten close to realizing this goal life steps in with a surprise opportunity. The author researched the women’s magazines of the period so she could capture readers’ desire for some normalcy amid the chaos of the home front. The characters are resilient and charming.  There are many laugh out loud moments despite the serious setting. Looking for answers can certainly be funny sometimes!

The Current

February 15, 2019

The Current by Tim Johnston is fabulous suspense. Two college girlfriends make an ill-fated trip from CO to MN that ends in tragedy. The survivor must confront both the crime that killed her friend and a death ten years before that. The secrets of the river unfold in many layers. There are sharp dialogue and many surprises. Is the latest horrible accident connected to an unsolved crime from ten years ago? Johnston is an excellent writer who has created memorable characters.

The Clockmaker's Daughter

February 15, 2019

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton is a treat. Its plot initially unfolds in Victorian England and concludes in the present day. The centerpiece that drives the action is a house called Birchwood Manor. It’s very atmospheric, with a strong sense of place and lots of good background on the history and mores of the people who are a part of its life over the years. The mystique of the house enthralls residents and visitors alike. There are lots of winding plot trails that resolve satisfactorily at the end.  This is more than a ghost story, although she is pretty witty and perceptive.

The Burglar

February 15, 2019

The Burglar by Thomas Perry is a very good addition to this well-known author’s published pile of page-turning thrillers. The young heroine is a highly skilled burglar who operates in Beverly Hills. One day she stumbles on three dead bodies in the course of what should have been a routine burglary. The chase is on. She has to solve the crime in order to save her life. Some McGyver tricks from our resourceful heroine make this a particularly entertaining read.

The Grinch (PG) 86 minutes

February 11, 2019

THE GRINCH CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY MOVIE  (PG) Illumination and Universal Pictures present THE GRINCH, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic. THE GRINCH tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, THE GRINCH is fun for the whole family.

Marwencol Documentary (NR) 84 minutes

February 11, 2019

MARWENCOL DOCUMENTARY (NR) Outside a small bar in Kingston, NY, Mark Hogancamp was beaten nearly to death, his memories wiped away. Seeking recovery for his PTSD, he builds Marwencol, a miniature World War II-era town filled with doll versions of his friends, fantasies, and even his attackers. As he documents the town's dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in an epic tale of love, adventure, resurrection, and revenge. When his photos are discovered by the art world, Mark is suddenly forced to choose between the safety of his imaginary world and the real world he's avoided since the attack. This is the true story behind the well-received movie Welcome to Marwen,”with Steve Carrel. (Non-Fiction)

Ripper Street Season 5 (NR) 360 minutes

February 11, 2019

RIPPER STREET Season 5 SERIES (NR) Winter of 1899, the end of the Victorian Era. As the bitter cold descends upon Whitechapel, our heroes find themselves on the edge of peril--a serial killer with subhuman desires and a superhuman ability to escape arrest is on the loose. Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), and Long Susan (MyAnna Buring), are living as fugitives, on the run from Assistant Commissioner Augustus Dove (Killian Scott) as the trio seeks to bring him and his cannibalistic brother, Nathaniel (Jonas Armstrong), to justice. Meanwhile, the three must contend with the return of the crooked Inspector Jedediah Shine (Joseph Mawle). See Reid, Jackson, and Long Susan fight to bring justice to the Whitechapel streets in the final season of this entertainingly sinister dip in the cesspool of 19th-century criminality!

Narcos Season 3 (NR) 330 minutes

February 11, 2019

NARCOS Season 3  (NR) Season Three brings cocaine and the war on drugs closer to home as the Cali cartel emboldened by the fall of Pablo Escobar, looks to expand its operations inside America’s borders. Cali Godfather Gilberto Rodriguez designs an exit strategy that will allow cartel leaders to live happily ever after--but his plans are threatened when someone within his organization teams up with DEA agent Pena in the thrilling 3rdseason. The Drug War Might Be Lost But The Best Version Of This Show Is Found!” Indiewire

Jamestown Season 1 & 2 (NC-17) Adults Only 750 minutes

February 11, 2019

JAMESTOWN, Season 1 & 2  (NC-17) NEW SERIES 1619. On what feels like the edge of the world sits Jamestown, Virginia. For 12 years, it has been populated only by men, but the settlement is shaken up when the first women land in this wilderness. The disruptive new arrivals are immediately thrust into a new world of desire, power, and survival. From the makers of Downton Abbey.

