The second one I read was a fairy tale. Oh my, I do love a fairy tale and this one has a main character after my own heart. It's called "Baker's Magic" by Diane Zahler. Bee is an orphan who is trying to find her way. In desperation, she wanders into a bakery one day and steals a delicious bun. She's caught but the baker wants her to work for him rather than punish her. He's a kind man but they soon find out that Bee's feelings come out in her baking. One day, the mage (the princess' guardian) sends for some of their pastries and Bee gets a chance to meet the princess and uncovers a plot to marry her off. The story is filled with amazing vocabulary (the princess is quite the reader) as well as thrilling adventures, pirates, magic, and evil villains. A first class story.
This last one I picked because I know my students will love it (even before I read it). It's called "How to Draw Sharks" by Arkady Roytman. My students love sharks and they love drawing books so unless this book was wrapped in dirty socks, I'm pretty sure they are going to love it. The drawing pages are clear, with simple shapes and a smooth progression from one step to the next. The only thing I didn't really love is that after each page of directions there is a practice page. As the LIBRARIAN, I'm only worried that the first kid who checks it out is going to draw all over the book and I will have to replace it. But other than that, I think it will be a great addition to our library.