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Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Brown)
©2013 by Peter Brown

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013BROWN, Peter. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. illus. by author. 48p. Little, Brown. Sept. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-316-20063-9.

K-Gr 2–Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him… and he has a very wild idea. This “it’s okay to be different” story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown’s delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange (Brown’s new signature color?) amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger’s transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness. Several wordless spreads encourage audience participation while subtle visual clues gently build his character. A full spread featuring the newly liberated Mr. Tiger au naturel is delivered with pitch-perfect comedic timing and is guaranteed to inspire wild giggles. Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries.–Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013COOPER, Elisha. Train. illus. by author. 40p. glossary. Scholastic/Orchard. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-38495-7.

PreS-Gr 2–Starting at a city terminal, Cooper takes readers on a commuter train that clatters out of a metropolis. At a suburban stop, the perspective shifts to a larger passenger train traveling between cities, jumps to a freight train slowly creeping across the Great Plains, then an overnight train, and finally a sleek high-speed train. The artist’s characteristic muted watercolor and pencil illustrations are sketchlike yet very detailed. Transitions between busy cityscapes and serene panoramic vistas, outsides of stations and insides of train cars, and the refrain of “passengers off, passengers on” perfectly capture the feeling of riding the rails. No “choo-choo” noises here–“As the train leaves, it sounds like the da dum da dum of a beating heart. Then silence.” Through the richness of the prose, not only the sounds but also the smells of the trains come to life–“grease and rust and burnt toast.” As the author’s note reveals, Cooper mixed many real-life details with a few fictional ones, such as a futuristic San Francisco depot at the end of the story. The longer text and somewhat stylized illustrations make the book most suitable for a one-on-one perusal with sophisticated young train aficionados but it is a wonderful foray into the “train books” category and a distinguished addition to most collections.–Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013COUSINS, Lucy. Peck, Peck, Peck. illus. by author. 32p. Candlewick. Aug. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6621-7. LC 2012947728.

PreS-Gr 1–Cousin’s signature style is back in this enchanting picture book about a baby woodpecker. On the opening page, the bird is learning how to peck a tree. The little guy soon gets carried away and pecks not just through a tree, but also through a hat, a mat, tennis rackets, and a jacket. This book takes readers through an entire house from the front door to the bathroom. In the kitchen, “I peck, peck, peck/an eggplant,/a tangerine,/a butter dish,/a nectarine,/a green bean,/a sardine,/and seventeen jelly beans.” Invoking memories of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there are also small cutout circles on each page. They grow more numerous as the woodpecker gets more and more carried away. With the detailed illustrations done in thick, dark lines and rhymes that flow easily, this book begs to be shared at storytime.–Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013EATON, Jason Carter. How to Train a Train. illus. by John Rocco. 48p. Candlewick. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6307-0. LC 2012947747.

PreS-Gr 1–From Thomas the Tank Engine to The Little Engine That Could, kids love personified trains, so it’s not such a huge chug forward to imagine one as a pet. But how do you select, train, and care for your pet engine? Written as a guidebook for new owners, this amusing title incorporates language usually associated with pet ownership and child rearing. “It’s only natural that you’ll want to take home all the trains, but don’t just grab the first one you see. Take your time and choose one that’s right for you.” Juxtaposing sensible tips with the absurdity of a huge pet locomotive creates a text that is at once believable and preposterous. “A warm bath can help calm a nervous train…and few trains can resist a good read-aloud.” But what really makes this concept roar down the track are the entrancing digitally colored illustrations that perfectly capture the expressiveness and playfulness of the pet trains. Whether illustrating the new pet going for a “walk,” performing a trick, or enjoying a playdate with other pet vehicles, the artist has so cleverly incorporated facial features onto the various engines that their distinct personalities shine through, as does the obvious affection children feel for their new pets. Additionally, the large-scale, saturated colors, and comic details of these pictures give young readers a boxcar full to look at and appreciate. From the appealing cover to the final moonlit scene of a boy and his pet steam engine happily chugging down the track, this book is sure to be popular with train and pet lovers alike.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013GERSTEIN, Mordicai. The First Drawing. illus. by author. 40p. Little, Brown. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-316-20478-1.

