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      Millions of Cats

      Millions of Cats
      by Wanda Gag
      Jessica's Pick

      Need a moral boost for midterms? This picture book, with macabre fairytale elements that only a pre-WWII published book can naturally pull off, is literally a Battle Royale of cats. The premise of the story is of a lonely elderly couple’s search for a cat companion, but how they achieve this end is (unexpectedly) equally horrific and hilarious.

      Despite its appearance, Millions of Cats has acquired a legacy to its name, not only being the oldest American picture book still in print, but as a 1929 John Newberry Award winner as well. Those accolades aside, Millions of Cats is unquestionably worth the read. :)
      One Well

      One Well
      by Rochelle Strauss
      Dalene’s Pick

      Fun Fact: In your lifetime you will drink the equivalent of a swimming pool of water.
      Owls See Clearly at Night

      Owls See Clearly at Night
      by Julie Flett
      Dalene’s Pick

      Want to learn a new language? Why not try Michif, the language of the Métis people. The vowel and consonant pronunciation guide at the back of the book will have you saying “hello,” “blueberry crêpes,” and “syrup” in no time. Author and illustrator Julie Flett's use of silhouettes and the colour red have a stunning visual impact. The best part of all? Julie lives right here in Vancouver and her career is taking off. You might also like her other book, Wild Berries, which can be found here.
      River of Words

      A River of Words
      by Jen Bryant
      Dalene's Pick

      Looking for a quick brain refresh after studying? Try William Carlos Williams’s The Red Wheelbarrow! A lot could depend upon it...
      Tenth Good Thing

      The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
      by Judith Viorst
      Jessica's Pick

      It is a truth universally unacknowledged that a book in possession of a bad cover must not want to be read. Unless it has a cat on it.

      I picked this book up based solely for that reason, and was unexpectedly brought to tears almost at the first page. In a child’s voice the story narrates the loss of a beloved cat, Barney, and the transition of grief the boy experiences. After his pet’s burial, the boy realizes something beautiful. That in the ground everything changes and grows, and now Barney’s there too helping grow flowers and trees, and “that’s a pretty nice job for a cat.” Everyone who has lost a creature will be able to identify with this book, and find solace from it.
      Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

      The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
      by Eugene Trivizas & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
      Michael’s Pick

      Delightfully demented.