April 20, 2018

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Late 2014 and Early 2015 Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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November 2014 SLJ Stars.

redstarAlakija, Polly. Counting Chickens. illus. by Polly Alakija. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804372.

PreS-Gr 2–Tobi may have the finest hen in the village, but his friends’ animals are all having babies, while Tobi’s chicken only lays eggs. As days pass, Aduke’s four kittens, Dapo’s six piglets, and other animals grow quickly. Tobi and his hen wait for the eggs to hatch. Their patience pays off, and a year later, the seven chicks have grown into hens with their own broods. Alakija packs a lot into this deceptively simple story. She incorporates cardinal and ordinal numbers in contrasts, such as Tunde and her sheep’s “two lambs” on a page facing Tobi’s hen and the “second egg.” The narrative stretches from Monday to Sunday, one chick per day. Illustrations bustle with daily activities in an African village, and animals appear several times for sharp-eyed readers to count again. The final challenge comes with the spread that takes place a year later, with 50 chickens strutting, nesting, and exploring their surroundings. The large format, engaging acrylic-and-pencil illustrations, and engaging story make this counting book a fine choice for read-aloud sessions and individual exploration.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato

redstarCamcam, Princesse. Fox’s Garden. illus. by Princesse Camcam. 32p. Enchanted Lion. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781592701674.

PreS-Gr 1–In this wordless picture book, a fox enters a small town, looking for shelter. She is chased away by villagers but eventually finds refuge in an abandoned greenhouse. A little boy finds the fox and gives her and her newborn pups a basket of food. The fox family then returns the kindness by planting a magical garden inside the boy’s room while he sleeps. The story is brief and simple enough for toddlers, but the beauty of its artwork will capture a much wider audience. Camcam’s cut-paper illustrations add to the mystical elements of the work. The boy’s bedroom is particularly impressive, with three-dimensional furniture and detailed toys; every item in the room looks as fragile and delicate as the wonderful magic that the fox has given to the boy. The panoramic style of the pictures makes this title ideal for a lap-sit storytime, and it will be a delight to read and to share.–Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

redstarHanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory. illus. by Abby Hanlon. 160p. Dial. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780803740884; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698135932. LC 2013034996.

Gr 1-3–Six-year-old Dory, known as Rascal to her family, wants more than anything to be included in her older siblings’s fun, but her endless questions and make-believe monsters drive them crazy. When Violet and Luke tell Dory a bedtime story about the evil Mrs. Gobble Grackle, who steals baby girls, they unintentionally feed her already overactive imagination. Dory and her imaginary friend, Mary (who resembles Maurice Sendak’s Max), are always on the lookout for monsters, and they thwart Mrs. Gobble Grackle’s attempts to kidnap her with banana peels and sleep-inducing darts. When Dory pretends to be the dog her brother has always wanted, she convinces Mrs. G that she isn’t the baby to kidnap and sabotages a trip to the doctor’s office. Hanlon effectively uses many childlike pencil drawings and word balloons interspersed with a good mix of short and long sentences in brief, episodic chapters full of Dory’s hilarious adventures. New vocabulary words are used in context within familiar settings and situations for the audience, creating a successful transitional book for new readers ready for longer stories. Dory ultimately finds a way to prove her bravery to her brother and sister, and readers will laugh at her entertaining antics.–Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

redstarIdle, Molly. Flora and the Penguin. illus. by Molly Idle. 40p. Chronicle. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452128917.

PreS-K–Idle’s bold and balletic Flora is back in another wordless adventure, this time infused with icy blue, to skate with a penguin. The simple story is told entirely in pictures—featuring only a few colors on a white background—that are eloquent and irresistible. As in Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle, 2013), small page flaps advance the story and establish the relationship between the two well-defined characters. There a simple conflict and a satisfying resolution, made more dramatic with a glorious gatefold. Preschoolers will enjoy narrating the action while they flip through the pages of this beautiful book.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

redstarLin, Grace. Ling & Ting: Twice As Silly. illus. by Grace Lin. 48p. Little, Brown. Nov. 2014. Tr $16. ISBN 9780316184021. LC 2013041479.

