NW books | a new Julia Quinn tale, the greatest dinosaur ever
New books by Seattle-area authors: Julia Quinn’s latest, a book of extraordinary dinosaurs by Brenda Guiberson and a tale of an imaginative young boy’s visit to a psychiatrist.
“The Sum of All Kisses” by Julia Quinn (Avon, , $7.99). The best-selling Seattle-area romance author/Harvard graduate publishes a new 19th-century-set story. Hugh Prentice, a brilliant, dueling mathematician, nurses a distinct aversion to Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, who keeps nattering on about how she must get married this season or die. You can guess the ending, but Quinn’s legions of fans will love it anyway.
“The Greatest Dinosaur Ever” by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin ( Henry Holt, $17.99). For ages 4-7: Short sentences explain why different types of dinosaurs think they are the greatest, from the Troodon, the smartest dinosaur with the biggest brain, to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the strongest dinosaur with a bite that could swallow 500 pounds of food. Readers are left to decide for themselves, with the caveat that perhaps a dinosaur “still waiting for discovery” could be the greatest yet. Guiberson lives near Seattle.
“Billy the Kid is Not Crazy” by S.F. Guerra, illustrated by James Davies (Two Lions, $16.99). For ages 10-13: Billy is always getting in trouble — he spent 63 percent of the last month grounded — and his parents take him to a psychiatrist. Young readers will enjoy the cartoons showing what’s happening in Billy’s imagination, even if his fantasies don’t quite turn out the way he expects in the real world (such as the “mutant droid” shopping cart that, oops, hits a car in the parking lot). Guerra lives in Seattle and teaches children’s literature at Seattle University.
“Now, Now” by Jennifer Maier (University of Pittsburgh Press,$15.95). New poetry by Maier, professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and associate editor of IMAGE journal. Themes include time, its “semi-permeable membranes and the ways the past and future converge at each present moment,” says the author.