K-Gr 3–In this compelling picture book, Gerstein invites children to travel back in time more than 30,000 years to a cave in what is now southern France. Using thickly applied acrylics and rough strokes of black ink, he creates a prehistoric setting complete with a community of early humans, giant woolly mammoths, and one inquisitive caveboy. Told in second-person narrative, the text asks readers to put themselves in the mindset of the boy surrounded by wide-open skies, plush drifting clouds, and a great diversity of flora and fauna. A true artist, the child sees more than the surface appearance of his world. Gerstein’s illustrations of rocks, clouds, and shadows cleverly conceal animal shapes that both readers and the protagonist are compelled to discover. At first, the other cave dwellers are dismissive. Then the youngster does something unprecedented: he picks up a burnt stick and begins drawing on the walls. For his fellow early humans, this first taste of art is scary and disconcerting. “Magic!” the boy’s father exclaims. It is, in fact, the world’s first drawing. An author’s note provides background on the real-life drawings in the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave and the discovery of a human footprint belonging to an eight-year-old child. Pair this title with Emily Arnold McCully’s The Secret Cave (Farrar, 2010) to extend the lesson and learn about the 1940 discovery of the caves in southern France.–Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013HEST, Amy. When Charley Met Grampa. illus. by Helen Oxenbury. 32p. Candlewick. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5314-9. LC 2012954329.

PreS-Gr 2–In a satisfying follow-up to Charley’s First Night (Candlewick, 2012), Grampa, who admits that he is uncertain about getting to know Henry’s puppy, is coming to visit and to meet Charley. The boy and puppy wait for him at the train station while snow gently covers the tracks and the town. Upon his arrival, the large gentleman and the tiny puppy size each other up while Grampa inquires, “…are you friendly or fierce?” When the wind picks up and Grampa’s cap flies away, Charley takes off into the white world and it’s feared that he’s lost in the snow. But the diminutive dog saves the day by bringing the cap back, thus revealing he’s both friendly and fierce in his determination, ensuring their burgeoning bond. Charley is pure joy with fur and will surely bring a smile to young readers. Charming, detailed pencil and watercolor illustrations feature framed, softly hued scenes both cozy and frigid. This is a tender story about the warm affection between a grandfather and his grandson. A real winner.–Maryann H. Owen, Children’s Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013KURTZ, Chris. The Adventures of South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage. illus. by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. 288p. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-63455-5.

K-Gr 4–Her name is Flora, and she’s a pig. She’s curious and longs to explore beyond the perimeters of the pigpen. She dreams of going to Antarctica with the sled dogs on the farm and becoming a sled pig. When she is put in a crate onboard a ship, she sees the expedition as an opportunity while the crew views her as potential pork chops. Then they are shipwrecked and readers will root for spunky Flora as she discovers just how brave and needed she can be. Simple black-line drawings add a welcoming charm. Told in the voice of a seasoned storyteller, this novel has chapters that will work perfectly for sharing aloud with younger children or as a read-alone for more competent readers. Flora will encourage every listener to dream of being their best self. Move over Wilbur and Babe, there’s a new pig in town.–Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013LAROCHELLE, David. Moo! illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. 40p. Walker. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-80273-409-9; lib. ed. $17.89. ISBN 978-0-8027-3410-5.

PreS-Gr 2–There are only a handful of words in this book; the most important one is “Moo.” Punctuation, repetition, and rhythm give it multiple meanings as readers turn the pages, which are joyfully illustrated with splashy gouache primary colors. It is hard to imagine a more expressive cow than this title’s cartoon bovine. On the first page, the cow has a contented, peaceful moo. Turn a page, and she has an inquisitive, “Moo?” when she sees a car for sale; soon enough, she’s on a joyride up and down the hillsides. The cow is the focus of each bright, borderless spread, and some pages include comedic close-ups of her face. The word “moo” appears on most spreads in a variety of font sizes, from tiny to gigantic, depending on the emotion of the moment. Children will laugh at the use of type and the artful arrangement of letters to convey action and sound. For example, when the cow drives off a cliff, her moo arcs up and then loops down, indicating the rise and fall of her bellow. For many children, this book will be their first introduction to punctuation. Even the very young will see how exclamation points and dashes can create a choppy, nervous feeling when the cow is confronted by a police officer. This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection.–Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013PARK, Linda Sue. Xander’s Panda Party. illus. by Matt Phelan. 40p. Clarion. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-55865-3. LC 2012039662.

