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9780390000000Dr SeussHorton Hatches the EggRandom House Books for Young Readers10/12/40560When a lazy bird hatching an egg wants a vacation; she asks Horton; the elephant; to sit on her egg--which he does through all sorts of hazards until he is rewarded for doing what he said he would.
9781530000000Cronin, DoreenGimme Shelter: Misadventures and MisinformationAtheneum Books12/12/17600The fifth misadventure of the Chicken Squad starts at the bottom of a hole. Sugar; who dug the hole; hopes Dirt; Poppy; and Sweetie can manage to rescue her from it. (Not exactly.) Sugar intends the hole as a storm shelter for a potential future weather crisis: Listen; whether it strikes today or tomorrow or next week doesn't matterWhat matters is that we are prepared for it! The storm shelter sparks no end of disagreement among the chickens; and the conversation veers wildly from meteorology to
9781600000000Bruel, NickBad Kitty Meets the BabyRoaring Brook Press6/7/11720Kitty's owners are home with a big surprise for Kitty. But what is it? Kitty; reeling in horror; thinks it's a dog. However; it's not quite what she thinks. Illustrations. 144 pp. 5 1/2 x 8. 100;000 print. Pub. 6/11.
9781630000000Bruel, NickBad Kitty Takes the TestRoaring Brook Press1/3/17How good is Bad Kitty at actually being a cat?Bad Kitty loves birds; but when she climbs a tree to play with two of them; it ends in a disastrous fall from the treetops. She rethinks her opinion of birds. The incident triggers a letter from the Society of Cat Aptitude Management; her cat license is being revoked for a series of "shameful un-catlike embarrassments"--such as the time she "woke up suddenly and fell behind the sofa" or when she "tried to jump on the desk but landed in the plants." N
9780760000000Hale, ShannonPrincess in Black Takes a VacationCandlewick Press (MA)11/8/16340The dual storylines keep the pace exciting; and--even though the heroine is sleepy--the art is energetic and charming. Princess Magnolia has fair skin; Duff's is a little bit darker; and the beachgoers are pleasingly diverse. As always; hilarious; perhaps the strongest Princess in Black outing since the first.
--Kirkus Reviews

Pham's expressive artwork appears on almost every page; effectively breaking up the text for emerging readers; as well as helping them to visualize the story detail

9780760000000Hale, ShannonPrincess in Black and the Perfect Princess PartyCandlewick Press (MA)10/13/15500Today is Princess Magnolia's birthday party; and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet; ditches her frilly clothes; and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture; defeats the monster; and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents; the monster alarm rings again. And every time she ru
9781600000000Bruel, NickBad Kitty Goes to the VetRoaring Brook Press1/5/16Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series; including the 2012 and 2013 CBC Children's Choice Book Award winners Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. He has also written and illustrated popular picture books including Who is Melvin Bubble? and Bob and Otto. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Westchester; New York.
9781600000000Bruel, NickHappy Birthday, Bad KittyRoaring Brook Press9/1/09610It's Bad Kitty's birthday. All her friends come bearing gifts (though not the World's Greatest Cat-Scratcher she'd been hoping for). As the party progresses; the gifts disappear. It's a mystery until Puppy unveils his present: a cat-scratcher cobbled together from the other gifts. Spirited black-and-white illustrations display the hijinks. Brief descriptions of breeds of cats included in the story are appended. (Copyright 2010 by The Horn Book; Incorporated; Boston. All rights reserved.)
9780760000000Dicamillo, KateLeroy Ninker Saddles UpCandlewick Press (MA)8/26/14570Saddle up for this first volume in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from DiCamillo's New York Times-bestselling Mercy Watson books. Leroy Ninker has a hat; a lasso; and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse--until he meets Maybelline; and then it's love at first sight.;Elementary Grade;500;Lexile;Accelerated Reader;3.7.
9781620000000Dean, JaniceFreddy the Frogcaster and the Big BlizzardRegnery Kids9/15/14There's a blizzard blowing toward Lilypad and someone has to warn the frogs! Frog News Network meteorologist Sally Croaker is busy in the newsroom and Polly Woggins is preparing for live broadcasts in the snow. It's up to Freddy the Frogcaster to spread the news and get everyone prepared for the snow storm!

