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Picture Books for Fall 2014

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition:Hardcover

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
With perfect pacing, the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor.

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — …

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The Secret Life of Squirrels

The Secret Life of Squirrels

A Little Peanuts Book
edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
tagged : squirrels

 Mr. Peanuts is an unusual squirrel. He likes to grill hot dogs on his tiny grill. He plays the piano beautifully. He likes to read (his favourite books are A Tail of Two Cities and Good Night, Nut ). But once in a while he feels lonely. One day, he writes a letter to Cousin Squirrel to invite him to visit, and to his great joy, Cousin Squirrel agrees! It turns out that Cousin Squirrel is an unusual squirrel, too, and Mr. Peanuts realizes that having a friend makes everything twice as fun.

 

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A Brush Full of Colour

A Brush Full of Colour

The World of Ted Harrison
edition:Hardcover

Ted Harrison’s brightly coloured and wildly imaginative paintings set in the Yukon have become synonymous with the North. His instantly-recognizable images of the land of the midnight sun hang in galleries and private collections around the world. But how did a boy who grew up in a drab mining town in northeast England become one of Canada’s most beloved and decorated artists?

A Brush Full of Colour is the story of a boy whose passion for learning would save him from a life in the coalmines. …

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Victoria, B.C. Dear Readers, I am pleased to write the foreword to this book, which I hope will introduce many new readers and lovers of art to my life and work. During my career as a teacher, author and artist, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting students from different parts of the world. Through the years they have influenced my simple artistic style and helped bring my stories and painting to life. If I have inspired them to find their way as artists, I am truly grateful.

I urge you to keep on reading, writing and painting. Develop your own style and keep it honest and true to who you are. Find inspiration in the world around you, and you will make the world a happier and more creative place.

Affectionate regards, Ted Harrison

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Goodnight, You

Goodnight, You

illustrated by Geneviève Côté
edition:Hardcover

In this heartwarming title from the Piggy and Bunny picture book series, the two friends explore what scares them as they prepare for their first campout together. When Bunny admits to being frightened of monsters, Piggy responds that “even if there WAS a monster, I wouldn't scream like you!” When Bunny asks, “What if the monster GROWLS at you?” Piggy answers, “PWAAT! I can be loud, too!” Then, one by one, all of Bunny's questions about what to do if a monster came near are countered …

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Any Questions?

Any Questions?

edition:Hardcover

Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.

Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect …

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Dojo Daycare

Dojo Daycare

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls push and pull, bust and break, and generally turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can’t control the kids, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and storytime. No one heeds the master’s repeated mantra of honor, kindness and respect – until one little ninja steps up and rallie …

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Bear on the Homefront

Bear on the Homefront

edition:Hardcover

During World War II, 10,000 children from British cities were sent to live with host families in Canada, the United States, and other nations away from the war zone. Bear on the Homefront tells the story of two guest children, Grace and William Chambers, who arrive in Halifax and meet Aileen Rogers, a nurse serving on the homefront. With her is Teddy, the stuffed bear whose real-life trip to the front lines of World War I and back was chronicled in A Bear in War.

Using archival images and Aileen …

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I watched from the pocket of Aileen's uniform as the children walked down the ramp. "Where are their mummies and daddies?" I asked. "Still overseas," Aileen said. "England is being bombed in the war, so many families have sent their children to Canada, where they'll be safe." A band started to play on the dock and some of the children sang along. "There'll always be an England, and England shall be free. If England means as much to you as England means to me." But two of the children weren't singing. They looked lost and afraid. Aileen went over and introduced herself. "My name is Grace," replied the young girl in a soft voice. "And this is brother, William. He is five." Grace pointed to me. "Who's that?" "This is Teddy," Aileen said. William peeked his head out from behind his sister.

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Mr. Frank

Mr. Frank

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for?

In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But today’s project is especially close to Mr. Frank’s heart.

With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher’s artwork is the perf …

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