PreS-Gr 1–In this charming story that celebrates friendship and inclusion, Xander wants to throw a party, but since he’s the zoo’s only panda, he invites all of the bears. Then Koala tells him that she’s a marsupial, not a bear. After much thoughtful bamboo-nibbling, Xander opens his party to all mammals. But Rhino won’t come without his bird, and then the reptiles request an invitation, and the little panda doesn’t know what to do. A new friend pitches in, and the party goes “from grand to even grander” as the whole zoo is invited. As a last surprise, a new panda, Zhu Zi, arrives to complete the celebration, “What a party! What a ball! Lots of new friends, tall and small!” The ink and watercolor illustrations add dashes of personality to the animals–the rhino scowls as his bird cheerfully waves from atop his horn–and touches of humor, as when Xander blends in with a crowd of penguins. The cartoonlike animals have wonderfully expressive faces, so even the wordless pages convey the panda’s feelings. The upbeat, mostly rhyming text provides a surprising amount of information about animal families and species without tripping up the pace. The author’s note gives information that expands on facts mentioned in the book, like the symbiotic relationship between the oxpecker and the rhino. Perfect for young animal lovers and a great read-aloud for storytime.–Marian McLeod, Darien Library, CT

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013RUBIN, Adam. Secret Pizza Party. illus. by Daniel Salmieri. 40p. Dial. Sept. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3947-5. LC 2012025360.

Gr 1-4–Raccoon, paws and nose pressed plaintively to the glass, stares longingly into a pizza parlor. His nemesis, the Pizza Man, chases him off with a broom, and an unseen narrator rhapsodizes, “Ah, pizza… So beautiful, you could hang it on the wall of a museum. So convenient you could eat it in the bathtub.” Raccoon reappears looking forlorn, and the narrator suggests a pizza party at Raccoon’s house–a secret pizza party because, “When you make something secret, you make it special. Regular handshake: Boring. Secret handshake: Booyah!” Wearing stilts and a trench coat, Raccoon absconds with a stolen pizza only to discover an enormous SECRET PIZZA PARTY happening nearby. Unfortunately, he is unable to play it cool and blows his disguise as he rolls around in a pizza-induced frenzy. He flees from the broom-wielding mob (led by the Pizza Man), but his armload of pizza and giant grin prove that he has no regrets. Because the narrator converses directly with Raccoon, listeners are aligned with him and identify with the roguish creature. The skillful gouache-and-ink compositions are full of sly details and visual humor. It’s hard not to giggle at scenes like the lanky pizza man with angry eyebrows and a handlebar mustache rolling out dough while glaring at a “Wanted” poster featuring the raccoon. With a casually diverse cast of characters, Secret Pizza Party is a sure hit for primary-grade kids, who will appreciate the subtle humor and absurdity.–Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake, MN

redstar Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction | August 2013TWOHY, Mike. Outfoxed. illus. by author. 40p. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-7392-8; ebook available. LC 2012026356.

K-Gr 2–If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…but wait, this white-feathered yellow-billed bird is barking like a dog, slobbering like a dog, chewing up socks like a dog. What gives? That’s what Fox wants to know after he inadvertently grabs a duck out of the henhouse intent on enjoying a chicken dinner. But maybe a duck will do? Clever duck manages to avoid the cookpot by declaring, “You are mistaken, sir. I am NOT a DUCK!” and adopting a variety of classic doggy behaviors such as wagging her tail and peeing on the carpet. Finally, Fox relents and takes the “dog” back to the farm where she belongs, only to find a surprise in the house that blows the lid off the whole ruse. The hilarious illustrations sketched with marker and colored pencil are designed like large comic book panels and have a real slapstick appeal that is perfectly suited to the comedic text. Kids will love being in on the joke, and the large word bubbles make reading easy even for beginners. Don’t be outfoxed. Get quacking and buy this book.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

The following titles are reviewed in the August 1, 2013 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Preschool to Grade 4

ARNOSKY, Jim. Little Burro. illus. by author. 32p. Putnam. Sept. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25519-9. LC 2012048875.

BAKER, Keith. My Octopus Arms. illus. by author. 40p. ebook available. S & S/Beach Lane. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5843-7. LC 2012040636.

BECKER, Kate M. My Dream Playground. illus. by Jed Henry. 32p. websites. Candlewick. Aug. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5531-0. LC 2012947706.

BELLONI, Giulia. Anything Is Possible. tr. from Italian by William Anselmi. illus. by Marco Trevisan. 32p. Owlkids. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-91-3.