PreS-Gr 1–Those irrepressible twins are back with more sweetly goofy antics in a third installment of the easy reader series. Six short chapters deliver on the title’s promise; each episode unfolds with pitch-perfect comedic timing, ending with a chuckle-worthy (and decidedly silly) punch line. From forays into gardening (Will cupcakes grow if planted like seeds?) to musing about how high they can swing (Higher than a tree that goes into outer space!), the girls’ lives are grounded in realistic childhood experiences, embellished with their creative imaginings. Lin helps emergent readers tell the difference through clever visual cues; the pretend and “what if” scenarios are distinguished by squiggly frames. As in the first two books, the gouache illustrations pop with vibrant color and texture. Lin’s images help support the text, while extending the humor with subtle details in facial expressions and body language. Though each chapter can be enjoyed on its own, the various threads come together in the last chapter when the sisters co-create their own story—a book within the book. Fans of Ling and Ting will be delighted to see a few nods to previous adventures, while new readers will want to get to know these funny sisters better. A winning addition to a delightfully fun series. –Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

redstarMcCarty, Peter. First Snow. illus. by Peter McCarty. 40p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062189967.

PreS-Gr 1–Pedro, a young anthropomorphic dog, has traveled from far away, and his cousins Sancho, Bella, Lola, Ava, and Maria are eager to introduce him to snow—something he’s never before experienced. Though Pedro is initially reluctant, the cousins, joined by a host of other animals—bunnies, owls, chickens, and more—show him how to make snow angels, taste snowflakes, and sled down a hill, until he finally warms to the day’s activities. Employing ink and watercolors rendered in a muted, beige-heavy palette, McCarty relies upon the sweetly old-fashioned style readers will fondly remember from titles such as Henry in Love (2009) and Chloe (2012, both HarperCollins)—Chloe the rabbit even makes an appearance. The animals are an enchanting bunch, striking such dynamic poses as they cavort that Pedro and readers alike will be hard-pressed to resist. McCarty sustains a gentle but upbeat tone through charming, dialogue-heavy text (“‘Put on your boots! Put on your coat! Put on your hat and mittens!’”), as the cousins eventually win Pedro over, encouraging him cheerfully but never forcefully. Through it all, a message emphasizing the importance of trying new things is unobtrusively folded in, but most of all, readers will come away with a genuine sense of fun and the joy of family and friends. A delightful winter excursion.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

redstarYoung, Cybèle. Nancy Knows. illus. by Cybèle Young. 40p. ebook available. Tundra. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770494824.

PreS-Gr 2–Nancy, an elephant, knows that she has forgotten something important, but she can’t for the life of her think what it is. She recalls all sorts of things that she likes and has pleasant associations with and thinks about things from long ago and from “two days before tomorrow.” “Sometimes Nancy’s ears do the remembering. Sometimes her stomach or nose does the work. And her heart remembers things from all different places, all kinds of times and all sorts of spaces.” When she tires of concentrating so hard, she stops thinking altogether, and that’s when she has her “aha” moment and remembers what eluded her. This story is told in simple, evocative language and is illustrated in minimalist style. Nancy appears as a blank slate drawn in graphite on plain white backdrops. Her elephantine shape is filled with colorful Japanese paper sculptures that reflect what’s on her mind. For example, when she thinks of things with wheels, her shape is filled with a paper bicycles, a scooter, a wheelbarrow, a unicycle, and a shopping cart. Nancy is a charming protagonist with a memory like an elephant. She won’t be soon forgotten.–Luann Toth, School Library Journal

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

Preschool to Grade 4

Abbot, Judi. Train! illus. by Judi Abbot. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251632.

Bee, William. Worst in Show. illus. by Kate Hindley. 40p. Candlewick. Jan. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763673185. LC 2013955945.

Best, Cari. My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay. illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 40p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374388195.

Birney, Betty G. Imagination According to Humphrey. 128p. (Humphrey). Putnam. Jan. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780399257971; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698173484. LC 2014008871.

Blevins, Wiley. I’m Not Moving! illus. by Mattia Cerato. 32p. (Family Snaps). Red Chair. 2014. lib. ed. $12.71. ISBN 9781939656087; pap. $6.95. ISBN 9781939656643. LC 2013956079.

Bogan, Paulette. Virgil & Owen. illus. by Paulette Bogan. 32p. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619633728. LC 2014009097.

Brecon, Connah. There’s This Thing. illus. by Connah Brecon. 32p. Philomel. Dec. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399161858; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698171480.

Brown, Alison. Mighty Mo. illus. by Alison Brown. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251663.

Bruel, Nick. Puppy’s Big Day. illus. by Nick Bruel. 160p. (Bad Kitty). Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Jan. 2015. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781596439764. LC 2014010357.

