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The Wild Piano, volume 2

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Philemon returns in another absurd adventure. In his first story, Cast Away on the Letter A, he finds himself on the crazy islands of the letters that span the map—the “A” of the Atlantic Ocean, to be precise. Now he’s worried…

We Dig Worms!

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    Some people think it is easy to write for children, and those people are fools. You have to express a great deal in very few words, keep your imagery simple but rich, and, ideally, entertain while educating. Writing…

Hearts

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Toon Books, Francoise Mouly’s early-reader graphic novel imprint, brings artsy fare for the toddler set to a new level—impeccable illustration, richly printed colors, quality book construction, and simple stories told primarily through imagery. Hearts is exemplary of this, almost to…

Otto’s Backwards Day

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Otto the orange cat is back, and this time it’s almost his birthday. Otto is so eager to open presents and eat cake and ice cream that his parents have to remind him about the more important aspects of tomorrow’s…

The Big Wet Balloon

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    Matilda can’t wait for her sister Clementine to wake up. Even though Clementine is so young she sleeps in a crib and only talks a little, Matilda has plans for them, big Saturday plans. That’s because everything is…

Barry’s Best Buddy

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Barry is a humdrum bird who finds the world a bit blasé. He likes naps, his grey house, and being polite. He does not like being awakened, hats, or ice cream. At least that’s what he tells his friend, Polarhog,…

Maya Makes a Mess

Maya Makes a Mess

    Maya Makes a Mess starts with a scenario familiar to almost any child. Maya’s parents berate her for not minding her manners when she eats. Maya doesn’t sit up straight. She eats with her hands. She feeds the…

The Secret of the Stone Frog

  One night Alan and Leah wake up to discover their beds have been transported to the deep forest. While Leah, the older sibling, is skeptical that what they are experiencing is real, Alan, the younger sibling, is entranced. They…

The Shark King

    This straightforward retelling of a traditional Hawaiian tale is done by a native of Hawaii. This “Level 3” book is intended for advanced beginner readers and should provide a successful experience for these readers. The myth of the…

Chick & Chickie Play All Day!

Chick and Chickie are friends and they like to do things together. First they make and decorate masks. They are very creative, and while the masks are colorful, some younger kids might be frightened of them; however, this is only…

Zig & Wikki in The Cow

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    In this sequel to Zig and Wikki in Something Ate my Homework, Zig is concerned about the pet fly he acquired in the last book. It won’t eat or fly. Wikki feels that Zig should pay more attention…

Otto’s Orange Day

Otto the cat loves the color orange, whether it’s orange flowers, orange socks, or even a tower made of orange blocks. When his Aunt Sally sends him a magic lamp containing a genie, he knows just what to wish for…