Wednesday, April 23, 2008

More Favorite Books for Spring '08

I’m Bad by Kate and Jim McMullan

$16.99 HarperCollins Ages 2-5

This T-Rex is really bad, really big and really hungry, but although he’s huge, fast and sneaky, he just can’t catch anything for dinner. He finally throws a spectacular tantrum in an explosion of color, which brings some surprising help his way. Iridescent illustrations overflowing the pages in vivid orange, yellow, purple and lime green are filled with action and humor. By the creators of I Stink and I’m Dirty, I’m Bad will be a favorite read-aloud, begged for again and again.

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! By Mo Willems

Hyperion $14.99

Once more ultimate happiness is almost within pigeon’s grasp, if only he could have a puppy, life would be perfect. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. This is one pigeon who is not afraid to express his inner child, especially when he wants something. He’ll try everything – flattery, logic, tantrums, but is a puppy really the answer to finding happiness or even satisfaction? For ages 3 and up.

Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic

HarperCollins $16.99

Duck is making soup, but it still needs a little something to spice it up. While he is out in the garden choosing herbs, his friends troop into the kitchen and immediately suspect that duck has fallen into the soup kettle. Dumping the soup into a colander, they are shocked to find what might be eyeballs and webbed feet (but luckily turn out to be onions and carrots). Poor duck, his soup is ruined, but at least he hasn't become...Duck Soup. For ages 2-6.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Dial $16.99 Ages 9-12

The boisterous, warm-hearted, Beaumont family has a major secret. Each member of the family develops a surprise savvy on the day they turn thirteen. Will Mibs get a supernatural power like her brother Fish who can cause hurricanes, or Rocket who creates electricity or Grandpa who could move mountains? It’s Mibs’ turn to be struck by her savvy, but her birthday goes all wrong when Poppa is badly hurt in an accident. Will Mibbs’ new savvy help save her father’s life or will it be another source of problems for the family? Mibbs only knows that she needs to get to her Poppa in the hospital and find out, which is why she, her siblings and the preacher’s kids stow away on a bible salesman’s broken-down, old, school bus, and ride into a world of trouble.

My Dog May Be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky

Greenwillow $18.99

Over 100 funny poems by the first ever U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate. Some of my favorites are A Letter From Camp, which recounts a series of dreadful accidents and mishaps written by a very happy camper; also My Brother Poked a Porcupine about a family’s misbegotten nature walks, and He Thought He Saw a Crocodile in which a man mistakenly sees danger lurking everywhere until one day…uh-oh, he’s right. A great family gift this is a very funny read-aloud for ages 5-12.

Adventures of Riley - Safari in South Africa, Project Panda

By Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz

Scholastic $16.99 Ages 4-8

Riley can’t believe how lucky he is to be invited to join Uncle Max, a world-famous conservation biologist, and his family on their wildlife expeditions around the world. A clever mix of stunning photography and cartoon art, draws readers into each scene as Riley and his cousins explore the habitats and animals in exotic regions. Colorful sidebars from real scientists have quick facts about each species, while the storylines will keep even young children interested. A unique approach to learning about endangered animals, poaching and conservation.

The Golly-whopper Games by Jody Feldman

Greenwillow $16.99 ages 8-12

Gil Goodson beats the odds and wins a chance to enter the Golly-Whopper Games. The prizes are fantastic, but the games are tough challenges, and Gil is part of a team of kids who find it difficult to work together. Also, despite high security and hidden cameras, someone on his team is cheating and it gets worse when they have to compete against each other. Readers can try to solve the clues to each game along with the players, who are racing against the clock while suspense builds. With a surprise twist at the end, and a very satisfying conclusion, The Golly-Whopper Games is a perfect book for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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