April 20, 2018

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Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Early Chapter Books on Parade| Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This Day in June (Pitman) ©2014 by Kristyna Litten

This Day in June (Pitman) ©2014 by Kristyna Litten

redstarCOLÓN, Raúl. Draw! illus. by Raúl Colón. 40p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99 ISBN 9781442494923; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442494930. LC 2013043781.

PreS-Gr 3– Using watercolor and colored pencils, Colón has created a wordless book (based on his childhood) that speaks volumes. A boy, home for the day perhaps because of an illness, sits on his bed reading a book about Africa. He begins to draw. Five identical, intensely colored pictures of the boy with an easel, art supplies, and a pit helmet increase in size as readers begin this richly imagined day on a safari. He draws an elephant as an egret watches, and atop the elephant’s back, the boy and bird find a herd of zebras. They pose for him as he sits on a stump. Giraffes thunder by, raising clouds of golden dust. The boy draws them, his body aslant as his eyes follow them. He draws a gorilla, who holds his helmet and shares his sandwich. He draws lions, a water buffalo, and a hippo before sighting a charging rhinoceros. Running with all his might, he barely escapes the rhino. Baboons retrieve his pencils, set up his easel, and draw him. They also eat his sandwiches as the day slides into evening. A spread poignantly captures the parting of boy and elephant. Eyes closed, he lays his head against his friend’s side while the elephant’s trunk gently caresses the boy’s cheek. As six identical paintings decrease in size, the book returns to the boy’s pale room, now strewn with drawings. The final scene shows the boy at school, holding the elephant’s picture front and center. The pleasure the boy takes in making and sharing his art is palpable. Young artists will love this book, as will all children who know the joy of exploring their own imaginations. A must-have for every library.–Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

redstarFeiffer, Jules. Rupert Can Dance. illus. by Jules Feiffer. 32p. Farrar/Michael di Capua Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780374363635. LC 2013908976.

PreS-Gr 2 –Rupert loves to watch Mandy dance all day long. But what the child doesn’t know is that when she goes to bed, her quiet ginger cat slips on her dancing shoes and dances the night away. Rupert wants to keep his secret, but one night Mandy wakes up, and Rupert is caught in the act. When she decides to teach him some steps, he hides under the bed (“Cats are not meant for lessons. Cats are free spirits”). Then Mandy understands and cleverly hatches a plan that ends with the two friends joyfully dancing together for years. This story focuses on the relationship between the two characters and celebrates the joy of dancing, alone or with friends. Feiffer has created a compelling, yet concise, sequential narrative that shows the importance of imagination and being flexible. Sets of three consecutive scenes are used several times to focus on a character’s emotion or motivation. The mixed-media illustrations feature loose and broad line work that will be familiar to Feiffer’s fans. The balance of full-page art and characters dancing against the white space propels the story forward while providing visual variety, and the large size of this book makes it great for group sharing. The main text is large and bold and done in a stylistic font, while Mandy’s dialogue is in an easier-to-read font. A first purchase for cat fans and free spirits everywhere.–Amy Seto Musser, Denver Public Library

redstarJay, Alison. Out of the Blue. illus. by Alison Jay. 32p. Barefoot. Jun. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781782850427.

PreS-Gr 3 –Full of shells, rocks, and other found objects, this wordless beachcomber’s tale captures a lively seaside setting with a lighthouse at its center. The boy who lives in the lighthouse, his dog and cat, and many others enjoy the beach on a clear day—boating, swimming, walking, collecting—but careful observers will notice the clouds creeping in. Volleying in and out of the comfort of the lighthouse that night, readers see the storm rage and bring in a large tide. When the new day dawns, a giant octopus has beached itself with its legs entangled in netting. At first people run in fear, but the lighthouse boy, his friend, and some animals bravely come to free the giant from the nets. The following comical spread shows everyone coming together to return the octopus to its home as all of the creatures of the sea, from orcas to dolphins to deep sea divers, grab a leg and pull. Rounded lines and exaggerated shapes and figures give the visuals, (done in alkyd oil paint with a crackle varnish), a magical storybook quality. The illustrations use borders and point of view to great effect in telling the story. Back matter includes relevant information about tides, lighthouses, the giant octopus, and trash. Perfect for hours of poring over and sharing.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

redstarNewgarden, Mark & Megan Montague Cash. Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors. illus. by Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash. 64p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596436404.

