Rowayton Library Recommends

Tartine, A Classic Revisited

January 16, 2020

Tartine, A Classic Revisited by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson is a wonderful cookbook. It’s loaded with stunning, mouthwatering photographs. There are 68 new recipes, some of which are gluten-free, and 55 updated favorites. Check this out and strap on your apron and you won’t have to go to San Francisco to savor this deservedly famous bakery’s treats. (Cookbook)

We are the Luckiest--the Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

January 16, 2020

We are the Luckiest--the Surprising Magic of a Sober Life by Laura McKowen is a page-turner, which may sound like an odd description for a memoir about the struggle to get sober. The author recovered from her addiction using a variety of tools from AA to meditation and yoga. Some of the scenes she describes are shocking, making her recovery even more amazing. It also makes you think about all the different relationships people have with alcohol and other addictive substances. It’s an eye-opening tour de force. (Non-Fiction)

Tightrope--Americans Reaching for Hope

January 16, 2020

Tightrope--Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is a harrowing read. The well-known New York Times reporter returns to his rural hometown of Yamhill, Oregon to survey the downturn of what had been a relatively prosperous area. Factories closed and families splintered, drug addiction got a grip. Kristoff finds that fully one-quarter of his original school bus has died by middle age. The authors look at the unfolding crisis on a micro and macro level and ask that the country. (Non-Fiction)

Notre Dame--A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals

January 16, 2020

Notre Dame--A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals by Ken Follett was written after the author watched the burning of the iconic cathedral last April. He spent years researching cathedral construction for his bestselling book Pillars of the Earth so he was well-positioned to write this engrossing book (all profits go to the rebuilding fund). Cathedrals are the oldest buildings still used for their original purpose. Building a cathedral was a communal enterprise inspiring a multitude of the faithful. Notre Dame’s history is a key part of this impressive legacy; it’s really interesting to learn about how it was built. (Non-Fiction)

Martha Stewart's Organizing

January 16, 2020

Martha Stewart’s Organizing by Martha Stewart is aptly subtitled The manual for bringing order to your life, home and routines. It’s a perfect reference for everyone who resolved to be more organized in 2020. It's organized by month, also by major holidays and rooms in the house. There's something for everyone here and she doesn't make you feel inept because you haven't thought of some of these ideas. Whatever you think of Martha there is going to be a takeaway or two in here! (Non-Fiction)

Such a Fun Age

January 16, 2020

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid has both cringe-inducing and funny moments. It's the story of a successful white mother whose babysitter is African American. One night the babysitter is confronted in an upscale grocery and accused of kidnapping her three-year-old charge. Havoc ensues, especially once the child’s mother seeks to make amends by helping her sitter. The dialogue is sharp and honest and will make you think about the potential complexities of employer/employee relationships complicated by race and class.

A Small Town

January 16, 2020

A Small Town by Thomas Perry is classic Perry. A town housing a big prison is effectively destroyed in a major breakout and a dozen escapees have not been found two years later.  This is a story of revenge. The main character is a policewoman from the town assigned to find the perpetrators who are at large. The novel follows her as she tracks the perpetrators and dispenses with them. Perry pushes the credibility envelope a bit at times but the suspense is real and the characters are well developed.

The Secret Guests

January 16, 2020

The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black (the pen name of John Banville) is a novel based on the idea that the English princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were sent to safety accompanied by secret service protection to an estate in “neutral” Ireland at the height of the London Blitz. There is a lot of fascinating history to mine for the awkward relationships that were the inevitable result of English/Irish tension during the war. Once the princesses get homesick and boring things to get interesting!

The Sacrament

January 16, 2020

The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson is very atmospheric. The Catholic community in Iceland is small but not immune to the troubles the church has had with accusations of misconduct by priests. This beautifully written, affecting novel is told from the perspective of a young nun who is sent from Paris to Iceland twenty years ago to investigate charges against a priest. She goes back twenty years later and confronts her past, regrets over decisions she made, and the chance for redemption. This is a solemn work, highly recommended.

Many Rivers to Cross

January 16, 2020

Many Rivers to Cross by Peter Robinson is the latest DCI Banks thriller. A young Middle Eastern boy is murdered in Eastvale and Banks and Annie Cabot start investigating. The team has to juggle the tensions that surround a proposed real estate development and try and find the threads that tie another murder to their investigation. Robinson is a master at the police procedural and the interweaving of the personal and professional issues that complicate Banks’ job. It is not always easy to know exactly what to do. An excellent read.

Long, Bright River

January 16, 2020

Long, Bright River by Liz Moore is a real page-turner. It takes place in Philadelphia and is the story of two sisters robbed of any chance of a normal life by the disappearance of their father and the death of their mother. Raised by an embittered grandmother, one becomes a police officer and one becomes an addict. The narrator is the cop; the events take place “then” and “now”. Riveting, wonderful character development and

Hunter Killer

January 16, 2020

Hunter Killer by Brad Taylor is the latest in the Pike Logan series. These thrillers are distinguished by the realism the author weaves into the plot as a result of the experiences he had in his 21 years in the Special Forces. The action/mayhem starts in the USA but quickly jumps to South America. It is nonstop but does not feel like a comic, which can happen with this type of book. The bad guys, Russians in this case, have picked on the wrong team leader. It's a highly enjoyable page-turner.

