Childrens

Spinster Goose

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By Lisa Wheeler, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416925415
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

You've heard of Mother Goose of course.  Spinster Goose is her more demanding sister who specializes in ill-mannered children and improving their dreadful behaviors.  Did you know that Georgie Porgie was a bully? That Jack and Jilly played hooky? And that Little Miss Muffet was a chalk-eater?  These disrespectfully twisted verses are sure to delight and surprise.

Susannah


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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$5.99
ISBN: 9780064470445
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperTrophy - September 7th, 1988

A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.


How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

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By Georgia Bragg, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802798176
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker Childrens - March 15th, 2011

Everyone thinks that Cleopatra killed herself with a poisonous snake, an asp, but actually, she used a hairpin dipped in poison. And did you know that Beethoven died of lead poisoning? They pumped gray liquid out of his belly for a few days before he died. Which could explain his bad temperament and clumsiness, because he had 1,000 times ver a survive-able level of lead found in his body years after his death. If you have ever wanted all the gruesome, gritty details of the deaths of famous people in history, Georgia Bragg has served them up in this delightful and nauseating collection.

Jory


Breadcrumbs

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By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062015051
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Walden Pond Press - September 27th, 2011

Beautifully
imagined and written, Breadcrumbs calls on a rich fairytale heritage to
examine the depths of friendship. Hazel and Jack have been best friends
through all of their lives and now life is changing them. When Jack
suddenly disappears into the woods, Hazel overcomes magical dangers to
rescue him. Loss might come to their friendship but Hazel makes sure it
is the loss brought by time, not by evil. There’s much to admire and
think about in this lovely book.Jane J


Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780547551524
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2011

Mouse and Mole, characterized perfectly in gentle and spare watercolors, are back in their fifth book together – this time to celebrate Halloween! First, they must carve pumpkins and enter them in a competition. Then there’s preparing their costumes. And then the trick-or-treating. All the while, Mole is trying hard not to be scared of many spooky happenings surrounding Halloween. These early reader chapter books are a great combination of humor and sweetness.

Jory


I Want My Hat Back

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

Bear has lost his hat. He asks many of the animals he meets in the forest if they’ve seen it. No one claims to have seen Bear’s hat. Except maybe Bear did see it? In this hilarious debut picture book by Jon Klassen, patterned, retro-looking illustrations use white space nicely, but also add to the humor of the text. Can you find Bear’s red hat, possibly before he does?

Jory


Mr. Benn--Red Knight

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$14.50
ISBN: 9781854379900
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - September 1st, 2011

Long before Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, David McKee created Mr Benn, an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures.  Here is the first Mr Benn book reprinted for the enjoyment of a new generation of children in which Mr Benn swaps his bowler hat for a red suit of armor and makes friends with a dragon.   McKee's artwork is a joy and the Mr Benn stories full of magical possibilities.  (Also available, Big- Top Benn)

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

Young Jack and his friends go off to their tent/castle to defend the crown from dragons nd beasts. Slowly his “knights” are called home and Jack must face the dark and a scary creature alone. This is a wonderful, gentle, adventure for young children, beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Carol


Naamah and the Ark at Night

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763642426
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 9th, 2011

We all have heard of Noah and his ark, but what about Naamah, his wife? Bartoletti lyrically imagines Naamah’s role on the ark, soothing every person and animal into sleep and comfort. The repetition of “at night” on each page, and the chorus of “Naamah sings all through the night” lulls as one imagines an unexplored biblical figure. The collaged illustrations are both intense with the flooding world, and sleepy sweet. A beautiful and intriguing new lullaby to share.

Jory


Simms Taback's Farm Animals

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By Simms Taback (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781609050788
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Published: Blue Apple Books - July 26th, 2011

Unfold each page of this vibrant book to find a large illustrations of all your favorite farm animals: chickens, goats, donkeys and more! Concise, bolded text provides clues to the animal as you unfold, revealing what animal has hooves or says "moo", and asks the reader to guess as they unfold the large illustration. There may be a million animal books out there, but Taback's latest is definitely worth adding to the collection.

Jory


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