Rowayton Library Recommends

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) 112 minutes

April 18, 2019

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) OSCAR NOMINEE The hilarious adventures of Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope risk it all by traveling to the Internet in search of a part to save her game. When Vanellope embraces this thrilling new world, Ralph realizes he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.

Classic Cartoon Favorites: Starring Goofy (NR) 64 minutes

April 18, 2019

CLASSIC CARTOON FAVORITES: Starring GOOFY  CHILDREN’S MOVIE (NR) Goofy is the wackiest hound dog, and he returns in a hilarious collection of his greatest cartoon shorts. The whole family will enjoy Goofy's patented brand of comedy chaos. Travel to the circus as Goofy matches wits with Delores the Elephant (guess who wins?) in The Big Wash, and laugh out loud when the lovable loser leaves his house in shambles after helping out with the household chores in Father's day off.

Victoria Season 3 (PG) 415 minutes

April 18, 2019

VICTORIA, Season 3 SERIES (PG) Jenna Coleman as the queen.Created and written by Daisy Goodwin, Victoria is a landmark account of the life of one of history's greatest monarchs. With an ensemble cast of award-winning talent, Victoria draws on real-life events and the Queen's own exhaustive diaries to paint a vivid portrait of her transformation from an impulsive 18-year-old to her early years as wife, mother, and head of a global empire.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (NR) 638 minutes

April 18, 2019

RAY DONOVAN, Season 6  SERIES (NR) Ray rebuilds his life both personally and professionally in New York City. After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his savior, a cop named Mac, brings Ray into the Staten Island Police Department fraternity. While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Samantha Winslow. Sam has teamed up with NY City mayoral candidate Anita Novak, a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island. Starring Live Schreiber, Susan Sarandon, and Jon Voight.

The Heart Guy Season 3 (NR) 473 minutes

April 18, 2019

THE HEART GUY, Season 3 SERIES (NR) Brilliant but arrogant heartsurgeon Hugh Knight's (Rodger Corser) probation for his misdeeds is coming to a close, but he has mixed feelings about leaving his budding relationship with hospital boss Penny (Hayley McElhinney in his rural hometown of Whyhope. Then tragedy rocks the knights and Hugh learns he has inherited the family farm along with $11 million in debt. While Hugh’s mother Meryl (Tina Bursill) and brother, Matt (Ryan Johnson), process their grief in vastly different ways, Matt’s wife Charlie (Nicole da Silva) receives an unexpected guest that complicates matters. With his family in chaos and his career on the line, difficult choices must be made: return to his glamorous life in Sydney, or stay with the people who need him in Whyhope!

The Good Fight Season 2 (NR) 651 minutes

April 18, 2019

THE GOOD FIGHT, Season 2  SERIES (NR) NEW SERIES Watch Your Back! Trying to maintain sanity in these insane times, the attorneys of Reddick, Boseman, and Lockhart gain a new partner, endure a serial threat against lawyers, and brave a chaotic new world in Season 2!. Diane (Christine Baranski) goes to extremes to deal with a  growing threat, her struggling marriage, and ever-changing politics. Meanwhile, Lucca (Cush Jumbo), Maia (Rose Leslie) and the firm expertly navigate a crooked cop conspiracy, high-profile deportation and an audition for the DNC in a potential impeachment case.

The Good Fight Season 1 (NR) 491 minutes

April 18, 2019

THE GOOD FIGHT, Season 1 SERIES (NR) NEW SERIES  When her friend's multimillion-dollar investment scam ruins Diane Lockhart's (Christine Baranski) plan for retirement, wipes out her savings and taints her reputation, she is literally at a loss. Disgraced, Diane is forced out of her own law firm and joins another distinguished company as a junior partner. She recruits Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), a promising young attorney with her own baggage (Maia's parents are blamed for running the con that defrauded Diane and other members of Chicago's business elite). Diane is reunited with her ex-employee, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), who's made a name for herself since leaving Lockhard/Gardner. Under the pressure to both rebuild and maintain their lives, this fearless team of women all has something to prove and nothing to lose!

Bletchley Circle: San Francisco Season 1 (NR) 180 minutes

April 18, 2019

BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO, Season 1 SERIES (NR) NEW SERIES Four women of high intelligence, including two female British code breakers, team up in sister American cryptographers using their capacity for pattern recognition and a knack for decryption, and their skills to solve a series of murders overlooked by police in San Francisco.

Welcome to Marwen (PG-13) 116 minutes

April 18, 2019

WELCOME TO MARWEN MOVIE (PG-13) Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Castaway) brings Welcome to Marwen, a bold, wondrous and timely film that is a miraculous true story of one broken man's fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit. When a devastating attack leaves Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) shattered and without his memory, no one expected recovery. But by putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous fantasy world, where he draws strength to triumph in the real one. His astonishing art installation becomes a testament to the powerful women who support him on his journey.

The Vanishing (R) 107 minutes

April 18, 2019

THE VANISHING MOVIE (R) Gerard Butler and Peter Mullen star in this tense, action-packed thriller based on true events. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat--with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and murder.

On the Basis of Sex (PG-13) 121 minutes

April 18, 2019

ON THE BASIS OF SEX MOVIE (PG-13) Inspired by the powerful true story of a young woman, RBG, Beginning in the 1950's when Harvard Law School opened its doors to women for the first time in its illustrious history, shows you how tough and what discrimination smart, strong women faced, just at school! Taking you through Ruth Bader Ginsberg's marriage, work and social life and how hard she fought to be accepted and to get law students to understand the discrimination, not only against women but against men too, gives you a finer understanding of life at that time as well as the law. Powerfully entertaining and riveting, you will want to stand up and cheer by the time this film ends!