 

Sinking Cities (PG) 240 minutes

December 22, 2019

SINKING CITIES NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG) As the earth warms, sea levels rise, and super-storms become more frequent and intense, many major coastal cities will soon be underwater. Sinking Cities shows New York, London, Tokyo and Miami preparing for the real-time impact of rising seas and devising colossal new construction projects, and groundbreaking solutions aimed at securing their future.

Separated: Children at the Border (NR) 56 minutes

December 22, 2019

SEPARATED: CHILDREN AT THE BORDER NEW DOCUMENTARY (NR) What's happened to the more than 2,000 families who were separated after crossing the U.S. border unlawfully in 2018? How did immigration policy in America reach this point? It also traces why some say what happened on immigration during the Obama years would help lay the groundwork for what the Trump administration did next. Frontline examines immigration policy under both the Trump and Obama administrations, the origins of "zero tolerance." The film traces how the U.S.'s immigration policies involving children have played out over the years--and why, even for those families who have now been reunited, the scars remain.

Shakespeare and Hathaway Private Investigators Season 2 (NR) 450 minutes

December 22, 2019

SHAKESPEARE AND HATHAWAY, Private Investigators, Season 2  – SERIES (NR) The hilariously mismatched detective duo of Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner) and grumpy Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) return for ten more episodes of the hit mystery/comedy-drama set in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon. You might think the birthplace of William Shakespeare would be safe from fraud, extortion, vice, identity theft and ransom, but you would be wrong!

The Loudest Voice (NR) 350

December 22, 2019

THE LOUDEST VOICE New MINI-SERIES (NR) Russell Crowe gives a tour-de-force performance in this seven-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. Chronicling Ailes’ relentless, stop-at-nothing mission to build Fox News into a force that changed the media landscape and the sexual manipulations, intimidation tactics and indiscretions that tainted his legacy. Also touching on defining moments in Ailes’ political life, where he arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader reshaped public opinion and set the stage for Trump's presidency.

The Kominsky Method Season 1 (NR) 207 minutes

December 22, 2019

THE KOMINSKY METHOD, Season 1New SERIES (NR) The sun isn’t setting yet on the once-famous acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) and his longtime agent Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin) star as best friends who keep each other going as they navigate their twilight years in youth-obsessed Los Angeles. Mortality is something other people deal with until Sandy is forced to face his when Norman's wife, Eileen (Susan Sullivan), becomes terminally ill. From then on, it's Sandy and Norman against the world, tackling every curveball life tosses their way. Bizarre funeral stipulations, senior dating, the aging of male body parts, a drug-addicted adult daughter and an overdue IRS bill.  All are fodder for big laughs and heartfelt drama.

Games of Thrones Season 8 (R) 122 minutes

December 22, 2019

GAME OF THRONES, Season 8  – SERIES (R) The Long Night is coming and the dead come with it. Queen Cersei Lannister is determined to stay on the Iron Throne at any cost. Allying herself with Euron Greyjoy and Iron Bank of Braavos.

Doc Martin Season 9 (R) 362 minutes

December 22, 2019

DOC MARTIN, Season 9 SERIES (R) All is not well in picturesque Portwenn for brilliant but blunt Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). To his utter disgust, his medical practice remains under official scrutiny because of his blood phobia, and he is forced to attend refresher courses--starting with phlebotomy.  His wife, Louisa (Caroline Catz), and his aunt Ruth (Eileen Atkins) urge him to take this risk to his career seriously, but events conspire against him. Can he appease the medical board or will his days as the village GP soon be at an end?

Death in Paradise Season 8 (PG) 440 minutes

December 22, 2019

DEATH IN PARADISE, Season 8 –SERIES (PG) Welcome to the idyllic Caribbean island of Saint Marie. With its beautiful tropic charm, you may mistake it for paradise…until you see its murder rate! This season finds Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlan) and his team, seek to solve murders including an express bus passenger, a zoo owner, a presenter of a TV program being filmed in Saint Marie, and a Coffee Trade Magnate.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (PG-13) 108 minutes

December 22, 2019

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE –MOVIE (PG-13) Based on the runaway bestseller, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette's leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) 162 minutes

December 22, 2019

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – MOVIE (R) Quentin Tarantino’s visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

The Goldfinch (R) 149 minutes

December 22, 2019

THE GOLDFINCH – MOVIE (R) Determined Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

Downton Abbey, The Movie (PG) 122 minutes

December 22, 2019

DOWNTON ABBEY, the movie – MOVIE (PG) The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.