The second book in the popular Freddy the Frogcaster series from Janice Dean "The Weather Machine;" Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard will entertain the whole family with

9780380000000Holm, Jennifer L.Captain DisasterRandom House Books for Young Readers9/25/12530Squish; comic book fan and grade school amoeba; is made captain of his soccer team and following the example of his favorite superhero; must figure out how to turn a losing streak around without losing his friends.;A Junior Library Guild selection.
9780440000000Pilkey, DavCaptain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty PeopleBlue Sky Press (AZ)9/1/06760When we last saw George and Harold; they were about to take their pet pterodactyl Crackers back to the Cretaceous period. But things didn't work out quite as they had hoped. They've entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice; kids are allowed to read banned books; and the cafeteria food doesn't smell like dirty diapers. Even worse; they've discovered alternate versions of themselves--Evil George and Evil Harold--who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua; Ohio. Now it'
9781420000000Pennypacker, SaraClementine and the Family MeetingHyperion Books9/13/11630Third-grader Clementine tries to adjust to the news that her perfect family of four is adding a new brother or sister.;Ages 7-10.
9780690000000Rylant, CynthiaHenry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas (Repackage)Simon Spotlight6/1/05460When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas; they lead them all on a wonderful adventure.
9780690000000Rylant, CynthiaHenry and Mudge and the Happy Cat: Level 2Simon & Schuster3/1/97470Sucie Stevenson is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children and is best known as the illustrator of the popular Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant. She lives on Cape Cod; Massachusetts; with her little cocker spaniel; Gracie.
9780690000000Rylant, CynthiaHenry and Mudge and the Starry Night (Repackage)Simon Spotlight4/1/98440Sucie Stevenson is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children and is best known as the illustrator of the popular Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant. She lives on Cape Cod; Massachusetts; with her little cocker spaniel; Gracie.
9780390000000Dr SeussI Can Read with My Eyes Shut!Random House Books for Young Readers10/12/78380THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL--aka Dr. Seuss--is one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh; the Places You'll Go!; his iconic characters; stories; and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate; including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty langu
9781480000000Rylant, CynthiaLifeBeach Lane Books6/27/17Veteran author Rylant tackles a subject both as tiny as a leaf and as huge as the cosmos; as various animals are born and work their way through the beautiful; though sometimes scary; world. Most heartening here is the message that when things seem tough; there is always something to love; something to protect; and a reason to arise each morning; if only to find out what happens next. Rylant's poetic text is as spare as Wenzel's artwork is effusive. Occasionally; his nature scenes bring to mind
9780380000000Holm, Jennifer L.Squish: Super AmoebaRandom House Books for Young Readers5/10/11520This new title from Jennifer and Matthew Holm offers some immediate similarities to their enormously popular Babymouse series (BCCB 12/05; etc.): two-color (green and black; in this case) comic-book-style illustrations; a plucky protagonist with more ambition than ability; and a perfect mix of writing that is simple enough for early readers but still remarkably snarky; clever; and entertaining. But let's get one thing straight-Squish is his own man; even if he is just a single cell. Sure; the am
9780880000000Esbensen, Barbara JusterSwing Around the SunLerner Publishing Group1/1/03With new illustrations by four Minnesota artists (Cheng-Khee Chee; Janice Lee Porter; Mary GrandPre; and Stephen Gammell); this collection of seasonal poems will pull in readers with its mixture of simple and sophisticated rhyme schemes. Each section has its own visual flavor; ranging from the mystical pieces by GrandPre (known for her Harry Potter illustrations) to Porters bold; fluid illustrations of a small American town. (Copyright 2003 by The Horn Book; Incorporated; Boston. All rights rese
9780790000000Pennypacker, SaraTalented ClementineDisney-Hyperion5/1/07Winner or washout?

When it comes to tackling third grade; Clementine is at the top of her game-okay; so maybe not all the time. After her teacher announces that the third and fourth graders will be putting on a talent show; Clementine panics. She doesn't sing or dance or play an instrument. She can't even hop with finesse. And as if she didn't feel bad enough; her perfect best friend; Margaret; has so many talents; she has to alphebetize them to keep them straight

As the

9780150000000Ehrhardt, KarenThis Jazz ManHoughton Mifflin11/1/06Setting her ode to nine jazz giants to the rhythm of "This Old Man;" newcomer Ehrhardt playfully substitutes the onomatopoeic sounds of their instruments (or Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's tapping feet) for the standard "knick knack paddy-whack" refrain. Drummer Art "Bu" Blakey; for example; is the jazz man who plays six: "He plays solos with his sticks; / With a "bomp-bomp! Bubbuda-bomp!"/ Give the man a hand; / This jazz man beats with the band." In each energized mixed-media spread; Roth; also m
9780760000000Hale, ShannonPrincess in Black and the Science Fair ScareCandlewick Press (MA)9/25/18Shannon Hale and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series; illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High. Shannon Hale and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City; Utah.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children; including Real Friends by Shannon Hale and Aunt Mary's Rose