Rowayton Library Recommends

Wonder Park (PG) 85 minutes

June 17, 2019

WONDER PARK– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) June (Sofia Mali), an optimistic, imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals--only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she's the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland. Written by Wulf97

Norm of the North: King SIzed Adventure (NR) 90 minutes

June 17, 2019

NORM OF THE NORTH: King Sized Adventure– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (NR) While Norm (Andrew Toth ) and his friends are preparing to celebrate his grandfather’s (Brian Dobson) wedding, trouble is stirring in Misty Mountain. There, Norm meets an archaeologist named Jin (Simon Hayama) and learns that a priceless Chinese artifact has been stolen by Dexter, (Michael Dobson) Jin’s old partner. With the help of his lemming friends, Norm must embark on a journey across the world to help recover the artifact and return home in time for his grandfather’s wedding? Only time will tell.

Unforgotten Season 3 (NR) 270 minutes

June 17, 2019

UNFORGOTTEN, Season 3NEW SERIES (NR) When human remains are found by a highway near London, Cassie (Nicola Walker) and Sunny (Sanjeev Bhaskar) is called in. Dogged work leads the team to a sixteen-year-old girl who went missing on the eve of the millennium. A close-knit group of old school friends holds the key to what happened. Is one of them capable of murder? Cassie is determined to correct the mistakes made in the original investigation no matter the personal cost.

Unforgotten Season 2 (R) 272 minutes

June 17, 2019

UNFORGOTTEN, Season 2NEW SERIES (R) DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) face an impossible cold case. A lawyer. A nurse. A schoolteacher. Police officer. These four suspects are the pieces of the puzzle. But as Cassie and Sunny put this picture together, the more blurred it becomes. The investigation will question their assumptions about the most damaged and destructive in society. When a victim becomes a criminal, is punishment the same as justice?

Unforgotten Season 1 (NC-17) Adults Only 270 minutes

June 17, 2019

UNFORGOTTEN, Season 1NEW SERIES (NC-17) Adults Only When a body is discovered in a derelict building, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker), one of the Met's smartest detectives, must untangle lies that have been covered up for nearly 40 years. With her partner, DI Sunil "Sunny" Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) they narrow the list to four suspects. Each of them has something to hide. As their deceptions are discovered, the people they love most begin to wonder what else they might be capable of. Nothing, in this case, is black and white. Can you ever really know the people closest to you? What secrets have they buried?

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1 (NR) 399 minutes

June 17, 2019

TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, Season 1NEW SERIES (NR) When CIA analyst JackRyan (John Krasinski)stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers, his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies.

Outlander Season 4 (NR) 746 minutes

June 17, 2019

OUTLANDER, Season 4 – SERIES (NR) Season Four continues the story of Claire and Jamie Fraser as they try to make a home for themselves in colonial America. The Frasers in North Carolina is at another turning point in history, the edge of the American Revolution. Along the way, the Frasers cross paths with notorious pirate Stephen Bonnet in a fateful meeting that will haunt the family. Meanwhile, Brianna and Roger grow closer in the twentieth century but make a shocking discovery that has the following in Claire’s footsteps.

Finding Joy Season 1 (NR) 156 minutes

June 17, 2019

FINDING JOY, Season 1–(NR) NEW SERIES Amy Huberman created. wrote. and stars in this quirky, life-affirming Irish comedy with a “satisfyingly filthy sense of humor” (The Irish Times). Routine-loving Joy is having a tough time after a messy breakup with her live-in boyfriend, Aidan (Lochlann O’Mearain).  Then a promotion forces her to step out of her comfort zone as she replaces her network’s star vlogger, the Happy Hunter.  The job sends Joy to unusual places where people find bliss: wrestling matches, wellness retreats, hot yoga and more, all while filming her discomfort. Even with the help from her roommate (Aisling Bea), will Joy be able to accept the changes in her life and find the happiness of her own?

Delicious Season 3 (NR) 181 minutes

June 17, 2019

DELICIOUS, Season 3– SERIES (NR) In Series 3, hoteliers Gina (Dawn French, French & Saunders) and Sam (Emilia Fox, Silent Witness) are looking to expand their business, but when dishy restaurateur Mason Elliot (Vincent Regan, The Royals) arrives on the scene, resentments bubble forth that could implode their partnership. Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) also stars in this "irresistible" (The Observer, UK) British drama.

