New eAudiobook Fiction in April

If you’re anything like me, you’d happily give up all your worldly possessions for a chance to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Well, now you don’t have to! As part of this month’s Overdrive eAudiobooks, we have a certified textbook from the Hogwarts Library: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And if you’d like to browse a few Muggle books as well, never fear – Overdrive has you covered. So wands at the ready, and sign up here!

Overdrive cover Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling
“A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander’s textbook ever to be released.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran
“What do you do when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and build yourself. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly that she decides there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! But is a box full of records and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Same Sea, by Amos Oz
The Same Sea is Amos Oz’s most inventive book, the book by which he would like to be remembered. We meet the middle-aged Albert; his wife, whom he has lost to cancer; his son, who wanders the mountains of Tibet; and his son’s enticing young girlfriend, with whom Albert becomes infatuated. In this human profusion is a fever dream of chaos and order, love and eroticism, and ultimately an extraordinary energy.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore
“When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he’s about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: one of Holmes’ missing diaries. But when the world’s leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold – using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories – who takes up the search, both for the diary and the killer.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Stolen Beauty, by Laurie Lico Albanese
“In the dazzling glitter of 1900 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, beautiful, brilliant and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Nearly forty years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria. When her husband is arrested, Maria must summon the courage that is her aunt’s legacy if she is to keep her family—and their history—alive.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon
“England, 1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman
“According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Lucidity, by David Carnoy
“Twenty years after the unsolved case of Stacey Walker’s disappearance went cold, a Silicon Valley executive hires retired detective Hank Madden to find her body. Four months later, author Candace Epstein is pushed in front of a car, and her editor, Max Fremmer, becomes involved. As Fremmer investigates, an unexpected link to Madden’s search in California emerges. But can they unravel the secret that links their investigations in time?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Unleashed, by David Rosenfelt
“Sam Willis is stunned to receive a phone call from high school friend Barry Price, pleading for help. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to the airport to meet Barry, he can’t drive off without waiting for help. Then Sam learns that Barry’s plane has crashed, and he comes to the terrifying realization that he was also supposed to have been killed on that flight. The trouble is only just beginning.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

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Woof, arrf, stories of my fluffy friend: New Books About Dogs

From heroic earthquake dogs, to whimsical animal poems, the stories of the lovely fluffy dogs will cheer up your day and melt your heart.

Syndetics book coverA dog walks into a nursing home : lessons in the good life from an unlikely teacher / Sue Halpern.
“Halpern’s (Can’t Remember What I Forgot) love of life and openness to its infinite possibilities shine through in this powerful and engaging account of her time working in a Vermont nursing home. Her efforts to brighten the residents’ lives were aided by a remarkable Labradoodle named Pransky-“one singular, faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent dog.” Confounding both her expectations and the reader’s, Halpern was surprised to find that happiness was “the dominant emotion for both Pransky and me,” at the nursing home where they work together as a therapy-dog team. From the outset, the book’s humanity is evident, as seen in a description of an encounter with a legless man Halpern had never seen before and would never see again. Instead of simply passing by the man, who embodied her worst fears about nursing homes, Halpern, prodded by her dog, engaged him in conversation and got out of her comfort zone. Time and again, anecdotes bolster her contention that in places where “life is in the balance,” it is possible to get to the essentials about human nature.” (Abridged from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverLuv from Dog / by Murray Ball.
“Following on from the ‘Wisdom of Dog’, comes ‘Love from Dog’, a book focusing on the many romances down on the Footrot Flats farm. From the intense relationships between Dog and Jess and Wal and Cheeky to the troubled and sometimes fleeting encounters of many other Raupo residents, love is definitely in the air.” (Publisher information)