Elementary Season 6 (NR) 885 minutes

February 11, 2019

ELEMENTARY, Season 6   SERIES (NR) How would the legendary Sherlock Holmes cope if he lost his one-of-a-kind deductive skills? In this 6thseason, the famed detective (Jonny Lee Miller) faces this devastating possibility when he is diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, a disorder that causes the physical and cognitive symptoms including memory loss. With his career, calling and sobriety all at stake, he must rely even more on his steadfast partner, Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Together, they continue in their mission to crack the NYPD’s most baffling crimes and puzzling cases. Your mind will be blown by all 21 thrilling episodes in this season as Sherlock fights to overcome a mystery even he may not be able to solve.

The Wife (R) 100 minutes

February 11, 2019

THE WIFE MOVIE (R) Oscar Nominee Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Interweaving the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, the movie thirty-plus years later--a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love. Also starring Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd.

Sisters Brothers (R) 122 minutes

February 11, 2019

SISTERS BROTHERS MOVIE (R) John C. Reilly (Eli Sister) and Joaquin Phoenix (Charlie Sister) blaze a trail of action, adventure, and sly wit as the Sisters brothers, notorious sibling assassins who are hired to kill a gold prospector accused of stealing from their tyrannical boss in the Old West. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal as John Morris and Riz Ahmed as Hermann Kermit Warm, and based on the award-winning novel by Patrick deWitt, this gritty Western is a wildly chaotic ride from start to finish. Rutger Hauer as The Commodore.

The Girl in the Spider's Web (R) 115 minutes

February 11, 2019

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB MOVIE (R) Claire Foy is Lisbeth Salander, the girl in this new Dragon Tattoo story. The highly-skilled vigilante from the acclaimed Millennium book series, Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials, as they race to rescue a dangerous nuclear program capable of global destruction held by shadowy figures linked to Lisbeth's past.

First Reformed (R) 113 minutes

February 11, 2019

FIRST REFORMED MOVIE (R) Oscar Nominee From writer-director Paul Schrader comes this gripping thriller about a clergyman caught in a monumental crisis of faith. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a struggling church. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks the reverend to counsel her husband, Toller is plunged into his own tormented past and equally, despairing future until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence.

First Man (PG-13) 141 minutes

February 11, 2019

FIRST MAN MOVIE (PG-13) Oscar NomineeA biopic about the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) from 1961-1969, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first human to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. It explores the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.

The Bookshop (PG) 114 minutes

February 11, 2019

THE BOOKSHOP MOVIE (PG) England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), this is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

Bad Times at the El Royale (R) 141 minutes

February 11, 2019

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE  MOVIE (R) Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth lead an all-star cast in this powerful thriller filled with gripping suspense and startling revelations. Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have the last shot at redemption before everything goes to hell.

SmallFoot Children's Movie (PG) 96 minutes

January 21, 2019

SMALLFOOT CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) Yetis live in on the top of a mountain in the Himalayas, Nepal, above the clouds and hidden away from sight. Migo is a yeti who abides by the law of the ancient stones held by the Stonekeeper, the yetis' leader. Migo's father, Dorgle, hits a gong each morning to allow the sun to rise. While learning how to ring the gong, Migo is distracted by the Stonekeeper's daughter, Meechee, whom he loves, and misses the gong, landing outside the village. There, Migo witnesses a plane crash and finds a "smallfoot" (human), whom the yetis have taken for legend. Migo tells the villagers what he saw, but has no proof and is banned from the village. The Smallfoot Evidentiary Society (S.E.S.), which is led by Meechee, convinces Migo to be lowered below the clouds despite the stones telling them that there is nothing underneath. After some hesitation, Migo agrees to go, but his rope snaps and Migo falls, where he discovers the land of the humans. Fun family viewing.

Sea Level Children's Movie (PG) 92 minutes

January 21, 2019

SEA LEVEL CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) Pup, a young bamboo shark, discovers egg sacs while playing around the ocean reef with his friends. When he sees human poachers stealing the dozens of eggs from his reef, Pup makes it his mission to save his family no matter how impossible it may seem. As he leaves the sea and enters the beautiful, yet dangerous, world of Man above the sea he'll prove he isn't too small to save his family, especially with the help of his friend Julius.