Call the Midwife Season 8 (NR) 506 minutes

June 17, 2019

CALL THE MIDWIFE, Season 8SERIES (NR) Season 8 continues to explore complex medical and personal stories on the midwifery and district nursing rounds. It is now 1964 and times are changing, from the introduction of the contraceptive pill and the availability of a new cancer-screening program to the new construction of high-rise buildings. The nuns and nurses continue to face a variety of challenging issues including cleft palate, sickle cell, and illegal abortion. And for one on the team, romance could be on the horizon.

The Upside (PG-13) 127 minutes

June 17, 2019

THE UPSIDE– MOVIE (PG-13) Brian Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart. A recently paroled ex-convict, Dell (Kevin Hart), strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Philip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), in this hilarious comedy. From worlds apart, Dell and Philip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities. Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt comedy also stars Aja Naomi King and Juliana Margulies. The Upside succeeds in being a very American film by going to the dark side and coming out laughing!  See also, in our Foreign Films section, the French film, Intouchables.

Miss Bala (PG-13) 104 minutes

June 17, 2019

MISS BALAMOVIE (PG-13) ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH Languages  Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) drives to Tijuana, Mexico, to visit her best friend who is competing in the local “Miss Baja” beauty pageant. During the night out, her friend is abducted and Gloria finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA, and a charismatic yet ruthless cartel kingpin. Finding a power, she never knew she had, Gloria plays one organization against the other as she seeks to rescue her friend. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness and strength. This edge-of-your-seat action thriller is being hailed as a "kick-ass origin story for a new kind of action hero" (Variety)

A Madea Family Funeral (PG-13) 109 minutes

June 17, 2019

A MADEA FAMILY FUNERALMOVIE (PG-13) A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea (Tyler Perry) and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.

Isn't it Romantic? (PG-13) 88 minutes

June 17, 2019

ISN’T IF ROMANTICMOVIE (PG-13) New York City architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious.  Upon waking, she discovers that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare--a romantic comedy--and she is the leading lady.

Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13) 100 minutes

June 17, 2019

HAPPY DEATHDAY 2U– MOVIE (PG-13) It's déjà vu all over again for Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), the feisty sorority sister who solved her own murder by repeatedly reliving her death. When the masked campus killer mysteriously returns to terrorize Carter Davis’ (Israel Broussard) roommate, Ryan Phan (Phi Vu), Tree cycles through another time loop of clever chills and suspense in Happy Death Day 2U, the inventive follow-up to Blumhouse's hit thriller Happy Death Day.  Just how many deaths separate Tree from a truly happy birthday?

Greta (R) 99 minutes

June 17, 2019

GRETAMOVIE (R) A Really Scary Movie! Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz), a sweet, naive young woman trying to make it on her own in NY City, doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and aching loneliness. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta. The two become fast friends--but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems in this suspense thriller by Neil Jordan. Wildly Entertaining. Riveting Nail-Biter’s.

Gloria Bell (R) 122 minutes

June 17, 2019

GLORIA BELLMOVIE (R) Gloria (Julianna Moore) is a free-spirited divorcee who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity, and family.

Five Feet Apart (PG-13) 116 minutes

June 17, 2019

FIVE FEET APARTMOVIE (PG-13) Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a vibrant, fun-loving 17-year old. Unlike most teenagers, Sheila has to spend much of her time living at a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. When Stella meets Will (Cole Sprouse), a charming and rebellious fellow patient, she feels a powerful connection but restrictions dictate that she and Will maintain a safe distance between them. As their feelings grow, Stella and Will face a life-changing question: How does love feel when even a single touch is off limits?

Cold Pursuit (R) 119 minutes

June 17, 2019

COLD PURSUITMOVIE (R) Featuring a wildly entertaining mix of dynamic action and dark humor, COLD PURSUIT stars Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver whose quiet family life is upended after his son's murder. Nels begins a vengeful hunt for Viking, the drug lord he holds responsible for the killing, eliminating Viking's associates one by one. As Nels draws closer to Viking, his actions bring even more unexpected and violent consequences, as he proves that revenge is all in the execution.