BIEDRZYCKI, David. Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween. illus. by author. 32p. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-658-0; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-659-7; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-608-1. LC 2012024438.

BLOOM, Suzanne. Fox Forgets. illus. by author. 32p. Boyds Mills. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-996-4. LC 2013931086.

BOLDT, Claudia. You’re a Rude Pig, Bertie! illus. by author. 32p. NorthSouth. Aug. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4152-9.

BRAUN, Sebastien. Who’s Hiding? illus. by author. 16p. Candlewick. 2013. Board $6.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5932-5. LC 2012947250.

BRENNAN-NELSON, Denise. He’s Been a Monster All Day! illus. by Cyd Moore. 32p. Sleeping Bear. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-158536-827-3.

BROWN, James. Farm. illus. by author. 16p. Candlewick. 2013. Board $6.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5931-8. LC 2012947249.

BROWN, Sam. Sometimes I Forget You’re a Robot. illus. by author. 32p. Dial. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3825-6. LC 2012033591.

BUNTING, Eve. Big Bear’s Big Boat. illus. by Nancy Carpenter. 32p. Clarion. Sept. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-618-58537-3. LC 2012003974.

BUNTING, Eve. Frog and Friends: Outdoor Surprises. Bk. 5. illus. by Josée Masse. 48p. (I Am a Reader!: Frog and Friends Series). Sleeping Bear. 2013. Tr $9.95. ISBN 978-1-58536-807-5; pap. $3.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-808-2. LC 2012040718.

CALLEN, Sharon. Duck Pond Fun. illus. by Susy Boyer. ISBN 978-1-4333-5445-8.

––––.Max. illus. by Constanze von Kitzing. ISBN 978-1-4333-5452-6.

––––.Seb’s Train. illus. by Pat Reynolds. ISBN 978-1-4333-5446-5.

CLARKE, Ella. When I Grow Up. illus. by Claire Chrystall. ISBN 978-1-4333-5448-9.

EDWARDS, Amelia. Carousel Colors. illus. by Lucie Billingsley. ISBN 978-1-4333-5447-2.

––––. Playground Friends. illus. by Holli Conger. ISBN 978-1-4333-5449-6.

REID, James. Across the Sea. illus. by Bettina Guthridge. ISBN 978-1-4333-5451-9.

WU, Nicholas. The Bears’ Story by Baldwin B. Bear. illus. by Annie White. ISBN 978-1-4333-5491-5.

ea vol: 12p. Teacher Created Materials. 2013. pap. $4.99.

CALLIER, Marie-Isabelle. No, No, NO! tr. from French. illus. by Annick Masson. 32p. Magination. 2013. Tr ISBN 978-1-4338-1311-5; pap. ISBN 978-1-4338-1312-2. LC 2012043775.

CHARLES, Veronika Martenova. It’s Not About the Diamonds! ISBN 978-1-77049-328-5. LC 2012945431.

––––.It’s Not About the Straw! ISBN 978-1-77049-326-1. LC 2012945435.

––––. It’s Not About the Tiny Girl! ISBN 978-1-77049-329-2. LC 2012945430.

ea vol: illus by David Parkins. 64p. (Wonder Tales Series). Tundra. 2013. pap. $5.95. ebook available.

COLATO LAÍNEZ, René. Señor Pancho Had a Rancho. illus. by Elwood Smith. 32p. glossary. Holiday House. Sept. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2632-4. ebook available. LC 2012007672.

COLLINS, Suzanne. Year of the Jungle. illus. by James Proimos. 40p. Scholastic. Sept. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-42516-2. LC 2012015346.

CORDEROY, Tracey. Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! illus. by Joe Berger. 32p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. Aug. 2013. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6551-7. LC 2012954333.

CORDIER, Séverine. A Day at School. tr. from French by Sarah Quinn. illus. by Cynthia Lacroix. 48p. Owlkids. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-95-1. LC 2013930497.

CRAIG, Jenny. I Believe in Genevieve. illus. by Wendy Edelson. 40p. Regnery Publishing. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-62157-085-1.

D’AMICO, Carmela. Suki & Mirabella. illus. by Steven D’Amico. 32p. Dial. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3740-2. LC 2012017681.

DAVIES, Stephen. Don’t Spill the Milk! illus. by Christopher Corr. 32p. Andersen Press. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2028-1; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2034-2.