Tea With The Dames Documentary (NR) 84 minutes

January 21, 2019

TEA WITH THE DAMES DOCUMENTARY (NR) What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, Tea With The Dames is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats up close and unfiltered. (Non-Fiction)

Fahrenheit 11/9 Documentary (R) 128 minutes

January 21, 2019

FAHRENHEIT 11/9 DOCUMENTARY (R) Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 5 (NR) 400 minutes

January 21, 2019

THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES, Season 5 SERIES (NR) Doctor Lucien Blake and his long-suffering housekeeper and confidant Jean Beazley now face a new future together, full of possibility but life has a few more surprises in store for the both of them. Once again they’ll be confronted by murder and mystery at every turn. From the boxing ring to a new French bistro, from an exotic camp of travelling Romani gypsies to the local Debutante Ball. And amongst all of these loyalties will be tested, friendships will be strained and faith will be challenged. Will Blake and Jean finally find the happiness they so richly deserve? Is Charlie ready for more responsibility at the Station? How will Rose work with two generations of the Tyneman’s? And who is the avenging nemesis from the past? Doctor Blake is ready to solve a series of strange and shocking crimes. But he’s about to discover that each and every one of his actions has consequences. No good deed ever goes unpunished.

C.B. Strike Season 1 (NR) 433 minutes

January 21, 2019

C. B. STRIKE: The Series, Season 1 (NR) NEW SERIES Cormoran Strike is a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London's Denmark Street. Though he's wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's unique insight and his background as a SIB Investigator prove crucial in unravelling three complex cases, which the police seem unable to solve. Robin Ellacott begins as a temporary secretary, managing Strike's chaotic life but she soon becomes involved with his caseload and begins to see her true potential. Based on the books by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling)

What They Had (R) 101 minutes

January 21, 2019

WHAT THEY HAD MOVIE (R) From first-time writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, this "captivating family drama" that will make "you laugh as much as you cry" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (two- time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (two-time Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner) and her father's (Oscar nominee Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

Venom (PG-13) 112 minutes

January 21, 2019

VENOM MOVIE (PG-13) THE WORLD HAS ENOUGH SUPERHEROES!Theevolution of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character--Venom! Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything, including his job and fiancée. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary super powers--transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot?

A Simple Favor (R) 117 minutes

January 21, 2019

A SIMPLE FAVOR MOVIE (R) Directed by Paul Feig. Centered around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, and murder and revenge.

Puzzle (R) 103 minutes

January 21, 2019

PUZZLE  MOVIE (R) After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do: puzzling. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself.

The Predator (R) 107 minutes

January 21, 2019

THE PREDATOR MOVIE (R) The hunt has evolved! And so, has the explosive action, in this next chapter of the Predator series, from director Shane Black. Now, the most lethal hunters in the universe are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, and only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race. This movie TAKES IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Old Man and the Gun (PG-13) 93 minutes

January 21, 2019

OLD MAN AND THE GUN MOVIE (PG-13) Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Other actors include Danny Glover, Tom Waits and John David Washington.

Halloween 2018 (R) 106 minutes

January 21, 2019

HALLOWEEN (2018) MOVIE (R) Blu Ray and DVD Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Master of horror John Carpenter joins forces with director David Gordon Green and producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Split) for this follow-up to Carpenter's 1978 classic.

The Superpower Field Guide to Beavers

January 20, 2019

The Superpower Field Guide to Beavers by Rachel Poliquin starts with a bang--beavers have bright orange incisors! Do not check this book out if you knew that. The facts come fast and furious: Napoleon's famous hat was made from beaver, in fact, their fur was so perfect for hats it was almost their undoing. They are wetland warrior for sure! This is great fun and really interesting. (Non-Fiction)

I Spy on the Farm

January 20, 2019

I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs is a board book with a peeks a boo element. Each page has a hidden farm animal with a hint based on the noise they make. There is also a hole that shows the color most associated with the animal or bird. It's a perfect book for small hands to hold, not too long and a great way to learn colors and animal sounds in one go. (Non-Fiction; Informational)

Little Owl's Snow

January 20, 2019

Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivason is about the approach of winter. The animals all prepare in their individual ways. The snow eventually comes and many of them go into hibernation. The young owl notices some tracks and realizes not everyone is gone. It’s his first snow so there is a lot to learn and enjoy. (Non-Fiction)

Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor--The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

January 20, 2019

Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor--The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez is eye-opening. In the early part of the 20thcentury, a young girl got a crocodile for a birthday present and there was no going back. Her enthusiasm for reptiles led her to eventually become the first female curator of the London Zoo reptile house. Her caring manner and knowledge led her to design a state of the art home for them. She was the first person to understand the mysterious Komodo dragons and often took one of them to tea. This is a winning look at a unique girl who matures into a woman ahead of her time. (Non-Fiction)

