This week, a handful of discoveries on Lennoxville Library shelves that don’t fit into easy categories.
Start with celebrating the weekend! Here’s the tale of a boy and a piggy, and the Saturdays they spend together. The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds, by Maxwell Eaton III (2007, blue dot) takes place on the one Saturday that Pinky can’t be found.
Max goes on a quest to find his lost pal.
Be warned: do not read this book unless you love marshmallows. Do not read this book unless you have a bag of marshmallows next to you. And do not read this book unless the bag is open.
Next, something of a far more serious nature. Indeed, the main character is no longer breathing. He is kaput. A corpse, a carcass, a cadaver.
There can be no confusion: The Composer Is Dead. He is, in fact, decomposing. This short orchestral whodunit was written (in 2009, filed with a yellow dot) by the inestimable Lemony Snicket, author of A Series Of Unfortunate Events and the more recent All The Wrong Questions.
The Inspector must discover who murdered the poor Composer, and sets out to test the motives and alibis of the usual suspects – the instruments. (The snooty Violins deny involvement, noting that killing the composer would force them out of the orchestra to find work — ugh — “at square dances or in romantic restaurants.”)
You can go through this book on your own, or listen to the CD’s ominously scored version, as read by Snicket himself. Each instrument is introduced and featured in turn. The story on CD lasts a half-hour — and it features extra narrative. Perfect for a rainy day, mixing a bit of music education with mystery.
The illustrations are by Carson Ellis, and music on the accompanying CD is by Nathaniel Stookey.
Writer Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat is looking for something completely different. Or someone.
The straight Weetzie and her best friend Dirk are modern young people who dress for the 1950s, and are both looking for the man of their dreams. Both fall for the wrong ones.
“I just want my Secret Agent Lover Man,” Weetzie said to Dirk.
“Love is a dangerous angel,” Dirk said.
This Young Adult novel is a fairy tale for the older crowd, full of genies and magic and surfers, and set in the culture factory of Los Angeles. The writing is exquisite. Weetzie’s dad (divorced) is on the other side of the country, “But she really couldn’t live in New York, where the subways made her nerves feel like a charm bracelet of plastic skeletons jangling on a chain.”
– Eleanor Brown, May 3, 2013