March 24, 2018

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Late Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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August 2014 SLJ Stars.

redstarAylesworth, Jim, retel. My Grandfather’s Coat. illus. by Barbara McClintock. 32p. Scholastic. Oct. 2014. lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9780439925457. LC 2011012226.

PreS-Gr 2 –This new adaptation of the Yiddish folk song presented in Simms Taback’s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Viking, 1999) and Phoebe Gilman’s Something from Nothing (Scholastic, 1992) is a fresh rhythmic retelling with charming cartoon-style illustrations that deserves a place even in collections that own the other two. Aylesworth’s story, told in the voice of the main character’s granddaughter, recounts highlights of her grandfather’s life: coming to America, becoming a tailor, and making himself “a handsome coat…that he wore on his wedding day!” The worn coat becomes “a smart jacket”; the shabby jacket, “a snazzy vest”; the frayed vest, “a stylish tie.” In this version, the threadbare tie is transformed into a toy for a great grandson’s kittens, then a cozy nest for a mouse and her babies. As in both older versions, this one features repetition and a rhyming refrain. McClintock’s pen-and-ink detailed watercolor illustrations highlight four generations of family history. Following the title-page scene that shows ships streaming toward Ellis Island, then a photolike pose of grandfather as a boy on deck passing the Statue of Liberty, the story unfolds in two-to-three small vignettes per page, each accompanied by a snippet of text, with a full-page scene at each major juncture. The paintings highlight McClintock’s special skill for aging grandpa. Her eye for detail is apparent in ever-changing clothing styles; in a sole coming loose from young grandpa’s shoe; and the evolution of his sewing machines from treadle to modern motorized. This is a tale worth reading again and again.–Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH

redstarBoyd, Lizi. Flashlight. illus. by Lizi Boyd. 40p. Chronicle. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452118949. LC 2013029635.
PreS-Gr 1 –A wandering boy investigates the night in this wordless picture book. Bold black backgrounds feature outlines in grays, whites, and muted greens of trees, stream, plants, and animals. Each page discloses in full color something formerly hidden via the stream of light from the child’s flashlight. Readers discover flags on a treehouse, apples on the ground, and a deer. In a fun twist, when the flashlight drops, various creatures take turns shedding light on the boy. A luna moth flutters on each page, waiting to be discovered. This elegant book serves to alleviate fear of night noises, instigate talk of nocturnal creatures, or bring calm as a bedtime story.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

redstarChaud, Benjamin. The Bear’s Sea Escape. tr. from French. illus. by Benjamin Chaud. 32p. Chronicle. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452127439.

PreS-Gr 2 –Just when Papa Bear thinks he can finally take his winter nap, Baby Bear is suddenly snatched away and Papa must embark on a daring chase to recover him. The story picks up where where The Bear’s Song (Chronicle, 2013) left off. The journey takes them from bustling Paris to an underwater world and finally to an island paradise. The familiar narrative arc begins with an unexpected mistake, and the excitement continues to build until the end of the chase, where Papa and Baby are reunited in a satisfying conclusion. Although the story feels far-fetched compared to the previous book, its fans will surely love the main attraction here—the enchanting full-page artwork in an oversized format. Chaud’s vibrant spreads are full of fanciful details and visual narratives for youngsters to explore. Particularly striking are the views of the underwater world, with realistic reefs and fish rendered in bold, saturated hues and the occasional addition of magical elements, such as mermaids. The author employs a painterly palette of vivid colors that are particularly well produced on high-quality printed pages. Chaud has established a recognizable visual style all his own, yet the wavy motion of the landscape and sketchy quality of the figures call to mind the work of Dr. Seuss. The unobtrusive text below the pictures will serve as an excellent read-aloud for storytime. Overall, the book is engaging, and the artwork makes it even more of a gem.–Tara Kron, School Library Journal

redstarFrazee, Marla. The Farmer and the Clown. illus. by Marla Frazee. 32p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442497443; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442497450. LC 2013019361.

