New releases: October 2017 – children’s books

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Welcome to another Wednesday! As usual, I’m looking at the newest releases of the month. I chose the genre of children’s books, purely based on the beautiful covers, especially the first and last one. I would buy them for those covers alone! I just love displaying my books, I have 5 full bookcases that I keep on rearranging. I have a collection of Dutch, English and French books, mostly fantasy, YA and romance. But I also own some non-fiction books and a bunch of children’s books, mostly from when I was young but also some more recent ones. The children’s books that I’ve bought recently are either books that I loved as a child but hadn’t bought yet, or ones where I just love the cover. So two of these are already on my to-buy list, even before I’ve seen the content. Other new releases of October 2017 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

  1. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (The Vanderbeekers #1)
    Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
    The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It’s practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.
  2. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
    Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
    Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favourite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.
  3. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
    Publication date: October 10th, 2017
    When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro’s army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Lora has barely been outside of Havana — why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody’s kitchen? But Lora is stubborn: didn’t her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Lora’s abuela takes her side, even as she makes Lora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Lora know for sure when that time has come? Shining light on a little-known moment in history, Katherine Paterson traces a young teen’s coming-of-age journey from a sheltered life to a singular mission: teaching fellow Cubans of all ages to read and write, while helping with the work of their daily lives and sharing the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding in the hills nearby. Inspired by true accounts, the novel includes an author’s note and a timeline of Cuban history.
  4. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
    Publication date: October 10th, 2017
    Early one morning a mouse met a wolf and was quickly gobbled up.
    When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up… With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.
  5. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall
    Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
    Can eleven-year-old Josie Shilling save the day? Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet. The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there’s no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it’s up to Josie to find her a forever home. This modern-day homage to Charlotte’s Web is a heartwarming tale of family, belonging, and growing bigger when you’ve always felt small.

Hmm, I think I’m going to keep it at the two to-buy books. But I’ll keep an eye out in my local library for the Humpty Dumpty book as well, because that just sounds fun! How about you? What do you think of this month’s new releases? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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