DESROSIERS, Sylvie. Hocus Pocus Takes the Train. illus. by Rémy Simard. 32p. Kids Can. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-956-7.

DODD, Emma. Baby and Me. illus. by author. 16p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. Aug. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6544-9. LC 2012947259.

DURAND, Hallie. Mitchell Goes Bowling. illus. by Tony Fucile. 40p. Candlewick. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6049-9. LC 2012947730.

ELLIOTT, Laura Malone. Thanksgiving Day Thanks. illus. by Lynn Munsinger. 32p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Sept. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-000236-7.

ELSCHNER, Géraldine. Where Is the Frog?: A Children’s Book Inspired by Claude Monet. tr. from French by Agathe Joly. illus. by Stéphane Girel. 32p. reprods. Prestel. Oct. 2013. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-3-7913-7139-9.

EMINA, Peter. Lyra and the Adventure of the Flying Fish. illus. by Alice Ridley. 42p. Phoenix Yard. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-907912-01-6.

EMPSON, Jo. Never Ever. illus. by author. 32p. Child’s Play. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84643-552-2.

EULATE, Ana. Life Is Beautiful! tr. from Spanish by Jon Brokenbrow. illus. by Nívola Uyá. 28p. Cuento de Luz. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-84-15619-26-0.

FREEDMAN, Claire. Pirates Love Underpants. illus. by Ben Cort. 32p. S & S/Aladdin. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-8512-9; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-8513-6.

FULLERTON, Alma. Community Soup. illus. by author. 32p. Pajama Press. Aug. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-927485-27-9.

GORBACHEV, Valeri. Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance. illus. by author. 32p. Boyds Mills. Sept. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-982-7. LC 2013932842.

HARTT-SUSSMAN, Heather. Noni Is Nervous. illus. by Geneviève Côté. 24p. Tundra. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-77049-323-0. LC 2012934218.

HASSETT, Ann & John Hassett. Come Back, Ben. illus. by author. 32p. (I Like To Read Series). Holiday House. Sept. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2599-0. ebook available. LC 2011049310.

HENRY, Jed. Good Night, Mouse! illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-98156-7.

HENRY, Steve. Happy Cat. illus. by author. 32p. (I Like To Read Series). Holiday House. Sept. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2659-1. ebook available. LC 2012006579.

HILTON, Nette. Woolly Jumpers. illus. by Emma Quay. 150p. Kane Miller. 2013. pap. $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61067-050-0. LC 2012943271.

ISADORA, Rachel. Old Mikamba Had a Farm. illus. by author. 40p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Oct. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25740-7.

JOHNSTON, Tony. The Cat with Seven Names. illus. by Christine Davenier. 36p. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-381-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-602-9. LC 2012024434.

JONELL, Lynne. Grasshopper Magic. illus. by Brandon Dorman. 112p. (A Stepping Stone Book). Random. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-375-87084-2; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97084-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-307-97469-3. LC 2011053002.

JOYNER, Andrew. Boris Gets a Lizard. illus. by author. 80p. (Boris Series). ISBN 978-0-545-48446-6; ISBN 978-0-545-48447-3; ISBN 978-0-545-48783-2. LC 2012034232.

LUBAR, David. Meltdown Madness. illus. by Matt Loveridge. 96p. (Looniverse Series). ISBN 978-0-545-49603-2; ISBN 978-0-545-49604-9; ISBN 978-0-545-49686-5. LC 2012035575.

MAY, Kyla. Coco: My Delicious Life. illus. by author. 96p. (Lotus Lane Series). ISBN 978-0-545-49615-5; ISBN 978-0-545-44514-6; ISBN 978-0-545-49681-0.

NEES, Susan. Class Pets. illus. by author. 80p. (Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe Series). ISBN 978-0-545-49610-0; ISBN 978-0-545-43852-0; ISBN 978-0-545-54010-0. LC 2012035575.

ea vol: Scholastic/Branches. Bk. 2. 2013. RTE $15.99; pap. $4.99; ebook $4.99.

JULES, Jacqueline. What a Way to Start a New Year!: A Rosh Hashanah Story. illus. by Judy Stead. 24p. Kar-Ben. Aug. 2013. lib. ed. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-8116-7; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-8117-4; ebook $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1640-6. LC 2012027927.

KELLY, John. The Pig on the Hill. illus. by author. 48p. Cameron. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-937359-39-3. LC 2013932040.