In the Past

January 20, 2019

In the Past by David Elliott will thrill budding paleontologists. It begins in the Cambrian Age, about 340 million years ago. The prehistoric creature facts are told in poems and form a timeline staircase leading from the brainless trilobites to the wooly mammoths. Each period is identified with intricate illustrations made for studying. (Non-Fiction)

Gecko

January 20, 2019

Gecko by Raymond Huber is terrific. It shines a spotlight on one type of the 1.500 different kinds of geckos in the world. These remarkable lizards are escape artists, with sharp eyes and ears. They eat tons of insects, and even their own skin and tails! This is a fascinating introduction to one of the reptile world’s most interesting denizens. It’s detailed without being dull. The outstanding illustrations add to the experience. (Non-Fiction)

The Cars and Trucks Book

January 20, 2019

The Cars and Trucks Book by Todd Parr is a particularly great read aloud. The pages are populated with lots of beeping and vrooming vehicles. Young readers will enjoy identifying their favorites among the wide selection (taco truck anyone?). His trademark primary colored illustrations are attention-grabbing. (Non-Fiction)

Pine and Boof Blast Off

January 20, 2019

Pine & Boof Blast Off by Ross Burach is a stitch. One day in the woods the intrepid duo, consisting of a perennially hungry bear and his porcupine pal, find an egg they are sure has come from outer space. Their mission becomes to return the egg to space, which starts with a rocket building project. Many laughs later the mission is accomplished. This is a very, very funny book with lively, detailed illustrations and lots of wordplays. Don’t miss Pine and Boof and the Lucky Leaf.

Paddington at St. Paul's

January 20, 2019

Paddington at St. Paul’s by Michael Bond continues Paddington’s escapades by sending him to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Paddington has been on the hop for 60 years now, and always finds fascinating places to explore. Armed with a whistle and a sense of adventure he stumbles into the famous boys' choir where his high C is much admired. As always the beautiful watercolor illustrations enhance the story of this cherished bear. This is the last of the series!

Never Satisfied--The Story of a Stonecutter

January 20, 2019

Never Satisfied--The Story of the Stonecutter by Dave Horowitz is a clever adaptation of a Chinese folk tale. Stanley the stonecutter is a frog who aspires to do something else. His imagination is taken by anyone or anything he sees, leading to many transformations as his wishes magically come true.

The Neighbors

January 20, 2019

The Neighbors by Einat Tsarfati is a tour of a seven-story building led by the girl who lives at the top. Each entryway on each floor leads to a dazzling apartment she imagines in accordance with the décor on the outside of the door. Pirates, acrobats, explorers, tigers, and vampires all evidently live in her building, along with her somewhat boring but very loving parents. The illustrations are vibrant.

Love, Z

January 20, 2019

Love, Z by Jessie Sima is a lovely story about looking for love in all the right places. Z is a young robot on a quest that begins when he finds a message in a bottle signed "love, Beatrice.” He doesn't know what love is, so he begins a journey in search of Beatrice, figuring she can explain. Along the way, he meets many helpful, endearing characters who share what love means to them. The ending delivers an important lesson on what makes you feel safe and warm and loved. The illustrations are a delight.

Lola Dutch When I Grow Up

January 20, 2019

Lola Dutch When I Grow Up by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright follows Lola as she imagines all the things she might do when she grows up. Her dreams are "too much" to keep track of as she whirls through various inspirations, rallying her friends to support each possibility. By the end of this ravishing book, she is a bit exhausted but calmed by Bear's pronouncement that she has plenty of time to grow up.

Duck and Goose--A Gift For Goose

January 20, 2019

Duck & Goose--A Gift for Goose by Tad Hills is a darling early reader. Duck works hard creating the perfect box for goose’s present. Goose is so thrilled with the beautiful box he assumes that is his present. The misunderstanding is quickly worked out and all is well. The cheerful illustrations are very expressive.

Duck on a Disco Ball

January 20, 2019

Duck on a Disco Ball by Jeff Mack is a rollicking tale. A young boy does not want to go to bed, rightly suspecting there is a lot of fun being had while he sleeps. His parents and beloved stuffed duck are the pictures of innocence until the lights go out and zaniness abounds. This is a perky bedtime story.

