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I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…

I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…

by Davide Cali & illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
Publisher: Chronicle Books

How many excuses are there for not doing homework? Let us count the ways: Giant lizards invaded the neighbourhood. Elves hid all the pencils. And then there was that problem with carnivorous plants... The excuses go on and on, each more absurd than the next and escalating to hilarious heights.

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Which Way Back

Which Way Back

Featuring Luna, Chip, and Inkie

by Michael Mayes & illustrated by Rory O'Sullivan
Publisher: Figure 1

In Luna, Chip and Inkie's first adventure the trio gets lost after following a butterfly into the woods. Stuck in an unfamiliar part of the forest, they all begin to worry. After a bit of squabbling and a bit of creative thinking they each contribute with their own ideas and unique talents to find their way back home. A story of friendship, creativity and collaboration, Which Way Back? is an action-packed picture book with vibrant illustrations from front to back.

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Snatchabook

Snatchabook

by Helen Docherty; illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Where have all the bedtime stories gone?

One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down… when a Snatchabook flew into town.

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Battling Boy

Battling Boy

by Paul Pope
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The adventure begins in the new graphic novel by comics legend Paul Pope. Monsters roam through Arcopolis, swallowing children into the horrors of their shadowy underworld. Only one man is a match for them—the genius vigilante Haggard West.

Unfortunately, Haggard West is dead.

Arcopolis is desperate, but when its salvation comes in the form of a twelve-year-old demigod, nobody is more surprised than Battling Boy himself.

IT'S TIME TO MEET AN ELECTRIFYING NEW HERO.

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation

by Tommy Greenwald; illustrated by J. P. Coovert
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Despite all attempts to avoid reading and extra work, Charlie Joe Jackson finds himself in a terrible dream he can't wake up from: Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced "read-a-bookie")—a place filled with grammar workshops, Read-a-Ramas, and kids who actually like reading.

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Justin Case

Justin Case

Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

by Rachel Vail; illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Justin is going to start fourth grade-but first, he has to survive the summer. He "gets" to go to camp every day on a bus. He "gets" to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they're hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming.

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The 13-Story Treehouse

The 13-Story Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it's not just any old treehouse, it's the most amazing treehouse in the world!

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Treasure on Superstition Mountain

Treasure on Superstition Mountain

by Elise Broach; illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Even though Henry Barker and his two brothers learned firsthand that the urban legend about danger on nearby Superstition Mountain wasn't just a myth, this doesn't stop them from planning their return.

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Another Night at the Museum

Another Night at the Museum

by Milan Trenc; illustrated by Milan Trenc
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Larry is a night guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He is also late for work. In his hurry to get out of the bathtub and to his job, he forgets things. Things like shutting off the faucet...

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Thea Stilton #1

Thea Stilton #1

The Secret of Whale Island

by Thea Stilton
Publisher: Papercutz

Geronimo isn't the only world-famous adventuring journalist from New Mouse City; introducing his fabulous sister, Thea!

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On a Beam of Light

On a Beam of Light

A Story of Albert Einstein

by Jennifer Berne; illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Publisher: Chronicle Books

A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself travelling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe.

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I Scream! Ice Cream!

I Scream! Ice Cream!

A Book of Wordles

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Serge Bloch
Publisher: Chronicle Books

What do "I Scream!" and "Ice Cream!" have in common? Nothing-besides the fact that they sound the same! The ever-surprising Amy Krouse Rosenthal unleashes her prolific wit in this silly and smart book of wordplay.

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Ariol #1

Ariol #1

Just a Donkey Like You and Me

by Emmanuel Guibert; illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Ariol is your everyday tween donkey. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He's in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, Ariol is just like you and me.

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Odd Duck

Odd Duck

by Cecil Castellucci; illustrated by Sara Varon
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Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that. Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits...

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I Hate To Read!

I Hate To Read!

by Rita Marshall; illustrated by Etienne Delessert
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Victor Dickens hates to read, and nothing can change his mind. Or can it? How about a parrot with a peg leg? Or a rabbit with black barn boots? Or a field mouse with gold coins? Anything can happen on the whimsical, wonderful night when a little boy with a stubborn hatred of books discovers that printed words can take on lives of their own.

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Fish Finelli

Fish Finelli

Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles (Book 1)

by E. S. Farber; illustrated by Jason Beene
Publisher: Chronicle Books

When bully Bryce Billings bets Fish Finelli that he can't find Captain Kidd's legendary long-lost treasure, Fish and his friends embark on a quest to find real-life pirate treasure.

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Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt

by Jack Gantos
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Les Petits Fairytales

by Trixie Belle and Melissa Caruso-Scott; illustrated by Oliver Lake
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Discover the magic of Beauty and the Beast in this petite edition of the classic fairytale, created especially for little readers with just a handful of words and bright, enchanting illustrations.

