Prolific children's author Jan Brett - more than 30 books so far - has another one out. It's called Mossy (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $17.99), and it's an unusual love story starring an eponymous turtle with a garden growing on her back.
Here's the plot: Mossy falls in love with a male turtle named Scoot, then is taken away from Lilypad Pond by Dr. Carolina, a biologist who makes Mossy the main attraction at her natural history museum.
It's all very exciting, until Dr. Carolina's niece Tory notices that Mossy, while enjoying the attention, is pining for Scoot. So a compromise unlike anything the current Congress will ever see takes shape: Artists Flora and Fauna keep Mossy's spirit alive at the museum with a portrait, while Mossy is taken back to Lilypad Pond to be reunited with Scoot.