K-Gr 4 –In this wordless, comics-style picture book, Bow-Wow’s neighbor cats have bitten his tail and stolen his soft doggie bed. Bow-Wow must travel to the spooky house next door to retrieve his bed, only to find a house full of tail-biting cats, trapdoors, pictures with eyes, shifting shadows, and all kinds of other spooky objects. Just when it seems things couldn’t possibly get any stranger, Bow-Wow finds the scariest thing of all: a giant (almost room-sized) cat. Nestled nearby is his missing doggie bed. Will the jumbo kitty and her many dozens of feline minions let Bow-Wow escape with his bed? Digitally designed panel graphics offer a sophisticated visual narrative with subtle and humorous details. This unique book challenges readers to pay attention, all while working through the realms of the real, the familiar, nonsense, and play.–Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

redstarWillems, Mo. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! illus. by Mo Willems. 40p. Hyperion/Disney Book Group. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781423190875. LC 2013003178.

K-Gr 2 –Persuasive Pigeon is back. He doesn’t feel that he really needs a bath—after all, it’s a “matter of opinion.” “Clean” and “dirty” are “just words, right?” With a polished technique that logically approaches the problem, Pigeon speaks with a child’s voice as he rationalizes his decision while forcefully questioning those who might even suggest that his personal hygiene and the flies buzzing around are not just “coincidental.” The water might be “too hot…not deep enough…too cold…or too wet,” but it only takes a mere 30 tiny frames and a dramatic large-font spread before Pigeon grandly displays the myriad possibilities for a happy bird in the bath. Willems’s dirt-smudged pigeon is at once clever, garrulous, energetic, and just slightly excitable. Through simple flat-line illustrations, this bird’s expressions and attitude are easy to discern. Pigeon fans will not want to miss this book, a “must add” to all libraries, for any reader appreciating the perfect art of persuasion.–Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Graphic novels are now reviewed in every issue.
Where applicable, they appear at the bottom of the grade level section.

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Preschool to Grade 4

Amado, Elisa. Why Are You Doing That? illus. by Manuel Monroy. 26p. glossary. House of Anansi/Groundwood. Jun. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554984534.

Bennett, Artie. Peter Panda Melts Down. illus. by John Nez. 40p. Blue Apple. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781609054113.

Bildner, Phil. The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope and Apartheid in South Africa. illus. by Jesse Joshua Watson. 40p. Putnam. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399247903; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780698149724. LC 2013014675.

Birney, Betty G. Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day. illus. by Priscilla Burris. 96p. (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales). ebook available. Putnam. Aug. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780399252013; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780147514851. LC 2013028264.

Bradman, Tony. Is That a Coconut? Yuck! illus. by Katherine McEwan. 32p. ebook available. Egmont USA. Jun. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781405263719; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781405263726.

Brownlee, Sophia Grace & Rosie McClelland. Show Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie. as told to Willa Grace. illus. by Shelagh McNicholas. 40p. Orchard. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545631358; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545631365. LC 2014000008.

Buzzeo, Toni. My Bibi Always Remembers. illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. 32p. Disney-Hyperion. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781423183853. LC 2013007146.

Byrd, Robert, retel. Brave Chicken Little. illus. by Robert Byrd. 40p. Viking. Aug. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780670786169. LC 2013032616.

Campbell, Scott. Hug Machine. illus. by Scott Campbell. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442459359; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442459366. LC 2013019664.

Censullo, Chris. The Boy with the Big Blue Hair. illus. by Chris Censullo. 30p. OddInt Media. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780979786877.

Coombs, Kate. The Tooth Fairy Wars. illus. by Jake Parker. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Jul. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781416979159; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781416982630. LC 2012014536.

Corn, Tori. Dixie Wants an Allergy. illus. by Nancy Cote. 32p. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781620879917. LC 2013035883.

Denise, Anika. Baking Day at Grandma’s. illus. by Christopher Denise. 32p. Philomel. Aug. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780399242441.

Dubuc, Marianne. The Lion & the Bird. illus. by Marianne Dubuc. 72p. Enchanted Lion. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592701513.

