Jan 5, 2009

New Kids' Picture Books

When Maisy dreams that she's going on a journey, it's only natural that all her friends come along, too. Maisy dreams about a red ladybug, and there's Charley flying by with a ladybug umbrella. She dreams of a big orange fish, and she and Panda grab a fin and float along. Soon things get even more amazing—a turtle with a shell made of watermelon, a winged clock with the legs of a bird. And when Maisy finally reaches Rainbowland—well, it must be seen to be believed! Little fans will be reassured to see that Maisy's dreams are much like theirs—incredible journeys to places where the everyday world is transformed by the wondrous workings of the imagination.

Katie loves playing with her friends and snuggling with her family, but sometimes at night she's afraid. For Katie, her fears and worries take the shape of Jibberwillies, creatures who fly through her bedroom at night. Luckily, Katie's mom knows just what to do. Together, they catch the troublesome Jibberwillies in a bucket and toss them out the window. It's tough work, but finally the Jibberwillies are gone and next time it happens Katie knows just what she'll do. An empowering book for any child who has ever had nighttime fears.

Meet a Good Little Wolf. Sometimes he pretends to be a Big Bad Wolf, but everyone knows its just pretend. Good Little Wolf is a sweetheartjust, one cant help thinking, like the little wolves who read this book. Good Little Wolf is just a sweetheart, no matter how hard he tries to be bad. Unique art and smaller trim gives an elegant twist to the Big Bad Wolf.

If you were a wild raccoon, you'd hunt at night by the light of the moon. You'd catch some crawdads where they crawl, and gobble them up -- shells and all!
From a hungry crocodile's attempt at a meal of wild ducklings, to a shark cruising for schools of fish, to a whale wrestling a wild giant squid; to a panda eating rare bamboo...... While some animals become food -- and some get away, readers will delight in seeing what and how different animals eat.

Every child adores getting twirled and tossed by Mommy and Daddy. Again! Again, they squeal. That’s the rapturous joy Nicola Smee captures, in simple rhythmic text and charming pictures. One after the other, a group of barnyard friends climb aboard Mr. Horse for a ride. Faster, they beg…faster! But will “faster” lead to disaster? No…just a satisfying ending that toddlers will love.

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