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Did you know farms get sleepy too? But, instead of putting on pajamas and being read a bedtime story vegetables are harvested, wood is stacked and equipment is put away. This quiet and beautifully illustrated picture book shows the reader exactly how to tuck in a farm for a long (yawn!) winter's nap. Melisa Bailey (Ages 0-7.)
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Plagued by guilt surrounding her younger brother's disappearance, twelve-year-old George is deposited with her eccentric aunt and uncle while her parents return to the search. When trouble soon finds the elderly pair, George sets out from the curious home and finds help from two orphan boys and a talking map. Together, they make their way through magical worlds on a mission to rescue George's aunt, foil an ancient plot against the peacekeeping Council of Seven, and save the universe before it drowns in the rapidly falling stars. Detailed pencil sketches in the galley bring George's adventures to life. First in a series. Ten to Fourteen. ~ Kit Ballenger
In this almost wordless book (with the exception of noisy words like crash and clatter, scram and shoo) a sense of warmth and good will is created by a sweet, persistent cat who finds a home in an unlikely spot, a bus. The browns of the illustrations are all enveloping contrasted with the cat's blue eyes, reflecting the state of each situation. Lots for children to ad din this story, with a purrfect ending. Edie Ching. Up to 7.
Penguin is grumpy for no particular reason, but he manages to navigate himself into a better mood. The story is simple but delightful, and one kids can relate to. There is a wonderful balance between text and illustrations on the page. Both are minimal, but perfectly capture the mood of the story.
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
The story is orignal and casts a spell over readers which will enchant them until the last page. We are presented with three unreliable narrators telling the story in alternating chapters, and the audiobook readers to a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life. Megan Crews
A young boy can't wait to grow a beard so that he can look just like his dad. He tries all kinds of creative ways to rush the process and finally Dad comes up with the perfect solution. A warm story about a loving relationship, enhanced by Weinberg's illustrations that add a spunky reality to the boy and a liveliness to his relationship with his family. Edie Ching (ages 7-10)
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Three narrators, how many are unreliable? Poppy is the popular ice queen, Midnight is the boy infatuated with her, Wink is the weird older sister of "the Orphans." Using poetic language, a hint of magical realism and fairy tales, and gradual suspense, Tucholke weaves a page turner reminiscent of early Francesca Lia Block. (Fourteen and up)