EULATE, Ana. Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy. tr. from Spanish by Jon Brokenbrow. illus. by Nivola Uyá. 32p. Cuento de Luz. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9788415784364.

Fatus, Sophie. My Big, Busy Barefoot Book of Words. illus by Sophie Fatus. 32p. Barefoot. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781782850922. LC 2013030851.

FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman: Show’s Over. 48p. (Fetch!). Candlewick Entertainment. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763672782; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780763668099. LC 2012950640.

Flood, Nancy Bo. The Hogan that Great-Grandfather Built. illus. by Peterson Yazzie. 32p. Salina Bookshelf. 2014. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781893354975.

Florence, Tyler. Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake! illus. by Craig Frazier. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062047601.

Fox, Diane & Christyan Fox. The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma. illus. by Diane Fox & Christyan Fox. 32p. Scholastic. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545694810.

Freedman, Claire. Spider Sandwiches. illus. by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet. 32p. Bloomsbury. Jul. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781619633643; ebk. $8.99. ISBN 9781408839133. LC 2013034319.

Gehrmann, Katja. Goose the Bear. tr. from German by Connie Stradling Morby. illus. by Katja Gehrmann. 40p. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781626363847; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9781628739435.

Gerber, Carole. Tuck-in Time. illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson. 40p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374378608. LC 2013019813.

Gil, Carmen. The Things in the Air. tr. from by Jon Brokenbrow. illus. by Turcios. 32p. Cuento de Luz. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9788415784043.

Grant, Jacob. Scardey Kate. illus. by Jacob Grant. 32p. Barron’s. 2014. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781438003641. LC 2013950185.

Grimm, The Brothers. Snow White & Rose Red. retold by Kallie George. illus. by Kelly Vivanco. 40p. Simply Read Bks. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781927018347.

Hillenbrand, Will. Down by the Barn. illus. by Will Hillenbrand. 32p. ebook available. Amazon/Two Lions. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781477847312.

Holub, Joan. Mighty Dads. illus. by James Dean. 40p. Scholastic. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545609685; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545612913.

Hyman, Zachary. The Bambino and Me. illus. by Zachary Pullen. 48p. reprods. w/CD. Tundra. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770496279. LC 2013940758.

Imai, Ayano. Puss & Boots. tr. from Japanese by Sayako Uchida. adapted by Kate Westerlund. illus. by Ayano Imai. 32p. Minedition. 2014. Tr $17. ISBN 9789888240715.

Jackson, Jennifer. The Punkydoos Take the Stage. illus. by Dan Andreasen. 32p. Disney-Hyperion. Jul. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781423143390. LC 2013008583.

Johnston, Teresa. Thanksgiving for Emily Ann. illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 32p. Scholastic/Cartwheel. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545773706; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780545434133; ebk. $6.99. ISBN 9780545577915.

Kaplan, Bruce Eric. Meaniehead. illus. by Bruce Eric Kaplan. 40p. S. & S. Jun. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442485426; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442485433. LC 2013016385.

Kheiriyeh, Rashin. Two Parrots. illus. by Rashin Kheiriyeh. 32p. NorthSouth. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841710.

Kingsbury, Karen. Whatever You Grow Up to Be. illus. by Valeria Docampo. 32p. Zonderkidz. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780310716464.

Kipling, Rudyard. If. illus. by Giovanni Manna. 32p. Creative Education/Creative Company. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781568462592. LC 2013028606.

Kohara, Kazuno. The Midnight Library. illus. by Kazuno Kohara. 32p. Roaring Brook. Jun. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781596439856. LC 2013943785.

Kulling, Monica. The Tweedles Go Electric. illus. by Marie Lafrance. 32p. House of Anansi/Groundwood. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554981670; ebk. $14.95. ISBN 9781554984787.

Levins, Sandra. Bumblebee Bike. illus. by Claire Keay. 32p. Magination Press. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781433816451; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781433816468. LC 2013020805.

Lies, Brian. Bats in the Band. illus. by Brian Lies. 32p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544105690.

Linden, Joanne. Ben & Zip: Two Short Friends. illus. by Tom Goldsmith. 32p. Flashlight. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781936261284. LC 2013950145.