PreS-Gr 2 –Frazee’s controlled palette of subdued golds, browns, and grays offers a fitting backdrop for the hard-working farmer foregrounded in this wordless tale. Bent over his wheat, he misses the drama above as sweeping cloud formations bleed off the page. A swiftly moving circus train on the horizon introduces color and an unexpected visitor, when a bump on the tracks ejects a young clown. Exuberance meets quiet responsibility as the whirlwind in a red one-piece, the small clown, embraces the legs of the old man. Their similar silhouettes invite comparison, while their hats (one black and wide-brimmed, the other red and conical) suggest contrast. Hand in hand, they enter the farmhouse, where softly textured gouache and black pencil scenes in panels of varying shapes and sizes depict shared meals and ablutions, a protective night watch, and unanticipated antics as rust-colored long johns seem to conjure the farmer’s playfulness. The bond, conveyed visually through mirrored motions, continues to develop until the train returns. Readers will wonder how to feel in the penultimate scene until they notice a clown with a black hat waving from the caboose, and the final page contains another surprise. This is a tender look at light and shadow, the joy and comfort in companionship, the lift that laughter provides, and the friendship possible among generations (and species). The poignant relationship calls to mind the quiet potency of scenes in Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman (Random, 1978) and Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener (Farrar, 2007). Lovely.–Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library

redstarHughes, Shirley. In the Fast Lane. illus. by Clara Vulliamy. 128p. (Digby O’Day: Bk. 1). Candlewick. Aug. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780763673697.

K-Gr 2 –This early chapter book is light and entertaining yet still exciting. Digby O’Day and Percy are always having adventures in Digby’s car. The book opens with an “interview” with Digby in which he and the other characters are introduced. It also includes a map so children can follow the episodes. First, the canine pals almost fall off a cliff and are saved by passing motorists. They enter a car race and get lost yet persevere. Their annoying neighbor and careless driver, Lou Ella, is so confident of her lead that she stops to eat lunch at diner and, in true “Tortoise and Hare” fashion, loses the race. The book features short sentences and lots of white space. Cartoon drawings appear on every page and add to the fun. The result is a story that’s delightful and original.–Ellie Lease, Harford County Public Library, MD

redstarLagercrantz, Rose. My Heart Is Laughing. illus. by Eva Eriksson. 124p. Gecko Pr. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781877579523.

Gr 1-3 –This charming follow up to My Happy Life (Gecko, 2013) brings back eternal optimist Dani as she navigates through the ups and downs of daily life. Wanting to escape any sorrowful happenings in her world, Dani chooses to view her life through somewhat rose-colored glasses. When reality unravels her sunny disposition in the form of bullying, Dani longs to be with her best friend, Ella, who moved away in the first installment of the series. Dani’s close relationship with her father grows as he helps her navigate tricky relationships at school and at home. Eriksson’s plentiful black-and-white line drawings expressively show joy and distress and perfectly complement the story. Lagercrantz has the ability to develop her characters fully, while keeping the story approachable for young readers just wanting to tackle chapter books. Genuine feelings such as humor, honesty, and heartbreak will leave readers yearning for Dani to return once again.–Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

redstarLuján, Jorge. Moví la mano/I Moved My Hand. tr. from Spanish by Elisa Amado. illus. by Mandana Sadat. 32p. House of Anansi/Groundwood. Oct. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554984855.

PreS-Gr 1 –Luján and Sadat have choreographed a playful ballet starring an inventive preschooler. The dance opens in the child’s living room; her smiling parents constitute the audience. Against dramatic black backgrounds and gray, patterned furnishings, the child’s magenta tutu and slippers command attention. Eyes closed, she begins the bilingual narration, one sentence in English and Spanish per spread: “Moví la mano y encontré un coco./I moved my hand and found a coconut.” As she glides, swirls, and slips through the colored pencil, ink, crayon and digitally designed scenes, the furniture and household objects morph into large scale, colorful elements in her imaginary world. A translucent orange fish (whose face is the moon) spills over two spreads. The girl rides the moon, landing in a yellow landscape, where she reaches and finds a rainbow. Select objects returning to view display a multicolored exterior within the still monochromatic—and now messier—home; the the dancer and her guardians are subtly transformed, each sporting rosy cheeks, as does the fish in its bowl. The wordless spreads that follow feature one of the toys—a newly striped unicorn—taking its place on the circular carpet. Luján’s spare, suggestive text leaves ample room for Sadat to create a magical dream world. The girl’s giddy logic rings true; the marvelous use of color and expert pacing propel the dance. Sure to inspire fresh flights of fancy!–Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library

redstarMacLachlan, Patricia. The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse. illus. by Hadley Hooper. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439481.

