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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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In case you were wondering, yes, it’s true; there is another FBI: The Fairy Tale Bureau of Investigations.

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Introduces young children to 10 orchestra instruments. Quirky animal characters. Realistic drawings.

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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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“Time for Bed, Miyuki contains the type of rich and vibrant pretend play-life one hopes is inherent in every child.”

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Everyone loves John Yeoman (b. 1934) and Quentin Blake (b. 1932), at least everyone old enough to remember their quirky stories.

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Star in the Jar is a bedtime story . . . but not really.

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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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In the book Night Job a father brings his son to work with him at a school, where he works as a custodian during the overnight shift every Friday night.

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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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“for kids worried about the first day of school, this book offers something to make them feel better.”

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

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We may think that nostalgia is something only adults feel, looking back on their childhoods, but children feel nostalgic, too.

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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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“a beautifully crafted book that gives readers a fresh look at a classic, beloved story.”

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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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