Who made the mess in the kitchen? Nobody. That's the name of George's imaginary friend, whose happily shadowy presence animates this sweet depiction of a family shocked by George's, um, ingenuity in the kitchen while his parents sleep. Liz Rosenberg's freshly told, brightly illustrated (by Julie Downing) tale for youngsters and their parents.

Age 5 and up.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.