Gr 1-4 –This richly textured picture book looks at Henri Matisse’s inspiration as a young boy, beginning with a spread depicting the gray, clammy French village in which he grew up. But while it is cold and damp outside, Matisse’s mother fills the interior of their home with light through pattern and color. She paints natural scenes on plates, allows her son to mix and experiment with paint, and covers every possible surface with color. They are surrounded by their art. This look at Matisse’s creativity and artistic process is strong and unusual for several reasons. Maclachlan concentrates on Matisse’s mother and her influence on his eventual career. Her poetic text doesn’t give the specific details of the man’s life, but readers come away with a real sense of his art. Hooper’s art, a combination of relief printmaking and digital techniques, expands readers’ understanding of the text. They have strong solid lines, contrasting with the wide range of pastel colors. Hooper isn’t derivative of Matisse’s style but rather takes his tools and creates something new. On one spread, the background features a piece of Matisse’s art; careful viewers will notice the artist in the foreground, growing from a boy into a man. The book gives off a creative energy that readers of all ages will find fulfilling. The simplicity of the text makes this book appropriate to use as a springboard to Matisse’s work for even the very young. A poetic look at creativity, both natural and nurtured.–Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ

redstarMORALES , Yuyi. Viva Frida. illus. by Yuyi Morales. photos by Tim O’Meara. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596436039.

Gr 1 Up –Kahlo’s unusual life story, background, and art have made her a frequent topic of biographies. Morales’s perception of her creative process results in a fresh, winning take on an artist who has rarely been understood. The author uses strong verbs to give Kahlo voice: “I see (Veo)”; “(I know).” Kahlo is depicted as a self-possessed woman with a drive to create. Her artistic process has room for others to participate, though—love, imagination, and dreams are closely entangled in her art. In the illustrations, Diego Rivera is shown creating alongside his wife. While the artistic process seems magical to readers, Kahlo knows what she is searching for. Each spread has just one or two words on it, both in English and Spanish. The text floats on the page, with the Spanish in a lighter color, adding to the ethereal, dreamlike feel of the book. Morales’s art and O’Meara’s photographs take this book to another level. Created with stop-motion puppets, paintings, and digital elements, these are amazing works of art themselves. The puppets are lifelike, resembling Kahlo (with her unibrow) and Rivera accurately. They are surrounded by the animals Kahlo loved, including vibrant feathered parrots, a monkey, and dog. Throughout the book, Kahlo goes searching for inspiration and finds it all around her. Morales incorporates many of the hallmarks of Kahlo’s art into her own. The artist wears silver, open-hand earrings and multicolored dresses. She plays with a skeleton puppet on these pages and imagines herself soaring, freed from her fragile body. Morales’s note in both English and Spanish describes her connection with Kahlo. A resonant title that can be used anywhere Kahlo’s art is studied. It will also be admired in bilingual collections.–Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ

redstarMuller, Gerda. How Does My Garden Grow? tr. from French by Polly Lawson. illus. by Gerda Muller. 28p. Floris. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781782500377.

K-Gr 3 –This warm story of a child’s summer at her grandparents’ French country farm lovingly describes basic gardening techniques. As Sophie and Granddad John work together, city girl Sophie learns how to prepare a plot and then plants seeds, waters them, and watches the seedlings grow into productive plants. She helps harvest and eat the peas, radishes, and green beans that come from her garden instead of a supermarket. Fresh colors abound in the illustrations of Sophie, her grandparents, and her new friends. Creatures important to gardeners—birds, butterflies, bees, rabbits, bats, moles, worms, slugs, snails, and grubs—are beautifully pictured, as are the vegetables harvested throughout the summer. Sophie helps with autumn garden chores and late harvests as well as winter preparations during weekend visits. When spring comes again, Sophie creates a garden on her balcony with a friend. This combination of engaging story and gardening information will delight and teach readers.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA

redstarNolan, Dennis. Hunters of the Great Forest. illus. by Dennis Nolan. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781596438965.

