Deborah Underwood Loves
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
Deborah: Bella and I wanted to choose a really special book to recommend. It needed to reflect our values, it needed to give readers hope, and it needed—
Bella: a cat.
Deborah: Right. It had to have a compelling story, evocative illustrations—
Bella: and a cat.
Deborah: Exactly. So we chose A Boy and a Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz.
Bella: It’s illustrated by Catia Chien. CAT-ia Chien. No wonder it’s good!
Deborah: This nonfiction picture book begins in Alan Rabinowitz’s childhood. Alan’s stutter makes him feel broken. But when he talks to animals, he doesn’t stutter. In the Bronx Zoo, he makes a special friend: a jaguar.
Bella: A jaguar is a kind of cat!
Deborah: Alan promises the jaguar that if he ever finds his voice, he will speak for the animals. When he’s older, he travels to Belize to study jaguars. Then Alan has the chance to talk to some important people to convince them to protect jaguars in the wild. And…and…*sob*…
Bella: Good grief. She always cries at this part. I’m taking over! I won’t tell you what the people decide. But later, in the jungle, Alan comes face to face with a huge jaguar. The jaguar does not eat him. The end.
Deborah: The thing I love most about the book is Alan’s connection with animals. In helping them, he also helps himself. And the story shows that one person can make a huge difference. What did you think about the book, Bella?
Bella: It was good. Lots of cats. When’s lunch?
Deborah Underwood and Bella Underwood are the co-authors of Here Comes Valentine Cat, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, as well as several other Cat books. Deborah has written many other picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella, The Quiet Book, and the forthcoming Good Night, Baddies. Deborah and Bella live in San Francisco.
This Monday, January 4, 2016, Bay Area author, Gene Luen Yang was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature! Yang will be taking over for Kate Dicamillo who was honored with the position in 2014. "The ambassador program was established in 2008, by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, to highlight the importance of young people’s literature in developing a literate, tolerant, informed citizenry. Yang will serve a two-year term, traveling the nation to champion diversity in all forms—and formats—with his platform, 'Reading Without Walls.'" (Publishers Weekly).
Yang is the first graphic novelist to be chosen as an Ambassador. He also happens to be the first graphic novelist to be named a National Book Award Finalist and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for American Born Chinese.
Congratulations Gene Luen Yang! We can't wait to see all the great things you do!
Find Yang's books in stores today!
This month we're very excited to welcome 3 awesome authors to Books Inc.!
First up, we have the lovely Emery Lord author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You, visiting the Bay Area for the frist time! She'll be joining NYMBC at the Burlingame Library to meet and greet her fans and talk about her upcoming novel, When We Collided, out this April!
Second, the amazing Alexandra Bracken, author of the Darkest Minds series, and wonderful Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly, will be joining us for a night of fun at Books Inc. Opera Plaza to discuss their new books, Passenger and Truthwitch!
We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there!!
Ring in the New Year with this shimmery cocktail made for American Housewife, a raucous collection of short stories by Helen Ellis. The stories are funny, often caustic, and present a portrait of the American wife decades removed from Mrs. Cleaver. One of the women you'll meet weeps because she has a drawer just for glitter, so for her I made this.
All That Glitters is Not Gold
1.5 oz Campari
1 oz Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom vodka
.5 oz Cointreau
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Stir all - except the soda water - with ice until chilled. Strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Top with soda water.