Bruel, Nick. A Wonderful Year. illus. by Nick Bruel. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596436114. LC 201400990.

Carlin, Laura. A World of Your Own. illus. by Laura Carlin. 48p. Phaidon. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780714863627.

K-Gr 2 –As Carlin takes readers on a journey through her own colorful, imaginative visual world, she encourages them to look around and create their own worlds based upon their experiences, preferences, and best memories. Through gentle prompts, she urges children to think about where and how they might like to live. What would their homes look like? What places would they like to visit? “What important thing would you learn in your school?” How can they make their worlds even better? Combining colors, shapes, forms, graphics, and watercolors, the author inspires readers to think outside the box and discover a world that exists in their own imagination, urging them to start over as many times as they like and to look to real life for inspiration. Combine this book with Sarah Perry’s If… (Getty Museum, 1995), Rod Clement’s Just Another Ordinary Day (HarperCollins, 1997), and Paul Fleischman’s Westlandia (Candlewick, 1999) to have readers conjuring up limitless possibilities where anything can happen.–Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Whale Trails, Before and Now. illus. by G. Brian Karas. 40p. further reading. glossary. Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Bks. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780805096422.

Corderoy, Tracey. The Magical Snow Garden. illus. by Jane Chapman. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251625.

Corderoy, Tracey. Why? illus. by Tim Warnes. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251687.

Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Peep! illus. by Betsy Lewin. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481424110; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481424127.

Cunliffe, Ian. I Want to Be a Witch. illus. by Ian Cunliffe. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251595.

Côté, Geneviève. Bob’s Hungry Ghost. illus. by Geneviève Côté. 32p. ebook available. Tundra. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770497139. LC 2013953671.

Daly, Jude. Seb and Hamish. illus. by Niki Daly. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804129.

Dawnay, Gabby. A Possum’s Tail. illus. by Alex Barrow. 40p. Tate. Nov. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781849762212.

de La Peña, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. illus. by Christian Robinson. 32p. Putnam. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399257742.

De Monfreid, Dorothée. The Cake. illus. by Dorothée de Monfreid. 32p. Gecko Pr. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781877579455.

Dempsey, Sheena. Bruno and Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig. illus. by Sheena Dempsey. 32p. Candlewick. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780763673161. LC 2013953101.

Derrick, David G., Jr. Play with Your Food. illus. by David G. Derrick Jr. 36p. Immedium. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781597021029. LC 2014008729.

Dewdney, Anna. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too. illus. by Anna Dewdney. 40p. Viking. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780670012275.

Dudley, Rebecca. Hank Has A Dream. illus. by Rebecca Dudley. 32p. Peter Pauper. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781441315724. LC 2014015662.

Elschner, Géraldine. Funny Machines for George the Sheep: A Children’s Book Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. tr. from French. illus. by Rémi Saillard. 32p. photos. Prestel. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9783791371665.

Emanuel, Gabrielle. The Everlasting Embrace. illus. by E.B. Lewis. 40p. ebook available. photos. Viking. Dec. 2014. Tr ISBN 9780670784745.

Escoffier, Michaël. Take Away the A. illus. by Kris Di Giacomo. 56p. Enchanted Lion. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781592701568.

Florian, Douglas. I Love My Hat. illus. by Paige Keiser. 22p. Amazon/Two Lions. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781477847800.

Galindo, Renata. The Cherry Thief. illus. by Renata Galindo. 32p. Child’s Play. 2014. Tr $10. ISBN 9781846436529.

Gershator, Phillis. Time for a Bath. illus. by David Walker. 24p. Sterling. 2014. Tr $9.95. ISBN 9781454910329. LC 2013030256.

Goldsberry, Rick. Floater. illus. by Ryan Goldsberry. 32p. Future House. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780989125321.

Graves, Annie. A Dog’s Breakfast. Bk. 1. ISBN 9781467743501; ISBN 9781467760423. LC 2014015300.

––––. Frankenkids. Bk. 5. ISBN 9781467743525; ISBN 9781467760430. LC 2014015395.

––––. Guinea Pig Killer. Bk. 4. ISBN 9781467743518; ISBN 9781467760447. LC 2014015299.

––––. Help! My Brother’s a Zombie. Bk. 2. ISBN 9781467743488; ISBN 9781467760461. LC 2014015303.

