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Rhymoceros Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781419715143
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 3rd, 2015

A stellar concept book for little ones, Rhymoceros introduces rhymes in a cheeky and easy-to-decode format. By adding variations to the same basic animal shape - one rhino encounters a "shower" while another holds a "flower" - coat maintains a balance between predictable and new clues that help kids visually grasp the rhyming pair. And even though big for a board book, Rhymoceros still fits well in little hands and laps!


Review by Niki

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Tony Cover Image
By Ed Galing, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723085
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 7th, 2017

Ed Galing was a prolific poet, a native of Nashville, and oftentimes, homeless. He was a frequent contributor to the local paper that is written and distributed by currently and formerly homeless people. When the Steads came across his poem, "Tony," on a trip to Tennessee, they were so stuck by its simplicity and beauty, they knew they had to illustrate it. This book is Erin Stead's homage to that poem. This quiet scene takes place in the cool and shadowy hours before sunup. A man and his horse deliver milk and eggs. A neighbor greets them and gives the horse a pat. The hushed moment is perfectly expressed by Erin's wood prints. The words come alive. You can faintly hear the clomp of hooves and the clink of milk bottles. Sublime


Review by Nicole

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The Nameless City Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contribution by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

This graphic novel from the excellent Faith Erin Hicks has everything you want from an adventure story: lots of high-octane action, and embroiled conflict, political intrigue, and a compelling cast of diverse characters. Despite the tensions between the Dao conquerer currently occupying the City and the city natives, and unlikely friendship develops between Kaidu, a Dao soldier-in-training an Rat, an intellectually and physically agile city inhabitant. Together they begin to uncover the City's vast secrets!


Review by Niki

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Today Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781927018682
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simply Read Books - November 1st, 2016

Embrace the quiet joys in making daily decisions with this expansive and jubilant picture book. Morstad uses direct questions to encourage readers to interact with pages full of illustrated options. An interactive, affirming ode to the small decisions that children face on a daily basis, Today celebrates the little ways that kids can assert their power and spirit.


Review by Niki

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You Are My Best Friend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781940842103
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Museyon - May 1st, 2016

I went through quite the emotional journey reading this. I laughed. I cried. I roared and then fell to the ground overwhelmed with love. The magnificently bright illustrations just farther the simple truth that life is more meaningful and enjoyable if you treat others with kindess and respect. Out of which beautiful friendships bloom and last forever and ever, helping you become and grow into a better dino.


Review by Courtney

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The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

A simple book about making mistakes [in art], but not letting them get in the way of creative process.

Or, in the words of Bob Ross, "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."


Review by Avery

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A Rule Is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781933149257
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Manic D Press - November 20th, 2012

ANARCHY FOR US ALL.

(Okay but seriously there is some very good life advice in here.)


Review by Avery

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Little Fox in the Forest Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537895
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - February 28th, 2017

Hands down my favorite children's illustrated book of 2017 and easily in my all-time top 10.


Review by Avery

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The Ethan I Was Before Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062433381
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2017

A beautifully written story on friendship, grief, loss, and healing with a generous helping of mystery and suspense thrown into the mix. Every character and environment is poppin'-off-the-page real, to the point where I could almost feel the muggy Georgia summer, even though it was 25* out and my hands were frozen numb from holding the book. (I couldn't put it down after I picked it back up.)


Review by Avery

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I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

It's a rare thing indeed when both child and adult alike can enjoy an illustrated book over and over again.

This is one of those books.

 


Review by Avery