Chicken Talk

January 20, 2019

Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka is disarming. A family farm is populated by numerous chickens guarded by Pedro the rooster. They all have individual names, except the seven white chickens, all called Joyce after the farmer’s mother. One morning a message is scratched in the dirt that can only be left by a chicken who is tired of arugula. As the days go on the increasingly opinionated chickens leave more messages on a variety of subjects. It’s all very entertaining and wonderfully illustrated.

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

January 12, 2019

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook by Brian Noyes is delightful. The famous VA bakery specializes in southern treats. There are a wide variety of sweet and savory recipes and lots of anecdotes. Colorful mouthwatering photographs add to the charm. As you might expect, the biscuit recipe is amazing. (Cookbook)

Eat What You Love

January 12, 2019

Eat What You love by Danielle Walker focuses on everyday comfort food that addresses many cravings in a healthy way. It's a good user-friendly cookbook for kick-starting new years cleanse; all the recipes are gluten and dairy free. Clever substitutions such as an almond meal for corn produced a delicious shrimp and "grits" dish. Stock your pantry with some of the suggested flour substitutes and you are on your way to producing delicious pancake and banana bread. The apple pie applesauce is terrific, as is the hint to put a small amount of fat in veg or fruit purees to aid in nutrient absorption. Her Nutella recipe is also fantastic. You’ll never buy a jar again! (Cookbook)

Tell Your Children--The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence

January 12, 2019

Tell Your Children--The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by Alex Berenson argues that marijuana legalization has been promising a “high” without any lows, a reward without risks. He has done a lot of research and is particularly concerned with the connection between marijuana and psychosis. Should we be as cautious about regulating pot as we are with tobacco? Definitely yes, would be his answer. (Non-Fiction)

The Martha Manual

January 12, 2019

The Martha Manual by Martha Stewart is a “how to” manual on steroids. There doesn’t seem to be anything that isn’t covered! It starts with a chapter on organizing so you can find all the tools that are going to make you more efficient and creative. All kidding aside this is a valuable book. The range is wide--from simple but effective tips on pantry storage to fixing a faucet. (Non-Fiction)

The Art of the Wasted Day

January 12, 2019

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl is both a memoir and travelogue. The author has essentially written a series of essays about the virtues of solitude, using three major historical figures who withdrew from society to essentially pursue the life of the mind. It’s a robust defense of the idea that there is value in solitude. Personal travel anecdotes connect the stories of these people with the author’s explorations. The writing is exquisite. (Non-Fiction)

Where the Crawdads Sing

January 12, 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a debut novel that tells the story of a young girl abandoned at a frighteningly young age to raise herself in the North Carolina marshlands she knows as home. The “Marsh Girl” is a creature of her environment and while uneducated and illiterate she manages to survive, and ultimately attract the attention of two very different young men. The author skillfully interweaves stunning passages about the denizens of the marsh with her survival strategies and maturation. It is a page-turner despite some clichés, mostly in the descriptions of the supporting characters. For fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Southern writers.

Once Upon A River

January 12, 2019

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is deeply atmospheric. It starts with a group of people storytelling at an inn on the Thames in the 1800s. A young girl is brought in and feared drowned but she recovers, albeit as a mute. There are three families who all believe she is their missing child.  The writing is beautiful, very evocative of the historic time when the action takes place. The characters are richly drawn and the sense of place very strong.

The New Iberia Blues

January 12, 2019

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke has Dave Robicheaux, best friend Clete and daughter Alafair working to identify a creepy serial killer while life is disrupted by a large group of Hollywood types in town for a film shoot. Burke is 82 years old and you definitely get the sense this could be the swan song for this series. Bodies appear and suspects multiply. The character development is excellent and Dave’s musings on the larger questions of life and death continue to be the glue that has made this series so special.

In a House of Lies

January 12, 2019

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin has John Rebus up to his trademark tricks despite being technically retired from the Edinburgh police force. A long-dead body turns up, setting off a cascade of events that reach back to an old case Rebus once worked on. He manages to insinuate himself into the investigation and watches over his old partner Siobahn Clarke as she navigates the perilous politics of both gangsters and police. This is a solid procedural that delivers on all fronts.