KINGSBURY, Karen. Always Daddy’s Princess. illus. by Valeria Docampo. 32p. Zonderkidz. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-310-71647-1.

KIRK, Daniel. Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home. illus. by author. 40p. glossary. photos. Abrams. Sept. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0544-1. LC 2012039261.

KLISE, Kate. The Show Must Go On! Bk. 1. illus. by M. Sarah Klise. 160p. (Three-Ring Rascals Series). Algonquin. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-61620-244-6.

KOPONEN, Libby. Mmm… Let’s Eat! illus. by Betsy Thompson. 32p. Blue Apple. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-292-8.

KRAUSE, J. R. with Maria Chua. Poco Loco. illus. by authors. 32p. glossary. Amazon. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4778-1649-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4778-6649-8.

KRAUSE, Ute. No Ordinary Family. tr. from German by Nicholas Miller. illus. by author. 32p. NorthSouth. Sept. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4149-9.

KRULIK, Nancy. Be Careful What You Sniff For. Bk. 1. illus. by Sebastien Braun. 128p. (Magic Bone Series). Grosset & Dunlap. 2013. pap. $4.99. ISBN 978-0-448-46399-5.

LIN, Grace. Ling & Ting Share a Birthday. illus. by author. 48p. Little, Brown. Sept. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-316-18405-2. LC 2012040965.

LITHGOW, John. Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. illus. by Leeza Hernandez. 40p. w/CD. S & S. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6743-9; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-6744-6. LC 2012013516.

LOEWEN, Nancy. Baby Wants Mama. illus. by Deborah Melmon. 24p. Amazon. 2013. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4778-1651-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4778-6651-1.

LONDON, Jack. White Fang. adapt. by Arsene Lutin. tr. from French by Susan Allen-Maurin. illus. by Antoine Guilloppe. 40p. Auzou. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-2-7338-2145-9.

LUTHARDT, Kevin. When Edgar Met Cecil. illus. by author. 32p. Peachtree. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-706-9. LC 2012032335.

MACK, Jeff. Ah Ha! illus. by author. 40p. Chronicle. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-1265-7.

MADER, C. Roger. Lost Cat. illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-547-97458-3. LC 2012041891.

MARLOWE, Sara. No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully. illus. by Philip Pascuzzo. 36p. Wisdom Publications. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61429-076-6. ebook available. LC 2012030217.

MARSHAK, Samuil. The Circus and Other Stories. tr. from French by Stephen Capus. illus. by Vladimir Lebedev. 76p. Tate. 2013. Tr $26.95. ISBN 978-1-84976-102-4.

MARTIN, Emily. Downpour. illus. by Mara Shaughnessy. 32p. Sky Pony. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-62087-545-2. ebook available.

MATHESON, Christie. Tap the Magic Tree. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-06-227445-8. LC 2013001035.

MAY, Kyla. Kiki: My Stylish Life. (Lotus Lane Series). ISBN 978-0-545-49613-1; ISBN 978-0-545-44512-2; ISBN 978-0-545-49680-3.

NEES, Susan. Picture Day. (Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe Series). ISBN 978-0-545-49609-4; ISBN 978-0-545-43851-3; ISBN 978-0-545-54009-4. LC 2011041464.

ea vol: Bk. 1. illus. by author. 96p. Scholastic/Branches. 2013. RTE $15.99; pap. $4.99; ebook $4.99.

MESSNER, Kate. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish. illus. by Andy Rash. 40p. Chronicle. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-1253-4.

MILLS, Claudia. Kelsey Green, Reading Queen. Bk. 1. illus. by Rob Shepperson. 128p. (Franklin School Friends Series). Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-374-37485-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-37488-4. LC 2011027870.

MOUNDLIC, Charlotte. The Bathing Costume, or the Worst Vacation of My Life. tr. from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. illus. by Olivier Tallec. 64p. Enchanted Lion. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59270-141-4.

NOBLE, Trinka Hakes. The Legend of the Jersey Devil. illus. by Gerald Kelley. 32p. Sleeping Bear. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-837-2. LC 2013004093.

NORMAN, Kim. If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! illus. by Liza Woodruff. 24p. Sterling. Oct. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4549-0384-0. LC 2012014460.

NUMEROFF, Laura. Nighty-Night, Cooper. illus. by Lynn Munsinger. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-40205-5. LC 2012041892.

