Happy book birthday to these picture books out this week!
STALEBREAD CHARLIE AND THE RAZZY DAZZY SPASM BAND by Michael Mahin
(Clarion Books ~ July 10, 2018)
This one is currently on its way to our reviewers!
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Based on a true story, a vibrant, inspirational picture book about self-reliance and the power of creativity and music, in which a group of hungry homeless kids in 19th century New Orleans build their own musical instruments from discarded items and become a successful band.
It’s 1895, and ten-year-old Stalebread Charlie and his friend Warm Gravy roam the streets of New Orleans, homeless and hungry. Stalebread has heard folks say that music feeds the soul—and he wonders if it could also fill their bellies. Soon he and his friends are playing instruments made out of junk—a fiddle from a cigar box, a kazoo from a comb—until their hats are filled with coins, their bellies are filled with beignets, and their souls are filled with music. This inspiring make-lemonade-from-lemons tale includes author/illustrator notes about the real Stalebread and the research behind the book and a make-your-own-instrument activity.
STERLING, BEST DOG EVER by Aidan Cassie
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) ~ July 10, 2018)
Photo and review by Lu and Bean Read ~ @luandbeanread on Instagram
Sterling has never found a home as a dog, so he tries to be anything and everything else. His new family doesn’t love his ideas. But he keeps trying, until he realizes what they’re really looking for. This is a book for the lovable misfits, the outcast, those who aren’t sure of their place.
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