Monday, February 16, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by John Rocco

This week's pick is from Cottager Kara LaReau.

What it's all about...
In 1978, a devastating snowstorm sweeps through town, the streets haven’t been plowed for four days, and a young boy’s family is running out of food. Now, it’s up to him to take action. Will he survive his perilous journey — and, more important, will be bring back milk for hot cocoa?

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf...
Even if it’s not quite the infamous Blizzard of ’78, we are feeling this winter weather — so we’re grateful for John Rocco’s funny, frank recollection, which warms us like a cup of hot cocoa (with milk).

Our favorite line(s)...
SNOWPLOWS! It looked as though we would see civilization again after all.

Our favorite illustration...

Why kids will love it...
Extreme weather like this can make us all feel helpless, especially our little ones. In this case, it’s the youngest who takes charge and saves the day — and in a very ingenious way.

Why grown-ups will love it...
Those of us who experienced the Blizzard of ’78 first-hand will enjoy taking a walk down (a very snowy!) memory lane.


  1. This looks like a perfect read for the season, and hot chocolate is required! The cover is lovely. Thanks for sharing! ~ Jess

    1. The big question is… Marshmallows or Whipped Cream? How about both?

  2. Yep. Remembering that storm with clarity. Thanks!

    1. Mr. Pig is tired of shoveling. Reading about blizzards is way more fun. Thanks for your comment, Joanne!

  3. I've always been fond of wintry reads. This one looks and sounds charming.