Long, Ethan. Me and My Big Mouse. illus. by Ethan Long. 32p. Amazon/Two Lions. Jun. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781477847282.

Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 176p. Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780385369725.

Loo, Sanne te. The Mermaid’s Shoes. illus. by Sanne te Loo. 26p. Lemniscaat. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781935954354.

MacIver, Juliette. The Frog Who Lost His Underpants. illus. by Cat Chapman. 32p. Candlewick. 2014. RTE $14.99. ISBN 9780763667825. LC 2013944130.

McKay, Sindy. Museum Day. illus. by Meredith Johnson. 44p. (We Both Read). Treasure Bay. Jun. 2014. Tr $9.95. ISBN 9781601152657; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781601152664. LC 2012938789.

Mannering, Rose. The Spotty Dotty Daffodil. illus. by Bethany Straker. 32p. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781626363465. LC 2013035690.

Manning, Jane. Millie Fierce Sleeps Out. illus. by Jane Manning. 32p. Philomel. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780399160936; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780698158559.

Manushkin, Fran. Cowgirl Katie. ISBN 9781479521746; ISBN 9781479523535. LC 2013028500.

––––. Fly High, Katie. ISBN 9781479521753; ISBN 9781479523542. LC 2013028513.

ea vol: illus. by Tammie Lyon. 32p. (Katie Woo). glossary. Picture Window. 2014. lib. ed. $19.99. pap. $5.95.

Marley, Ziggy. I Love You Too! illus. by Ag Jatkowska. 48p. Akashic. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781617753107; ebk. $3.99. ISBN 9781617753404.

May, Eleanor. Albert the Muffin-Maker. illus. by Deborah Melmon. 32p. (Mouse Math). Kane Pr. 2014. lib. ed. $22.60. ISBN 9781575656311; pap. $7.95. ISBN 9781575656328; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9781575656335. LC 2013037986.

Palatini, Margie. No Nap! Yes Nap! illus. by Dan Yaccarino. 32p. Little, Brown/LB Kids. Aug. 2014. Tr $17. ISBN 9780316248211. LC 2013024729.

Parr, Todd. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes. illus. by Todd Parr. 32p. Little, Brown. Jul. 2014. Tr $17. ISBN 9780316230537. LC 2013007285.

Paul, Ruth. Red Panda’s Candy Apples. illus. by Ruth Paul. 32p. Candlewick. Jun. 2014. RTE $14.99. ISBN 9780763667580. LC 2013944134.

Perl, Erica S. Goatilocks and the Three Bears. illus. by Arthur Howard. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Jun. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442401686; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442489899. LC 2012044918.

Pernice, Clare. Circus Girl: A Story of Make-Believe. illus. by Clare Pernice. 40p. Simply Read Bks. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781927018361.

PITMAN, Gayle E . This Day in June . illus. by Kristyna Litten. 32p. Magination Pr. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781433816581; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781433816598. LC 2013021623.

Potter, Ellen. Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous. illus. by David Heatley. 240p. (Otis Dooda: Bk. 2). Feiwel & Friends. 2014. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781250011770.

Prasadam-Halls, Smriti. I Love You Night and Day. illus. by Alison Brown. 32p. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619632226; RTE $17.89. ISBN 9781619632233.

Previn, Stacey. Find Spot! illus. by Stacey Previn. 40p. Little, Brown/LB Kids. Jun. 2014. Tr $15. ISBN 9780316213325. LC 2013934508.

Raschka, Chris. Give and Take. illus. by Chris Raschka. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442416550; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481409322. LC 2012051503.

Ravishankar, Anushka. The Boy Who Drew Cats. illus. by Christine Kastl. 32p. Karadi Tales. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9788181901590.

Reed, Lynn Rowe. Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug. illus. by Kevin Cornell. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Jun. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780062203205. LC 2012015323.

Reynolds, Alison. A New Friend for Marmalade. illus. by Heath McKenzie. 40p. S. & S./Little Simon. Jul. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781481420464. LC 2012036437.

Richmond, Marianne. I’ll Never Let You Go. illus. by Marianne Richmond. 32p. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781402297151.

Robert, Nadine. Joseph Fipps. illus. by Geneviève Godbout. 64p. Enchanted Lion. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781592701179.