K-Gr 2 –In this wordless picture book, insect-sized explorers set off from their village to go on an adventure. Along the way, they must overcome several perils, such as a hungry blue jay and an angry chipmunk. Though teamwork and blind luck, they arrive at their destination, an unguarded bag of marshmallows, and take one back to their village for a feast. Nolan’s illustrations are wonderfully detailed and textured, from the jagged roots and tree bark the group climbs to the wings of the dragonfly that soars overhead. His work with shadows is exceptionally impressive; as the characters run for their lives, the hunters’ oblong shadows accentuate their various actions. However, very young readers may be frightened by the team’s antics, as the backyard animals that chase the travelers come across as monsterlike. Overall, this is a good adventure story that’s silly and original. Fans of David Wiesner’s imaginative works may want to give it a try.–Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

redstarSchwartz, Amy. 100 Things That Make Me Happy. illus. by Amy Schwartz. 40p. Abrams Appleseed. Oct. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9781419705182. LC 2013042633.

PreS-Gr 1 –This lovely volume features 100 everyday objects and activities from a child’s world that elicit pleasure. In rhyming couplets, the list ranges from “bucket trucks/yellow ducks,” “flip-flops/lollipops,” and “mud puddles/soap bubbles” to “polka dots/forget-me-nots,” “pony rides/shiny slides,” and “braids/parades.” A sample spread reads “fuzzy sweaters/long letters/ slippery floors/dinosaurs/comfy chair/county fair.” Each of the rhymes is accompanied by a delightful illustration featuring a diverse cast of characters. The book jacket doubles as a poster featuring smaller-size illustrations of all 100 happy things on the reverse side. A fun, engaging read.–Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH

redstarStead, Philip C. Sebastian and the Balloon. illus. by Philip C. Stead. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781596439306.
K-Gr 2 –Sebastian sits on the roof of his house. “There is nothing to see on my street, he thought. Nothing to see at all.” Readers see a close-up of the glum boy and the top of the roof; his world indeed looks small and boring. On the page turn, he decides, “Tonight I’ll leave and see something new for a change.” Now Sebastian stands on the roof silhouetted by a giant moon, and the whole neighborhood is revealed. Although the houses are uniform and unexciting, the world seems large and full of possibilities. Accompanied by a little bird, Sebastian sets off in a balloon built from afghans and quilts. He and his companion share pickle sandwiches with a bear, crash into a tall bird that pops their balloon, and land on the house of a trio of elderly knitters who repair the vehicle. When the wind picks up, they all fly off together to find “The most perfect roller-coaster you will ever see.” They fix the broken-down coaster and spend the day enjoying their handiwork, “Until the wind picked up and it was time to go.” Readers who don’t mind a slightly open-ended narrative will adore this dreamy, experiential story for its quirky charms. Stead’s trademarks are present in this volume: pithy, talking animals, quixotic travel, and a matter-of-fact sensibility offsetting fantastic events. Marvelous artwork guarantees that his fans won’t be disappointed.–Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN

redstarSutton, Sally. Construction. illus. by Brian Lovelock. 32p. Candlewick. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763673253. LC 2013953459.

PreS-Gr 2 –The New Zealand duo who created Roadwork (2008) and Demolition (2012, both Candlewick) turn their considerable talents to the building of a library. The foundation is prepared, the holes are filled with concrete, and the building rises. Clad in safety gear, men and women of different ethnic backgrounds cut the planks, raise the roof, fit the doors and windows, lay the pipes, and run the wires. “Spread the paint. Spread the paint./Bend and stretch and stoop./ Let it dry, then paint some more./Glug! GLOP! GLOOP!” Children put books on the shelves, and the final spread shows them entering their own glass-enclosed children’s room and reading. Printed in large, clear letters, the rhythmic text uses basic vocabulary, strong verbs, and onomatopoeia, making it wonderful to read aloud. Artwork is done in ink, acrylic, and colored pencil on full-bleed spreads where pigmented inks and a variety of perspectives are used to great effect. A picture vocabulary at the end identifies excavators, cranes, and trucks on site as well as the safety equipment worn by workers. The simplicity of the telling and the rich details in the spreads make this a must-have for all libraries serving young children.–Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

redstarHayes, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in Lost and Found! illus. by Geoffry Hayes. 40p. (Benny and Penny). Candlewick/TOON Graphic. Aug. 2014. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781935179641. LC 2013047986.