The Chaperone (NR) 108 minutes

December 22, 2019

THE CHAPERONE – MOVIE (NR) Louise Brooks, the 1920's silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn't break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15-year-old student in Wichita, Kansas, for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When an opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer. This story is full of surprises--about who these women really are, and who they eventually become. Based on the beloved NYT bestselling n

The Year at Maple Hill Farm

December 13, 2019

The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen traces life at a farm over a year. Starting in cold, dark January it describes each month and season through the eyes of the animals and people who live and work on the farm. Come spring eggs are laid, heavy coats are shed, and the pace picks up. Each month is handsomely laid out with vignettes of various animals. There are some funny asides about animal behavior as well. It's a great introduction to year-round life on a farm. (Non-Fiction)

Science Comics Skyscrapers--The Heights of Engineering

December 13, 2019

Science Comics Skyscrapers--The Heights of Engineering by John Kerschbaum is fascinating and clever. It's loaded with factoids about the history of building UP, beginning with the pyramids. There is a lot of detail but honestly, if rebar construction is not your passion you can fly through that part and move onto the history of the Empire State building. The quiz kid/superhero characters are good foils for exploring the ins and outs of skyscrapers. (Non-Fiction)

Ostriches--The Superpower Field Guide

December 13, 2019

Ostriches--The Superpower Field Guide by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas Frith is an engaging addition to this series.  Even an ordinary ostrich is pretty extraordinary. Did you know they have the biggest eyeballs of any animal or bird on land? They don’t fly, so weigh north of 300 pounds and can be 9 feet tall! More than half that weight is in the thighs, powering the ostrich at top speeds. The section about the various uses of those gorgeous wings was our favorite. Highly recommended. (Non-Fiction)

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World

December 13, 2019

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Angel Chang is a spectacular introduction to the many wonders of the natural world, courtesy of a roaming tiger with a chair on its back. The tiger crosses through forests, plains, and bodies of water all over the globe. The purpose of his journey is made clear at the end, where there is a helpful glossary for all the places he has been. The paintings are breathtaking and his faithful mouse companion is fun to track. Highly recommended. (Non-Fiction)

Feed Your Mind--A Story of August Wilson

December 13, 2019

Feed Your Mind--A Story of August Wilson by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Cannaday Chapman is a biography of the great American playwright. Born in 1945, he grew up in Pittsburgh. His early love of reading is inspiring, which makes the racist, unfair treatment he receives in school frustrating. He ultimately quits, finding a haven in the library. As he reaches adulthood he starts to write, mostly poetry, but eventually the famous plays that carry the African American voices of Pittsburgh. His fame is now taken for granted but this inspiring book shows the long road he traveled to get there. (Non-Fiction)

One Fox, A Counting Book Thriller

December 13, 2019

One Fox, A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read is a clever one to ten counting books set in a barnyard. It starts with “one famished fox” eyeing some plump hens and proceeds from that point. The author notes that no foxes or hens were harmed in the writing of the book but there is plenty of action!

My Big Bear My Little Bear and Me

December 13, 2019

My Big Bear My Little Bear and Me by Margarita Del Mazo, illustrated by Rocio Bonilla is utterly charming. A little girl reviews all the advantages of having two bears to count on in life. The watercolor illustrations are lush and perfectly capture the sentiments she expresses. Size matters depending on the situation, but each bear has a role to play and she knows how lucky she is to have such trusted companions. This is a very comforting, calm read that all small children will adore.

Home in the Woods

December 13, 2019

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler is inspired by the author's grandmother's Depression-era upbringing. She was one of eight children living in a tar paper shack with their mother. They were desperately poor but managed to find enough to eat by foraging in the surrounding woods. They invented games to play and took care of each other. They had so little but through the seasons their lives are enriched by the forest.

Henry and Bea

December 13, 2019

Henry and Bea by Jessixa Bagley is a sweet book about friendship. Bea and Henry are inseparable and best grade school friends. One day Henry mysteriously withdraws and Bea cannot figure out what has happened. She misses Henry and cannot seem to get him to care about anything. It takes a school field trip to unravel the mystery, and help Bea understand what made Henry so sad. The illustrations are lovely.

Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop

December 13, 2019

Francesco Tirelli’s Ice Cream Shop by Tamar Meir, illustrated by Yael Albert is based on actual events. Young Francesco loved ice cream so much that when he grew up he opened his gelateria, modeled after his uncle's. Even though it was in Budapest, not Italy, it was a huge hit. WWII changed everything and Francesco realized that the store could serve a purpose in the winter when no ice cream was sold. He began hiding Jewish families. They managed to celebrate Hanukah and that spring the war was over. One of the children hidden in the store moved to Israel where he opened a gelateria, continuing a delicious tradition.

CaveBoy Crush

December 13, 2019

CaveBoy Crush by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Joseph Kuefler is a funny story of first love among the cave dwellers. A young caveboy spots a beautiful young cave girl and is immediately smitten. His comical efforts to get her attention will have readers laughing. "Crush" is an important noun and verb in this story, and leads to a very satisfying resolution. This is lots of fun for everyone.

The Boy and the Bear

December 13, 2019

The Boy and the Bear by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Sarah Massini is a lovely story about making and keeping friends. Boy and Bear are both alone but thanks to paper boat messages find each other. After trial and error, they discover wonderful projects to do together until the fateful day that bear has to go. Is he leaving forever? The boy’s patient waiting is of course rewarded when spring comes. The illustrations are a delight.

