60 Things: A Year To Remember
Dianne Young, 2020
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Sixty is not old, right?
To celebrate turning 60, Dianne Young decided to spend the year doing 60 things she’d never done before. This is the story of her adventures – shaving her head, skydiving, visiting a nudist camp, and 57 other intriguing first-evers. It’s funny, it’s informative, and it might even inspire you to start your own list! Just don’t try haggis. Seriously. Just don’t.
Grampa, Will You Tell Me a Story?
Illustrated by Brian Crane
Baobab Press, 2018
$26.95 hardcoverMcNally Robinson
When grandson Nelson asks for a story, Grampa begins. “There once was this animal… you know, the hump one?” Nelson replies, “A camel?” Grampa answers, to Nelson’s astonishment, “That’s right, a humpback whale!” The story continues in this manner as the two characters imagine a thoroughly nonsensical yarn filled with Grampa’s surprise responses to the questions he’s posed… An intergenerational lark for readers with a high tolerance for foolishness.
Dear Me: The Widow Letters
DriverWorks Ink, 2018
$14.95 paperbackDianne’s Book Store
“If you could send a letter back in time to your newly-widowed self – that heartbroken, overwhelmed woman – what would you say?”
Twenty courageous women of various ages, widowed under various circumstances, responded to that question with these heartfelt letters. They are letters of grief, of love, and most importantly, of hope.
*Best Bet for 2012 by the Ontario Library Assoc.
*Sask. Book Award for Children’s Literature
Illustrated by John Martz
Kids Can Press, 2012
$15.00 hardcoverDianne’s Book Store
This adorable book about little alien Frazzle and his first Model 7 is a fun read for all ages Not only is the book a fun read, it’s imaginative and great for the entire family.
On his dropday, Frazzle gets a flyary (diary) from his Oldpop (grandpop). Frazzle is also old enough to now buy his own spaceship! He then takes readers on an adventure of his ups and downs with his spaceship From showing the spaceship off to his co-workers, to taking it to the greeball game, to having to get it fixed multiple times. Frazzle ends up having to make a hard decision. Should he trade in his Model 7 for the brand new Model 8, or continue fixing his beloved first spaceship?
Jillian Van Leer, Kids Book Central
aemWorks Publishing, 2009
$8.00 paperbackDianne’s Book Store
This is a clever little story for young readers who are just starting to read chapter books. The plot is straightforward and humourous with characters and situations that young children will relate to. Young uses simple words with lots of repetition and rhyme, but there are enough slightly more difficult words sprinkled in to stretch the beginning reader.
Michelle Shaw, Saskatchewan Publishers Group
A World of Difference
Whitecap Books, 1999
Out of Print
…some of us, not just the age group for whom this book was written, would have some difficulty saying exacty what distinguishes a rabbit from a hare, or an Asian elephant from an African elephant. Explaining… these differences is the task author Dianne Young has set herself. Extra information in coloured boxes add some sauce to the substance.
Susan Perren, The Globe and Mail
Purple Hair? I Don’t Care!
Illustrated by Barbara Hartmann
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1994
$5.95 paperbackDianne’s Book Store
Purple Hair? I Don’t Care is the [rhyming] story of Mrs. Della Ragon’s visit to Dr. Gray. The doctor tells Della that she is going to have a baby – but he must warn her about a few things. First of all, the baby may have purple hair. To this Della responds, “I don’t care! I’ll love my little baby anyway.” Dr. Gray proceeds to make other outrageous predictions about Della’s baby, but always her response is the same. The reader has the impression that she is in the doctor’s waiting room overhearing this exchange with the other obviously concerned patients. A surprise ending will please young readers.
Kay Jones, NeWest Review
The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band
Illustrated by Barbara Hartmann
Treefrog Press, 1990
Dianne’s Book Store
$10.00 $7.00 hardcover
To celebrate 30 years since publication, this book will be 30% off for all of 2020! ($7 instead of $10)
This is a picture book par excellence. While the [rhyming] text introduces the seven members of the Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band, and their instruments, Hartmann’s fine watercolors not only portray these characters, but they also follow the adventures of a hapless little mouse, unmentioned in the text, returning home from the library to make a hot cup of tea. When the mouse’s house fills with smoke from the kettle gone dry, the firefighters are beckoned. The mouse’s picture story erupts into the firehouse crew’s word-and-picture world with the ringing of the telephone. The two stories are joined as the gallant band members come to the mouse’s rescue.
Kathy Corrigan, Canadian Book Review Annual