OLDLAND, Nicholas. Up the Creek. illus. by author. 32p. (Life in the Wild Series). Kids Can. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-894786-32-4.

ORAM, Hiawyn. Filbert, the Good Little Fiend. illus. by Jimmy Liao. 32p. Candlewick. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5870-0. LC 2012947256.

OUD, Pauline. Having a Party with Lily and Milo. tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 30p. Clavis. 2013. Tr $12.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-129-0.

PAQUETTE, Ammi-Joan. Ghost in the House. illus. by Adam Record. 32p. Candlewick. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5529-7. LC 2012943659.

PAQUETTE, Ammi-Joan. Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo. illus. by Joy Ang. 40p. Clarion. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-544-03888-2. LC 2012038874.

PARISH, Herman. Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card. illus. by Lynne Avril. 32p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-209512-1. LC 2012028700.

PEARSON, Susan. Slugger. illus. by David Slonim. 32p. Amazon. 2013. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-1-477816417. ebook available.

––––.Performance. ISBN 978-1-84643-487-7.

––––.School. ISBN 978-1-84643-491-4.

––––.School Trip. ISBN 978-1-84643-489-1.

––––.Sports Day. ISBN 978-1-84643-488-4.

ea vol: illus. by Jan Lewis. 24p. (First Time Series). Child’s Play. 2013. pap. $5.99.

PERLOV, Betty Rosenberg. Rifka Takes a Bow. illus. by Cosei Kawa. 32p. Kar-Ben. Sept. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-8127-3; ebook $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1648-2. LC 2012028985.

PLECAS, Jennifer. Olive’s Perfect World: A Friendship Story. illus. by author. 32p. Philomel. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25287-7.

POLACCO, Patricia. The Blessing Cup. illus. by author. 48p. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. Aug. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5047-9; ebook available. LC 2012023596.

PRELLER, James. Home Sweet Horror. Bk. 1. illus. by Iacopo Bruno. 112p. (Scary Tales Series). Feiwel & Friends. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01886-1; pap. $5.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01887-8.

REED, Lynn Rowe. Fireman Fred. illus. by author. 32p. (I Like To Read Series). ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2013. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2658-4. LC 2012000017.

ROBBERECHT, Thierry. I Can’t Do Anything! tr. from French. illus. by Annick Masson. 32p. Magination. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4338-1309-2; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-4338-1310-8. LC 2012043771.

ROBINSON, Michelle. Ding Dong! Gorilla! illus. by Leonie Lord. 32p. Peachtree. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-730-4. LC 2012048851.

ROSENTHAL, Eileen. Bobo the Sailor Man! illus. by Marc Rosenthal. 40p. S & S/Atheneum. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4443-0; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4444-7. LC 2012040456.

ROSS, Tony. Drat That Cat! illus. by author. 32p. Andersen Press. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2030-4; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2036-6.

ROSS, Tony. I Want a Sister! illus. by author. 32p. (A Little Princess Story). Andersen Press. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2047-2; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2048-9.

SCHNEIDER, Josh. Bedtime Monsters. illus. by author. 32p. Clarion. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-544-00270-8. LC 2012036483.

SCHWARTZ, Amy. Dee Dee and Me. illus. by author. 32p. Holiday House. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2524-2. LC 2012016565.

SCOTT, Brandon James, adapt. The Big Pet Story. illus. by adapter. 36p. (Justin Time Series). Immedium. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59702-041-1. LC 2012043249.

SHANNON, George. Turkey Tot. illus. by Jennifer K. Mann. 32p. Holiday House. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2379-8. LC 2011022103.

SLEGERS, Liesbet. Kevin Goes to the Hospital. tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. 30p. (Kevin and Katie Series). Clavis. 2013. Tr $12.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-125-2.

SPARKES, Ali. Ant Attack. Bk. 4. ISBN 978-0-7613-9202-6; ISBN 978-1-4677-0713-8; ISBN 978-1-4677-1124-1. LC 2012026635.

––––.Fly Frenzy. Bk. 2. glossary. ISBN 978-0-7613-9200-2; ISBN 978-1-4677-0711-4; ISBN 978-1-4677-1122-7. LC 2012026632.

––––.Grasshopper Glitch. Bk. 3. ISBN 978-0-7613-9201-9; ISBN 978-1-4677-0712-1; ISBN 978-1-4677-1123-4. LC 2012026634.

