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HEY, BOY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Strouse
Author's First Name: 
Benjamin
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jennifer
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Phelan
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Margaret K. McElderry)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A boy and dog story like no other, thanks in part to Strouse's evocative illustration which move across the page as we move across time. A boy "finds" a dog and then, because of injury, has to give the dog up. He doesn't forget him but he doesn't spend the time with him he maybe should (time intervenes). But even as time passes affection does not. The language is simple but expresses the joys and tribulations of life as well as the hard work involved in growing up. The books is beautifully presented in all respects. Edie Ching (up to 7).

CAPTAIN PUG

Captain Pug
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
James
Author's First Name: 
Laura
Illustrator's First Name: 
Eglantine
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Ceulemans
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When Pug's owner, Lady Miranda, gives him a sea captain's hat to wear to a birthday party, the water-fearing dog takes his new title seriously and finds himself in the midst of many adventures in the sea. This quirky and humorous beginner chapter book features ink drawings with bursts of orange and blue. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

BARKUS

BARKUS (book cover)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Maclachlan
Author's First Name: 
Patricia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Marc
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Boutavant
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)

OOPS, POUNCE, QUICK, RUN!: AN ALPHABET CAPER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Twohy
Author's First Name: 
Mike
Publisher: 
HarperCollins (Balzer + Bray)
Publication Date: 
2016

 A clever and original alphabet book offers a playful storyline and unexpected twists and word choices.

A HANDFUL OF STARS

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lord
Author's First Name: 
Cynthia
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Chicken House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Lily’s aging dog wanders onto the blueberry farm where Salma’s family works each summer, and the girls make quick friends. Both girls know loss and work together to navigate life’s changes toward an optimistic future.

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA

The Story of Diva and Flea
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Willems
Author's First Name: 
Mo
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tony
Illustrator's Last Name: 
DiTerlizzi
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 A charming story of an unlikely friendship between Diva, a small and settled dog, and Flea, a wandering alley cat. Each learns to venture from their comfort zone to experience and share their worlds. DiTerlizzi’s elegant illustrations beautifully capture the look and feel of Paris.

IT'S ONLY STANLEY

It's Only Stanley
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Agee
Author's First Name: 
Jon
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Stanley the beagle keeps his family awake at night with his noisy tinkering. The cartoon style illustrations and hilarious conclusion makes this silly picture book an experience the whole family will enjoy.

GASTON

Gaston
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dipucchio
Author's First Name: 
Kelly
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Publication Month: 
June
Publication Date: 
2014

French Poodle and Bulldog pups learn what it means to be yourself even when there doesn’t seem to be anywhere you fit in just right.

BALL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sullivan
Author's First Name: 
Mary
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2013

Pencil with exaggerated cartoon silliness shows a nameless dog plotting his game of “ball” throughout the day with members of his family. This wordless story shows the dog, by turns, hopeful, puzzled, eager, frustrated, frightened, and, ultimately, joyous.

 

MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT

Magritte's Marvelous Hat
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Johnson
Author's First Name: 
D. B.
Illustrator's First Name: 
D. B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Johnson
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2012

A dog plays the painter in this clever introduction to the Belgian surrealist, Magritte. When he attempts to control his muse (an impetuous bowler hat), a game of hide-and-seek ensues through mixed-media parodies of his famous paintings while cellophane pages enhance the visual tricks.

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