Mary Queen of Scots (R) 124 minutes

April 18, 2019

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS  MOVIE (R) Bow To No One! The turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), Mary Queen of Scots. Queen of France at 16, widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of England held by Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules as the Queen of England. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Rivals in power and in love, the two Queens make very different choices about marriage and children. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens-driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.

Holmes and Watson (PG-13) 91 minutes

April 18, 2019

HOLMES AND WATSON MOVIE (PG-13) A humorous take on the classic duo. Detective Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and Dr. John Watson (John C. Reilly) join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. It seems like an open-and-shut case as all signs point to Professor James Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes), the criminal mastermind and longtime nemesis of the crime-solving duo. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world's greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris) becomes the next victim. Mrs. Hudson (Kelly MacDonald), Inspector Lestrade (Rob Brydon), Mycroft Holmes (Hugh Laurie), Dr. Grace Hart (Rebecca Hall).

Disorder (NR) 98 minutes

April 18, 2019

DISORDER  FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIE (NR) FRENCH with English Subtitles What happens when the man hired to protect you may be the real threat? Matthias Schoenaerts stars as Vincent, a troubled Afghanistan veteran who, after being discharged from the army, becomes bodyguard to the wife, Jesse (Diane Kruger) and young son, Denis, of a wealthy Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa on the French Riviera. But trapped in a perpetual mental warzone, the unstable Vincent must determine which dangers to the family are real and which are the product of his PTSD-fueled paranoia, if he is going to keep them safe. The director, Alice Winocour (Mustang) masterfully keeps the tension simmering in this pulse-pounding psychological thriller.

Bumblebee (PG-13) 113 minutes

April 18, 2019

BUMBLEBEE  MOVIE (PG-13) Cybertron has fallen. When Optimus Prime sends Bumblebee to defend Earth, his journey to becoming a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hallee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who's disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the Decepticons hunt down the surviving Autobots with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), Bumblebee and Charlie team up to protect the world in an action-packed adventure that's fun for the whole family.

Aquaman (PG-13) 143 minutes

April 18, 2019

AQUAMAN MOVIE (PG-13) DC comics adventurous visual spectacle. Arthur Curry, half-human, half-Atlanean and this is his origin story. Child of a princess of Atlanta and a common earth man goes on the journey of his lifetime--to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be--a king!

Mirai Oscar Nominee (PG) 98 minutes

April 18, 2019

MIRAI  Japanese Animated MOVIE (PG) OSCAR NOMINEE English or Japanese Language  When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning 'future'), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family. As his mother returns to work, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai, until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters guests from the past and future, including his sister Mirai as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time, uncovering their family's incredible story.

Mary Poppins Returns Oscar Nominee (PG) 90 minutes

April 18, 2019

MARY POPPINS RETURNS CHILDRENS MOVIE (PG) OSCAR NOMINEE The Magic continues in Disney’s classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of being a child. Together with her friend Jack the Lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in a celebration that everything is possible even the impossible.

Green Book Oscar Winner (PG-13) 130 minutes

April 18, 2019

GREEN BOOK  MOVIE (PG-13) OSCAR WINNER Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali and Academy Award Nominee Virgo Mortensen in a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony ‘Lip' (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book", a guide to the few establishments that were then safe and available for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forcedto behave in unacceptable ways.

A Computer Called Katherine

April 7, 2019

A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade is the story of how Katherine Johnson helped put America on the moon. Katherine always loved to count and was so smart she skipped several grades. When she finished eighth grade at the age of ten the family had to move as her town did not have a high school for black students. After college, the engineers at her first job at the Langley Laboratory quickly realized what a genius they had on board and invited her to be on the space team. She correctly calculated the flight path for the first manned flight and was indispensable to the NASA astronauts from then on. This is an inspirational book about perseverance, the fun side of math and the excitement of being a part of history. (Non-Fiction)

Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure

April 7, 2019

Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T. Smith is a welcome addition from the author of the funny and popular Claude series for young readers. Mr. Penguin is a professional adventurer with a spider sidekick named Colin. There is something to laugh about on just about every page. His first assignment is to find stolen jewels at the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. They embark on a series of crazy escapades that never muss Mr. Penguin’s jaunty bow tie and fedora. A complimentary supporting cast rounds out this rollicking tale. The illustrations perfectly capture the personalities of the characters. A happy ending ensured Mr. Penguin will not run out of fish finger sandwiches. (Easy Reader)

You Are New

April 7, 2019

You Are New by Lucy Knisley is a celebration of the wonders of being new. Babies with all sorts of cute expressions cavort on the pages.  It’s all so exciting, and quite frankly tiring, to be new at everything. The rhyming text makes it a perfect read aloud. The yells and smells of babyhood are included to balance the overwhelming cuddliness. It’s all about learning things all the time, the one part of growing up that never changes--thankfully! The boldly colored graphics style illustrations really capture the excitement of the brand new.

The Three Vikings

April 7, 2019

The Three Vikings by Adam Auerbach follows this trio on their journey to Valhalla. The two older Vikings are brave and strong, the youngest is a talented musician. They have treacherous obstacles to overcome and monsters to engage before they reach their destination. The littlest Viking is always up for a musical solution to their challenges, but that doesn’t always work out too well. When they finally reach their destination, the littlest Viking’s talents are more than appreciated. The illustrations are darling.

Stay, Benson!

April 7, 2019

Stay, Benson! by Thereza Rowe is a treasure. Benson is a mischievous dog, who despite being told to “Stay!” by his owner, cannot resist the strong urge to chase. He sneaks out the back door as soon as she leaves and wreaks havoc in his yard and the larger neighborhood. His antics literally leap off the page due to the clever and eye-catching die-cut illustrations. Benson has conveniently heard "Play!" rather than "Stay!” and takes his version of the instructions to heart.

Sprout, Seed, Sprout!

