“Mr. Wuffles” is a rambunctious black and white house cat looking for something to play with, but none of his toys interests him. (Sound familiar, Mom?) Suddenly he discovers a small spaceship full of tiny aliens who are in trouble. The aliens hide behind the radiator where they meet ants and band together to fight the inquisitive cat. Written in graphic book style with few words, Mr. Wuffles gives parents an opportunity to explore and interact with preschoolers. This picture book is just fun. Introduces non-verbal communication.
“Mr. Wuffles” By David Wiesner
Age Range: 4 – 8
Publisher: Clarion Books (2013); A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book.
ISBN-10: 0618756612; ISBN-13: 978-0618756612
Lincoln O’Neil is the The Courier’s Internet Security Officer. His job is to monitor WebFence and send warnings to employees who misuse the company’s internal email. The software flags long attachments, racial slurs, supervisors’ names and every email sent to the classified department. Lincoln’s job is to monitor all the warnings.
Beth and Jennifer email each other all day every day discussing their personal lives in great detail. They know their email is monitored. At first, Lincoln feels like voyeur … and then … check out this book to see where the emails lead him.
“Attachments” By Rainbow Rowell
Age Range: 14+
Publisher: Penguin Group – Plume (2011)
ISBN: 978-0-525-95198 -8
This is a collection of selections by James Herriot from his original books, “All Creatures Great and Small,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “All Things Wise and Wonderful,” “James Herriot’s Yorkshire,” and “The Lord God Made Them All.”
Herriot often told his wife he would write about what it was like to be an animal doctor before antibiotics were introduced. His wife challenged him one day, noting they had just celebrated their silver wedding anniversary, so he got on the job. His stories cover his life — his courtship, marriage, war service, children’s births and the lives of his patients and their owners. James’ nostalgia and the colorful characters, both four- and two-footed, bring us the sweet and the sad stories, and they are all beautiful.
“The Best of James Herriot, Favourite Memories of a Country Vet” By James Herriot
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (1982)