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Du Iz Tak? Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665302
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 18th, 2016

In Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis creates an imagined language used by a variety of fanciful beetles, flies, and other bugs as they watch a plant grow from a small sprig to a large, leafy flower. Du Iz Tak? is a delightful examination of how we derive meaning from context and the joy that comes from watching creatures in their natural habitat, in addition to a lesson in the circle of life and the changing of seasons. Lushly illustrated and genius in its language, this is a book that will be savored by adults and children alike, inviting impromptu story time full of gleeful observation and discovery. I can’t recommend it enough. -Richael

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Born to Run Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

The Boss is transcendent in this enthralling autobiography. Weaving poetic descriptions of his childhood in Jersey, his messy teenage years, and a clear sense of the language music gave him, he writes with the humility of a person who has come to know his purpose: to give voice to his dreams and fears the only way he can—through rip rollin’, bangin’, bluesy music. Deeply honest and tinged with the shadow of mental illness in his family and a poet’s neverending search for the right sound, this is a rockstar’s surprisingly human story. Bruce, may your hope give us hope. -Katie