K-Gr 2 –In their newest adventure, Penny finds her brother Benny sulking on the front stoop. Benny has lost his favorite hat and has been kicked outside by their mother for being in such a bad mood. Angry at his mother and his misplaced hat, Benny decides to run away from home and try to find his missing hat, with Penny’s assistance. Benny insists on leading the way because he’s older, but soon gets lost himself; only after Benny calms down can he and Penny find their way back. The text is easily accessible to emerging readers, with simple, repeating words, while also enforcing ideas about controlling emotions and being responsible for one’s actions without being overbearing. Children will easily relate to Penny and Benny as they grapple with sibling issues that are very real to this age group. The crafty charm of Hayes’s illustrations gives the book a timeless feel, while sleek panel variation and swooping action shots reestablish readers’s focus. Once again, Hayes has created a graphic novel that is inviting, relatable, but, most importantly, fun.–Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

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

Ackerman, Peter. The Lonely Typewriter. illus. by Max Dalton. 32p. David R. Godine. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781567925180. LC 2014012058.

Becker, Bonny. A Library Book for Bear. illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton. 32p. Candlewick. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763649241. LC 2013952827.

Bee, William. Stanley the Builder. ISBN 9781561458011.

––––. Stanley’s Garage. ISBN 9781561458042.

ea vol: illus. by William Bee. 32p. (Stanley). Peachtree. Sept. 2014. Tr. $14.95.

Bently, Peter. Those Magnificent Sheep in Their Flying Machine. illus. by David Roberts. 32p. Andersen. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467749350.

Berne, Jennifer. Calvin, Look Out!: A Bookworm Birdie Gets Glasses. illus. by Keith Bendis. 32p. Sterling. Aug. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781454909101. LC 2013014444.

Bloom, Suzanne. Alone Together. illus. by Suzanne Bloom. 32p. Boyds Mills. Oct. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9781620917367. LC 2014931586.

Bright, Rachel. Love Monster and the Perfect Present. illus. by Rachel Bright. 32p. Farrar. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374346485.

Brooks, Martha. Winter Moon Song. illus. by Leticia Ruifernández. 40p. House of Anansi/Groundwood. Aug. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554983209; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9781554983216.

Busch, Miriam. Lion Lion. illus. by Larry Day. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062271044.

Byrne, Richard. This Book Just Ate My Dog! illus. by Richard Byrne. 32p. Holt. Oct. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781627790710.

Caple, Kathy. A Night At the Zoo. illus. by Kathy Caple. 24p. (I Like to Read). ebook available. Holiday House. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823430444. LC 2013018853.

Carlson, Nancy. Sometimes You Barf. illus. by Nancy Carlson. 32p. ebook available. Carolrhoda. Oct. 2014. lib. ed. $16.95. ISBN 9781467714129. LC 2013048157.

Charrier, Lisa. Oh My, Oh No! illus. by Agnés Domergue. 32p. Running Pr. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9780762454099. LC 2014931177.

Chernesky, Felicia Sanzari. Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color. illus. by Susan Swan. 32p. Albert Whitman. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807572344.

Copeland, Misty. Firebird. illus. by Christopher Myers. 40p. Putnam. Sept. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780399166150.

Costa, Nicoletta. Olga the Cloud. illus. by Nicoletta Costa. 32p. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823430512. LC 2013030349.

Davies, Benji. The Storm Whale. illus. by Benji Davies. 32p. Holt. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780805099676.

Degen, Bruce. Snow Joke. illus. by Bruce Degen. 24p. (I Like To Read). ebook available. Holiday House. 2014. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9780823430659. LC 2013037253.

DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. illus. by Chris Van Dusen. 96p. (Tales from Deckawoo Drive: Vol. 1). Candlewick. Aug. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780763663391.

Dicmas, Courtney. The Great Googly Moogly. illus. by Courtney Dicmas. 32p. Child’s Play. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781846436406.

Dodd, Emma. Always. ISBN 9780763675448. LC 2013953475.

––––. More and More. ISBN 9780763675431. LC 2013955947.

ea vol: illus. by Emma Dodd. 24p. (Love You Books). Candlewick/Templar. Aug. 2014. Tr. $12.99.

Duddle, Johnny. Gigantosaurus. illus. by Johnny Duddle. 32p. Candlewick. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763671310. LC 2013952830.