April 7, 2019

Sprout, Seed, Sprout! by Annika Dunklee chronicles the process of growing an avocado tree. A young boy carefully prepares the pit and patiently waits. At last, there are roots and the seed is moved to a pot. More waiting ensues and then hooray! A tree is born! His faithful cat stands by during the frustrating times when it seems nothing will happen. The tale is easy to follow for young readers and the illustrations are winsome.

Pup 681--A Sea Otter Rescue Story

April 7, 2019

Pup 681--A Sea Otter Rescue Story by Jean Reidy is based on the true story of a sea otter pup rescued in California. She was cared for at the aquarium and became a very busy little critter. Her keeper nursed her through thick and thin and although she missed her family she came to understand there are many ways to be part of a loving family. The paintings of this adorable animal are sweet and there are great sea otter facts at the end.

The Nature Girls

April 7, 2019

The Nature Girls by Aki is a tale told in rhyme about a group of adventurous girls always ready to explore. They manage to visit every biome on earth in the course of the book, enjoying aquatic, desert, grassland, tundra and forest trips. The troop encounters the relevant flora and fauna as they cheerfully pilot themselves around the world via sleds, planes, scuba gear and camel. Their broad smiles reflect their enthusiasm. This is a diverting and slyly educational read.

Lubna and Pebble

April 7, 2019

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddur take place in a refugee camp. Lubna's best friend is a pebble she has decorated with a smiley face. Pebble is a stalwart companion and listens to all Lubna’s stories and troubles. When a new little boy comes to the camp Lubna shares pebble with him so he won’t feel so alone. The end is a powerful lesson on the importance of friendship and giving. The illustrations convey the difficult atmosphere the children live in.

A Little Chicken

April 7, 2019

A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer tenderly describes Dot--a chicken who is, well, chicken. She is scared of everything, even silly lawn ornaments. Yet as the book proves, inside every chicken, there is a hero when the circumstances warrant. Dot's bravery is well rewarded. The illustrations are exuberant and radiant. The high energy egg chase will have readers turning the pages quickly.

Crane & Crane

April 7, 2019

Crane & Crane by Linda Joy Singleton contrasts the natural world of the sandhill crane with the machine world of a construction crane. Each page has gorgeous illustrations populated by a single word the two cranes have in common. There is a transition towards the end as each crane comes close to finishing its task. They are both building homes! New families are a warm wrap up to the story.

The Chickens are Coming

April 7, 2019

The Chickens are Coming by Barbara Samuels shines a light on backyard chicken farming. Winston and Sophie adopt five hens and can’t wait for the fresh eggs they’ll produce. The chickens all have pretty strong personalities and ignore all entreaties to lay. Eventually, the love and attention lavished on the birds have the desired effect and eggs appear in the yard. The hens become part of the family, enthusiastically sharing their love of tv dramas and pizza.

Rake Season 5 (NR) 448 minutes

April 4, 2019

RAKE, Season 5 SERIES (NR) FINAL SEASON of this comedic drama from Australia, tackling the contentious world of politics, with disbarred lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh), having won an Australian Senate seat on a campaign promise to do nothing. But even Cleaver’s low expectations fall short of the absurd reality, as he contends with a right-wing nemesis (Jane Turner), a noxious gas attack believed to be the work of terrorists, and a disastrous visit from the U.S. Defense Secretary (Anthony LaPaglia). Can Cleaver outmaneuver his cutthroat colleagues, or will his self-destructive behavior destroy his budding new career?

Midnight Texas Season 2 (NR) 387 minutes

April 4, 2019

MIDNIGHT TEXAS, Season 2 SERIES (NR) Based on the books by Charlaine Harris. Midnight, Texas scares up more thrills and chills in the steamy second season of the supernatural drama based on the best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris (the author behind True Blood). Home to psychics, vampires, witches and other outcasts, the remote town of Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those seeking refuge from the outside world. As the town members' bond is stronger than ever, the mysterious arrival of new hotel owners threatens the balance of Midnight.

House of Cards Season 6 and Final (NR) 441 minutes

April 4, 2019

HOUSE OF CARDS, Season 6 & Final SERIES (NR) FINAL SEASON With Frank out of the picture, Claire Underwood steps fully into her own as the first female president but faces formidable threats to her legacy. The final season of the Emmy Award-winning drama builds to a tense and unforgettable climax.

800 Words Season 3, Part 2 (NR) 363 minutes

April 4, 2019

800 WORDS, Season 3, part 2 SERIES (NR) Australian newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) and his family have settled into their lives in New Zealand, but things are far from calm. In their small coastal town.  Following the wedding of his friend Woody (Rick Donald), George begins dating someone new, providing endless fodder for the gossiping townsfolk. George’s teenagers face their own relationship issues as Shay (Melina Vidler) tries to get over her messy breakup, and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony) becomes romantically involved with two girls at once. Later, the citizens of Weld fear that their town may be taken over by a neighboring community and the Turners are rocked by revelations about the death of George’s wife a few years earlier.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 5 (NR) 400 minutes

April 4, 2019

THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES, Season 5 SERIES (NR) If only killers would go on vacation so that police surgeon Doctor Lucien Blake and his housekeeper, Jean Beazley can make their wedding plans in 1950's Ballarat, Australia. But alas, eight more murders distract the couple from romance, as old grievances trigger apparent cases of murder-suicide, arson, and revenge. Who's to blame for the deaths of a boxer, a gypsy, a French chef and a debutante? While Lucien recovers from a stab wound, Jean must choose between her church and marriage to a divorced man.  Also includes the feature-length made for TV movie Family PortraitMargaret (Allison McKenzie) must convince her daughter Louise (Kate McLaughlin) to take responsibility for the family after the death of her father, whilst the family endures the ritual of a family portrait.