––––.Spider Stampede. Bk. 1. glossary. ISBN 978-0-7613-9199-9; ISBN 978-1-4677-0710-7; ISBN 978-1-4677-1121-0. LC 2012026631.

ea vol: illus. by Ross Collins. 104p. (S.W.I.T.CH. Series). further reading. websites. Darby Creek. 2013. lib. ed. $27.93; pap. $7.95; ebook $20.95.

SPELMAN, Cornelia Maude. When I Feel Worried. illus. by Kathy Parkinson. 24p. (The Way I Feel Series). Albert Whitman. Sept. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-8893-2. LC 2013005185.

SPERRING, Mark. Dino-Baby. illus. by Sam Lloyd. 32p. Bloomsbury. Oct. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61963-151-9; lib. ed. $15.89. ISBN 978-1-61963-152-6. LC 2013002688.

STOUT, Shawn K. Penelope Crumb Finds Her Luck. illus. by Valeria Docampo. 224p. (Penelope Crumb Series). Philomel. Sept. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-399-16254-1.

STURUP, Signe. Circles of Round. illus. by Winnie Ma. 40p. Simply Read. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-927018-18-7.

SUTTON, Benn. Hedgehug’s Halloween. illus. by Dan Pinto. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Aug. 2013. RTE $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-196104-5.

TAYLOR, Sean. Robot Rumpus! illus. by Ross Collins. 32p. Andersen Press. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2031-1; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2037-3.

VALIANT, Kristi. Penguin Cha-Cha. illus. by author. Random. Aug. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-87072-9; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97072-6; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98095-4. LC 2012016265.

VAMOS, Samantha R. Alphabet Trucks. illus. by Ryan O’Rourke. 32p. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2013. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-428-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-600-5. LC 2012024404.

VAN LIESHOUT, Elle & Erik Van Os. How Much Does the Gray in an Elephant Weigh? tr. from Dutch. illus. by Alice Hoogstad. 32p. Lemniscaat. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-935954-27-9.

VAN STRAATEN, Harmen. The Snowman’s Wish. tr. from Dutch by Andrew Rushton. illus. by author. 32p. NorthSouth. Sept. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4144-4.

WADSWORTH, Ginger. Yosemite’s Songster: One Coyote’s Story. illus. by Daniel San Souci. 32p. Yosemite Conservancy. Aug. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-930238-34-3. LC 2012952115.

WALLACE, Nancy K. Claim to Fame. ISBN 978-1-61641-912-7; ISBN 978-1-61480-550-2. LC 2012029413.

––––.The Mystery of the Golden Key. ISBN 978-1-61641-915-8; ISBN 978-1-61480-553-3. LC 2012027943.

––––.Out to Lunch. websites. ISBN 978-1-61641-916-5; ISBN 978-1-61480-554-0. LC 2012029483.

ea vol: illus. by Amanda Chronister. 80p. (Abby and the Claim to Fame Series). ABDO/Magic Wagon. 2013. lib. ed. $27.07; ebook $18.95.

WATTS, Bernadette. Will You Be My Friend? illus. by author. 32p. NorthSouth. Aug. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4117-8.

WHAMOND, Dave. Oddrey and the New Kid. illus. by author. 32p. Owlkids. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-90-6. LC 2013930983.

WHEELER, Lisa. Dino-Wrestling. illus. by Barry Gott. 32p. Carolrhoda. Oct. 2013. lib. ed. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0212-6; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1616-1. LC 2012049251.

WHITE, Kathryn. Ruby’s Baby Brother. illus. by Miriam Latimer. 32p. Barefoot. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-84686-864-1; pap. $7.99. ISBN 978-1-84686-950-1. LC 2012020205.

WOLFF, Ashley. Baby Bear Counts One. illus. by author. 40p. S & S/Beach Lane. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4158-3; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4159-0. LC 2012020202.

WOOD, Audrey. The Birthday Queen. illus. by Don Wood. 32p. Scholastic/Blue Sky. Sept. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-41474-6.

YOUNG, Judy. Tuki and Moka: A Tale of Two Tamarins. illus. by Jim Madsen. 32p. Sleeping Bear. Aug. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-795-5. ebook available.

ZIEFERT, Harriet. What Is Part This, Part That? illus. by Tom Slaughter. 40p. Blue Apple. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-309-3.