Captain Marvel (PG-13) 124 minutes

June 17, 2019

CAPTAIN MARVELMOVIE (PG-13) Witness The Rise Of A Hero! Marvel Studios' takes you on a spectacular adventure from the 1990s, tracing the path of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the universe. When a galactic war reaches Earth, she meets young agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at the center of a maelstrom, leading to her ultimate destiny as an Avenger. An Origin Story Like No Other!

Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest

June 2, 2019

Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvesby Lauren McDuffie, subtitled Recipes and Stories from my Appalachian Homeis organized seasonally and has many delicious sounding and imaginative recipes. Creamy squash and chanterelle bread puddings were one of our favorites. Her writing is clear and the recipes are interspersed with anecdotes about the area where she grew up. It’s also a gorgeous book. (Cookbook)

101 (One-hundred and one) Epic Dishes

June 2, 2019

101 Epic Dishes by Jet and Ali Tila is loads of fun to page through and actually cook from. The vibrant flavors combined with their relaxed “can do” approach to cooking is infectious. They focus on the touches and/or additions that make well-known dishes such as roast salmon, turkey meatballs, mashed potatoes, and banana bread extra special. Highly recommended for cooks of all levels. (Cookbook)

A Way to Garden--A Hands on Primer for Every Season

June 2, 2019

A Way to Garden--A hands-on primer for every season by Margaret Roach is an excellent overview of the sport of gardening. She is a widely admired garden expert. “A garden without a gardener is a jungle waiting to happen” but if you follow her lead you can tame the beast. She has divided the year into 6 sections lasting roughly 2 months each. She has good ideas, like buying early/middle/late varieties of your favorite plants to extend bloom time (daffodils and peonies can have 6 week long cycles if you follow this advice). Plentiful tables and photographs bring creating natural, pleasurable outdoor spaces within reach of everyone.

(Non-Fiction)

Save Me the Plums

June 2, 2019

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl covers her challenging tenure as editor of Gourmet magazine just as the print world began to shift radically. She’s brutally honest about the personalities and some bold decisions she made about what to publish, the inevitable rise of bean counting, and the opportunities she had to hobnob with the top chefs at that time. She's a good, clever writer willing to point out her own missteps. (Non-Fiction/Memoir)

The Other Americans

June 2, 2019

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami uses multiple narrators to illustrate the varying impacts of a hit and run that kills a Morrocan immigrant in central CA. Everyone has a position that they need to protect, principally his daughter, the witness, the detective assigned to the case, an Iraqi war veteran, and the driver. Nora, the grief-stricken daughter, has been trying to escape from the dusty town where she grew up facing taunts for being different. She returns to seek justice for her father. Nothing about that mission is easy, as she fights against an atmosphere of casual evil and deeply rooted prejudice. It’s a novel about family, a mystery, and a devastating examination of prejudice. Highly recommended. (Non-Fiction)

Once More We Stars

June 2, 2019

Once More We Saw Stars by Jason Greene is the tragic story of the accidental death of his two-year-old daughter Greta. She was hit by a falling brick while sitting on a bench with her grandmother. The family's grief is overwhelming, but they are able to make the decision to donate her organs in the midst of a terrible time. He writes very clearly and honestly about the stress of grief on a marriage. This is a book about resilience and survival overcoming overwhelming sorrow. (Non-Fiction)

The First Wave

June 2, 2019

The First Wave by Alex Kershaw is the story of “the D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II.” This is the story of the soldiers who first landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. There is a quote at the beginning that neatly says it all--you can manufacture ammunition and weapons but you cannot buy valor or pull heroes off an assembly line. This riveting book tells the story of the infamous day that turned the tide of the war. The focus is on the minute by minute battle. Lots of first-person quotes make for fascinating reading. (Non-Fiction)

Elements of Family Style

June 2, 2019

Elements of Family Style by Erin Gates is an excellent book about creating elegant spaces for everyday life. She understands how to combine durability with good looks in high traffic areas, has great storage ideas, and generally sage advice such as when to splurge and when to save. Practical suggestions are augmented with many photographs. It’s a helpful, realistic take on designing for life as it is actually lived. (Non-Fiction)

Women Talking

June 2, 2019

Women Talking by Miriam Toews is a novel whose plot is based on a series of sexual assaults in an isolated Mennonite community in Bolivia in 2009. The author raised a Mennonite, has given the illiterate women who were drugged and raped a fictional voice. The book is structured as the minutes of the meeting they held to decide what to do once the truth of the "ghost rapes" by men in their colony is known. Do they try and leave, and is that even possible, or do they forgive? How much can they change the community to make it a place they can thrive? The book is thought to provoke and unusual; the voices of the women echo long after the book is finished.