New York Christmas Baking

December 6, 2019

New York Christmas Baking by Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup is a sweet treat. The photographs are enchanting and the gingersnaps with white chocolate glaze speak for themselves! (Cookbook)

Jubilee--Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking

December 6, 2019

Jubilee--Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Topton-Martin has so many wonderful recipes. The cornbread was phenomenal and the meatball recipe sublime. That recipe backstory explains the North African origin in ground meat and grain balls called kofta. Beautiful photographs make the dishes pop off the page. This is a book to savor. (Cookbook)

Making a Life

December 6, 2019

Making a Life by Melanie Falick is literally about making things with your hands. It showcases remarkable talents developed by people over time, often as second careers. Learning new techniques keeps the profiled artisans young and enthusiastic. Flatware, pots, prints, fabrics--it’s all very inspirational and beautiful. Goods made by hand get their proper due in this gorgeous book. (Non-Fiction)

The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

December 6, 2019

The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last by Azra Raza takes a passionate, hard look at the “progress” that has not been made in the war against cancer. The author, an oncologist, lost her husband to the disease so she has a personal and professional stake in moving treatment improvements forward.  We spend 150 billion dollars on cancer every year and the life expectancies for most cancer patients have not changed very much. The book is a call to reexamine the research priorities to focus on early detection rather than late treatment. This is a difficult but essential book. (Non-Fiction)

Owl Be Home for Christmas

December 6, 2019

Owl Be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews has a group of ornithologists trapped by a blizzard facing a killer. In true Agatha Christie tradition the killer is among them, but who is it? The mystery has to be solved or no one will be home for Christmas.

 

The 19th Christmas

December 6, 2019

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson finds the Women’s Murder Club facing a fearsome criminal intent on ruining Christmas Day, instead of celebrating the joys of the season. Honestly, there is nothing particularly cheerful about this book but it is a diverting page-turner!

Christmas Shopaholic

December 6, 2019

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is a warm-hearted toast to the pleasurable chaos of Christmas. Becky has moved home to the UK and finds herself responsible for helping innumerable friends and family have a jolly time. An old boyfriend returns; will that be helpful or not? Read on!

The Christmas Card Crime and other Stories

December 6, 2019

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories edited by Martin Edwards is a great assortment of seasonal tales that shine a light on the darker side of the holidays. This is the perfect book to keep by the sofa to dip into when you only have fifteen minutes. The stories are all different and well written. It’s lots of fun.

Under Occupation

December 6, 2019

Under Occupation by Alan Furst takes place in German-occupied Paris. The author lived in Paris for years, which undoubtedly contributed to the book’s strong sense of place. The initially reluctant spy is Paul Ricard. He writes detective novels for a living and makes some pretty funny comments about the craft of writing as the book moves along. Before he knows it he is deeply involved in the serious business of espionage. The plot concentrates on the captive Polish shipyard workers in Germany and their efforts to thwart the German war machine. It's a great page-turner with a lot of fascinating history.

Olive Again

December 6, 2019

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout brings back the cranky, irrepressible Olive. Maine life has never looked quite so small, and frankly gloomy. The writing is excellent and despite her best efforts to be pretty horrible to anyone who might care about her, Olive is a winning character. There is a beating heart in there and the author has taken pains to create a complex, well-developed woman who has been through a lot.

The Old Success

December 6, 2019

The Old Success by Martha Grimes brings back Richard Jury and his well-known upper-class sidekick Melrose Plant. Still hanging about in pubs, they take on solving multiple murders that may be connected. As always there is a very funny, younger character who gets some of the best dialogue in the book. The past reaches into the present as the murder of a young woman on an isolated island is connected to two other killings. There are good twists in this one.

Heaven My Home

December 6, 2019

Heaven My Home by Attica Locke is outstanding. She is a terrific writer and the characters are interesting and well developed. It’s topical as it all takes place in present-day Texas. Darren, an African American Texas Ranger, is charged with finding the missing nine-year-old son of an Aryan Brotherhood kingpin currently in jail. The town where he disappeared has no shortage of suspects. Very atmospheric, with crackling dialogue, multiple motives, and secrets, all combine with flawed characters to create a very fine mystery.

Blue Moon

December 6, 2019

Blue Moon by Lee Child. Jack Reacher is at his monosyllabic best taking on warring Albanian and Ukranian mobs in an unnamed city. He initially gets into trouble doing a good deed for an elderly couple that becomes the first step in a trip down the rabbit hole of vicious loan sharking. Naturally, there is a sexy waitress, multiple gun battles and lots of driving around. Even though this all sounds hopelessly trite, Child is a master at writing page-turners and developing enough new twists that you can’t put it down.

The Accomplice

December 6, 2019

The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon takes place sixteen years after the end of WWII. Max has been asked to take up his uncle’s search for the SS doctor who tortured and killed his family in Auschwitz. By befriending the fiendish doctor’s alluring daughter Max draws closer to the truth. Set in Buenos Aires, where many Nazis found a comfortable retirement after fleeing Germany, it’s atmospheric and tightly plotted.

