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  • Brownie & Pearl Take a Dip

    Brownie & Pearl Take a Dip

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Cynthia Rylant
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Beach Lane Books (2011, Apr 5th).
    Pages:   24

    It's a hot summer day, and Brownie and Pearl are off to take a dip in their small blue pool. They grab their bathing suits, their beach ball, and their super-chic sunglasses and get ready to soak. But when--oops!--Pearl takes a surprise spill into the water, will Brownie be able to revive her pal's sopping-wet spirits? Complete with lemonade and sunbathing, this is the most refreshing Brownie & Pearl story yet! more

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  • How Cool is This?

    How Cool is This?

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   DK Publishing
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   DK CHILDREN (2011, Aug 15th).
    Pages:   80

    Explains the scientific ideas and discoveries behind some of the world's coolest inventions and natural wonders. more

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  • Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

    Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Barry Denenberg
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Square Fish; Reprint edition (2011, Dec 20th).
    Pages:   96

    Starred Review. Grade 5 Up—A special memorial edition of "The National News," published a year to the day after Lincoln was assassinated, is how this oversize (12 × 18 inches) chronicle of Lincoln's life is positioned. The combination of a compelling story, engaging visuals, and large format distinguishes this work. Opening with a short note from the publisher that sets the context, the old-fashioned typefaces, stained and yellowed pages, 1860s advertisements, woodcut engravings, and period photographs all contribute to the antique appeal. Details of the president's death are followed by information about the assassin and his accomplices. Following these facts is the history of Lincoln's life, starting with his boyhood, moving through his early years in Illinois, family life with Mary Todd and political career, his rise to the presidency, and, finally, the Civil War, closing with Lee's surrender and the ominous statement: "Five days later Abraham Lincoln became the first president ever assassinated. more

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  • Brownie & Pearl Grab a Bite

    Brownie & Pearl Grab a Bite

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Cynthia Rylant
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Beach Lane Books (2011, Aug 23rd).
    Pages:   24

    It’s lunchtime, and Brownie and Pearl are ready to grab a bite. The kitchen is filled with tasty treats like apples and crackers and—mmmmm—string cheese. So pull up a chair and join these hungry pals for a happy, healthy noontime feast!      With their simple stories, bold, graphic illustrations, and pitch-perfect moments of humor, the books in Cynthia Rylant's acclaimed Brownie & Pearl series are a wonderful choice for babies, emerging readers, and everyone in between! more

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  • 100 People Who Made History

    100 People Who Made History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Philip Parker
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   DK CHILDREN (2012, Jan 30th).
    Pages:   128

    Where would we be without inventors, philosophers, economists, politicians, explorers, and other "ideas" people? Some of our historical heroes were lone geniuses but many were influenced by other great thinkers and ideas. Full of true-life stories and famous celebrities, 100 People Who Made History contains all the people you'd expect to find, and plenty that you wouldn't! Inventors and explorers rub shoulders with political leaders, sports stars, and entertainers from all over the world. From Aristotle to Mark Zuckerberg, to Marie Curie to Pele, all areas of culture, history, industry, sports, entertainment, and more are covered. Perfect for book reports, school projects, or anytime reading to satisfy and educate curious minds. more

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  • The Easter Bunny's Assistant

    The Easter Bunny's Assistant

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jan Thomas
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Jan 24th).
    Pages:   40

    Easter? I’m so excited! more

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  • Time to Say Bye-Bye

    Time to Say Bye-Bye

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Maryann Cocca-Leffler
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Viking Juvenile (2012, Feb 16th).
    Pages:   32

    A perfect picture book for toddlers on the go! All toddlers live by the pleasure principle. For them, fun times always end too soon. So often they either turn a deaf ear to the words "It's time to say bye-bye" or simply throw a tantrum. What is the solution? In this warm-hearted picture book, Maryann Cocca-Leffler follows a toddler from morning to bedtime, showing that all saying "byebye" really means is that you're ready to say "hello" to the next fun thing on your "agenda." With a bare minimum of words, and playful artwork, this is one of those rare read-alouds perfect for very young children. more

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  • Bliss


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kathryn Littlewood
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Katherine Tegen Books (2012, Feb 14th).
    Pages:   384

    Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic (but delicious) dishes for dinner. Soon boring, nonmagical recipes feel like life before Aunt Lily—a lot less fun. So Rose and her siblings experi-ment with just a couple of recipes from the forbidden Cookery Booke. A few Love Muffins and a few dozen Cookies of Truth couldn’t cause too much trouble . more

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  • Children of the Lamp #4: Day of the Djinn Warriors

    Children of the Lamp #4: Day of the Djinn Warriors

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   P.B. Kerr
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (2009, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   400

    From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author P. B. Kerr comes the fourth volume in this exceptional, imaginative adventure series about a brother and sister who discover they are djinns.Djinn twins John and Philippa are off on another whirlwind adventure that takes them around the globe and into unknown worlds. And it's a race against time as they attempt to rescue their mother from her fate as the Blue Djinn of Babylon. An aging curse has been placed on their father, and if the twins are gone too long, he'll rapidly become an old man.Meanwhile, museums all over the world are reporting robberies of valuable jade from their collections, as well as bizarre hauntings. more

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  • Moonlight


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Laura Dronzek
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Greenwillow Books (2012, Jan 24th).
    Pages:   32

    Rabbit waits for the moon.But the moon takes its time,so Rabbit hops back to his burrow and goes to sleep.What happens in the world when Rabbit isn’t looking?Well . . . magic.And moonlight. . . .The goats on the mountainside see it.The deer, birds, and raccoons see it.Even the fish see it.And finally, happily,Rabbit does, too.Do you? more

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