With Our Blessing

June 2, 2019

With Our Blessing by Jo Spain is a well-done detective/police procedural.  It's the first of a series, set in Ireland. The back story is a familiar issue from recent news--the historic convents who ran laundries which sometimes virtually imprisoned unwed mothers. The horrific crime which opens the book sends the team on a search through the past and a potential revenge motive. The characters of both the nuns and police are complex, weaving elements of their personal lives into their responses to professional pressures.

Tight Rope

June 2, 2019

Tight Rope by Amanda Quick is a diverting romance. The heroine is a trapeze artist, which makes the backstory unusually interesting. It’s a bit “perils of Pauline” initially but then becomes a good cat and mouse spy book. The author is good at interjecting humorous elements too. This is a classic beach read, just in time for summer!

If She Wakes

June 2, 2019

If She Wakes by Michael Koryta is terrific. He is a master of suspense and does not disappoint. His heroines are wonderful characters that range from a young woman suffering from “locked in” syndrome after a suspicious accident, her brave sister, and an auto claims adjuster with a traumatic past. The mystery is twisted and attracts a truly evil killer who leaves a bloody trail as he searches for a valuable secret. The dialogue is sharp and realistic and the setting feels spooky. This is an excellent, very suspenseful page-turner.

Metropolis

June 2, 2019

Metropolis by Philip Kerr is the prequel to the outstanding Bernie Gunther series. The harried, Berlin detective is trying to survive in 1928 Berlin. It’s the beginning of his career in the Murder Consortium. It’s Bernie’s origin story and a close up of the chaotic environment in Berlin at that time. A killer is on the loose and despite numerous clues, the hunt is frustratingly fruitless. This series is rightfully well known for excellent character development and a strong sense of place. This is a good way to get in at the beginning and get hooked.

The Island

June 2, 2019

The Island by Ragnar Jonasson is a well-crafted police procedural that starts with a present-day crime which may hark back to a killing that occurred ten years before.  The author steadily ratchets up the suspense via multiple narrators and a fluid timeline that emphasizes the catastrophic consequences that can arise from unintended acts. It takes full advantage of the gorgeous but lonely Icelandic landscape to deepen the malevolent atmosphere. It also has a good handle on police department politics.

Our House is Round

May 10, 2019

Our House is Round by Yolanda Kondonassis is “a kid’s book about why protecting our earth matters.” It’s an introduction to the basics of climate change, the importance of recycling, using less energy, and includes a helpful “Messy Planet Action Plan” at the conclusion. Anyone can embrace this short list of doable suggestions. Without being preachy this brightly colored book delivers the message that there are steps you can take to make a difference. (Informational)

The Lost Forest

May 10, 2019

The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root and Betsey Bowen is a true story about a mapping mistake that saved an old growth forest in Minnesota. As the USA grew, the pressure to map all the land in the nation increased. Surveyors marked off quadrants and measured their way across land that ultimately became states like Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. In the fall of 1882 a crew mistakenly marked a forest area as a large lake, preserving the trees until a forest ranger stumbled on them in 1958. They are now part of a national forest in MN and one of the few old growth areas to survive. It was named the Lost Forest--now found and preserved for all to enjoy. (Informational)

Crossing on Time

May 10, 2019

Crossing on Time by David Macaulay is about “steam engines, fast ships and a journey to the new world”. The author immigrated from the UK to the USA as a ten year old on the SS United States, the last of the great steamships, built in 1951. This beautifully detailed book explains the inner workings of the huge ship. The illustrations are gorgeous and perfectly capture the history of ocean travel and the excitement of an ocean voyage. (Informational)

Big Magic For Little Hands

May 10, 2019

Big Magic for Little Hands by Joshua Jay is fascinating. He is an internationally acclaimed magician who has explained how to perform 25 “astounding illusions”. Young magicians will be amazed at how quickly they can master these tricks by following his careful instructions. The “how to” illustrations are clear and he includes good advice about conquering stage fright and controlling an audience. This book is educational and entertaining for all. (Informational)