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Astronaut Academy: Re-entry

Astronaut Academy: Re-entry

by Dave Roman
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The wild and wacky world of Astronaut Academy is back! It's spring semester at this futuristic institution of learning, and Hakata Soy has lost his heart. Literally. And he's not the only one...

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Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo

by Molly Idle
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance.

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Isabella: Star of the Story

Isabella: Star of the Story

by Jennifer Fosberry; illustrated by Mike Litwin
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Every day's an adventure with Isabella!

Isabella checks out the library, and steals the spotlight from some of the most memorable children's book characters.

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If You Want to See a Whale

If You Want to See a Whale

by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Erin Stead
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at.

Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates... If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait...

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It’s a Book

It’s a Book

by Lane Smith
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith, It's a Book is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age.

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!

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Steam Train, Dream Train

Steam Train, Dream Train

by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books

 

The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime!

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Bad Kitty School Daze

Bad Kitty School Daze

by Nick Bruel
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Bad Kitty faces her toughest challenge yet... Obedience school! 

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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

Book 1

by Ellis Weiner; illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins-adults-named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that?

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Pocket Guide to Games

Pocket Guide to Games

by Bart King
Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Bring back the nostalgic games of yesterday — with modern interpretations! The Pocket Guide to Games revives the tradition of game playing without computers, joysticks, boards, or game pieces. All you need for these games can be purchased at the local super centre, big box, or hardware store. With tools such as balls, beanbags, broomsticks and ropes, parents and teachers can organize dozens of hours of fun and challenging activities for parties, summer camps, neighbourhood gatherings and school groups. For all ages, from elementary children to grandparents. Includes active games and quiet games in a range of variations: counting-out, choosing sides, who's it? and feats and forfeits.

Sample games include Bull in the Ring (circle game), Cross Tag (chase), Do This, Do That (imitating), Kaleidoscope (colours), Lady of the Land (drama), Old Buzzard (drama), Potato Race (individual competition), Shadow Tag (sunny day), Wink (circle game), Cat Party (a word game), Harlequin Wrestle (balance), Fetch and Carry (bean bags), Spooning (blindfold), Dodgeball, Poison and Hide the Thimble.

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Pocket Guide to Mischief

Pocket Guide to Mischief

by Bart King
Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Not sure how to give a wedgie? From the author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff and The Big Book of Girl Stuff, lauded as "a comedic compendium" by the Ottawa Citizen, here's the ultimate how-to for the budding prankster in all of us.

Many of the greatest leaders and geniuses in history were also mischief makers. These were the people who had the courage to point out that things like slavery, global warming and turtleneck sweaters were bad. Their large-scale hoaxes and practical jokes include the Boston Tea Party, the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast and the Cheese Whiz Disaster of 2008. Paying homage to these brave men and women, The Pocket Guide to Mischief includes sections on Careers in Mischief and Mischief Makers Hall of Shame.

Worried about being nice? The Pocket Guide to Mischief also has a section on Excuses, Apologies and Etiquette, while the "mischief-makers credo" promises not to damage property or hurt anyone with a prank. More practically, instructions are given on complex skills such as becoming a world-class complainer, selecting an appropriate target and handling a rubber chicken. And who can resist the "stuff to gross people out" or taking the smart aleck quiz? With The Pocket Guide to Mischief, it's all in good fun.

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Pocket Guide to Magic

Pocket Guide to Magic

by Bart King
Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Abracadabra ! Hocus-pocus! Allakazam! Happis crappis!

Say it together now — magic! Take a peek inside the magician's secret wardrobe to discover the tricks of the trade, the tales of derring-do, and the people who made the magic happen.

Demystifying the mystical is the popular, raucous, ready-to-trick-his-own-mother Bart King! But what, you may ask, can Bart do? He can show the ways of the most secretive magicians in the world.

This guide includes ways to:

  • Improve street cred with sneaky tricks.
  • Discover how some of the most popular illusions were created.
  • Saw a woman in half and then swallow the sword.

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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition

by David Borgenicht and Robin Epstein
Publisher: Chronicle Books

The bestselling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series has been providing adults with help—and humour—for years. Finally, younger readers can also benefit from the best of the worst!

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition is packed with funny, kid-friendly instructions on how to handle all sorts of situations at school, at home, outdoors and beyond. Learn how to outwit a nosy sibling, survive a family road trip and clean up your room in just 10 minutes. Also discover the best way to deal with a school dance and recover when you trip and fall in the middle of the cafeteria! With an appendix that includes lists of useful schoolyard comebacks, handy and true excuses, and a sibling room-sharing contract, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition is truly required reading to get through the minefield commonly known as childhood.

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