Chesapeake Shores Season 3 (NR) 420 minutes

April 4, 2019

CHESAPEAKE SHORES, Season 3 SERIES (NR) Multigenerational drama following Abby O'Brien (Meghan Ory), a high-powered career woman and mother to twin daughters, as she adjusts to life back in her hometown. Rekindling her romance with high school sweetheart Trace Reilly (Jesse Metcalfe), Abby soon discovers the relationship pressures that can come from fame and family. Navigating her extended family as the O'Brien's reestablish and rebuild strained relationships, she finds their bonds grow even stronger. While the face life's challenges, it is always with hope and their enduring love for one another.

The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 5 (NR) 382 minutes

April 4, 2019

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Season 5 SERIES (NR) Murder, and mayhem abound in Brokenwood, a charming New Zealand town whose denizens are prone to criminal impulses that belie their idyllic surroundings, which new resident, Det. Senior Sgt. Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) continues to solve with his team. Investigations in this series: The Death of an amusement park owner, a bachelorette party gone horribly wrong, targeting of a will's beneficiaries, and gruesome electrocution in an abandoned asylum, all filmed in the stunning New Zealand countryside.

Vice (R) 137 minutes

April 4, 2019

VICE MOVIE (R) Oscar Nominee Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Co-starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, it is a darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics.

Second Act (PG-13) 103 minutes

April 4, 2019

SECOND ACT MOVIE (PG-13) Maya (Jennifer Lopez) is a40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quick-witted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for promotion solely because she doesn't have a college degree. Until that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that is never too late for a second chance. This inspirational comedy also stars Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, and Milo Ventimiglia.

Nobody's Fool (R) 110 minutes

April 4, 2019

NOBODY’s FOOL MOVIE (R) Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tonya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up sister Danica (Tiika Sumpter) to get her life together. As these polar opposites hilariously collide, Tanya discovers that Danica's picture-perfect life including her online romance may not be what it seems. With the aid of her eccentric mother (Whoopi Goldberg), Tanya will do whatever it takes to help even if it means completely blowing up her sister’s life! Omari Hardwick and Amber Riley also star in this Tyler Perry “funniest movie ever”.

The Mule 2018 (R) 116 minutes

April 4, 2019

THE MULE (2018)  MOVIE (R) Blu Ray and DVD Earl Stone (Eastwood), a 90-year-old horticulturalist and Korean War veteran, is caught transporting $3 Million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel. When he loses his business to foreclosure, Earl's ex-wife Mary (Dianne Wiest) won't help him but his daughter Iris (Allison Eastwood), has a shady friend who says he knows someone hiring drivers. The DEA has brought a new hotshot agent, Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) and his partner (Michael Pena) to try and catch drug dealers and traffic into the US. They recruit an informer and get to work.  Cast also includes Andy Garcia as Mexican Drug Lord Laton and Laurence Fishburne as a DEA Special Agent.

Instant Family (PG-13) 117 minutes

April 4, 2019

INSTANT FAMILY MOVIE (PG-13) Inspired by a true story this is a heartwarming comedy for the whole family. When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) choose to start a family, they stumble headfirst into the world of foster care adoption. After they learn their perfect foster child, Lizzy (Isabella Moner) comes with two other younger, siblings, Juan (Gustavo Escobar) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz). Now Pete and Ellie find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight and must hilariously learn the ropes of instant parenthood if they hope to become a real family. Also starring Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro.

If Beale Street Could Talk (R) 119 minutes

April 4, 2019

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK MOVIE (R) Oscar Nominee Adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed honest and stunning novel set in early 1970’s Harlem. This is a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Tish (KiKi Layne), newly engaged to her fiancé Fanny (Stephan James) and pregnant with their first born child, has a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fanny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream in this lush, moving, dramatic film, also starring Regina King.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13) 133 minutes

April 4, 2019

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD MOVIE (PG-13) The second installment of the Fantastic Beasts Series featuring the adventures of Magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). After Newt helps to capture Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), the criminal soon escapes custody and begins gathering followers under his ideology ofkeeping magic for pure-blood wizards only. Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), Grindelwald's truest friend, has no choice but to resist the charismatic leader and asks his former student, Newt, to help thwart the plans for (wizarding) world domination. Though unaware of the dangers that lie ahead, the lines that are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world, Newt will do his best.

Vegetables Illustrated--An Inspiring Guide

March 23, 2019

Vegetables Illustrated, An Inspiring Guide by America's Test Kitchen is both reliable and fun. Yes, there are dozens of recipes for classic dishes but there are also wonderful ideas for new combinations, all lavishly photographed and as we know, well tested. It’s a big book with over 700 recipes but it’s well organized, with every vegetable getting its own chapter in alphabetical order. It’s definitely worth checking out in order to get fresh ideas for the food group we are always encouraged to eat more of! (Cookbook)

Women Rowing North--Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age

March 23, 2019

Women Rowing North--Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher is about developing workable strategies for women as we age. She writes about being guided by a realistic attitude and accepting inevitable changes without succumbing to complaining. As we age we awaken to the fact we have a finite number of full moons left, so grateful for small pleasures is not overrated, in fact, is worth practicing.  Loss There is, in fact, a skill set for contentment. “Time is a great teacher of perspective" is an obviously valuable takeaway from this well-considered book. (Non-Fiction)

Say Nothing--A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

March 23, 2019

Say Nothing--A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Keefe is riveting. It’s the true story of the murder of Jean McConville in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles in1972. It’s a clear synthesis of the IRA’s historic role, the politics of the time, all merged with the personal and horrifying questions her family endured for decades before learning the terrible truth when her bones are found. The heartbreak and waste of a guerilla war that snared innocent and guilty alike are brought to life in these pages. The McConville case is the jumping off point for a precise, magnificently told history of a terrible conflict. It’s the outstanding narrative nonfiction work of the year so far. (Non-Fiction)