Durand, Hallie. Catch That Cookie! illus. by David Small. 32p. Dial. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525428350; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698187498. LC 2013042651.

Fearing, Mark. The Great Thanksgiving Escape. illus. by Mark Fearing. 32p. Candlewick. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763663063. LC 2013955664.

Fox, Mem. Baby Bedtime. illus. by Emma Quay. 32p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481420976; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481420983. LC 2013045559.

Funke, Cornelia. Emma and the Blue Genie. tr. from German by Oliver Latsch. illus. by Kerstin Meyer. 96p. Random. Aug. 2014. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780385375405.

Gehl, Laura. One Big Pair of Underwear. illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442453364; ebk. $10.99. LC 2013041926.

Gorbachev, Valeri. Cats Are Cats. illus. by Valeri Gorbachev. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823430529. LC 2013032896.

Hale, Shannon & Dean Hale. The Princess in Black. illus. by Leuyen Pham. 96p. Candlewick. Oct. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763665104. LC 2013955700.

Horvath, James. Work, Dogs, Work: A Highway Tail. illus. by James Horvath. 40p. HarperCollins. Oct. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780062189707.

Howard, Ann. The Mystery of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village Story. tr. from Chinese. illus. by Ann Howard. 32p. North Atlantic. Aug. 2014. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781583948132. LC 2014940569.

Judge, Chris. Tin. illus. by Chris Judge. 32p. Andersen. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467750134.

Kane, Sharon Smith. Kitty and Me. illus. by Sharon Smith Kane. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Bks. Oct. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780805097054.

Latimer, Miriam. Dear Panda. illus. by Miriam Latimer. 32p. Owlkids. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771470780. LC 2014931867.

Lendroth, Susan. Old Manhattan Has Some Farms: E-I-E-I-Grow! illus. by Kate Endle. 32p. ebook available. score. websites. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9781580895729. LC 2013014223.

Leroy, Jean. Superfab Saves the Day. illus. by Bérengère Delaporte. 40p. Owlkids. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771470766. LC 2014931868.

Lewin, Ted. Animals Work. illus. by Ted Lewin. 24p. (I Like to Read). ebook available. maps. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780823430406. LC 2013014333.

Lo, Rich. Father’s Chinese Opera. illus. by Rich Lo. 40p. further reading. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781628736106. LC 2013041609.

McClurkan, Rob. Aw, Nuts! illus. by Rob McClurkan. 32p. HarperCollins. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062317292.

McGinty, Alice B. Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons. illus. by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. 32p. ebook available. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2014. RTE $17.95. ISBN 9781580894326. LC 2012038695.

McKee, David. Elmer and the Monster. illus. by David McKee. 32p. ebook available. Andersen. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467742009.

McPhail, David. Andrew Draws. illus. by David McPhail. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823430635. LC 2013037251.

McQuinn, Anna. Lola Plants a Garden. illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw. 32p. ebook available. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2014. RTE $15.95. ISBN 9781580896948. LC 2013022072.

Marceau, Fani. In This Book. tr. from French. illus. by Joëlle Jolivet. 94p. Chronicle. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452125886.

Migy. And Away We Go! illus. by Migy. 40p. Holt. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780805099010.

Monroe, Chris. Bug on a Bike. illus. by Chris Monroe. 32p. ebook available. Carolrhoda. Oct. 2014. lib. ed. $16.95. ISBN 9781467721547. LC 2013048153.

Murguia, Bethanie Deeney. I Feel Five! illus. by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. 32p. Candlewick. Aug. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763662912. LC 2013952832.

Naberhaus, Sarvinder. Boom Boom. illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442434127; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442434134. LC 2012043434.

North, Laura. Jack and the Bean Pie. illus. by Mike Phillips. 32p. (Tadpoles: Fairytale Twists). Crabtree. 2014. lib. ed. $26.60. ISBN 9780778704416; pap. $7.95. ISBN 9780778704492.

Ortiz Cofer, Judith. La poeta del pisa de arriba. illus. by Oscar Ortiz. tr. into Spanish by Gabriela Baeza Ventura. 32p. Piñata Books. 2014. RTE $17.95. ISBN 9781558857889. LC 2013036643.

Otoshi, Kathryn. Two. illus. by Kathryn Otoshi. 40p. Kathryn Otoshi/KO Kids. Sept. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780972394666.

