National Dog Day
August 26, 2016 is National Dog Day. I don't need to remind you that the Hoover Public Library has lots of great books about dogs. But I do need to highlight two recent releases highly recommended by your friendly neighborhood librarians.
Recommended by Mr Justin:
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz (2016)
J 636.7 HOR
Do you want to know what dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you finally can. The answers will surprise and delight young readers as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.
Recommended by Miss Katie Jane:
No Better Friend: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II by Robert Weintraub (2016)
J 940.54 WEI
This is the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.
More Maris Wicks
Maris Wicks is a science educator/comic artist, and she is amazing! I was first introduced to her work when I read Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue. I was so impressed that I included it in our Best Books of 2015 list. Since I do not gravitate to graphic novels, this was a major accomplishment. I was eager for more of her work . . . and luckily there's already more!
- Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (2016)
J 577.7 WIC GRAPHIC NOVEL
This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. Nonfiction comics genius Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.
- Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (2015)
YA OTT COMIC NOVEL
This an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each ground-breaking researcher made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves.