CDs, children and cathedrals – cool new stuff from our selectors

Cover of Field notes from a Hidden city.Esther Woolfson’s Field notes from a hidden city looks at the ecology of Aberdeen over a year. She uncovers the wildlife in an urbanised environment that is fascinating, enduring and can go unnoticed. She had previously written Corvus, an equally fascinating look at crows, many of which she’d adopted over the years.

A book that the publisher is touting heavily The Private War of J. D. Salinger is a biography of one of the most loved and most reclusive writers of our time.  It has apparently taken eight years to write and research and is linked to a documentary film Harvey Weinstein is  going to release at the same time the book is published.

Cover of The day the crayons quit.For something new from the CD collection try Shocking Miss Emerald by Caro Emerald. Caro cites the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday as her influences, although the context is very much a contemporary sound.

Wood Pallet Projects may not be the most exciting title of the month, but considering the fabulous work that ReKindle is doing then this book could generate many exciting projects.

I Saw A Peacock with A Fiery Tail is a lovely children’s book, deceptively simple, but with wonderful depth. It  illustrates a poem that gives different meanings depending on how it is read. One way of reading makes perfect sense, and the other leads to fantastic images.  A book to be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Another children’s book that is not quite so sophisticated but will make a great read-aloud is The Day the Crayons Quit.  Duncan just wants to colour in, but when he opens the book the colours have all written him letters.  Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink Cover of Imperial Gothic.just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other!  Very funny and great illustrations by Oliver Jeffers.

Imperial Gothic:  Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire, C. 1840-70 is at first glance an imposing rather dry-looking book, but gives for those of you interested in the heritage of the ChristChurch Cathedral it provides great insight and worldwide context to it and a number of other Canterbury and New Zealand churches.

Kids’ Books: picks from our latest newsletter

Some picks from our July Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Life Below the City.Cover of ThornspellCover of A Tangle of KnotsCover of The Natural World.Cover of Breadcrumbs.Cover of FroggedCover of Wildwood.Cover of Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf.Cover of The Secret of the Stone Frog

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