I Will Race You Through This Book

May 10, 2019

I Will Race You Through This Book! by Jonathan Fenske stars a rascally rabbit intent on winning the race through the book. She employs all sorts of diversions to maintain an edge over the reader. The antic, rhyming text is tailor made for early readers. The illustrations make “book it bunny” come alive. This is lots of fun and has a cute ending. (Early Reader)

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel divided by 1 Dog= Chaos

May 10, 2019

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel divided by 1 Dog =Chaos by Vivian Velde has alternating chapters narrated by classroom pets and Twitch the squirrel. They make very funny observations--the fish marvel that they are a school within a school and all are hysterically on point when it comes to describing human behavior. One morning Twitch is chased inside the school by a dog and every pet gets roped into the chase. This is a real page turner! The two other laugh riot books in this series are Squirrel in the House and Squirrel in the Museum. (Early Reader Series)

Underwear!

May 10, 2019

Underwear! by Jenn Harney is a Dr. Seuss like rhyming hymn to underwear. After a bath the bare baby bear has to put on underwear. This is an opportunity to delay bedtime, imagine “where” underwear goes, how it can become a toy, and generally drive papa bear a little crazy. The baby bear’s zany, high energy antics are cute. The silliness quiets down as bedtime nears, but the baby has the last word.

Tomorrow Most Likely

May 10, 2019

Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers is a different kind of bedtime story. It focuses on what the next day might bring, and there are so many possibilities! It’s whimsical and hopeful, and also realistic about the chances that a few things might turn up that are not necessarily wonderful. There is just enough repetition for young listeners to find soothing, and the paintings are truly beautiful.

Sweety

May 10, 2019

Sweety by Andrea Zuill is a crack up. She is a naked mole rat, which is definitely not the most cuddly of creatures. She has an outsized personality, some unique hobbies (mushroom identifying anyone?) and can be opinionated. This can make it hard to find friends, but she has her Aunt Ruth, who encourages her to just be herself and she will find her people. Lo and behold that turns out to be so true! This is one of the top books of spring, guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face. The striking illustrations are sensational.

Ojiichan's Gift

May 10, 2019

Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki and Genevieve Simms is a tender tale of the peace and connections a girl and her grandfather find working in a Japanese garden. Ever since she was a little girl Mayumi has traveled to Japan in the summer for two months to stay with her grandfather. She is introduced to a different type of garden made from rocks and gravel, which requires patience and artistry to keep neat with a rake. She grows to love the garden and the time she spends with her grandfather. Years pass and the garden has to be given up, but after an initial tantrum she discovers how to preserve wonderful memories for both of them.

Olive & Pekoe in Four Short Walks

May 10, 2019

Olive & Pekoe in Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis and Giselle Potter is about a friendship between a quite old dog, and a very young dog. They take walks together, although on occasion the older dog longs for her soft pillow. She has been around long enough to know there will always be more chipmunks to chase and new places to explore. Sometimes the young dog gets a bit impatient but at the end of the day he knows he has a true friend who will defend him to the end.

Giant Tess

May 10, 2019

Giant Tess by Dan Yaccarino is a beguiling tale of a baby girl who takes over “Mythhattan”, home to Centaur Park, Grand Cyclops Station and the Lower Beast Side. She wants nothing more than to be a normal size like everyone else. A chance encounter with a dragon who needs her help sets them up for the heroic rescue of a fly away balloon attached to the mayor. He honors them with a prime spot in the parade and all is well. Charming primary colored illustrations are a cheerful accompaniment.

Cooking with Bear--A Story and Recipes from the Forest

May 10, 2019

Cooking with Bear--A Story and Recipes From the Forest by Deborah Hodge and Lisa Cinar is both a story of friendship, as bear wakes up for a spring reunion with hungry friends, and a collection of recipes that are tailored for young cooks. Bear tries to use all the wonderful fruits, seeds, nuts and greens from the forest, creating mouthwatering dishes for his friends. We made the granola and it was delicious! This culinary jaunt is perfect for young cooks.

I'm A Baked Potato!

