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Chu's Day

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By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062017819
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - January 8th, 2013

Little Panda Chu has legendary sneezes, and his parents worry about the smell of books, pepper, and other things that might make Chu ah-choo. But what happens when Chu finally does sneeze? Neil Gaiman has written a hilarious story for young readers, vibrantly illustrated by Adam Rex. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola

Penny and Her Marble

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062082053
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

Penny, of Penny and Her Song and Penny and Her Doll, is back! This time, Penny ventures down the block where she finds a beautiful blue marble lying on Mrs. Goodwin's lawn. Penny takes the marble, but as the day goes on, Penny begins to worry that Mrs. Goodwin might miss it. Is the marble Penny's, or Mrs. Goodwin's? Penny's worry consumes her, until she decides to take action. Yet again Kevin Henkes has crafted a beautiful book that explores a very real problem faced by young readers. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky

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By Jack Prelutsky, Carin Berger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062014641
Availability: Special Order
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 26th, 2013

Have you heard of a Tattlesnake or a Braindeer? How about a Magpipe? In Stardines, poet Jack Prelutsky introduces readers to sixteen strange creatures, writing a poem about each. Berger's collage illustrations accompany each poem, displaying Prelutsky's creatures in scenes inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell. Absurd, creative, and funny, Prelutsky's poems will spark imaginations. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola

Twelve Kinds of Ice

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ISBN: 9780618891290
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2012

As someone who anticipates a first snow, I reveled in Obed's descriptions of ice. While some grumble about the cold, others wait for their breath to become frosty, for the air to feel silver with ice and cold. Obed captures this feeling, distilling the essence of winter into poetic prose. She traces winter by marking each type of ice that occurs, and the fun one can have on it. Every sentence begs to be read aloud and Barbara McClintock's accompanying illustrations are exquisite. Twelve Kinds of Ice is a wintertime gem perfect for slipping into a mittened hand, curling up with beside a fire, or tucking into a stocking. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


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By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436237
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - April 2nd, 2013

Raised by a caterer and a gourmand, food has always been important to Lucy Knisley. In Relish, Lucy examines moments of her life in which food played an important role. From discovering foie gras to working at a cheese counter to helping her mom at farmer's markets, each stage of her life is defined by food. Included are a series of illustrated recipes, which are necessary to have on hand as you are certain to become ravenous while reading. Relish is a delectable graphic memoir for anyone who enjoys food- whether that be fine cheeses or doughnuts. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


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By Bob Staake, Bob Staake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375870378
Availability: Special Order
Published: Schwartz & Wade - April 9th, 2013

In Bluebird, Bob Staake tells a story of loss, friendship, pain, and beauty. A young boy befriends a bluebird. They find ways to experience the world together until the unthinkable happens. Using a very limited palette of grays, white, and blues, Staake captures a range of emotions, from friendship to pain to the release of flight. Bluebird is a moving wordless picture book that proves that sometimes, words only get in the way of a good story. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


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