Rolli, Jennifer Hanson. Just One More. illus. by Jennifer Hanson Rolli. 40p. Viking. Jun. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780670015634. LC 2013034144.

Roques, Dominique. Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! illus. by Alexis Dormal. 28p. First Second. Jun. 2014. RTE $15.99. ISBN 9781626720190.

Roscoe, Lily. The Night Parade. illus. by David Walker. 32p. illus. Orchard. Aug. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780545396233.

Rosen, Michael. Send for a Superhero! illus. by Katharine McEwen. 40p. Candlewick. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763664381. LC 2013944084.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Uni the Unicorn: A Story About Believing. illus. by Brigette Barrager. 32p. Random. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385375559; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375982088. LC 2013009884.

Schmid, Paul. Oliver and His Egg. illus. by Paul Schmid. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. Jul. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781423175735. LC 2013021228.

Schwartz , Corey Rosen . Ninja Red Riding Hood. illus. by Dan Santat. 40p. Putnam. Jul. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780399163548. LC 2013017589.

Sehgal, Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal. A Bucket of Blessings. illus. by Jing Jing Tsong. 32p. S. & S./Beach Lane. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442458703; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442458710. LC 2012027500.

Sherry, Kevin. Turtle Island. illus. by Kevin Sherry. 32p. Dial. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803733916.

Shuttlewood, Craig. Who’s in the Tree?: And Other Lift-the-Flap Surprises. illus. by Craig Shuttlewood. 24p. Sterling. 2014. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781454911937.

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story. illus. by Abby Carter. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781423184201. LC 2013040738.

Smallman, Steve. Scowl. illus. by Richard Watson. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251557.

SMITH, Alex T. Claude at the Beach. illus. by Alex T. Smith. 96p. Peachtree. 2014. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781561457038. LC 2013032152.

Smith, Jim. I Am So Over Being a Loser. illus. by Jim Smith. 240p. Egmont UK/Jelly Pie. Jun. 2014. Tr $8.99. ISBN 9781405260336.

Sternberg, Julie. Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake. illus. by Matthew Cordell. 192p. Abrams/Amulet. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9781419710339. LC 2013023276.

Stoeke, Janet Morgan. Oh No! A Fox! illus. by Janet Morgan Stoeke. 32p. (The Loopy Coop Hens). Dial. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803739529. LC 2013025782.

Sturgis, Brenda Reeves. The Lake Where Loon Lives. illus. by Brooke Carlton. 32p. Islandport Pr. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781939017246. LC 2013922641.

Tashiro, Chisato. Five Nice Mice And The Great Car Race. tr. from Japanese by Sayako Uchida. adapted by Kate Westerlund. illus. by Chisato Tashiro. 40p. Minedition. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9789888240739.

Van Laan, Nancy. Forget Me Not. illus. by Stephanie Graegin. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780449815434; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780449815458. LC 2013007903.

Walcker, Yann. Henry Searches for the Perfect Family. illus. by Mylene Rigaudie. 32p. (My Little Picture Books). Auzou. 2014. Tr $6.95. ISBN 9782733827048.

Waters, Rod. Eric’s Big Day: A Bicycle Race Unlike Any Other. illus. by Rod Waters. 28p. Velo. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781937715236.

Webb, Holly. The Case of the Stolen Sixpence. illus. by Marion Lindsay. 176p. (The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins: Bk. 1). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Sept. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780544339286.

Williams, Rachel. Little Pear Tree. illus. by Jenny Bowers. 12p. Candlewick/Big Picture. 2014. Board $14.99. ISBN 9780763671266. LC 2013943996.

Wood, Douglas. When a Grandpa Says “I Love You.” illus. by Jennifer A. Bell. 32p. S. & S. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.00. ISBN 9780689815126. LC 2012047773.

Yamada, Kazuaki. My Red Balloon. illus. by Kazuaki Yamada. 56p. Minedition. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9789888240722.

Yum, Hyewon. The Twins’ Little Sister. illus. by Hyewon Yum. 40p. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374379735. LC 2013013078.

Graphic Novels

Preschool to Grade 4

McCormick, Scott. Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time! illus. by R. H. Lazzell. 128p. Dial. Jul. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780803740075.

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