May 10, 2019

I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera is very sweet. A lady who loves baked potatoes enough to eat one every day also loves dogs. She decides to get one and a small, warm, adorable, brown pup enters her life. Of course he is named baked potato. They have a lovely life together until the fateful day he follows her outside and gets lost. Every creature who asks is told “I am a baked potato.” After a near disaster, a kindly owl sets him straight and on the fast course for home. The endearing illustrations are lovely.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG) 120 minutes

May 8, 2019

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part– Children's MOVIE (PG) It's been five years since everything was awesome in Bricksburg, now known as Apocolypseburg and the citizens are dark, brooding and edgy. All except for Emmet (Chris Pratt) who retains his cheerful disposition. Now Emmet is facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) 120 minutes

May 8, 2019

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING– CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) An army to fight. A demon to slay. A world to save. No pressure! A band of kids embarks on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace…in modern-day London…when old school magic meets the modern world. Young Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and his best friend, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) think they are just nobodies, bullied by older kids at school, until he stumbles upon the mythical sword in the stone, Excalibur! Now he must unite not only his friends but also his schoolyard enemies into a band of knights. Together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart & Angus Imrie) they must take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

A Place to Call Home Season 6 and Final (NR) 519 minutes

May 8, 2019

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6 & FINAL– SERIES (NR) In the final season, Sarah Nordmann (Marta Dusseldorp) finally marries wealthy landowner George Bligh (Brett Climo). But as Sarah takes her placeas lady of Ash Park, George's mother, Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst), feels pushed out of the household. George's son, James (David Berry), returns from abroad tostart abusiness, while his daughter, Anna (Abby Earl), lives in Hawaii with her sister-in-law, hiding asecret from the family. The Bligh's face tragedies, betrayals, and new beginnings that will challenge their relationships and change the courses of their lives.

Agatha Raisin Season 2 (NR) 286 minutes

May 8, 2019

AGATHA RAISIN, Season 2SERIES (NR) In these three feature-length mysteries based on M.C. Beaton’s best-selling novels, Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), formerly a high-flying PR executive in London, has now settled into small-town life in the Cotswolds, but her early retirement is far from quiet. Along with her friends Sir Charles (Jason Merrells), Roy (Mathew Horne), and Gemma (Katy Wix), Agatha solves the village’s bizarre murders with panache--but her love life may be a puzzle beyond even her skills to decipher.  Episodes: The Wizard of Evesham, The Fairies of Fryfam and The Curious Curate.

What Men Want (R) 117 minutes

May 8, 2019

WHAT MEN WANTMOVIE (R) Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is boxed out by her male sports agents because she is a woman in a male-dominated profession. But she acquires an unexpected edge by developing the ability to hear men's thoughts.

Serenity (R) 107 minutes

May 8, 2019

SERENITY– MOVIE (R) Here comes a stylized thriller: Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her--and their young son--from her new violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

The Front Runner (R) 113 minutes

May 8, 2019

THE FRONT RUNNERMOVIE (R) Based on a true story and considered one of the best films out this year. In this thrilling drama, charismatic politician, Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Hackman) captures the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. But his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice (Sarah Paxton). As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race, leaving a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Also starring Vera Famiga as the wife, Lee Hart, J.K. Simmons as Hart's manager, Bill Dixon, and Alfred Molina as Ben Bradlee, editor of The Washington Post.

A Dog's Way Home (PG) 192 minutes

May 8, 2019

A DOG’S WAY HOME– MOVIE (PG) Based on the beloved bestselling novel, A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard), a devoted dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

Life is a Party

April 27, 2019

Life is a Party by David Burtka is aptly subtitled Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration. It’s very enjoyable and packed with original ideas and mouthwatering recipes. The author has young twins so the child-friendly aspect of many of these events is appealing. There are lots of photographs and we can attest to the deliciousness of the scallops and peas recipe, as well as the carrots and asparagus in browned butter and chives. (Cookbook)

Batch Cocktails--Make Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion

April 27, 2019

Batch Cocktails--Make ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion by Maggie Hoffman is fun. The drinks are organized by flavor profile, and who can argue with the ease of pre-mixed cocktails when entertaining. Even an entry-level bartender can mix up these recipes and have a blast. There are twists on classics and recipes for children. Brilliant photographs add to the value; this is a real winner just as spring has sprung! (Cookbook)

Tiny Hot Dogs

April 27, 2019

Tiny Hotdogs by Mary Giuliani is a sketch. It's a memoir by a "caterer to the stars" who really wanted to be behind the footlights but ended up an A-List party thrower. Her childhood is hilariously and lovingly dissected with many laughs. Her sense of humor is intact through thick and thin and there are tasty recipes interspersed among her saga of growing up and finding success where she didn’t expect to. (Non-Fiction)

