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Monday, September 19, 2011
I love browsing coffee table books. When I say coffee table books I mean books with fantastic photography and just enough text to make for good browsing. I rarely purchase them, but it's fun to look. That's where the library is great. I can reserve all kinds of interesting ones, take them home, and browse to my heart's content; all without breaking the bank. In particular, I am a sucker for ones featuring cute animals. A new favorite that just came in is Friends by Catherine Thimmesh. It features unusual animal friendships like the orangutan and the kitten, and the giraffe and the ostrich. The photography is great and because all the stories are true there are little snippets of background information to keep things interesting. For one featuring cute puppies (wait aren't they always cute as puppies?) try Snog a Puppy's Guide to Love by Rachael Hale.
Sometimes these books try to hide in the kid's section pretending to be picture books. They often have a cute or inspiring story to go along with the photographs instead of facts. Two of my favorites that get categorized as picture books are A Friend for Einstein by Charlie Cantrell and Rachel Wagner and A Friend Like You by Tanja Askani.
I realize all of these coffee table books feature animals and there are so many more subjects to choose from; majestic scenery, rich art, or even humor. Which ones do you enjoy?