Outer Order, Inner Calm

March 23, 2019

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin arrives just in time for spring cleaning and decluttering. Her suggestions are extremely practical--she is thankfully not admonishing the reader to attain perfect order. What she does reinforce is the value of careful curating of objects and spaces so that inner calm is attainable. She recognizes many hurdles; our favorite was the “endowment effect” (it’s much harder to get rid of something once it actually enters your home). Don’t bring it in! She advocates a ten-minute "closer" at the end of each day; it’s a genius organizing step. (Non-Fiction)

The Victory Garden

March 23, 2019

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen is sweet. She is an excellent writer and knows how to plot a story. There is an entertaining and resilient heroine, WWI background and lots of information on gardening and healing with herbs.  It’s definitely a “cozy” read. The plot line is a bit predictable but the details of life on the home front as a land girl are very interesting.

Smoke and Ashes

March 23, 2019

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee is the third in the terrific series about Captain Sam Wyndham and his lieutenant “Surrender Not”. They are part of the police force in Calcutta in the early 1920s. The tension in the city is palpable as Gandhi's passive resistance strategy begins paying dividends for the Indians. Wyndham is fighting two battles simultaneously--his opium addiction and the quest to solve a series of murders. The book features excellent character development and a background that rings true. You do not have to have read the first two books to enjoy this one but we recommend them.

The Silent Patient

March 23, 2019

The Silent Patient by Alex Michealadis grabs you right from the start. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist. His patient at the psychiatric hospital is accused of murdering her husband and hasn’t spoken in years. He is determined to help her recover so she can tell her side of the story. There is no shortage of very questionable behavior by many of the characters, so you are kept guessing as to what happened, and what might happen. Highly recommended.

The River

March 23, 2019

The River by Peter Heller charts an initially idyllic canoeing trip through northern Canada which turns really ugly very quickly. Two college friends sence a forest fire is a real danger and make plans to leave the wilderness. They hear, but can't see, a couple fighting but only see the man the next day. The rest of the book unspools a terrifying journey fraught with human and natural dangers. Heller has an expert’s knowledge of the wilderness and conveys the frightening and overwhelming events with conviction.

The Reckoning

March 23, 2019

The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir is Icelandic noir at its best. It’s a dark police procedural. The past and present collide when a 10-year time capsule is unearthed that contains a strange list of initials. Fairly quickly bodies start appearing. There is a complex and harrowing mystery unspooling that goes back to the shivery opening chapter. A flawed hero and some deeply buried chemistry between the detective and psychiatrist working the cases generates good, sharp dialogue.  As with all his novels, there is a strong sense of place.

The Last Woman in the Forest

March 23, 2019

The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets asks the question of how well you know someone, in this case, the heroine's boyfriend Tate. He has died and she needs to know why his life story doesn’t add up. A series of unsolved murders possibly points to Tate. She hooks up with a retired forensic psychologist to delve into her questions and take a fresh look at the unsolved cases. All is not what it seems as she gets closer and closer to solving the mystery. Her job working with dogs trained to track native animal populations in the wilderness creates a compelling background.

The Hiding Place

March 23, 2019

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor is really good and unusual. It's tense from the first page when two cops are called to the horrific scene of a murder. The narration is then mysteriously taken up by Joe, a newly hired teacher who grew up in the downtrodden English village where the murder occurred. An ugly past is still casting a long shadow and the ghostly aspects of the isolated village take on more importance as the book progresses. This is a good page-turner

Grace After Henry

March 23, 2019

Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall charts the course of Grace’s recovery from the tragic loss of her beloved boyfriend Henry. Fully drawn characters realistically grapple with a range of feelings. There's a lot to contend with for Grace, especially once Henry's look-alike twin brother shows up. There is lots of comic relief from the supporting cast as she tries to right her life. There’s grief in all its guises in this bittersweet novel of life in the face of seemingly overwhelming sadness.

Careless Love

March 23, 2019

Careless Love by Peter Robinson is Inspector Banks’ 25thouting. He finds himself immersed in the mysterious deaths of two young university students and an older man. Why would these seemingly happy young women commit suicide? As the clues pile up he is ably assisted by Annie Cabot. His wide-ranging taste in music continues to offer solace when the pressure in on. Banks has now been a copper for long enough that he is thinking about retirement, but one hopes that like his LA counterpart Bosch he will find a way to keep on cracking cases.

The Border

March 23, 2019

The Border by Don Winslow is fiction but reads like today’s headlines. The main character Keller is going after the world’s largest drug trafficking operation. It feels like trying to sweep back the ocean. The Mexican heroin traffickers have made a monstrous fortune on the backs of the opioid crisis. There are both moral and physical borders that play a role in the plot. There is a fair amount of violence; the unfortunate reality of the drug wars.

Before She Knew HIm

March 23, 2019

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson’s is fast-paced. He is particularly good at developing realistic but flawed characters who wrestle with the past. In this case Hen, newly arrived in the neighborhood, is convinced her neighbor is evil personified. There is a big, intentional reveal right at the start which seems strange until you realize how many more twists there are to come. This is a great addition to his psychological thriller oeuvre.

Groundhog Dave (PG) 70 minutes

March 17, 2019

GROUNDHOG DAVE– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) Groundhog Day! And fun-loving Groundhog Dave has come out of his shack to predict the weather only to discover his beloved town of Bucketville has changed! The smell of sawdust fills the air and the sky is cloudy with smog! As a result, Dave can’t predict the weather! What’s going on? He and his best pal Chester uncover dire news: Mr. Whatnot the anteater has just bought the town and plans to transform it into a big shopping center! Devastated at the prospect of losing their beloved home, Dave and Chester enlist the help of their friends Fredo, Lulu, Mr. Mort, and other colorful inhabitants! As the citizens band together to rescue Bucketville, they learn the true meaning of friendship and home.

