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“The perfect book for any child who has ever played with a hammer.”

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Lulu is a black Labrador who was recruited into a CIA dog-training program. She had a nose for everything. That’s how she ended up at the police dog academy.

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“All families will appreciate the message of how crazy-much parents love their children.”

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“Sometimes the simplest stories are the best.”

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“Budding naturalists—or any child with an inquisitive mind—will delight in the opportunity to learn so much in such an amusing, well-written book.”

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“Young readers will certainly need some adult guidance to grasp this important and timely message, and some adults might not feel comfortable with the book’s simplified delivery.”

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“A standout among the board book crowd.”

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Little Puffin’s patience is again being tested in this rambunctious follow-up picture book to The Angry Little Puffin by Timothy Young.

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“This funny picture turns the ‘counting sheep’ story on its head.”

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“Stay, Benson! might be the perfect picture book.”

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“Ruskin and Blake, though living over a century apart, remain intellectual simpaticos and well-matched creative partners, making The King of the Golden River a fabulous classical s

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Don’t Wake the Tiger begins right out of the gate as the tiger on the cover sleeps with eyes shut tight. A red sticker invites us to “Watch the faces change!” Intriguing.

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“Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine is a happy story of friendship, perfect for circle time at preschool or one-on-one time in a parent’s or grandparent’s lap.”

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“Who wouldn’t want to invent a unique dog with a Komondor head, a Dachshund middle, finished off with a Great Dane rear end?”

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“Franklin and Luna Go to the Moon demonstrates the satisfaction of finding out where your roots are, even if they are far, far away.”

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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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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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