Angry Birds 2 (PG) 194 minutes

December 5, 2019

ANGRY BIRDS 2  CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Family Movie Time! The flightless birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level when a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger. Red (Jason Sedakis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with several pigs--Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Askwafina) and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown--to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely super-team to save their homes.

Yellowstone Season 2 (NR) 469 minutes

December 5, 2019

YELLOWSTONE, Season 2 SERIES (NR) Determined to protect his ranch and his family’s legacy by any means necessary. John Dutton (Kevin Costner) turns up the heat in the most epic season of Yellowstone yet. As the violence escalates and alliances shift the ranch experiences some of its most dangerous affairs yet. Don’t miss out on a second of this wild season!

Poldark Season 5 (PG-13) 440 minutes

December 5, 2019

POLDARK, Season 5  SERIES (PG-13) The world welcomes a new century and with it the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth (Heida Reed), Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves. However, when an old friend emerges with a plea for help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment again, drawing the Poldark's into greater danger than ever before.  As the Enyses join the cause, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) must contend with dangers close to home and George (Jack Farthing) courts corrupt powers whose influence spans the Empire.

Line of Duty Season 5 (PG) 390 minutes

December 5, 2019

LINE OF DUTY, Season 5  SERIES (PG) The Internal Affairs investigators of Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) face their most vicious adversary yet. Charged with investigating fellow police officers, AC-12's Superintendent Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and his team including newly-promoted DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and determined DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) look into the fatal hijacking of a seized drugs transport. They suspect corrupt officers of leaking information to John Corbett (Stephen Graham), the ruthless leader of an organized crime group. With the revelation of an undercover officer in the group, AC-12 comes closer than ever to discovering the identity of the corrupt cop at the top, but what they find could tear their team apart?

The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 (PG) 702 minutes approximately

December 5, 2019

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 3  SERIES (PG) Adapted from the classic by Margaret Atwood, this is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values." As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the castes of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids--where anyone could be a spy for Gilead--all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries Season 1 (NR) 353 minutes

December 5, 2019

MS. FISHER’S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES, Season 1  NEW SERIES (NR) In this spin-off to the wildly popular Australian mystery series, Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill) inherits her aunt Phryne’s estate after she goes missing on a case. Plucky Peregrine steps into her aunt's fabulous lifestyle in the 1960's Melbourne and decides to follow in Phryne’s footsteps as a lady detective for a new era.  Relying on her street smarts and sheer nerve, Peregrine takes on the crime and corruption that have eroded the city. She soon endears herself to a club of accomplished women, led by steely former spy Birdie Birnside (Catherine McClements) and brilliant biologist Violetta Fellini (Louisa Mignone), receiving their support and assistance on cases--along with the admiration of handsome, straitlaced Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson).

Catch 22 Mini-Series (NR) 267 minutes

December 5, 2019

CATCH-22  MINI-SERIES (NR) THERE’S NO WAY OUT. Follow the adventures and misadventures of a U.S. air squadron in Italy during World War II. Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive.” The real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask not to, then you’re sane, and so you have to fly them. Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Executive produced

The Wedding Guest (R) 98 minutes

December 5, 2019

THE WEDDING GUEST MOVIE (R) A thriller set in a colorful world where danger lurks at every turn, nothing is as it seems. Jay (Dev Patel) is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding–armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be (Radhika Apte). Despite his cool efficiency, the plot quickly spirals out of control, sending Jay and his hostage on the run across the border and through the railway stations, back alleys, and black markets of New Delhi-as all the while attractions simmer, loyalties shift, and explosive secrets are revealed, pulsating with the sights and sounds of the Indian subcontinent.

Saving Zoe (R) 95 minutes

December 5, 2019

SAVING ZOE MOVIE (R) After the murder of her sister Zoe, Echo’s world is at a standstill. Her mother avoids emotions with pills, her father spends all hours at his job, and her classmates see her as fragile: however, the Echo is anything but fragile. She is determined to uncover the truth, using her sister's diary. Soon Echo finds herself sucked into the surprising darkness of Zoe's world, and how one small decision can lead to tragic consequences. Echo must find the strength within herself and allow herself to grieve the sister she loved but never really knew.

The Phenom (NR) 90 minutes

December 5, 2019

THE PHENOM MOVIE (NR) Ever since Hopper (Jonny Simmons) was a child, he has dreamed of becoming a major league pitcher. Relentlessly pushed by his abusive father (Ethan Hawke), he’s on the verge of becoming one of the game’s most promising players when he unexpectedly breaks down on the mound. Now Hopper’s only hope lies with an unorthodox sports therapist (Paul Giamatti) who urges him to let go of the past so he can find success on the field.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) 162 minutes

December 5, 2019

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIE (R) Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Lying and Stealing (R) 100 minutes

December 5, 2019

LYING AND STEALING  MOVIE (R) Los Angeles, a city where perception is often more important than reality. Ivan(Theo James) is a successful art thief who inherited his father's life of crime but loves the art as much as the art of the steal. Then he meets Elyse (Emily Ratajkowski), a beautiful actress and con-woman with her debts to pay. They team up to pull off the ultimate heist. With both the FBI and the mob on their trail, will they get rich or die trying?