Once upon a Time Season 7 & Final (NR) 999 minutes

March 17, 2019

ONCE UPON A TIME, Season 7 & FINAL– SERIES (NR) Celebrate the epic adventure and enduring magic of this most bewitchingly tangled tale concludes in its seventh and final season. A few years after the Final Battle in Storybrooke, a grown-up Henry Mills leaves home in search of his own destiny. What he finds is true love with a new incarnation of Cinderella and unexpected danger from her hateful stepmother and stepsister, plus the added menace of Mother Gothel, a villainous sorceress. Take this last leg of this astonishing journey!

Once Upon a Time Season 6 (NR) 946 minutes

March 17, 2019

ONCE UPON A TIME, Season 6– SERIES (NR) After Regina crushes the heart of her Dark Half, it appears Storybrooke will finally enjoy an era of tranquility. But this reprieve is short-lived when the Evil Queen reemerges and wreaks a level of havoc and terror that makes her previous cruelties pale by comparison. While Regina fights against her nemesis, Gold’s attempt to win back Belle before their child is born has heartbreaking consequences. Snow and David face a new, even more, insidious curse, and just as Emma begins to envision a happy ending with Hook, she discovers she's destined, as the Savior, to die. Can she change her fate?

The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 5 (NR) 382 minutes

March 17, 2019

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Season 5– SERIES (NR) Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) is settled in Brokenwood looking for a peaceful life. His Detective, Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) his Detective Constable Sam Breen (Nic Sampson) Cristina Londa plays Dr. Gina Kadinsky, Medical Examiner and Jared Morehu (Pana Hema Taylor) Mike’s Maori neighbor appears as a guest in series 5. Episodes: Scared to Death A man is found dead on The Ghost Train; Bride Not to Be a bride to be dies during her bachelorette party; Tontine Did Lester die by heart attack after a grueling ride or from caffeine poisoning; The Dark Angel and abandoned mental health facility, a young couple and the body of an elderly man strapped to a gurney, electrified?

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Documentary (NR) 40 minutes

March 17, 2019

SEA MONSTERS: A Prehistoric Adventure–DOCUMENTARY (NR)  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Journey 80 million years back in time to an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land--and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swam, hunted, and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas. Stunning, photo-realistic imagery re-creates the perilous underwater realm of two young, dolphin-sized marine reptiles called Dolichohynchops, or Dollies, and follows their incredible journey through waters ruled by some of the most awesome predators ever to prowl the Earth’s oceans. Interweaving fossil finds from around the globe with cutting edge computer-generated re-creations immerses you in the life-or-death drama of an age when monsters ruled the seas!

Mondovino Documentary (PG-13) 135 minutes

March 17, 2019

MONDOVINO DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) “Passionate and Subversive” Time Across three continents, Jonathan Nossiter's film weaves together the family succession sagas of billionaire Napa Valley power brokers, the rivalry of two aristocratic Florentine dynasties and the efforts of three generations of a Burgundian family fighting to preserve their few acres of land. But are all these struggles secondary to the exploits of a gleefully mischievous pirate from Bordeaux who spreads the gospel of modernity from Italy to New York to Argentina? The wine has been a symbol of Western civilization for thousands of years. Never has the fight for its soul been as desperate. Never has there been so much money and pride at stake. But the battle lines are not what you'd expect: local versus multinational, simple peasants vs powerful captains of industry. In the world of wine, it is never the usual suspects.

Maria By Callas Documentary (PG) 113 minutes

March 17, 2019

MARIA BY CALLAS–DOCUMENTARY (PG) The definitive portrait of one of history’s most extraordinarily talented woman. Go beyond Callas, the original diva, and meet Maria, the woman who longed for a normal life. Told through private letters, unpublished memoirs, performances and TV interviews, Maria by Callas is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek-American opera singer completely in her own words with never-before-seen footage. The film reveals a woman who rose from humble beginnings to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.

Living with Tigers Documentary (NR) 98 minutes

March 17, 2019

LIVING WITH TIGERS-  DOCUMENTARY (NR) Discovery Channel's QUEST: Born in a Cincinnati zoo, two Bengal tiger cubs, Ron and Julie, have spent the last three years being taught by humans how to hunt and live in the wild. If successfully integrated, they will become the prototype for a bold plan to save the world's population of wild tigers. Without their parents' guiding example, the prey-killing technique tiger cubs rely on their mothers to teach them must be learned by trial and sometimes life-threatening error. Follow the journey from cuddly cub to a professional hunter as the youngsters' feral instincts slowly emerge in the African wilderness. Watch the drama of life and death unfold in amazing detail.

The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People Documentary (NR) 64 minutes

March 17, 2019

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY: Lateral Power to the People– DOCUMENTARY (NR) Journey across America and shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power. The film illustrates that 100 % renewable energy is not just a dream. The technology is there! The money is there! It is a viable option already being implemented by many communities, cities, and businesses. This is an important film. Watch it. Share it. And let's create the future of clean energy now.

Free Solo Documentary (PG-13) 120 minutes

March 17, 2019

FREE SOLO–DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) OSCAR WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, comes Free Solo a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock--the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park--without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement. An edge-of-your-seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs.