Syndetics book coverWedding dogs : a celebration of holy muttrimony / by Katie Preston Toepfer and Sam Stall.
“Dogs attend weddings, often making up the bridal party, in this lighthearted catalogue of four-legged matrimonial revelers. Toepfer writes: “When my parents were married, my dad’s best man was a Labrador and my mum’s maid-of-honor was a Dalmatian.” A broad range of weddings, breeds, and locations are covered. Each wedding features a canine photograph and comments from the newlyweds. An “exuberant kiss” is planted on a bride in Montreal, a lathering, in fact. Bride Casi in Virginia recalls, “The dogs totally outshined me at my own wedding!” Kelly, whose pugs couldn’t make the ceremony, made pug cake toppers, had pug buttons hidden in her bouquet, and included pix of the three pugs on the wedding announcement. Outdoor weddings show a more appropriate environment for the shaggy guests, being amenable to common complaints of barks and rowdiness. A great picture of a hulking mastiff mix shows him absconding with the bride’s bouquet; perhaps a greater infraction occurs when “Romeo, enthralled by his mistress’s dress, immediately grabbed a mouthful and commenced a one-sided game of tug-of-war.” Chipper captions work in tandem with precious pictures of dapper canines: “While other guests shed tears of joy, Addie merely shed.” (Abridged grom Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverQuake dogs : heart-warming stories of Christchurch dogs / text by Laura Sessions ; photography by Craig Bullock. “Strange-but-true dog stories from the Christchurch earthquakes, with beautiful photographs illustrating each story. A collection of stories about Christchurch dogs and the earthquakes u true tales of heroism, odd and quirky stories, funny stories, sad stories u stories that will surprise you, make you chuckle or make you go awwww. Includes stories of USAR dogs that worked in the central city right after the February earthquake; Guinness, the unofficial mascot of the Student Volunteer Army; Nemo who has a special gift for predicting earthquakes; dogs who were rescued and dogs who rescued others; and the uncanny knowledge that a number of dogs showed in their efforts to find their owners. Dogs have been a huge comfort to their owners in Christchurch. The intensity of the earthquake experience has heightened the wordless connection between people and their dogs, and their understanding of each others’ emotions. Part of the proceeds from the book help support one of the organisations that helped to save many dogs following the earthquakes. HUHA is a national organisation that works to rescue and re-home animals around the country, and they went to Christchurch three times to take more than 70 dogs plus numerous other animals to safe and loving homes elsewhere in the country.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMonster knits for little monsters : 20 super-cute animal-themed hat, mitten and bootee sets to knit / Nuriya Khegay ; [photography by Alexandra Vainshtein].
“25 super cute animal themed hat and mitten sets and snowsuits to knit. Coverall hats to keep your childs head, ears and neck warm and toasty Practical pullover design ensures your little one wont tug it off Stylish matching mitten. All in one snowsuits for babies create a very Cute outfit indeed. Patterns to suit all knitting levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a rrange of sizes from 6 months to 4 years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPug and other animal poems / Valerie Worth ; pictures by Steve Jenkins.
“As with the highly regarded Animal Poems (2007), Jenkins’ meticulous cut-paper collage images successfully catch the essence of Worth’s concise, vivid poems about a startling variety of creatures. The 18 featured animals, each radiant upon a separate double-page spread against boldly colored backgrounds, run the gamut from large (bull) to small (fly), from beautiful (Bengal tiger) to ugly (pug), from lively (fox) to dead (mouse), and from unusual (wood thrush) to more common ( My Cat ). Rendered in action close-ups, each should be recognizable to children. Worth’s free-verse poems are chock-full of delicious metaphor ( The Bengal tiger / Batters his cage; / His rage is thunder, / Sharp stripes flash ), providing a precise mental image. While some concepts may be a tad sophisticated for the youngest, the language and images should inspire appreciation in audiences of all ages.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverChaser : unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words / John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann.
“Many dog owners think their own pet is smart, but get ready to meet an energetic and truly intelligent border collie, Chaser. Pilley (psychology, emeritus, Wofford Coll.) shares a remarkable story of his family dog, who over a period of three years learned to recognize and fetch more than 1,000 objects by name and eventually was even taught the meaning of different types of words such as verbs and prepositions. Pilley conducted other experiments and concluded that Chaser has two cognitive abilities: memory storage and working memory. Pilley’s findings were published in a scholarly journal, and Chaser has appeared on the Today Show and CBS Evening News and was featured in a NOVA Science Now episode on animal intelligence along with Alex, Irene Pepperberg’s fascinating parrot. While the author focuses on Chaser’s intelligence, he writes charmingly about fun, loyalty, and the friendship that an older man and his companion dog share. VERDICT Along with Pepperberg’s Alex & Me, Chaser’s remarkable story adds to our evolving understanding of how animals learn and is recommended for dog and animal intelligence collections.” (Abridged from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverEvery dog has its day : a thousand things you didn’t know about man’s best friend / Max Cryer.
“Why has Fido become a generic term for all dogs? Why did hundreds of people collect dog faeces – and sell it?Dogs never eat other dogs, so why is it a dog-eat-dog world? Did any dogs survive the ‘Titanic’?What is a Yorkipoo?Do mad dogs really go out in the midday sun? ‘Every Dog Has Its Day’ pays homage to man’s best friend, telling the stories of famous dogs in history, tracing the origins of some of our favourite breeds, showing how dogs have become a significant part of our language, and describing the amazing range of activities in which dogs are involved. Written with Max Cryer’s characteristic light touch and sense of humour, this is a fascinating – and sometimes surprising – collection of historical facts and eccentricities of language. It will delight all dog-lovers and anyone with a morsel of interest in the world around them.” (Syndetics summary)

Canine Craft Weekend

Autumn is round the corner and my dog tends to feel the cold, with her greyhound like thin constitution. Having come across a gorgeous woolen tartan at a fabric sale, I decided to make her a cosy coat she could wear outdoors on crisp winter mornings, or indoors, when she needs that extra bit of warmth.

So, at the end of a crafty weekend, I went for a walk with Manu and took a few pictures of the model.

Check out our collection of dog knits books for stylish ideas to keep your pooch happy in the cool months ahead. (Click on the image to check our catalogue)

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