21 May 2017

5 Books About Washington State

In honor of the premiere of the third season of Twin Peaks - my all-time favorite television show - here are some books set in the gorgeous state of Washington. Are they as mysterious as Twin Peaks? Only reading them will give you the answers.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney

The Bargaining
written by Carly Anne West

The Dead Boys
written by Royce Buckingham

Elliott the Otter: The Totally Untrue Story of Elliott, Boss of the Bay
written by John Skewes and Eric Ode, illustrated by John Skewes

Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man
written by Katherine Kirkpatrick, illustrated by Emma Stevenson

17 May 2017

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

I've been rewatching Twin Peaks. Again. I've talked about my love for the show and its characters. Needless to say I am positively giddy thinking about the new episodes that begin Sunday. It has been a long twenty-five years since we last visited that town "both wonderful and strange."

As I rewatch the show, I find myself increasingly drawn to two characters in particular. All of the characters are intriguing and special, but these two have claimed my undying love — Deputy Andy Brennan and Agent Albert Rosenfeld.

I'll talk about Andy first. I loved him from the very first time I saw the show in April 1990. He wore his heart on his sleeve and had a strong sense of justice and moral character. He weeps at the sight of Laura Palmer wrapped in plastic. Harry Goaz is so sincere in his portrayal of Andy that you can't help but adore him. He's so sweet, and he tries so hard. How can you not love a law officer who openly mourns the victims of crimes?

He may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but his heart is in the right place.

Albert is another officer of the law, but that's about all he and Andy have in common. Albert is argumentative, stubborn and judgmental. He does not suffer fools, and he thinks everyone is a fool until they prove themselves otherwise. Miguel Ferrer is brilliant playing this pugnacious FBI agent. 

While we meet Andy in the first five minutes of the first episode, we only hear about Albert who Agent Cooper says "has a little more on the ball" than Sam.

Albert finally makes an appearance in the third episode and immediately antagonizes Sheriff Truman and the entire Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department, not to mention the hospital staff and town citizens. He even takes a punch from the sheriff!

His methods seem cruel to Twin Peaks' residents. They knew Laura, after all, and hate to see her treated so cruelly in her death (never mind her treatment in life). But, as Agent Cooper says, "Albert's path is a strange and difficult one."

Andy's and Albert's journey takes them from adversaries to allies. I cannot wait to see what's in store for these two law men in the upcoming episodes.

Thank you to Harry Goaz and Miguel Ferrer for bringing these two indelible characters to life. And thank you to David Lynch and Mark Frost for creating such indelible characters in the first place.

Who other than these four geniuses could gift us with a scene like this?

14 May 2017

14 Books About Mothers

Catching the Sun
written by Coleen M. Paratore, illustrated by Peter Catalanotto

Chicks Run Wild
written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Ward Jenkins

Close Your Eyes
written by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Come On, Rain!
written by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Coming On Home Soon
written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

Dani Noir
written by Nova Ren Suma

Dawdle Duckling
written by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Margaret Spengler

The Day I Lost My Superpowers
written by Michael Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Do Like a Duck Does!
written by Judy Hindley, illustrated by Ivan Bates

Don't You Feel Well, Sam?
written by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram

written and illustrated by Randy Cecil

Erandi's Braids
written by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Gotcha, Louie!
written by H.M. Ehrlich, illustrated by Emily Bolam

Hairs / Pelitos
written by Sandra Cisneros, illustrated by Terry Ybanez

12 May 2017

12 Books About Endangered Species #resist

Almost Gone: The World's Rarest Animals
written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild
written Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton

Crocodile's Tears
written and illustrated by Alex Beard

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet
written and illustrated by David McLimans

 Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
written by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

Parrots Over Puerto Rico
written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal
written by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Disappearing Acts: A Search-and-Find Book of Endangered Animals
written and illustrated by Isabella Bunnell

Where Did They Go? A Spotting Book
written and illustrated by Emily Bornoff

12 Mammals Back From the Brink
written by Nancy Furstinger

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
written by Phillip Hoose

Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers
written and illustrated by David McLimans

06 May 2017

6 Books About Horses

The Run for the Roses -- the Kentucky Derby -- is today.

Cowboy Jose
written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Tim Raglin

Crankee Doodle
written by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell

D Is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet
written by Helen L. Wilbur, illustrated by Jaime Corum

The Girl On the High-diving Horse
written by Linda Oatman High, illustrated by Ted Lewin

I Rode the Red Horse: Secretariat's Belmont Race
written and illustrated by Barbara M. Libby

written by Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frané Lessac