Of Fathers and Sons Foreign Documentary (NR) 102 minutes

March 17, 2019

OF FATHERS AND SONS– FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY (NR) Arabic with English Subtitles OSCAR NOMINEE Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland in 2013 where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. This is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

Animal Misfits: Odd, Bizarre and Unlikely Creatures (PG) 60 minutes

March 17, 2019

ANIMAL MISFITS: Odd. Bizarre and Unlikely Creatures DOCUMENTARY (PG) Nature and PBS bring us this fascinating collection of Odd, Bizarre and Unlikely Creatures that live alongside the fastest, strongest smartest of animals, whose unusual appearances make them misfits in the animal world. At first glance, they seem ill-equipped for survival, apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they still manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. They come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny chameleons the size of an ant to mole rats with very big heads and pudgy flightless parrots whose food source is up in the trees. There are penguins that live in the forest, fish that live out of the water, and Arctic caterpillars that live for 7 years or more but spend most of their lives frozen stiff. The list goes on. Yet these unlikely creatures are not evolutionary dead ends. They're highly specialized success stories, animals that prove to be different can also give you an edge.

The Seagull (PG-13) 99 minutes

March 17, 2019

THE SEAGULL– MOVIE (PG-13) One summer, at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly and the eternal to live a purposeful life.

Mortal Engines (PG-13) 129 minutes

March 17, 2019

MORTAL ENGINESMOVIE (PG-13) Visionary filmmaker Peter Jackson presents a startling new adventure unlike any you’ve seen before. Hundreds of years after our civilization was destroyed, a new world has emerged. A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw leads a band of outcasts in the fight to stop London, now a giant predator city on wheels, from devouring everything in its path.

The Favourite (R) 119

March 17, 2019

THE FAVOURITE– MOVIE (R) OSCAR WINNER, BEST ACTRESS- In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Oscar Winner for Best Actress: Olivia Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favorite.

Creed II (PG-13) 130 minutes

March 17, 2019

CREED II– MOVIE (PG-13) In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Now, between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), Apollo’s son, has boxing in his blood but is up against the biggest challenge of his life, a challenge from Drago's son. Facing this opponent only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Adonis and Rocky Balboa, his father’s rival-turned-friend, helps him confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for and discover that nothing’s more important than family!

Ben is Back (R) 103 minutes

March 17, 2019

BEN IS BACKMOVIE (R) Julia Roberts delivers a riveting performance as a mother swept into a race against time after her troubled 19-year-old son, Ben (Lucas Hedges) returns home for Christmas--and suddenly disappears. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed 0 and a mother's love is tested--in this unforgettably powerful film.

The Frog Book

March 8, 2019

The Frog Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is both beautiful and educational. Frogs are remarkable creatures; there are thousands of varieties living on all continents except Antarctica. The book is copiously illustrated with stunning renditions of many types of frogs and toads. The fascinating facts will inspire young readers to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Highly recommended. (Non-Fiction)

Camp Panda--Helping Cubs Return to the Wild

March 8, 2019

Camp Panda--Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh is the story of the endangered pandas in China. The reintroduction program currently in effect has been very successful, which is hugely important. Their habitat is disappearing so they need help from humans to thrive. Lots of photographs of these beguiling creatures make this a standout nature book. (Non-Ficiton)

William Wakes Up

March 8, 2019

William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman is an adorable rhyming book about a special guest. William and his animal friends wake up one by one to prepare their house for the guest's arrival, including an important cake baking project. The illustrations are darling and make it clear there is lots to celebrate when you have such wonderful friends.

The Unteachables

March 8, 2019

The Unteachables by Gordon Korman gives voice to multiple student narrators who are consigned to a class of forgettable students. Their teacher Mr. Kermit ultimately proves there is, in fact, no such thing as an unteachable student, even when he is considered (unfairly) to be the bottom of the barrel. His class of misfits runs the gamut of personalities, most are underachieving due to misunderstandings. It’s a journey that’s portrayed realistically. Plentiful doses of humor round out the more serious theme of resilience and triumph in the face of skepticism.

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

March 8, 2019

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods takes place in a “mostly ordinary” small Southern town after WWII. Gabriel, the 12-year-old narrator, is an only child, the son of the garage owner in town. His father hires Meriwether Hunter, a talented mechanic who is “colored” and a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the famous 761sttank battalion. For Gabriel, growing up means facing the truth that for Meriwether “even a good colored man can’t be a real man in this town called Birdsong.” The Warmth of Other Suns is an excellent adult nonfiction book about the great migration of African Americans from the south to the north in the 1940s and '50s. This is the young reader’s introduction to the injustices that made that happen.

Pavel and the Tree Army

March 8, 2019

Pavel and the Tree Army by Heidi Smith Hyde, illustrated by Elisa Vavouri, is set in the Depression when President Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC provided jobs for thousands of poor young men, many of them recent immigrants. It was a huge success--more than three billion trees were planted by people like Pavel. It was a path to becoming Americanized as well. Did you know the Star Bangled Banner only became our national anthem in 1931?

Monkey Time

March 8, 2019

Monkey Time by Michael Hall has cheerful, graphic illustrations. It’s all about time; in this case represented by some (60 to be exact) very cute, energetic minutes. What would you do with a minute? A good read aloud with repetitive phrasing, cleverly hidden rain forest animals, and a chance to practice counting and strengthen a conception of time. The rollicking and exuberant monkey at the heart of all the action is a stitch.

The Goose Egg

March 8, 2019

The Goose Egg by Liz Wong is darling. Henrietta the elephant loves her quiet, ordered life. She swims every day but one day she bonks her head and literally acquires a goose egg. Once the egg hatches she has to figure out how to be a parent to a gosling. The illustrations are priceless, as Henrietta uses her wiles (and her body parts) to teach the gosling how to survive. It’s an exhausting process! The ending is very sweet.

Good Boy

March 8, 2019

Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier is a charmer. There is only one word on each page so it is a good early reader. The titular boy and his golden-haired dog are a good team. The dog can sit and fetch with the best of them but can also cook, build and read. They have a wonderful adventure lavishly illustrated with beautiful color wash paintings.