Good Boys (R) 90 minutes

December 5, 2019

GOOD BOYS  MOVIE (R) After being invited to his first kissing party, twelve-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn't know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) decide to use Max's dad's drone to spy on a teenage couple making out next door. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max's dad gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of especially bad decisions

Everybody Knows (R) 134 minutes

December 5, 2019

EVERYBODY KNOWS  MOVIE (R) Laura (Penelope Cruz) and her children travel from Buenos Aires to the small Spanish village where she was born to attend her sister's wedding. Unexpected events soon lead to a crisis that exposes the family's hidden past. Suspicions mount, loved ones begin to turn on one another, and dark secrets long-hidden threaten to come to light, revealing shocking truths. This gripping thriller from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi also stars Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin.

Deadwood (NR) 110 minutes

December 5, 2019

DEADWOOD: The Movie  MOVIE (NR) It’s 1889! (About ten years after the series ended) The unforgettably profane characters reunite in the wake of South Dakota’s statehood. Sins of the past return with a vengeance, and Sen. George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) makes an offer to Charlie Utter (Dayton Callie) for his property claim, and when Charlie declines, the results are explosive. Saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Marshall Seth Bullock (Timothy Oliphant) clash with the Senator too. Old feuds are revived, and allegiances are tested as modernity stakes its claim on this remote and dangerous town. If you liked the series, you’ll like the movie.

Blinded by the Light (PG-13) 117 minutes

December 5, 2019

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT  MOVIE (PG-13) 1987. When music fanatic Javed (Viveik Kahlra) discovers the illustrious back catalog of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...

The Art of Racing in the Rain (PG) 108 minutes

December 5, 2019

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN  MOVIE (PG) Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, this heartfelt tale is narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life--his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

After the Wedding (PG-13) 112 minutes

December 5, 2019

AFTER THE WEDDING – MOVIE (PG-13) Theresa (Julianne Moore) is a media mogul who seemingly has it all, business, a husband, a family, and a home.  When Theresa invites Isabel (Michelle Williams), an American living in India who has devoted her life to helping orphans, to meet her in New York, they are supposed to discuss a generous donation that Theresa has agreed to. While Isabel thinks she’ll immediately be returning to her beloved orphanage, Theresa has other plans, insisting Isabel attend her daughter’s wedding at the family’s estate. The joyful event becomes a catalyst for a revelation that upends the lives of both women.

Toy Story 4 Animated Children's Movie (G) 100 minutes

November 14, 2019

TOY STORY 4  ANIMATED CHILDREN’s MOVIE (G) Great Family Movie Viewing! Woody (v: Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But then Bonnie adds a reluctant new craft-turned-toy called 'Forky' (v: Tony Hale) to her toy collection, a toy who declares himself “trash”. The family’s road trip excursion turns into an adventure with the whole gang of toys along. Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (v: Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, perhaps Bo's adventurous spirit can help Woody out of a mess? When it comes to life as a toy, old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

The Angry Birds Movie Animated Children's Movie (PG) 97 minutes

November 14, 2019

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE  ANIMATED CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds--or almost entirely! Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green pigs, it’s up to these unlike

Vikings, Season 5. Volume 2 (PG-13) 444 minutes

November 14, 2019

VIKINGS, Season 5, Volume 2 SERIES (PG-13) Season Five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Iver's murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come, as Ragnar's sons plot their next move after avenging their father's death. Starring: Gustaf Skarsgard, Alex Hogh Andersen, Katheryn Winnick, Lothaire Bluteau, Alexander Ludwig, Moe Dunford, Kevin Durand, Peter Franzen, Kris Holden-Reid, Marco Also.

Top of the Lake, China Girl (NR) 60 minutes

November 14, 2019

TOP OF THE LAKE, China Girl  SERIES (NR) A crime mystery series story that finds Detective Robin Griffin (Elizabeth Moss) recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bandi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin discovers "China Girl" didn't die alone. Robin looks to the investigation to restore herself, but her problems are personal. Haunted by a daughter given up at birth, Robin desperately wants to find her, yet dreads revealing the truth of her conception. But her search to discover "China Girl's" identity will take her into the city's darkest recesses and closer than she could have imagined to the secrets of her own heart.

Shetland, Season 5 (NR) 360 minutes

November 14, 2019

SHETLAND, Season 5 SERIES (NR) A human hand washes up on a Shetland beach, with further body parts discovered in a hold-all that has been dumped at sea a few hours later The victim is identified as a young Nigerian man, spotted in Lerwick a few days before. What was he doing on the islands? In investigating his murder, DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshaw) and his team DS MacIntosh and DC Wilson (Alison O’Donnell and Steven Robertson) begin a complex murder investigation. Becoming involved in a search for a vulnerable young woman, leading to the uncovering of a complex network of human trafficking across Scotland’s remote rural communities.

