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Take a walk on the wild side

Open up a big world of discovery

From the colourful chameleon, to the king of the jungle, The Incredible Fold-Our Book of Animals will delight and educate readers of all ages. 

This interactive lift-the-flap book published by DK Books is giant-sized, which adds to the enjoyment of reading. 

Kids can get up close and person to each animal. The photography is stunning. The facts are simple to grasp and visually entertaining. Did you know for example, that toucans are some of the loudest and most colourful birds in the rain forest? Their brightly coloured beaks are massive – almost as long as their bodies. It also has a very long, thin tongue to help in tasting, but also to catch food. 

This is not a just a book kids will flip and toss aside. It's one they will interact with, marvel at the brilliant photography, spark their curiosity, and create a sense of wonder and mystery for nature.

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Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who loves to tap into the intersection of both her righ…

Stories should end any way you please

Whilst leaving footpaths should never be done,
Straying from stories is all sorts of fun.



It's the same old wolf.
It's the same little girl...although she's on her way to the library (no surprise there from the title). 

The wolf is very persuasive, trying to lure her away from the safe path. Will Little Red Reading Hood take the bait? Think you know the ending. Think again.



Little Red Reading Hood is an inspiring take on a classic fairy tale. There's more to this story. And, there's also more to the little girl. (Talk about great character development by author Lucy Rowland.) So Little Red Reading Hood loves to read books. It's one of a favourite activities (yes, bookworms can relate).
She reads in the bathroom, in the porch, and even late at night by the light of a torch. Now this is a heroine we could definitely get used to. 


The story celebrates the true creative spirit. Why accept things the way they are? If you don't like something, change it. 
You don't l…

Vi a novel by Kim Thúy

Referred to as one of the most interesting new voices in Canadian literature by CBC Books, Kim Thúy really needs no introduction to avid followers of CanLit. Book bloggers have release dates blocked out in their calendar when there's a new book announcement. 

Her previous two novels were huge successes. Ru was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Mãn was a poetic masterpiece reviewed on SukasaReads. 


In Mãn, Kim Thùy creates a poetic masterpiece. Words and sentences caress the page as does paint a canvas; such is the dedication to the craft by an artist. ~ Shilpa Raikar Kim Thúy brings that same love of the craft to Vi. Every sentence has a purpose. Every book has a message. Kim Thúy moves you with her powerful words that have been precisely translated by Sheila Fischman. 

The novel speaks to the struggles of the Vietnamese refugees as they try to not only adapt into the new world they are immersed in, but also to reinvent themselves in their new surroundings. It's a stru…

Vacation by Blexbolex

A picture says a thousand words. But what does a book full of pictures say? 

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Beachy Hill. A beautiful, yet haunting locale, that would be the centre of a murder investigation. It's the place where copycat suicides occurred, almost a year apart. A husband, and a wife. But were they really suicides? Or murders? 

That is what Detective Murray is investigating. The couple's daughter, Anna Johnson, has pleaded with him to reopen the case. It's a tall order, especially since it seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide. Other detectives would scoff at this, but Murray has always subscribed to a different set of rules. His motivation was people, not crimes. Victims, witnesses, and even offenders fascinated him. He was compelled to investigate the mysteries of their lives. 

Anna Johnson, is feeling extremely vulnerable. In a year, she has lost both her parents and had a baby. Anonymous notes and threats force her into a state of confusion. She's had a hard time accepting that her parents committed suicide. Her dad who had no previous history of mental …

The Steves by Morag Hood

Competition can be healthy (and fun). And, when it's two puffins competing, the entertainment level is off the charts. Especially when Morag Hood does the writing.

She's the creative genius who wrote about an unlikely friendship between vegetables - Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

There's a playfulness to her writing and the illustrations are adorable. She knows just how to appeal to kids (and adults alike).

In her new book, The Steves, she once again brings the same level of humour and engagement. Two puffins, both called Steve, compete to be "Number One". 

When Steve first meets Steve, he's flabbergasted. How can there be two Steves? One must surely be the first Steve, they reckon, or perhaps the best Steve. Or perhaps the fastest, or the strongest. Or, the wiser, or the taller. 

What ensues is a competition. Which Steve can catch the most fish? Which one is the strongest?

Not long after the competition takes a dark turn. They start insulting one another. Steve s…