Recommendations from southern Idaho librarians

Boise Public Library

“Love Monster and the Last Chocolate” by Rachel Bright.

Picture book. When Love Monster comes home from vacation and finds a box of chocolates by his front door, he’s very excited. You see, Monsters love chocolate. He thinks he should share his chocolate with his friends, but what if they eat it all, or eat all except the coffee-flavored one (which Monsters hate). So Love Monster decides he’ll save them all for himself. But as he sits in his house with his box of chocolates,he gets a queasy-squeezy feeling in his heart. The only thing to do is to share. And when he finds his friends he finds an even better surprise than he thought.

Eagle Public Library

“Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix” by Mark Bittman.

Adult nonfiction. Mark Bittman’s popular matrices are published together in a new cookbook that emphasizes creativity, improvisation and simplicity as the keys to varied cooking. Accompanied by striking photographs and brief, straightforward instructions, these thematic matrices show how simple changes in preparation and ingredient swaps in a master recipe can yield dishes that are each completely different from the original, and equally delicious. Use the matrices to learn to cook over 400 flexible recipes for vegetables, fruits, meats, chicken and even desserts.

Meridian Public Library

“The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart.

Fiction. Brock Matthews’ once-romising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage. So when he discovers his vivid dreams — where he encounters his younger self — might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing. Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go … and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

Kuna Library

“Bloom” by Doreen Cronin and David Small.

Children’s picture book. A glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out. But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevieve, to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom.

Garden City Library

“Even Monsters Say Good Night” by Doreen Mulryan Marts.

Juvenile fiction. It’s bedtime, and Avery hates bedtime. She is positive that there are monsters under her bed. Where else would all of those monsters sleep? After a thorough discussion with her mom about the monster situation, Avery finally goes to her room. Does she dare check under the bed? A mix of story text and speech bubbles blend seamlessly in this humorous bedtime tale to which both parents and children will relate.

Ada Community Library

“Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fintastical Fiction, Fanciful Film & Other Victorian Visions” by Brian J. Robb.

Adult nonfiction. For individuals interested in learning more about the term Steampunk, this book outlines in a delightful, graphic-laden style a plethora of information about this idea. It shares famous authors and people who fit well into this fanciful trip through the imagination, including H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Edison, all the way forward through Japanese styles in movies and Doctor Who.

Nampa Public Library

“This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp.

Young adult fiction. 10 a.m.: The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m.: The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 a.m.: the auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 a.m.: Someone starts shooting. Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.