––––. Mirrored. Bk. 3. ISBN 9781467743495; ISBN 9781467760478. LC 2014015438.

ea vol: illus. by Glenn McElhinney. 64p. (The Nightmare Club: Bk. 1). Darby Creek. Feb. 2015. Tr. $25.32. pap. $6.99.

Hale, Bruce. Big Bad Detective Agency. illus. by Bruce Hale. 128p. Scholastic. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780545665377; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780545665384; ebk. $15.99. ISBN 9780545747288.

Heyman, Alissa. Twelve Dancing Unicorns. illus. by Justin Gerard. 32p. Sterling. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781402787324. LC 2012016408.

Hills, Tad. Rocket’s 100th Day of School. illus. by Tad Hills. 32p. (Step into Reading). ebook available. Random. Dec. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780385390958; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9780385390965; pap. $3.99. ISBN 9780385390972; ebk. $3.99. ISBN 9780385390989. LC 2014010940.

Howard, Ryan & Krystle Howard. My New Team. illus. by Erwin Madrid. 112p. (Little Rhino: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Feb. 2015. lib. ed. $16.99. ISBN 9780545674911; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780545674904; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9780545674928.

John, Jory. Goodnight Already! illus. by Benji Davies. 32p. HarperCollins. Dec. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062286208. LC 2013037288.

Kanevsky, Polly. Here Is the Baby. illus. by Taeeun Yoo. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375867316; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375967313; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375987854. LC 2011011021.

Kellogg, Steven. Pinkerton, Behave! illus. by Steven Kellogg. 32p. Dial. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780803741300. LC 2013044869.

Kousky, Vern. Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry. illus. by Vern Kousky. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Feb. 2015. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780399164408. LC 2014012282.

Kraulis, Julie. An Armadillo in Paris. illus. by Julie Kraulis. 32p. Tundra. 2014. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781770495265; ebk. ISBN 9781770495272.

Liniers. What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story. tr. from Spanish by Elisa Amado. illus. by Liniers. 24p. House of Anansi/Groundwood. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554983858.

Litwin, Eric. The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House. illus. by Scott Magoon. 32p. Little, Brown. 2014. Tr $18. ISBN 9780316322447; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780316257756. LC 2013041480.

London, Jonathan. Ollie’s First Year. illus. by Jon Van Zyle. 32p. Univ. of Alaska/Snowy Owl Bks. 2014. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781602232297. LC 2013024448.

London, Jonathan. The Seasons of Little Wolf. illus. by Jon Van Zyle. 32p. WestWinds. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781941821060. LC 2014012700.

Lundquist, Mary. Cat & Bunny. illus. by Mary Lundquist. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062287809.

Luzzati, Emanuele. Three Little Owls. tr. from Italian by John Yeoman. illus. by Quentin Blake. 32p. Tate. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781849760805.

Mack, Jeff. Who Wants a Hug? illus. by Jeff Mack. 40p. HarperCollins. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062220264. LC 2012022158.

May, Eleanor. A Mousy Mess. illus. by Laura Driscoll. 32p. (Mouse Math). Kane Pr. 2014. lib. ed. $22.60. ISBN 9781575656465; pap. $7.95. ISBN 9781575656472; ebk. $22.65. ISBN 9781575656489. LC 2013038562.

Merola, Caroline. The Story Starts Here! tr. from French by Karen Li. illus. by Caroline Merola. 36p. Owlkids. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771470797. LC 2014932716.

Messner, Kate. Rescue on the Oregon Trail. illus. by Kelley McMorris. 144p. (Ranger in Time: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545639156; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780545639149; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9780545639163. LC 2014005485.

Miki, Roy & Slavia Miki. Dolphin SOS. illus. by Julie Flett. 32p. Tradewind. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781896580760.

Millard, Glenda. Once a Shepherd. illus. by Phil Lesnie. 32p. Candlewick. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780763674588. LC 2013957278.

Mora, Pat. Water Rolls, Water Rises/ El agua rueda, el agua sube. tr. from Spanish by Adriana Domínguez & Pat Mora. illus. by Meilo So. 32p. Children’s Bk. Pr. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780892393251. LC 2014003435.

Morris, Jennifer E. The Sea Monster: A Steve and Wessley Reader. illus. by Jennifer E. Morris. 32p. (Scholastic Reader Level 1). ebook available. Scholastic. 2014. pap. $3.99. ISBN 9780545614825.

