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It was said it couldn't be done. But here it is! Join us for the INAUGURAL Books Inc. Market Street Storytime for tots, featuring author RUTH KAISER and her book, The Smiley Book of Colors. 

I'm not usually into graphic novels, but as soon as I saw Claudette with her cunning smirk on the cover I knew I had to read it. Claudette isn't afraid of anything especially not giants! She sets off to slay a giant with her little brother Gaston (who's not so brave) and her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess). These three go on quite the adventure and find out some things about themselves along the way, and also find out a surprising fact about the giant they're after! Definitely a fun read. (Ages 8+)

--Reviewed by Melanie from Books Inc. Berkeley

 You can also check out ANOTHER rapturous review of this fabulous new graphic novel from Steven in Palo Alto here!

 
Thanks to author TODD PARR for doing this amazing, adorable and FLATTERING drawing for us here at Books Inc.! We high fives ourselves for hours. 
 
You can also check out this cool Books Inc. VIDEO featuring Lewis Buzbee here!

Here, in quick, memorable doses.

 

That witty, clever (and just a little crooked) Dahl will get you with at least at least one of these stories. He can turn any story on its head, tickle its feet and leave you gasping.

 

And these sharp short stories will revisit you— you’ll find yourself recounting, re-reading… to yourself, to the wind, to strangers in the park… and maybe, if they’re really lucky, to your friends.

 

Some of the stories in this collection you may recall having heard before, and the others, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

 

I’d say those of you ages 12+ can handle it…and those of you under 12, may dare to venture there…

 

-Reviewed by Chantal from Books Inc. Mountain View

Philip Pullman takes a new tack and comes up a winner. Off of a London East End street there is a close and on that close live a faithful group of friends. Led by Thunderbolt Dobney and a whirlwind of chaos and brilliance by the name of Benny Kaminsky, these kids make up for their empty pockets with the riches of imagination. Trying to get an homemade waxwork of their favorite hot chestnut seller into the wax museum is all in an afternoons work. Ferreting out a gang of currency forgers takes just a little bit longer. These kids are direct descendants of  “the Baker Street Irregulars” by way of “Emil and the Detectives.” Love Pullman as I do, I wasn’t expecting this wonderful romp from the man who gave me “His Dark Materials.” Still, his matchless storytelling and really funny prose shine like stars.
Perfect for the 3rd - 6th grade boy or girl in your house.

--Reviewed by Elizabeth from Books Inc. Alameda

I learned a valuable lesson reading Viorst's story.  At first, Lulu is impossible.  She gets exactly what she wants from her parents.  When she doesn't, she throws shrill tantrums loud enough to break light bulbs.  Since it's her birthday, she wants a brontosaurus as a pet.  Her parents say "no."  Determined to find her birthday present, she runs away from home into a forest where her birthday wish takes an unexpected turn.  As Viorst teaches us in her delightful tale, we should be careful for what we wish for--we just may get it!  Along with Lane Smith's dazzling art, this story is full of surprises, a singable song, and three possible endings.  Which one is your favorite? (Ages 4-8) --Jaime from Books Inc. Castro

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