Queens of Mystery, Season 1 New Series (NR) 275 minutes

November 14, 2019

QUEENS OF MYSTERY, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR) Follows the entertaining adventures of Beth, Cat and Jane Stone, three crime-writing sisters, and their 28-year old niece, Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Using their extensive knowledge of crime--both real and fictional--they solve whodunit style murders in the picturesque English village of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they can crack, the mystery that haunts them all is that of Matilda's mother's disappearance. Between investigating murders from the curious to the bizarre and writing their renowned novels, the three aunts also attempt to help their perennially single niece find love.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Holiday Season (NR) 55 minutes

November 14, 2019

MISS FISHER’S MYSTERIES HOLIDAY Season SERIES (NR) Murder Under the Mistletoe--Phryne and company head to a chalet to celebrate "Christmas in July," but when they get there they find one of the residents dead, electrocuted while hanging festive lights. Two other deaths quickly follow, though not before Detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Constable Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) arrive on the scene and Phryne begins to figure out which of the chalet's residents might be the next victim. Guest-starring Miriam Margolyes and John Noble.

Midsomer Murders Holiday Season (NR) 33 minutes

November 14, 2019

MIDSOMER MURDERS HOLIDAY Season SERIES (NR) The Christmas Haunting--DS Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee) arrives in Midsomer to be DCI Barnaby’s (Neil Dudgeon) new partner. His first case involves a stabbing death during a ghost-hunting party at the Morton Shallows manor house. Barnaby and Nelson investigate the true motives behind the villagers’ paranormal proclivities.

A Discovery of Witches, Season 1 New Series (NR) 480 minutes

November 14, 2019

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR) Follows Brilliant historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a witch denying her heritage. But when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript from Oxford's Bodleian library, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery--and the path of enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode). Matthew is driven to solve the looming threat of magical creatures' decline and believes that the lost manuscript could answer the mysteries of their existence. Their unlikely alliance to find the book before it falls into the wrong hands, and their deepening relationship, threatens to violate age-old taboos and shake the fragile peace that exists between the species. Adapted from Deborah Harkness's trilogy of novels.

Chernobyl New Mini Series (NR) 124 minutes

November 14, 2019

CHERNOBYL  NEW MINI-SERIES (NR) A gripping 5-part HBO miniseries that tells the powerful and visceral story of the worst man-made accident in history: the massive explosion in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the then Soviet Union that released radioactive material not only across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, but also as far as Scandinavia and Western Europe. From the moment of the early morning blast through the chaos and loss of life in the ensuing days, weeks and months, Chernobyl juxtaposes compelling human stories of bravery and sacrifice with the shocking inertia of a government intent on passing blame and downplaying the dangers of the disaster. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Emily Watson.

The Brokenwood Mysteries Holiday Season (NR) 87 minutes

November 14, 2019

BROKENWOOD MYSTER, HOLIDAY Season SERIES (NR) A Merry Bloody Christmas--It’s Christmas in Brokenwood, but not all is merry and bright. When the mayor is murdered in his home after the annual holiday parade, Shepherd, Sims, and Breen question those locals vying for the mayoral position. But when more bodies turn up, the detectives believe there’s a darker motive at work.

Acquitted Season 2 (NR) 362 minutes

November 14, 2019

ACQUITTED, Season 2  SERIES (NR) As the dust settles from the explosive finale of the first series, Aksel has the answer he so desperately sought. Finally, his search for justice appears to be over and his reconciliation within the local community can begin. But Aksel's hopes are short-lived. As Eva and William close ranks and deny the truth, a new struggle begins for Aksel.

Wild in the Streets (R) 97 minutes

November 14, 2019

WILD IN THE STREETS  MOVIE (R) This 1968 campy satire about a rock star/drug dealer who is elected president once the voting age has been lowered to fourteen. The title song was a big hit in the '60s and the film itself was well-liked by many critics. Striking a zeitgeist nerve, Wild in the Streets stars Christopher Jones (Ryan s Daughter) as Max Frost, rock singer and poster boy for the counterculture revolution of the 60 s. While performing with his band The Troopers at a political rally for Senate candidate Johnny Fergus (Hal Holbrook), Max seizes the opportunity to spout his political philosophies which include, among other things, that the voting age should be lowered to 14.

Wanted (R) 110 minutes

November 14, 2019

WANTED MOVIE (R) DVD & BLU RAY  Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over--his pathetic, old one, anyway. Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, led by the enigmatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes's long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity to determine his destiny.

Stuber (R) 93 minutes

November 14, 2019

STUBER  MOVIE (R) When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he's thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life, and his five-star rating.

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (PG-13) 137 minutes

November 14, 2019

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW  MOVIE (PG-13) Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they've tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever--and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw's sister--these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be worse than themselves.

Crawl (R) 87 minutes

November 14, 2019

CRAWL  MOVIE (R) When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears

The Art of Self-Defense (R) 104 minutes

November 14, 2019

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE  MOVIE (R) Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes. After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality, and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor

Annabelle Comes Home (R) 106 minutes

November 14, 2019

ANNABELLE COMES HOME  MOVIE (R) Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target--the Warrens’ ten year- old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality

October 29, 2019

Suffragette: the Battle for Equality by David Roberts is a fascinating, extensive look at the history of women’s efforts to secure the right to vote. The courageous early suffragettes are a great example of the value of persistence, as it was years before they were taken seriously. The UK and the US rights were won in 1918 and 1920 respectively, but that did not include African American women. It would take the voting rights act passed 40 years later to secure their rights.