Nayar, Nandini. Where Shall We Go? illus. by Francesco Manetti. 28p. (Curious Sameer: Bk. 4). Karadi Tales. 2014. pap. $11.95. ISBN 9788181902870.

Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Ife’s First Haircut. photos by Ifeoma Onyefulu. 28p. (First Experiences). Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847803641.

Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Vicky Goes to the Doctor. photos by Ifeoma Onyefulu. 28p. (First Experiences). Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847803634.

Pauli, Lorenz. You Call That Brave? illus. by Kathrin Schärer. 32p. NorthSouth Books. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841826.

Pickford, Sue. When Angus Met Alvin. illus. by Sue Pickford. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847803047.

Pierce, Christa. Did You Know That I Love You? illus. by Christa Pierce. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Dec. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062297440.

Rockwell, Anne. My Spring Robin. illus. by Harlow Rockwell & Lizzy Rockwell. 24p. S. & S./Aladdin. Feb. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481411370; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781481414036.

Ruth, Greg. Coming Home. illus. by Greg Ruth. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. Nov. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250055477.

Salzano, Tammi. I Love You Just the Way You Are. illus. by Ada Grey. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251618.

Sayre, David. Flatland: The Story of Owuza Flatlander. illus. by Rebecca Emberley. 32p. Two Little Birds. 2014. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780991293506.

Schoonmaker, Elizabeth. Square Cat ABC. illus. by Elizabeth Schoonmaker. 32p. S. & S./Aladdin. Dec. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781442498952; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442498969.

Shireen, Nadia. Yeti and the Bird. illus. by Nadia Shireen. 32p. S. & S./Atheneum. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481403894; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481403900. LC 2013035925.

Simmie, Lois. Mister Got To Go, Where Are You? illus. by Cynthia Nugent. 32p. Red Deer. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780889954908.

Souhami, Jessica. The Strongest Boy in the World. illus. by Jessica Souhami. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804112.

Stainton, Sue. I Love Dogs! illus. by Bob Staake. 32p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Dec. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780061170577.

Steggall, Susan. Following the Tractor. illus. by Susan Steggall. 32p. (Busy Wheels). Frances Lincoln. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804891.

Stockdale, Sean & Alexandra Strick. Max the Champion. illus. by Ros Asquith. 28p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847803887.

Teckentrup, Britta. Up & Down. illus. by Britta Teckentrup. 28p. Candlewick/Templar. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763671297. LC 2013955692.

Thornhill, Jan. Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change. illus. by Josée Bisaillon. 32p. Owlkids. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771470025. LC 2014931866.

Wall, Laura. Goose. illus. by Laura Wall. 48p. HarperCollins/Harper. Feb. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780062324351.

Walsh, Joanna. I Love Mom. illus. by Judi Abbot. 32p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Dec. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481428385.

Walters, Eric. Hope Springs. illus. by Eugenie Fernandes. 32p. ebook available. maps. photos. Tundra. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770495302. LC 2013953673.

Weeks, Sarah. Glamourpuss. illus. by David Small. 40p. Scholastic. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545609548; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545609555.

Wood, Julie M. Learn to Read with Tug the Pup and Friends!: Box Set 1. ISBN 9780062266897.

––––. Learn to Read with Tug the Pup and Friends!: Box Set 2. ISBN 9780062266910.

––––. Learn to Read with Tug the Pup and Friends!: Box Set 3. ISBN 9780062266934.

ea vol: illus. by Sebastien Braun. 12p. (I Can Read!). HarperCollins. 2014. pap. $12.99.

Young, Timothy. The Angry Little Puffin. illus. by Timothy Young. 40p. Schiffer. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780764348051. LC 2014941533.

Yuly, Toni. Night Owl. illus. by Toni Yuly. 40p. Feiwel & Friends. Jan. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781250054579.

Zommer, Yuval. The Big Blue Thing on the Hill. illus. by Yuval Zommer. 32p. Candlewick/Templar. Jan. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763674038. LC 2013955955.

Graphic Novels

Burks, James. Bird & Squirrel on Ice. 128p. ebook available. Scholastic/Graphix. 2014. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780545563185. LC 2014931610.

Monlongo, Jorge et al. Just Imagine. illus. by Jorge Monlongo, et al. 64p. (Hello Kitty: Bk. 4). Viz Media. 2014. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781421573625.

Wilson, Britt. Cat Dad, King of the Goblins. 48p. Koyama. 2014. pap. $12. ISBN 9781927668115.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.