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“Alligator Jazz has enough heart and excellent illustrations to overcome its limitations and carry the day.

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Peppa Pig has been around for 14 years as a character on television and in picture books, but she’s retained her youth: she looks to be barely four.

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This spooky book by Kate Coombs has 17 poems. It is creepy from beginning to end. The art is dark with lots of black, brown, olive green, orange, and pops of red and white.

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The Book that Jake Borrowed, written and illustrated by a children’s librarian, starts out as a spin on The House that Jack Built.  “/This is Jake./”

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The very first thing that strikes you about A House for Mouse is the beautifully illustrated cover and the quality of the book jacket.

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Good Morning, Neighbor is a sweet, repetitive tale that explores how food can build community. Mouse wants to make an omelet and asks his neighbor, the blackbird, for an egg.

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The Dreamer, a spare picture book written and illustrated by Il Sung Na, is clearly meant to inspire young readers to try for the impossible.

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This colorful book, The Crocodile and the Dentist, has only 128 words in it, and many of them are repeated. First the crocodile says he is afraid. Then the dentist repeats it.

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What preschool has not had a Tyrannosaurus Wrecks moment? This delightful board book will immediately be a classroom and family favorite.

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“It is the creative and bouncy artwork that will keep readers engaged and willing to carry on to the next page.” 

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From the design table of Marianne Dubuc comes a wordless picture book, The Fish and the Cat, to add to her illustrious collection of a dozen-plus picture books.

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There are more and more nonfiction picture books being published, a very welcome trend.

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Young children will find The Perfect Pillow to be the perfect bedtime companion. The story depicts a timeless problem most children experience: sleeplessness.

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“cute and highly appropriate for a toddler bedtime tuck-in.”

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Publishers are always on the lookout for something fresh and original both for a book’s content as well as its physical form.

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It’s 12 days before Christmas and Santa’s elves have just discovered that Santa’s sleigh is “totaled, smashed, and battered!” So they decide to strip it bare and rebuild it new.

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“Clever . . . a nice addition in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms or on a child’s bedroom bookshelf.”

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“Continuity for parents, pleasure for kids, totally satisfies . . .”

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Kudos to Candlewick for doing a sick-kid book. There can’t be too many out there, and what sick child wouldn’t want to go to an alien world to forget about how badly he or she feels?

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“William’s Winter Nap is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers learning to share.” 

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“All three stories and the illustrations are remarkably creative and fun.”

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Ripping, tearing, shredding, mixing, matching, blending . . . artist-illustrator Sabini has collaged his way from Italy to the U.S. with his previous activity book Paper Zoo.

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“With captivating characters, smart text and free-flowing illustrations The Cranky Caterpillar will resonate beautifully with readers.”

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Animal Parade makes learning fun with its stylish and tactile design as a puzzle book introducing the key concepts of bigger and smaller.

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“The illustrations are adorable . . .”

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