Gittel's Journey--An Ellis Island Story

March 8, 2019

Gittel’s Journey--An Ellis Island Story by Leslie Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates, is the story of a young girl who leaves her beloved “old country” for a better life in America. Her journey begins with her mother but she has to make the crossing from Europe on her own because her mother has an eye infection and is barred from the voyage. She is very brave when she has to go through immigration on Ellis Island without a proper indication of her destination. All ends well; the illustrations are lovely and old fashioned and really enhance the depiction of that period in history.

Dragon Night

March 8, 2019

Dragon Night by J.R.Krause takes on knight/night fright, the power of books and the beauty of friendship. Originally afraid of the dark, a little boy grows more comfortable during his nighttime journeys with the dragon who appears out of the pages of his book. The dragon is still afraid of the knight, as he has a sharp and scary sword. Can the little boy figure out a way to ease the dragon’s fears? Of course, with the help of a book! Fetching illustrations enhance this bedtime tale.

Crab Cake--Turning the Tide Together

March 8, 2019

Crab Cake, Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi takes place in a fantastical undersea world where scallops do loop de loops and crab bakes fanciful cakes. Their life is enchanting until one day--BOOM! A huge garbage dump disrupts their life. Their colorful world turns terribly dark and dirty. What to do? The solution will have readers cheering.

The Bell Rang

March 8, 2019

The Bell Rang by James Ransome addresses the painful topic of slavery and the consequences of running away. The routines at the plantation where Ben, his unnamed younger sister and their parents live are set by bells. One day a daring escape happens and they are left without Ben, and also left to wonder if he is now “free like the birds.” This book does a very job of showing how slave communities maintained as normal a family life as possible in cruel circumstances.

Rotten: Vultures, Beetles, Slime and Nature's Other Decomposers

February 22, 2019

Rotten: Vultures, Beetles, Slime and Nature's Other Decomposers by Anita Sanchez explains the role of decomposition in the circle of life. Nature has figured out how to use an army of animals, birds, bugs, and slime to help get rid of the dead matter that would otherwise clog up the earth. There are so many fun facts in this book--who knew butterflies will land on dog poop and eat the minerals? Dead animals smell worse than dead plants because they contain so much more protein. But that dead animal smells great to a vulture! (Non-Fiction)

Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes

February 22, 2019

Who Has Wiggle-Waggle Toes by Vicky Shiefman is a delightful read aloud. A group of children responds to questions about various moveable body parts. The titular toes are joined by knockabout knees and out their elbows, just to name a few. Bright colors enhance the illustrations.

Where is My Balloon

February 22, 2019

Where is My Balloon by Ariel Bernstein introduces owl and his red balloon. Owl perhaps foolishly entrusts his balloon to a monkey, who proceeds to immediately pop it. When owl returns and asks for his balloon he is offered an increasingly silly assortment of red objects as replacements. All is cleverly resolved and the winsome creatures move on to the next event.

Ten Rules of the BIrthday Wish

February 22, 2019

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry will please all children who look forward to their special day. Some of the rules are sensible and some are silly. The book makes it clear that the rules are flexible so that if you are a rhinoceros or some other pointy creature you can leave the balloons out of your celebration. At the end of the day, it's all about your special wish. The illustrations are animated and vivid, a real joy.

The Tall Man and the Small Mouse

February 22, 2019

The Tall Man and the Small Mouse by Mara Bergman is a sweet salute to friendship. The tall man and the small mouse share a house but never see each other. They each keep busy doing the things they do the best base on the distinct advantages of their sizes. One day after a failed effort to fix the town clock the tall man discovers the mouse. After the initial shock, he realizes this could be the answer to his problem. By the end of the book whatever needs doing, they do together. Charming color wash illustrations give the book an old fashioned feel.

Skyscraper

February 22, 2019

Skyscraper by Jorey Hurley gives each step in the construction of a building its own page. It starts with the day the excavator arrives and tears down the old building. The illustrations complement the single word descriptions perfectly and at the conclusion, a very tall skyscraper is added to the city skyline. There is a glossary of building terms so junior builders can learn what each step means.

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep

February 22, 2019

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay is the story of a sheep who loves to dance and the sheepdog she literally bumps into one day while twirling around. And thank goodness she does because as she skedaddles around tying the hair out of his eyes and looking for binoculars he saves her life numerous times. Sheep is charmingly oblivious to his efforts. At the end of a busy day defending the territory from predators, they must resolve an essential question about a sheep dog's future. It’s very sweet, and the illustrations perfectly capture the bemused expressions of the animals.

Sealed With a Kiss

February 22, 2019

Sealed With a Kiss by Beth Ferry is about an oblivious seal's first day at her new zoo. She assumes kisses for all are the way to go. Unfortunately, she carries a smelly sardine in her mouth so the kisses are pretty fishy. The alliterative text makes the animals’ various reactions even more humorous. When the snow leopard lets her know in no uncertain terms that her kisses are unwelcome the seal is crushed. The animals then realize they have been unfair and concoct an apology that leaves everyone smiling.

A Scarf for Keiko

February 22, 2019

A Scarf for Keiko by Ann Malaspina takes place in 1942 in Los Angeles, which was home to many Japanese American families. Sam and Keiko are classmates who are both knittings for the war effort. Knitting is not something that comes easily to Sam but Keiko is a star with the needles. The book takes an unflinching look at the treatment of the Japanese Americans during wartime through the eyes of these children. The illustrations are beautiful and the ending is thoughtful and hopeful.

Perfect

February 22, 2019

Perfect by Max Amato features a dueling pencil and eraser. Eraser is determined that no smudges will enter his life. That proves impossible with an army of pencils ready to roll. At first defeated, the eraser learns how much fun it can be to play in the dirt.