(Non-Fiction)

If Elephants Disappeared

October 29, 2019

If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams is an excellent introduction to the forest elephant, a keystone species whose eating, walking and pooping shape their environment. They are threatened by aggressive poaching despite being protected. The book takes a speculative look at what would happen to the forest if they disappeared. There are glossaries and fact sections at the end that further explain the plight of these extraordinary creatures.

(Non-Fiction)

Who is the Mystery Reader

October 29, 2019

Who is the Mystery Reader by Mo Willems is the first of the Unlimited Squirrels series. The wonderful and heroic mystery reader takes early readers on a frolic through the challenges of reading and writing as he teaches a group of squirrels about the art of sounding out letters and learning to read. This book is packed with silly jokes and a fair amount of information on how the author thinks up a story. The whimsical characters are classic Willems and a delightful start to this series. You can't go wrong with a mask and underpants to give you the courage to read an important sign!

(Early Reader)

There's a Dragon in My Dinner

October 29, 2019

There’s a Dragon in My Dinner by Tom Nicoll, illustrated by Sarah Horne starts innocently enough with an order of Chinese take--out. A surprising lifelike toy finds its way into Eric's pants pocket and changes his life. Pan the mini dragon is talented at video games, weeding, flame burping, and advice-giving. Belatedly Eric reads they are very stubborn and do not make good pets. They certainly make interesting friends. This is the beguiling first in a new early chapter book series. You can follow it with There’s a Dragon in My Backpack.

(Early Reader)

Frank and Bean

October 29, 2019

Frank and Bean by Jamie Michalak, illustrated by Bob Kolar, follow the winding path to a friendship between very quiet Frank and very loud budding musician Bean. Frank treasures his alone time and the secret book he writes in. He might realize his life is a bit lonesome but he is content. Here come Bean and his instruments to rock his world! Bean doesn't always hear well so there is ample opportunity for wordplay in this "far out" early reader. It doesn't take too long for them to realize they can help each other by combining talents. Here come the Chili Dogs!

(Early Reader)

Super Sloth

October 29, 2019

Super Sloth by Robert Starling begins when an ordinary sloth finds a book about superheroes and reads it carefully. He is just in time as anteater has been stealing mangoes and taking them to his lair, where even the guards have guards. Sloth’s antic efforts to help his friends retrieve their mangoes are not always successful but eventually (emphasis on eventually) all is right in the world. You don’t have to be fast--just smart.

Saturday

October 29, 2019

Saturday by Oge Mora explains the importance of Saturday to a young girl whose mother works six days a week. This special Saturday turns out to be anything but splendid as all their plans go spectacularly awry.  Just as the disappointments threaten to be overwhelming they come back to the most important part of the day--being together. They manage to cleverly salvage the key event and wrap up another special Saturday. The vibrant collage-like illustrations are special.

Rabbit and the Motorbike

October 29, 2019

Rabbit and the Motorbike by Kate Hoefler with art by Sarah Jacoby is a story about stories and grief. It’s beautifully illustrated and perfectly captures the uncertainty of stepping outside your comfort zone. Rabbit has always depended on his friend Dog’s motorbike journeys to give him a glimpse of the outside world he is afraid to enter. He loves his wheat field but a page turns and his life is sadly changed. He faces his fears, tries something new and finds the road to acceptance and new friends.

Love and the Rocking Chair

October 29, 2019

Love and the Rocking Chair by Leo and Diane Dillon is a lovely testament to the love of family over the generations. It all starts with a rocking chair bought in anticipation of the arrival of a first child. A chair is a wondrous place in which to be comforted and read. As the child grows up and leaves the house the chair ends up in the attic, but is not forgotten as a new baby arrives to warm the house. Based on actual events in the authors’ lives, this book will resonate with all parents and children who love a good snuggle with a parent and a book.

Jump!

October 29, 2019

Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka is a celebration of movement. Everyone gets the chance to “boing!!”. The enthusiasm of the different animals is contagious; young board book readers will enjoy seeing how high everyone can go!

Eee-Moo!

October 29, 2019

Eee-Moo! by Annika Dunklee & Brian Wong is the story of a lovable, lost platypus. Born on a farm where he is unhelpfully christened by a pig and cow, he thinks he is an emu and sets off to find his people. Children will be fascinated by his journey as he uses all available forms of transport to arrive at an emu farm. You can imagine the birds’ reaction when he announces he is an emu. A helpful koala takes him on the last leg of his journey to a happy reunion. This is a very appealing read aloud.

Driftwood Days

October 29, 2019

Driftwood Days by William Miniver, illustrated by Charles Vess follows a branch as it swirls away down a river. Throughout the seasons, it serves many purposes for the birds and animals living on or near the river. A young boy who first saw it as a branch comes across it again on vacation when it comes full circle as a piece of driftwood from the sea. There are lots of teachable moments about nature and the industrious beaver who got the stick’s trip started.