Join us in welcoming some beautifully illustrated new books. Although all are picture book size and format, two are fiction picture books and two are actually non-fiction, shelved with the other books on that topic in the non-fiction collection.
A biography of the Egyptian pharaoh who is probably the most famous to today’s children. Born in 1342 BCE, and only surviving to his nineteenth year, Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922, mostly untouched by time. Inspired by Egyptian tomb paintings and filled with colors reminiscent of the Egyptians’ love of dazzling gold and jewels, the exquisite paintings in this book bring the arid deserts of Egypt and the glittering palaces of Tutankhamun to life. The picture here does not do this beautiful book justice.
Lear, Edward. The Duck & The Kangaroo. Illustrated by Jane Wattenberg
First published in 1871, this silly poem is about the love story between a duck and a kangaroo…not the most romantic couple! The illustrations are a crazy blend of original photographs, digital computer art and details from an assortment of paintings from the 16th through the 20th centuries. A truly unique book!
Young, Judy. The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures . Illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci.
Short poetic descriptions depict the journeys of explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten as he travels the world looking for animals for the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. The illustrations are lovely; pen and ink and watercolors. The best part, however, is that the creatures Basil is searching for are hidden amongst the flora and fauna of each countryside. Basil may not find them, an alert reader probably will. Give it your best and enjoy all of this lovely book.
Ray, Jane. Snow White: A Three-Dimensional Fairy-Tale Theater
Everyone knows the fairy tale of the girl with hair as black as winter branches, skin as white as snow, and lips as red as blood…but never has she been depicted quite as beautifully as in this book. Each page opens to a three-tiered spread of Snow White’s story, with the text revealed under the side curtains. A treasure to be savored again and again.
And that’s it! Four small treasures, ready to be savored by every reader. If you’d like to see other new books we’ve added, please visit our new books pages, on the sidebar of the Weston Public Library’s Kids Page. You can check out New Non-Fiction and New Picture Books, along with Kids Fiction, Graphic Novels and Teen Books. You can even sign up on our Bookletters page to get lists e-mailed to your address…so you can see the new books as soon as we add them!