In Dog We Trust

January 12, 2019

In Dog, We Trust by Beth Kendrick is a light-hearted romance for dog lovers (particularly Labrador enthusiasts). It's very funny, well written and diverting. Noncanine enthusiasts will also enjoy the comic antics of humans and their pets. It takes place on the Delaware shore where the tension between wealthy summer people and those work for them is part of life. There are twists and turns in the romance that keep things diverting, and of course, you cheer for the hard-working heroine.

Come With Me

January 12, 2019

Come With Me by Helen Schulman is engrossing and well written. It’s a combination of family drama, a close look at the Palo Alto tech world and the endless ways it impacts people, with a whiff of the paranormal to keep things interesting. The main character is a wife and mother (the children are wonderfully drawn characters) who works for a 19-year-old genius who has created a program that allows you to reprogram your past and take a close look at those tempting “what ifs.” Her husband is a struggling journalist in an environment with no time for his field. It’s a provocative, timely, and deeply human book with laugh out loud moments. Give it a try!

The Colors of All the Cattle

January 12, 2019

The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith continues the very enjoyable series starring Precious Ramotswe and her Botswanan detective agency. The series has stayed interesting by continually involving Precious in new circumstances, this time a political race for a seat on the Gaborone City Council. Old nemesis's return, but wisdom and kindness prevail. The supporting cast that is an essential part of this charming series all continues to grow and prosper.

Christopher Robin (PG) 120 minutes

December 17, 2018

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN– Children’s MOVIE (PG) In this heartwarming tale from Disney, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), the boy who had countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, has grown up and lost his way. Swamped in the adult world of advertising, he must plan on how to downsize his staff over the weekend he promised his young daughter to go away into the countryside. Disappointment reigns. Now it's up to his spirited and loveable stuffed animals, Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of the gang, to rekindle their friendship with Christopher and remind him of endless days of childlike wonder and make-believe, when doing nothing was the very best something. Appealing to both children and adults alike, this wonderful story is in perfect time for holiday viewing for any family!

Yellowstone Season 1 (NR) 465 minutes

December 17, 2018

YELLOWSTONE, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR) The brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and starring Kevin Costner, this tale revolves around the Dutton family led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest ranch in the U.S. that is under constant attack by those it borders: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny. A world where land grabs make developers billions, where politicians are bought and sold by the world's largest oil and lumber corporations and where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both. An impressive cast and special features. Cowboys, Indians, the wild west of today!

Vera Season 8 (NR) 360 minutes

December 17, 2018

VERA, Season 8–SERIES (NR) The complete eighth series of the ITV crime thriller based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. The show follows Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn), Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) and their team as they carry out various murder investigations across Northumberland. The episodes are: Blood and Bone, Black Ice, Home and Darkwater.

Succession Season 1 (NR) 571 minutes

December 17, 2018

SUCCESSION, Season 1NEW SERIES (NR) TAKE WHAT’S YOURS--Power, Politics, Money…It’s all in the family in this provocative, bitingly funny drama series about a dysfunctional dynasty led by the aging--and ailing--Logan Roy (Brian Cox), whose four grown children (Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck) challenge his waning dominance while others in their orbit position themselves for the looming post-Logan world. Created by Oscar nominee Jesse Armstrong. “Scintillating drama…irresistible entertainment…a ferociously satiric series without a dull moment” WSJ

Silent Witness (NR) 300 minutes

December 17, 2018

SILENT WITNESS, Season 6– SERIES (NR) Dr. Samantha Ryan, London University Professor of forensic pathology in four grisly cases. If the Dead could talk!  Sam and her new colleagues search for links between the severed arm found in a car crash and a one-armed body pulled from the River Thames. How to explain the mummified corpse in an old factory and the deathly-still bodies of a suburban family? Despite her high-pressure job and pushback from the police and powerful forces, Sam makes time for romance with an old flame.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (NR) 425 minutes

December 17, 2018

SHARP OBJECTS, Season 1NEW SERIES (NR) Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother (Patricia Clarkson) or to the half-sister () she barely knows: a beautiful 13 year old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims--a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story--and survive this homecoming.

