Holly has worked full time as a bookseller since 1980. She has served on the board of Northwest Bookfest and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Her favorite books are children's books (the kind with pictures) and cookbooks (the kind with pictures) and she is a devoted fan of Ray Bradbury and Kate DiCamillo.
This stellar illustrated debut has so many layers beyond its simple rhyming text. A child, a dog, a fish, a mouse, and various others all see the cat as it walks through the world. But what exactly does each of them see? The child sees a smiling striped feline wearing a red bell; the dog sees mostly the bell; the fish sees huge eyes; the mouse sees a toothy nightmare. Each one sees the cat from a unique perspective. A brilliant mix of artistic styles mirrors the idea of varying points of view in this clever look at observation.
Benjamin Percy’s essays on writing are filled with aha moments as thrilling as Toto pulling back the curtain on the Wizard. Citing passages from many sources, he elucidates the subtle principles behind arresting storytelling: the importance of place in fiction, how to use images in writing, why characters should have jobs, and so much more. He examines (and exalts) the writings of Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Donna Tartt, and Michael Chabon so that we can see behind the curtain to that which makes them the masters they are. Whether this book makes you a better writer or not, it will make you a better reader.
This is what you need to read after Bossypants. This book is hysterically funny. It will make you laugh—the deep, hard kind of laugh where you think you might be choking or that you've ruptured your spleen. Quality sh*t.
Do you have cats?
Cats sure are keen
They fill your life
... But only if you obey. FUNNY STUFF!
This is truly one of the best edge-of-your-seat fantastic sorcery-filled adventures EVER ! A great read aloud for the whole family (or try the audio book for your road trip). Book 2, The Sorceress , is also available. Highly recommended!
In 25 or 30 years, when our children are reading aloud to their children about pirates, princes, and little women, they will also be reading from battered and cherished copies of "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane". This is a timeless, amazing book with all the beauty and heartache of the human condition stuffed into a rabbit named Edward Tulane.
If you are looking for a laugh (and I mean laugh so hard bodily fluids might expel), then Unabrow is your book. Una LaMarche is the soul-sibling to Tina Fey and Jenny Lawson (meaning she has a definite tilt to her worldview).