Oud, Pauline. Ian Is Moving. ISBN 9781 605371740.
––––. Sarah on the Potty. ISBN 9781605371757.
ea vol: illus. by Pauline Oud. 32p. Clavis. 2014. Tr. $15.95.

Patten, Brian. Can I Come Too? illus. by Nicola Bayley. 32p. Peachtree. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781561457960. LC 2013045420.

Phelan, Matt. Druthers. illus. by Matt Phelan. 32p. Candlewick. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763659554. LC 2013953460.

Polacco, Patricia. Fiona’s Lace. illus. by Patricia Polacco. 48p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442487246; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442487253. LC 2012047856.

Reynolds, Paul A. Sydney & Simon: Full STEAM Ahead. illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. 48p. ebook available. glossary. Charlesbridge. Sept. 2014. RTE $12.95. ISBN 9781580896757. LC 2013038221.

Richards, Dan. The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters. illus. by Robert Neubecker. 32p. Boyds Mills. Aug. 2014. RTE $15.95. ISBN 9781620910245. LC 2014931590.

Rosner, Jennifer. The Mitten String. illus. by Kristina Swarner. 32p. Random. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385371186. LC 2013018685.

Ross, Tony. I Want to Go Home! illus. by Tony Ross. 32p. (A Little Princess Story). ebook available. Andersen. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781467750950.

Rudge, Leila. A Perfect Place for Ted. illus. by Leila Rudge. 32p. Candlewick. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780763667818. LC 2013944022.

Saumande, Juliette. In Search of Happiness. tr. from French by Susan Allen Maurin. illus. by Eric Puybaret. 48p. Auzou. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9782733827086.

Schoene, Kerstin. Milo Is Not a Dog Today. illus. by Nina Gunetsreiner. 32p. Albert Whitman. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807547939.

Schories, Pat. Pants for Chuck. illus. by Pat Schories. 24p. (I Like To Read). Holiday House. Sept. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780823430666. LC 2013037254.

Sherry, Kevin. Meet the Bigfeet. illus. by Kevin Sherry. 128p. (The Yeti Files: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Sept. 2014. Tr $8.99. ISBN 9780545556170; ebk. $8.99. ISBN 9780545556897. LC 2014933337.

Stille, Ljuba. Mia’s Thumb. tr. from German by Anja Mundt. illus. by Ljuba Stille. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823430673. LC 2013037255.

Surovec, Yasmine. A Bed for Kitty. illus. by Yasmine Surovec. 40p. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781596438637. LC 2013033515.

Swenson, Jamie A. If You Were a Dog. illus. by Chris Raschka. 40p. Farrar. Sept. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780374335304.

Terada, Junzo. A Good Home for Max. illus. by Junzo Terada. 40p. Chronicle. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452127026. LC 2013044355.

Tillman, Nancy. The Heaven of Animals. illus. by Nancy Tillman. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780312553692.

Torrey, Richard. Moe Is Best. illus. by Richard Torrey. 24p. (I Like to Read). ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780823428373. LC 2012033834.

Trasler, Janee. Mimi and Bear in the Snow. illus. by Janee Trasler. 32p. Farrar. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374349714. LC 2013021217.

Viau, Nancy. City Street Beat. illus. by Barbara Bakos. 32p. Albert Whitman. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807511640.

Viorst, Judith. Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever. illus. by Isidre Monés. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481423533; ebk. ISBN 9781481423540. LC 2013047674.

Viorst, Judith. And Two Boys Booed. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 32p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374303020. LC 2013007871.

Whamond, Dave. Oddrey Joins the Team. illus. by Dave Whamond. 32p. Owlkids. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771470612. LC 2014931865.

White, Dianne. Blue on Blue. illus. by Beth Krommes. 48p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442412675; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442456877. LC 2012014239.

Wohnoutka, Mike. Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster. illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823430642. LC 2013037252.

Graphic Novels

Kochalka, James. Johnny Boo Zooms to the Moon. illus. by James Kochalka. 40p. (Johnny Boo: Bk. 6). Top Shelf Comics. Sept. 2014. Tr $9.95. ISBN 9781603093491.

Todd, Traci N. Eat Dat!: An Uglydoll Comic. 80p. Viz Media. 2014. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781421557243.

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