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

April 27, 2019

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks is a collection of essays examining the benefits of interdependent, committed life. Brooks questions the emphasis we place on freedom and individualism, arguing this has torn our social fabric. Through inspiring stories, he shows how the commitment to one or all of the areas of vocation, spouse and family, philosophy or faith, or community deepens one’s life. He is honest about the journey he has been on and the personal failures he’s confronted. It’s a very interesting, thoughtful read. (Non-Fiction)

Nanaville--Adventures in Grandparenting

April 27, 2019

Nanaville--Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen is wise and funny. She is a grandmother to Arthur, now a toddler. She has learned a lot about her role and how to do it well, be helpful, but not interfering. Her trademark humor is put to good use, and her descriptions of life with a toddler are endearing. She pokes fun at herself too--she is so pleased when he first says “nana” but it turns out he wanted a banana, not her. Sweet anecdotes and wisdom are wrapped up in one package. (Non-Fiction; Biography)

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

April 27, 2019

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates is the product of twenty years of philanthropic work dedicated to improving the lives of women. It may seem obvious that lifting women lifts all humanity, but she shows how challenging that can be, and how worthwhile it is when it happens. Her experiences are both global and domestic (she discusses her marriage for the first time). An inspiring read for anyone interested in making a difference. (Non-Fiction)

Gardentopia--Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

April 27, 2019

Gardentopia--Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces by Jan Johnsen outlines simple changes you can make to create a garden space that is beautiful and serene. The author has forty years of experience in the landscaping business and has distilled her knowledge into concise chapters enhanced with gorgeous photography. Inspiration is bolstered by practical information for all types of yards. Her designs are accessible and practical. This book manages to be both a beautiful coffee table book and a treasure trove of advice--one of our favorite tidbits is placing several rocks where the morning sun hits so butterflies have a place to warm up so they can fly. (Non-Fiction)

The Perfect Liar

April 27, 2019

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene at first seems like just one more book along the lines of “perfect marriage but everyone has deadly secrets," but this is a particularly absorbing thriller where the surprises keep coming. It’s a clever roller coaster ride. There are good, snarky insights into the art and academic worlds which provide some humor. Alternating husband/wife perspectives propel this page-turner.

Lights All Night Long

April 27, 2019

Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick is a debut novel from a talented author. The writing is excellent and the unusual story grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. The shadow of his beloved, addicted brother haunts Ilya, who at age 15 is beginning a fresh start as an exchange student in Baton Rouge, LA. His observations of American life are piercing.  They contrast sharply with alternating vignettes of growing up in Russia. Sadie is the daughter of the family, an adopted child with her own secrets. There is clever weaving of two disparate, small town locations with striking similarities. It’s a mystery, a trenchant analysis of the bonds of brothers, the perils of addiction and the possibilities of new relationships.

The Girl He Used to Know

April 27, 2019

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracy Garvis Graves is a romance with a twist. Annika and Jonathan meet at university. She is “on the spectrum,” learning how to manage her anxieties in a cacophonous campus environment. He gets her, they initially bond over chess and establish a relationship. It’s all too much though and happily ever after remains out of reach. Then they meet again ten years later; is there a chance now? This is a well written, intriguing romance.

Cookin' the Books

April 27, 2019

Cookin’ the Books by Amy Patricia Meade is tailor-made for our fans, as the plot hinges on a murder at a big library fundraiser. The new caterer in town has just landed her first big job. She’s thrilled but less so when the hostess drops dead, potentially of food poisoning. The hunt for the murderer has twists and turns and small town imbroglios. A winning cozy with a food theme, where small-town secrets come tumbling out of the closet at warp speed and the race to save her reputation energizes the amateur sleuth.

The Altruists

April 27, 2019

The Altruists by Andrew Ridker is the story of the Alter family. Originally based in St. Louis they display various personality traits that are laughable and poignant at the same time. Their efforts to find their way in the world are realistically portrayed. Maggie finds generosity euphoric but tilts dangerously close to martyrdom, their father is destitute, and Ethan struggles in Brooklyn. The observations of each are often very funny, and the character development is excellent. You care about these flawed people.

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?