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With our upcoming event with Tony Fucile, we couldn't help but be reminded of an awesome book that came out more than 40 years ago that's as good today as it was then: The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes. It was originally titled The Iron Man: A Story in 5 Nights, but the title was changed when the superhero superceded Hughes' novel in popularity. There's movie (that upcoming guest Tony Fucile worked on), which is AMAZING and every one should watch it, but is totally different than the book. And even if you've seen the movie (which I agree, is awesome) you should still read the book and hopefully you'll like it even a fraction as much we do. Fun, simple, full of startling and direct symbolic imagery, The Iron Giant is a great book for reluctant readers obsessed with Star Wars and the kids who can already read Harry Potter (with a parent) ages 7-10. Hughes, who was the poet laureate of the UK for many years, adeptly utilizes gorgeous visual metaphors that are accessbile to kids, but with room for growth. It's one of those books that will grow up with the child as thier reading skills develop and mature, and as such makes this a great book for parents and kids to read together and discuss. It was written especially to be read one chapter a night over five nights, making it the perfect story to read before bed.
We were lucky enough to host Jeanne Birdsall at our Laurel Village store for the launch of her newest book, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. We had an awesome turnout of adoring fans, all of whom had many questions about the origins of Jeanne's unique and lovable characters. Here, Jeanne talks about the Nick, a character she based on a real person, who is now serving in Afghanistan. At the end of the event we were all invited to write a letter to Nick and his fellow soldiers so that he would know our thoughts and best wishes were with him. 
Middle grade author, Lewis Buzbee is a true bibliophile. He's been a bookseller, a sales representative for Chronicle books, a life-long reader and now he's an author! And thank goodness for that, because his books are awesome; they're books about books for people who love books and people who need a reason to start loving them. So, obviously, we love him. His latest novel, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, is an Edgar Award honoree, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Year, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and the Winner of the California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award. Oh, and also he's local. And awesome. In the video below, he shows us The Haunting in its manuscript form.

Diana graduated from UCLA with a masters in library and information sciences, and now she can help you shop for children's books at Books Inc. in Mountain View! That is, when she's not working at the library, or teaching community college online library research classes, or pouring wine at the Cooper Garron Vineyard. Her favorite food is apple pie and her favorite muppet is Fozzie Bear, and her favorite book store is Books Inc. Obviously.

That's right; Part 8. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 of the short story Nine Lessons from a Wyverary Governesse are strewn about the internet in a literary treasure hunt. Each part is exclusive to those who host it, and the author has made the super cool decision to only post parts of her story on websites for independent bookstores and public libraries! You can read the introduction to this here, and check out your chance to meet the author, Cat Valente at our Mountain View store here!

8. On Science in Fairyland

How do you feel about Science, children?

I hope you are on good terms with it, that you have it over to tea at least every other week. Science is an excellent conversationalist, and much prized in Fairyland. In Pandemonium, the capital of all our merry land, Scientists have a tower all to themselves, called Groangyre. There they can have tea as much as they like while inventing and studying marvelous things like Moving Pictures, Electricks, the Carriageless Horse, Blueology, Lunar Travel, the Hyper Toadstool Transfer Protocol (by which you can leave quite long messages with the mushrooms and they will carry them anywhere you please via underground fungal network), and the Three Q’s: Quiet Physicks, Questing Physicks, Queer Physicks (these being the study of the Unseen and Unheard, the Mechanicks of Narrative and People Who Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone, and Things What Make No Good Sense).

I think you’ll agree all of that sounds quite good. 

The Prioress of Groangyre Tower is Belinda Cabbage, Empress of the White Coats, Quarterback of the Municipal Quantumball Team and Champion Crossword Solver. She causes most of the explosions you’ll see blossoming out of the tower on the hour, nice and regular. I mention her because she has been very occasionally known to take on apprentices. Sometimes these apprentices do very well, like Dr. Erasmus Jane Fallow, one of our premier alchemists. Sometimes they merely break local QB records and in the process cause two bakeries and a letterpress shoppe to vanish, as in the case of the famous and unfortunate Simon Snowpea, who can’t get a loaf of bread to save his life these days.

The line for the apprenticeship forms a charming spring ritual, stretching form Pandemonium all the way to her sister city, Sticks. So if you feel you know your sums and long division, know how to work a lilyscope, and are proof against fire, acid, boiling, and spells of disintegration, I suggest you line up early.

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