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New Picture Books Out This Month: April 2015

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See You Next Year

See You Next Year

by Andrew Larsen
illustrated by Todd Stewart
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Every summer, a girl’s family drives down the same roads, passes through the same towns, and spends a week at the same beachside motel. Year after year, everything is comfortingly predictable: the families they see, the rhythm of the days, the stars, the bonfires, and even the pattern the tractor makes as it rakes the sand on their beach.
But this year, something is different: the girl, our narrator, meets a new friend who shows her how to dive under the waves and spot satellites in the nigh …

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Every year we take the same roads.
We pass through the same towns.
We arrive at the same beach.
Every year we stay at the same place.
I call it our cottage.

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Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers

by Jonarno Lawson
illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.

“Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewa …

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Bad Pirate

Bad Pirate

edition:Hardcover

Her pirate-captain father reminds her to be bold and saucy and selfish, but Augusta can’t help being shy, polite, and helpful; in short, a bad pirate. But when a terrible storm puts the crew in danger, Augusta is bold enough to be true to herself and show that a good pirate can be selfless, too.

Barnacle Garrick is bold and saucy and selfish. And for a pirate captain, that’s good, very good. And his crew are all scurvy sea dogs—selfish down to the last fleabitten scuttle-butt. And that’s …

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Captain Barnacle Garrick was bad natured and horrible, which most pirates would say was good--very good. Augusta Garrick was good natured and helpful, which most pirates would say was bad--very bad.

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Bus Ride, The

Bus Ride, The

illustrated by Marianne Dubuc
edition:Hardcover
tagged : adaptations

“This is the first time I'm taking the bus by myself. Mom packed me a snack --- and had me bring my sweater in case I get cold.” But Mom likely didn't imagine the adventure her little girl would have as she rides to her grandmother's house in this sweet picture book. While the bus is taking her down the streets, through a forest and into a pitch-black tunnel, the little girl encounters an assortment of animal characters who enliven her journey, including a goat who offers her a flower from a …

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The Tweedles Go Online

The Tweedles Go Online

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

The Tweedles are back and ready to take another exuberant swing at going modern. When their neighbors the Hamms announce that they’ve “gone online” by buying a telephone, Mama excitedly follows suit. But will the lure of the telephone be too much of a distraction for this sweetly old-fashioned family?

Fresh from their adventure with their new electric car, Mama decides that the family needs a telephone to keep up with the changing times, and daughter Frances could not be more thrilled. But …

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Outstanding in the Rain

Outstanding in the Rain

edition:Hardcover

Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It's a whole story, and the pages have holes! Watch the holes make pictures! Turn an umbrella into a cake, and balloons into ice cream! See the holes make words. Whole words! Change an ice man into an nice man! See fork handles turn into four candles! Realize the magic with your real eyes! Frank Viva's tale of a boy spending his birthday at the amusement park will amaze readers big and small with astounding die-cuts that transform both …

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Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey

Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey

edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover

Your little arms and legs move just like you are a baby monkey climbing into the leafy branches of a tree. But you are not a monkey.

Your nose twitches and your mouth moves as though you are a bunny sniffing the garden air. But you are not a bunny.

Moving from animal to animal, leading to a wonderful surprise at the end, this charming story engages young readers with both the text and the adorable art.

A wonderful gift for both young children and their parents, especially every new parent who ca …

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The Candy Conspiracy

The Candy Conspiracy

A Tale of Sweet Victory
edition:Hardcover

In Candyville, the Juicy Jelly Worm rules over a land where lollipop trees grow beside rivers of root beer and powdered sugar falls like snow. Every day, he devours his candy throne, jujube crown and cupcake castle. Day in and day out, the children of Candyville must make new ones — never getting so much as a nibble of nougat for themselves.
Finally, one child comes up with an idea to outsmart the self-centered tyrant. The children plant a secret garden, hoping the fruits of their labor, whi …

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Have you heard of Candyville? Where lollipop trees grow beside rivers of root beer? And paths are paved with peppermints? And powdered sugar falls like snow? And children eat as much candy as they want? Mmmmmmm.
But it wasn't always this way.

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