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Dream Snow (Board Book)

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By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780399173141
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Published: World of Eric Carle - October 13th, 2015

Carle's wintry classic is a board book for the first time! Little ones will love to lift the flaps and touch the sparkly pages as one farmer plays Santa for his five animals. Rhythmic, sturdy, and adorable. Ages 1-3. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


Robo-Sauce

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By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428879
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Published: Dial Books - October 20th, 2015

Loony fun for every kid: not only does the book turn into a robot (and a robo-book...make of that what you will), but this story is full of hilarious nonsense words/nonsense that will make the most serious of readers fall to pieces. Evoking The Book With No Pictures in this sense, Robo-sauce delivers Pilkey-like buffoonery that easily entertains boys and girls ages 4-7, as well as any fan of the duo's hit, Dragons Love Tacos. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


The Tiger Who Would Be King

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By James Thurber, Joohee Yoon (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592701827
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - September 15th, 2015

Prints in two striking colors capture the intensity of struggle when one tiger declares himself king of the jungle. Vis-à-vis Yoon's intuitive visual storytelling, "The Tiger" comes to life at an ever-increasing pace, pitching the animals (and readers) toward a breathtaking Guernica-esque gatefold. The moral? "You can't very well be the king of beasts if there aren't any." This is a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2015 for a reason. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062403162
Availability: Special Order
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2015

I rarely say it, but this book is awesome. If you are in high school, "The Rest of Us..." will ring so true to you--it is, after all, a story about a friend group that doesn't suffer anything fashionable (see: tragic cancer, apocalypse, vampires, hunger games.) A super clever, cynical, and inventive read that you will have a hard time putting down. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


The Thing About Jellyfish

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316380867
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

It is really difficult to write an honest novel about the experience of grief for kids, but Ali Benjamin proves that she is more than up to the task in this startlingly authentic debut for middle readers. Starring a headstrong, investigative girl, The Thing About Jellyfish illuminates how grief, denial, and questions of (im)mortality can confuse and even consume the most "clear-headed" and scientific of us. Deeply perceptive, Benjamin's novel will become a new favorite of fans of highly acclaimed novels such as MockingbirdCounting by 7s, and Bridge to Terabithia.; Ages 9-13, give or take a year. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann - Book Review

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780735842083
Availability: Backordered
Published: NorthSouth Books - October 1st, 2015

Finely detailed illustrations deliver a relevant message about the effects of rapid industrialization and the way such change shapes the natural and social environment. Plus moles! The sparseness of the story lightens up this picture book’s moral heft, making it a subtle and accessible read. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


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