Emulating Spaces: McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death — with a Happy Ending)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death -- with a Happy Ending)Author: Henrik Drescher
Illustrator: Henrik Drescher
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763633860

A veneer of feigned pleasantries can’t conceal the ceaseless, senseless competition that corrupts then consumes former friends in this deliciously absurd yet apt demonstration of misguided attention and life misspent.

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Pet Peeve: Not Norman (A Goldfish Story)

Friday, May 2, 2008.

Not Norman (A Goldfish Story)Author: Kelly Bennett
Illustrator: Noah Z. Jones
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763627631

Sunny stylized digital images and giggle-inducing grins, grimaces and gestures make a disgruntled pet-owner’s gradual shift in perspective an entertaining example of rejection, reflection and imagination.

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Sixths Sense: Full House (An Invitation to Fractions)

Friday, February 1, 2008.

Full House - An Invitation to FractionsAuthor: Dayle Ann Dodds (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Abby Carter (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763624683

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Cheerfully wobbly illustrations combine with rhyme, repetition and a cast of colourful characters to make this sneaky introduction to fractions a read-aloud hit.

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The Bee’s Knees: Jazz ABZ (An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits)

Saturday, January 26, 2008.

 Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits Author: Wynton Marsalis and Phil Schaap
Illustrator: Paul Rogers (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763621358

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Vintage poster-style illustrations and meticulously crafted poems pay tribute to the skill, spirit and style of twenty-six jazz greats, from A to Z.

Of Siblings and Solitude: Cuddly Dudley

Saturday, November 24, 2007.

Cuddly DudleyAuthor: Jez Alborough
Illustrator: Jez Alborough
Published: 1995 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1564025055

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A determined crowd of affectionate penguins, acres of cartoon ice floes and a healthy balance of group hugging and irritation make this slapstick story of sibling saturation a huge hit with the preschool crowd.

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Passion, Pooches & Piercings: “Let’s Get a Pup!” said Kate

Wednesday, October 17, 2007.

Author: Bob Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bob Graham
Published: 2001 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763621935

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Cluttered with the happy chaos of a connected family and told with spunk and wit, this deceptively breezy-looking story reels us through grief, joy, yearning and elation, buoying us all the while with candid peeks at the casual, crazy comedy that is domestic life.

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Silken Strength and Resilience: Red Butterfly (How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007.

Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China Author: Deborah Noyes
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763624004

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Delicately depicted in mint, peach and red, this beautifully worded legend shares the solitary heartbreak and secret unraveling of a young girl who shines light into her own uncertain future.

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Stranger than Fiction: A Horse in the House

Friday, October 5, 2007.

titleValAuthor: Gail Ablow
Illustrator: Kathy Osborn
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763628387

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Densely colourful, offbeat illustrations and an unusual hybrid of storytelling and text-book style narration tantalize us with strange but true animal stories that are surprisingly addictive.

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Diverting Disobedience: The Hound from the Pound

Friday, September 21, 2007.

The Hound from the PoundAuthor: Jessica Swaim (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jill McElmurry (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076362330X

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Fast-paced, must-memorize rhyme, a pack of unruly pooches and a sprinkling of romance made this explosion of canine character a family favourite before the ink had time to dry.

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Thinking Rules: Library Lion

Friday, September 7, 2007.

Library LionAuthor: Michelle Knudsen
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763622621

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We want them to follow the rules. We want them to think for themselves. This softly sweet and thoroughly entertaining book may help them understand why.

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The Planned Prodigy: Baby Brains (The smartest baby in the whole world)

Friday, August 17, 2007.

Baby BrainsAuthor: Simon James
Illustrator: Simon James
Published: 2004 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636827

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Hilariously understated body language and text tell a tale of in utero education gone wild in this entertaining poke at the modern, ambitious parent.

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Hypnotising Beauty: Lugalbanda – The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War

Friday, May 25, 2007.

Lugalbanda -- The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War (an epic tale from ancient Iraq)Told By: Kathy Henderson
Illustrator: Jane Ray (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763627828

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This warmly worded and intricately illustrated epic enchants our daughters with its exotic beauty and its underlying themes of kindness and generosity, in spite of its war and gore and shark-toothed, eagle-taloned Anzu birds.

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