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WARNING: DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK!

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By Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442435827
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 27th, 2013

I grew up on Sesame Street's There's a Monster at the End of this Book! in which Elmo begs you (the reader) not to turn each page, because it gets you closer to the end...where the monster is! Warning: Do Not Open This Book is a worthy successor -- both in that I still had that same small thrill by "rebelling" against the narrator and brazenly turning each page, despite the hand-wringing and head-shaking I imagined to be causing. The tongue-in-cheek message about all the potential danger and chaos books wreak make this book a perfect pick for Banned Book celebrations. But the clever, interactive ending, the ridiculously cute slow loris, and mischievous-looking monkeys make this title stand out. WAY OUT.

Jill


I Am Small

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780545353700
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Cartwheel Books - October 1st, 2011

The world is very big for a very small, very cute penguin.  But in the eyes of its mother, it is the biggest, most important thing in the world!  Adorable   - a great bedtime read with lovely  illustrations.

 

Susannah


Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

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By Peter Smith, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781742376806
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Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - June 1st, 2013

With his usual brilliantly detailed but gentle illustrations Bob Graham shows readers the unusual hero of this children's book - 60 year old Monsieur Albert.  Told by Peter Smith in rollicking rhyme and with mind-stretching vocabulary, this book just begs to be read out loud as it details our plucky bike rider's race from Paris to Nice and manages to be highly evocative of Paris and France too.  Absolutement charmante!

Susannah


King Jack and the Dragon

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By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803736986
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Published: Dial Books - August 18th, 2011

Summer nights, lost in an imaginary game, remember? This charming book, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, brings all those memories together in this perfect bedtime story.

Robin


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By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780803739871
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Published: Dial Books - May 16th, 2013

Weslandia

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By Paul Fleischman, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763610524
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2002

What else is there to do during summer vacation but create a new civilization? Wesley, who's always been a bit of an outsider, does just that -- he grows a staple crop, invents a language, makes his own clothes, and develops a culture, all in his own back yard.

Sarah


The Day the Crayons Quit

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By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
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Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

What are the crayons in your box thinking? Bet you never considered that question. Did you know, for instance, that yellow and orange are not speaking due to their differences about the color of the sun.  This is a book for anyone who colors, appreciates the work of Oliver Jeffers, or just plain likes to laugh. An original.

Carol


Bye-Bye Baby Brother

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780763662417
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 23rd, 2013

Ruby's new baby brother Oliver is taking up all of Mom's time --plus he's BORING. So Ruby devises several different ways to get rid of him, only to find that her perfect plan will be one that brings them together. A joy to read aloud, with fun illustrations!

Jennifer


The Dark

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By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

The text and illustrations are so well integrated in The Dark that it is as if Lemony and Jon became one person in its creation. A boy is afraid of the dark and it sure does look scary, but it turns out that the dark helps the boy overcome his fear. Intrigued?? Take a peek!!!

Carol


Adele & Simon

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ISBN: 9780374380441
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 5th, 2006

I recently came across this picture book on our shelves. It is quite a find, with its early 20th century maps of Paris, detailed drawings, and charming ending. It is a book that is fun to read, to be read to, or just to spend time looking through.

Robin


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