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A rediscovered classic from 60s, Pickle-Chiffon Pie is that rare beast, a completely silly picture book with fantastic illustrations and an important message.  Jolly Roger Bradfield has created his own fairytale world complete with a princess, several princes, a quest, and an enchanted forest. 

When the princess can’t decide which prince to marry, her father sends them on a quest into the enchanted forest to bring back the most wonderful thing they can find.  A fairly standard premise turns wacky with the addition of four-wheeled Dimdoozles, lions juggling root beer cans, sixteen-footed Gazoos, mice painting Picassos, Three-nosed Snozzles, and of course, Pickle-Chiffon pie.  The book, while silly and fun, also shows the importance of, as Bradfield puts it, “kindness and love and consideration for others…truly THE MOST WONDERFUL THING OF ALL.”

Also check out Bradfield's Pickle-Chiffon Pie Olympics!

for ages 4-8

- reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street

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It’s been out in England for several years, but Scholastic just released the whole four volume Predator Cities Quartet at the end of May. This first book is spiffing adventure in the vein of Flash Gordon serials or the original Star Wars films. It’s a post apocalyptic/steampunk romp through the ruined remains of Europe. The cities that remain are all on wheels, moving around the continent looking for smaller cities to devour in what they like to call Municipal Darwinism. After London’s greatest historian hero brings back something awful and mysterious from the War, Apprentice Historian third class Tom Natsworthy and his companion Hester Shaw traverse Europe trying to get back to London and figure out what is going on. Ages 10+


--Reviewed by Steven from Books Inc. Palo Alto! 

Both an exciting tale of intrigue and adventure and a character-driven coming of age story, Icefall is the gripping newest novel from Matthew Kirby.  Solveig is the disregarded daughter of a Nordic king.  When war threatens their nation, she is sent far away up a fjord along with her brother and sister and some of her father’s berserker warriors.  As winter descends and the ice locks them in, it becomes clear that there is a traitor in their midst and Solveig must figure out who she can trust before it’s too late.  Solvieg’s struggle with betrayal and fear ends up leading her to a discovery of her own self-worth.  Layered in the icy atmosphere of winter and with an unforgettable heroine, this book was one of my favorites.

For ages  9-14

Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street

ALSO Congratulations to ANNA! (But sad for us.) She will be leaving us soon to go to Library School! Here's to you, Anna, the best future librarian in the country!

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