Monthly Archives: February 2014

Different Kinds of Love

Hi Everyone,

The books this time showcase different kinds of love.

No Ordinary FamilyUte Krause 

No Ordinary Family is one of those books that surprised me. The narrative begins as a story about a family separated by divorce. But this is not all a sad story. When the Bandit kids’ parents split up, the kids, left with their mother, decide to go visit their father. And when the kids arrive, they find that a princess and her children have come to live with him! Well, the Bandit kids don’t like these prissy princesses. Not at all! So they pull some pranks and accidentally go a bit too far. But, by the end, the Princess and Bandit children are friends, and it’s time for the Bandits to go back to mom’s house. And you’ll never guess what they find there! Definitely an ending I didn’t expect, but in a funny way.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee portrays the different ways one can care for a friend. Amos loves his job taking care of his animal friends at the zoo. He plays chess with elephant, races with tortoise, hangs out with penguin, has a handkerchief for rhinoceros, and reads bedtime stories to owl. But one day, Amos doesn’t come to work. The animals worry, so they travel to Amos’ house. He’s in bed with the sniffles! All the animals take turns staying with Amos, and, soon he feels better enough that he reads them all a bedtime story. This 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is one of my favorite recommends for children who love animals. It is a sweet and lovely story, with an aspect that is reminiscent of Peggy Rathmann’Goodnight Gorillathere is a red balloon that readers can follow throughout the illustrations. 

 A Year with MarmaladeAlison Reyonds

A Year with Marmalade chronicles the time that Ella and Marmalade, the cat, spend waiting for their friend Maddy to return home with her family. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but Ella and Marmalade aren’t friends. Ella spends the time trying to do all the activities that Maddy did with her, but Marmalade avoids them. Marmalade won’t play in the leaves, jump in puddles, or  But, one frosty morning, Ella wakes up to Marmalade laying on her feet. Thus begins a fast friendship. They play in the snow and read books by the fire. Soon, Maddy returns, and the three enjoy a great reunion. This book is one of my favorite new releases of 2013. The illustrations are charming, and the text tells a lovely story of a growing friendship. I cannot wait for the next Marmalade book, A New Friend for Marmalade!

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day.

2014 Toy Fair

Toy Fair BannerOur buying team just returned from the 2014 Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City and we have some exciting new toys coming our way that we wanted to share with you. Alicia Keys 1

Alicia Keys was the special guest for the opening of Toy Fair. Surrounded by the Power Rangers, she welcomed everyone and cut the ceremonial ribbon. Once the ribbon was cut, the crowd was set forth to see the newest and best toys from around the globe.

The sheer number of toy companies was overwhelming! We walked up and down aisle after aisle finding you fun, new toys for your families. In the coming weeks we’ll be receiving new items from Melissa & Doug, Gund, Safari, Apple Park, Areaware, and many more! We’ll also be bringing in some new companies! Be on the lookout for Hexbugs, Plan Toys, and many more!

Toy of the Year Winners

Begin Again TOTY We’ve been carrying Begin Again Toys in our store for a few months now and we think they are awesome. Their Animal Parade A to Z Floor Puzzle was one of our favorite items from them, and apparently others agreed because it was named Specialty Toy of the Year by The Toy Industry Association. We will be carrying this item again, along with many other items from Begin Again Toys. Goldie Blox TOTY

Winner of the Educational Toy of the Year, GoldieBlox, took the US by storm for fourth quarter 2013. The whole line of their products will be shipping to us soon. Each of their three designs comes with a story book that doubles as an instruction booklet to design an engineering experiment. Once you’ve completed the story, you can take apart your device and create new and original experiments.

Lisa Louisa New GeorgeWhen we arrived at the Gund Booth at Toy Fair, we were super excited to see three new Curious George stuffed animals that will be released this year. The first, you can get a sneak peek of to the right. Teach Me Curious George will be released in early March 2014. Complete with buttons, velcro, loops, and ties, George will teach your child basic motor functions. Unfortunately we were not able to take pictures of the other two Curious George items, but believe me… They are super cute and will definitely be on your little ones’ wish lists!

Jamie LegoJimmy LegoWhile Toy Fair was a work event, our team still managed to have some fun! We got to hang out with a giant Emmet (from The Lego Movie) made entirely of Lego bricks. He was over 6 feet tall! Jimmy and Jamie are both big fans of the movie and LEGO and couldn’t help but snap a few pictures with Emmet.

Louisa ZombieLouisa, our General Manager, zombie-fied herself at the Razor Scooter Booth.

Grumpy LisaLisa, our Operations Manager, found her spirit animal in Grumpy Cat at the Gund Booth.

Jimmy Bear

I became the World’s Softest teddy bear at the World’s Softest Booth.Jamie Snoopy

Jamie, our Owner and Buyer, got to meet Snoopy!

Keep an eye out for all of our new toys. Some items have already begun trickling in, so come by and check everything out!

Great Snowy Books

I love snow, and winter is my favorite season. So to celebrate the wonderful frozen water that falls from the sky, I’ve gathered some great snowy books.

1. The Snowy DayEzra Jack Keats

When the little boy wakes up, the world is covered in snow. This story follows his adventures while playing outside and trying to avoid the big kids’ snowball fights.


2. The Long WinterLaura Ingalls Wilder

I read this series over and over as a child, especially this one.

The Ingalls’ town is hit with a blizzard, and, even though it is fun in the beginning, the snow, which reaches the rooftops, has cut off the train. People are running out of food quickly. Will someone figure out a way to save the town?


3. The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeC. S. Lewis

Narnia is stuck in winter, having not seen summer for many many years. But when Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund discover the wintery land in the wardrobe, the snow begins to melt.

Follow the Pevensies’ adventures in Narnia!


4. Curious George in the Snow– Margaret & H. A. Rey

 Join Curious George for a hot beverage before he rockets down the snowy mountain! Curious George reaches the bottom of the mountain safely, but not without causing a ruckus along the way.


What are some of your favorite snowy books?


Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day.