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Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! It's Shoe Time! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Bryan Collier, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484726471
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 7th, 2017

Searching for your next favorite beginning reader? Look no further than this clever, joke-filled book about a girl picking out a pair of shoes for a "Daddy-and-Me Day." Her unexpected choice has her anthropomorphic shoes worried that she's made a big mistake (though she's confident in her decision). Her unconventional choice is in fact deliberate and makes for a rather sweet moment between father and daughter. It's a sho(e)-in! smiley


Review by Niki

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Where's Halmoni? Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632170774
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little Bigfoot - October 3rd, 2017

When Noona and Joon arrive at their grandmother's (the titular Halmoni's) house only to discover she's disappeared, they embark on a journey to find her. Along the way, they meet many vibrant characters from Korean folktales - a handy language guide and a detailed back matter help Western readers fully understand this story's context - eat lots of snacks, and play an intense game of rock, paper, scissors with a tiger! This graphic novel will entice readers fond of strong siblings, clever problem-solving, and impeccable book design!!


Review by Niki

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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

A mouse thinks its the end when he's swallowed whole by a lone wolf. But much to his surprise, a duck has set up shop and is living quite comfortably in the wolf's stomach. Jon Klassen's beautiful illustrations collide with Mac Barnett's unique mind to create one of my favorite childrens illustrated books of this year. Parents and kids will both find something to laugh at in this charming fable with a macabre twist.


Review by Halley

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Life Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451628
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Beach Lane Books - June 27th, 2017

With simple prose and evocative illustrations, Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel have created a book that celebrates the wonders and mysteries of life. This book works for young children and adults alike. I've read it a numbers of times and it never fails to put a lump in my throat. A beautiful book that is a worthy addition to any bookshelf.


Review by Mark B.

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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

We are the duck and the mouse, the wolf is artificial scarcity resulting in desperate poverty, and the hunter is capitalism.

Give your child the gift of fun as revolutionary praxis this holiday season!


Review by Anje

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Worm Loves Worm Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 5th, 2016

Worm loves Worm, and they want to get married. Thing is, all of their friends have ideas about what Worm and Worm need to get married. Worm and Worm want to appease their friends but they don't really care if they wear rings, bow ties, veils - Worm and Worm want to get married because they love each other. This beautifully straightforward picture book celebrates love above all else, and it demonstrates how easy it is to rewrite "how it's always been done."


Review by Niki

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The Dam Keeper Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626724266
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - September 26th, 2017

Pig has been a diligent and devoted protector of Sunrise Valley ever since his father - the Dam Builder - walked into the deadly fog. Pig keeps the Dam safe and secure so the fog doesn't roll in and destroy the entire town. But the fog keeps getting stronger and, one day, breaks off a piece of the dam - with Pig, Hippo, and Fox inside. The animated feel (both creators worked for Pixar) will leave readers breathless and eagerly awaiting the second installment!


Review by Niki

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The Tea Party in the Woods Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771381079
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2015

This Little Red Riding Hood-inspired tale is like a cup of hot tea on a cold night! Kikko sets out to her grandmother's house when her father forgets the pie to bring. Kikko discovers him entering an unfamiliar and grand house, and upon peeking inside, she sees all the animals of the forest are having a tea party! Miyakoshi's textured forest are black and white charcoal illustrations bring an extra woodsiness and warmth to the story. Perfect for animal-lovers, tea-party enjoyers, and forest explorers! 


Review by Niki

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Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Andrea Beaty (author of Rosie Revere, Engineer) has written a quirky and delightful rhyming story! What happens when a famed hat maker's most perfect birthday hat blows away? Can she recover her hat or find something special enough to replace it? This book is a reminder of how necessary an impractical hat is!


Review by Nicole

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A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day Cover Image
By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425287682
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Discover the personal history of Ezra Jack Keats who overcame poverty, anti-Semitism, and many more hurdles before becoming the renowned author and illustrator that we know today. This story is beyond inspiring! It's a triumph of his perseverance, discipline and passion that will surely motivate each reader! And Lou Fancher's collage style illustrations serve as an homage to Keats' work while bringing a freshness to the retelling of his story.


Review by Nicole

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