Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they'll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, "HorrorstOr "comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk's labyrinthine showroom. It's "a treat for fans of "The Evil Dead" or "Zombieland," complete with affordable solutions for better living."--

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dancing with Jesus: Featuring a Host of Miraculous Moves

Singing hymns of praise is standard practicenow it's time to set your feet a-tapping with a collection of original dance moves inspired by Jesus and the likes of Moses and John the Baptist. Dances include: the Water Walk, the Temptation Tango, the Judas Hustle, and The Apostolic Conga. Each dance move is outlined with: how to, inspiration, and an illustration. Slyly irreverent but ultimately festive, "Dancing with Jesus" is illustrated in full color. Best of all, two of the dances are animated for full effect by a lenticular cover and last-spread finale, making this a truly one-of-a-kind novelty item

Monday, December 28, 2015

Dancing with Cats

The cult classic is back This petite 15th anniversary hardcover reissue keeps all the original mystery and magic of cat dancing delightfully intact. Perpetually ahead of its time, Dancing with Cats presents scores of delightful and inspiring photographs of people and cats engaging in their favorite dance routines as well as moving testimonies of the personal transformations brought about through this uniquely joyous form of human-animal connection. Dancing with Cats will have a new generation of cat lovers (and their cats) jumping for joy and cutting a rug in no time.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are Here!

I own a bookstore, and I wrote a book, but it's not available as an ebook. Amazon is not my friend, and it's not yours. I published my book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot, through IngramSpark and only made it available as a real book. Your customers won't find it in an electronic version.

Why did I do this? Because I believe in bookstores staffed by lovers of books. I'd rather have real people selling my book to people they feel are the best match for my book. The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is your classic trio with a twist. Think the Three Investigators meet the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles with a little Ghostbusters in the mix.

Our furry protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.In this origin story, the Ninja Raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the cat. Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is a book I feel confident and comfortable suggesting to 2nd or 3rd graders who love animals, cryptids, and adventure.

The book is available through Ingram for just 5.99 at standard industry discount. It's around 4,000 words. It's been professionally written, illustrated, edited, and approved by professionals in the field of children education.

In the soon-to-be available follow-up, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf, the Ninja Raccoons continue their training, and meet a creature of legend, a werewolf.

The Ninja Raccoons decide to track and capture the werewolf for the prize offered for capturing such a creature. The Raccoons learn that the werewolf isn't as terrifying as the myths, and friends are more important than money.

Thank you for your taking the time to read about The Totally Ninja Raccoons. I hope to start a new trend. Together, we can continue to keep bookstores vibrant and beating in the heart of their communities.

Kevin J. Coolidge
From My Shelf Books & Gifts

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot available now!

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird and Wacky Werewolf available January 2016

The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon available March 2016

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird available May 2016

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sardines of Love

Grandmother Lola hates sardines, but Grandfather Lolo loves them. He eats them every day When she runs out of sardines one day, Lola can't bear to think of Lolo going hungry. She decides to go fishing - with unexpected results What on earth will Lola eat when she discovers that sardines are the only food on offer? And what will Lolo do when he finds out that his beloved Lola is missing?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Merry Christmas, Ollie!

It's Christmas Eve. Gossie and Gertie hang their bright colored boots, while Peedie and BooBoo hang their striped stockings in the barn. Ollie stomps through the snow. It's not easy to wait for Father Christmas Goose
Full of adorable humor, snowy illustrations, and irresistible charm, this holiday story of Gossie and friends is now a Level 1 Green Light Reader. Those just learning to read independently will identify with Ollie's impatience in waiting for Christmas to finally come. This edition features a free read-along audio download. The perfect gift for beginning readers.

Star Wars: 5-Minute Star Wars Stories

Blast off into hyperspace with these eleven action-packed Star Wars tales Jedi Master Yoda has a lightsaber showdown with the dreaded Count Dooku; Luke Skywalker and the Rebels race against time to destroy the Death Star; and the brave Rey makes a new friend when she meets the droid BB-8. Each of these stories is the ideal length for reading aloud in five minutes--perfect for galactic adventures at lightspeed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. "The Revenant "is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

Santa's Workshop (Board Books)

Christmas is coming, it's time to take a trip to Santa's workshop and Christmas Town Pip and Pod the Elves are busy making toys, Mrs. Holly is selling delicious treats in the Christmas Candy Shop, and Santa is packing his sleigh with presents in this fabulously festive lift-the-flap board book. There are eight magical holiday scenes to explore, each with flaps to lift with fun Christmas surprises to discover underneath.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter Weed Finder: A Guide to Dry Plants in Winter

Key to identifying non-woody plants in late fall and winter by the dried structures that remain after frost, such as pods, dried flower heads, seed capsules, and burrs. Includes common native and naturalized herbs and native ferns. Area covered is the upper Midwest and eastern U.S. north of South Carolina, and eastern Canada. Illustrated with line drawings.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual

Updated throughout and filled with all the latest research, the bestselling Surviving Schizophrenia is back, now in its sixth edition.
Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped thousands of patients, their families, and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much-praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment, and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient's and the family's point of view. This new, completely updated sixth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease, as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment, and answers the questions most often asked by families, consumers, and providers.

Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling

This Star Wars game in a book provides hours of fun for thumb-wrestling masters or their apprentices. Opponents Velcro on the lightsabers included (one blue, one red); open the book to one of seven durable "game board" pages depicting classic Star Wars battles; stick their thumbs through the holes; and use the Force (of thumb and imagination) to wrestle to victory.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bear and Bunny

From the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater comes a funny and disarmingly sweet tale of two forest friends musing on the nature of a good pet. The bear and the bunny are friends who like to wander in the woods, look for things to eat, sing songs, and talk things over. One day, the bunny asks the bear, "Why do we not have some kind of pet?" Well, the bear is not sure what a pet is. So the bunny explains that it's an animal that you take care of and feed, and one that loves you. But a pinecone is not the right pet for a bear and a bunny. And a caterpillar is nice, but it may not be very much fun. After a much-needed nap in the forest, will these two find their perfect pet? Beloved author Daniel Pinkwater and masterful illustrator Will Hillenbrand return with another charming and humorous story starring the sweetest of friends, a bear and bunny.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Star Wars Mad Libs

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast are back in intergalactic action in Star Wars Mad Libs. With 21 Mad Libs stories about characters and events from all six of the blockbuster films, you?ll be laughing your ___________ off.