Longmire Season 6 and Final Season (NR) 627 minutes

December 17, 2018

LONGMIRE, Season 6 and FINAL SeasonSERIES (NR) FINAL SEASON of Longmire and Absaroka County.  Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), deputies Vic Moretti (Katee Sackoff) and The Ferg (Adam Bartley), his best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) and daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman) are all facing personal and professional crises. Walt’s job and home are under threat from a powerful, unscrupulous lawyer. Vic must decide what to do about her secret pregnancy. The Ferg struggles to balance a new relationship with his commitment to duty. Henry is a target, and Cady’s loyalty is torn. With their world in turmoil, Walt and everyone he cares about must make the most difficult decision of their lives. Is it time to pack it in? Or is it time to fight? The final 10 episodes of the suspenseful, action-packed series build to a dramatic finish under their wide-open, wild skies of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

The Last Kingdom (NR) 531 minutes

December 17, 2018

THE LAST KINGDOM, Season 3– SERIES (NR) Time is running out for King Alfred (David Dawson) to unite the kingdoms. With his health failing and the line of succession uncertain, Alfred looks to our hero, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) to ensure his young son Edmond (Timothy Innes) becomes the next king. Meanwhile, dark forces are moving outside the court and when a powerful Danish warlord, Bloodhair (Ola Rapace) attacks, Uhtred must lead Wessex's forces into battle. Uhtred captures Bloodhair's mysterious lover, the savage sorceress Skade (Thea Sofie Loch Ness), who throws a curse and his world becomes blighted by tragedy. In this dangerous time of treachery and chaos, Uhtred is caught between enemies both Danish and Saxon and confronts a difficult choice--if he deserts Alfred's cause, the future of the English people will be changed forever.

Instinct Season 1 (NR) 540 minutes

December 17, 2018

INSTINCT, Season 1NEW SERIES (NR) Alan Cummings stars as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. He is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 (NR) 119 minutes

December 17, 2018

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 2– SERIES (NR )Women have been forced into sexual servitude in a terrifying, Totalitarian society in what used to be the USA. Offred (Elizabeth Moss) reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead. The second season is shaped by Offred's pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. "Gilead is within you" is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In season 2, Offred and all our characters will fight against or succumb to, this dark truth. The Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama based on the best-selling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and 1985 Governor General's Award and a finalist for the 1986 Booker Prize.

Father Brown Season 6 (NR) 460 minutes

December 17, 2018

FATHER BROWN, Season 6– SERIES (NR) Father Brown (Mark Williams) returns to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford in this charming series based on the short stories by G K Chesterton. Each episode sees the inimitable priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, aided by no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs. McCarthy (Sorcha Cusak) and rebellious socialite Bunty. This series sees Father Brown investigate a suspicious death at a care home, and a local bowls match quickly rolls out of control when it becomes a murder scene. There’s also a fatal school fete and a Soviet spy to contend with, and old foe Katherine Corven (Kate O’Flynn) looks for revenge on Father Brown when she is suddenly released from prison.

Peppermint (R) 102 minutes

December 17, 2018

PEPPERMINT– MOVIE (R) Peppermint is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Jennifer Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Five years after their senseless, violent deaths. She comes back from a self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free, having channeled her frustration into personal motivation, and spending the five years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force--eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI--as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.

The Padre (R) 95 minutes

December 17, 2018

THE PADRE– MOVIE (R) Revenge has a price…Hell-bent on justice, retired U.S. Judge Randall Nemes (Nick Nolte) and his hired gun, Gaspar (Luis Guzman) track down a small-time con man (Tim Roth) posing as a priest in a small Colombian town, only to be thrown off-course by a scrappy 16 year old local girl Lena (Valerie Henriquez) intent on reuniting with her little sister in the U.S.

Operation Finale (PG-13) 123 minutes

December 17, 2018

OPERATION FINALEMOVIE (PG-13) After World War II, Hitler’s deadliest Lieutenant escaped.Based on an incredible thrilling true story, Operation Finale follows the story of the secret mission led by Israeli intelligence agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) to infiltrate Argentina and capture Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the plans that sent millions of innocent Jews to their deaths during WORLD WAR II, and bring him to justice.

Mission: Impossible Fallout (PG-13) 147 minutes

December 17, 2018

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUTMOVIE (PG-13) Some missions are not a choice. On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his team over completing the mission,

Juliet, Naked (R) 97 minutes

December 17, 2018

JULIET, NAKED– MOVIE (R) A Revitalized Romantic Comedy with Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris Dowd based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Annie (Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (O’Dowd), an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Hawke). When the acoustic demo from Tucker’s 25-year-old hit album surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive musician in this heartwarming story about finding love when and where you least expect it. “SHOULDN’T BE MISSED. Comic, Heartfelt and as smart as they come” LA TIMES

Equalizer 2 (R) 121 minutes

December 17, 2018

EQUALIZER 2– MOVIE (R) Denzel Washington returns as Robert McCall, ex-CIA, living an ordinary life while serving an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed--but this time it’s personal.

Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) 120 minutes

December 17, 2018

CRAZY RICH ASIANS– MOVIE & Blu-Ray (PG-13) Based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore and meets Nick’s family for the first time. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family.

Colette (R) 112 minutes

December 17, 2018

COLETTE– MOVIE (R) After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion, and sexual expression.

The Children Act (R) 106 minutes

December 17, 2018

THE CHILDREN ACTMOVIE (R) As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life--changing decision to make at work--should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

The Cakemaker Foreign Movie (R) 106 minutes

December 17, 2018

THE CAKEMAKER– FOREIGN MOVIE (NR) In English, Hebrew and German--This critically acclaimed sweeping romance about Thomas (Tim Kalkhof), a young and talented German baker, who is having an affair with Oren (Roy Miller), a married Israeli man who has frequent business visits in Berlin.After Oren unexpectedly dies in a car crash, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers about his death. Under a fake identity, Thomas enters the life of Anat (Sarah Adler), his lover's newly widowed wife who owns a small café. There, he begins to work for Anat, baking pastries that bring her café to vibrant life as a city attraction. Becoming deeply involved in Anat's life beyond his own expectations, Thomas stretches the lie about himself to a point of no return.

Better Watch Out (R) 89 minutes

December 17, 2018

BETTER WATCH OUTHOLIDAY MOVIE (R) “Frightful & Delightful!” The Hollywood Reporter In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould) when intruders break into the house one snowy night--or so she thinks. “Nasty Holiday Fun” LA Times “ A real holiday horror classic"  “Viciously Entertaining”  For those of us who need a little creepy cheer for the holidays. Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorable sinister holiday horror film. Rotten Tomatoes

Alpha (PG-13) 96 minutes

December 17, 2018

ALPHA– MOVIE (PG-13) This epic adventure is set in the last Ice Age. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone, he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learns to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

Tails

December 14, 2018

Tails by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that asks young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduces the tail and ask who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Noses

December 14, 2018

Noses by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that ask young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduces the foot and asks who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Feet

December 14, 2018

Feet by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that asks young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduce the feet and asks who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Ears

December 14, 2018

Ears by Flowerpot Press is a question and answer book that asks young readers to identify animals. Bright color photographs introduces the ear and asks who it belongs to. The next page has the exciting reveal. The photographs are gorgeous and the examples used are a good mix of barnyard and exotic creatures.

Wiggles

December 14, 2018

Wiggles by Claire Zuchelli-Romer is the latest in the “touch, think, learn” series. Every page presents an opportunity to use a finger to follow instructions and slide around the designated path. Everything is brightly colored and the instructions easy to follow and just challenging enough.

Whose Boat

December 14, 2018

Whose Boat by Toni Buzzeo and Tom Froese describes the myriad boats you find in a busy harbor. Lift the flaps add to the excitement of seeing which craft does which job. There is a good level of detail for each example and a charming ending.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

December 14, 2018

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by David Ellwand just might have the most adorable stuffed bear cast of any board book. Taking off from the beloved children’s song, the author builds a story about bears in space that is guaranteed to make you smile. Their concluding moon dance is particularly sweet.

Toesy Toes

December 14, 2018

Toesy Toes by Sarah Tsiang is a rollicking celebration of toes in all guises. Wet, dry, dirty, wiggly, tickly--all the babies in the photos have very cute toes. There is something fascinating about toes and this book really knows how to play with that.

Snow Kisses

December 14, 2018

Snow Kisses by Judi Abbot celebrates the joys of winter with a rhyming text and cuddly animal characters. From sledding and snowballs to cocoa by the fire, it's a warm-hearted look at both the cozy and fun aspects of the season.

Rosa Loves Cars

December 14, 2018

Rosa Loves Cars by Jessica Spanyol is the story of a group of young friends playing with cars and trucks. The friends are refreshingly varied, united by their enthusiastic love of all things motorized and on the road. The beeps and vrooms and crashes keep things hopping, with the bemused pink cat acting as a good watchman.

Potty Power

December 14, 2018

Potty Power by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle is a positive, straightforward look at what happens around going to the potty. It has a lighthearted touch beginning with two main characters dubbed super pooper and whiz kid. They are encouraging and forthright about going number 1 and 2 and the joy of getting to wear big kid pants when you “doo doo” the right thing. A very funny look at an important process.