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A delightfully fun, fact-filled planetary tale from the creator of the Baby University series!
Travel around the solar system and celebrate what makes each planet unique! From Neptune to Mercury and all the planets in between, each one is different and each one is happy to be what they are.
Old slow Neptune looks a bit behind.
Orbiting the Sun takes an awful long time.
But the 8th little planet doesn't need to worry.
It spins on its axis in a really big hurry!
Vibrant, joyful art, playful verse, and a fun die-cut shape are sure to have astronomers of all ages celebrating their own uniqueness while they party with the planets.
The versatile word dude can act as a question, a warning, or an exclamation of delight, and Reynolds (Creepy Pair of Underwear!) uses it all of these ways and more as the single spoken word of his story. A platypus and a beaver almost jump out of their board shorts when a shark surfaces in the waves behind them. "Duuuuude!" they shriek. But the shark wants to be friends, and it speaks their language: "Dude...?" it ventures. The beaver paddles ashore and returns with an ice-cream cone with sprinkles; the platypus offers the shark a spare surfboard, which is even better. "Dude!" they chorus, catching the same wave. Santat (After the Fall) pours on the special effects, and the shark's massive body, double rows of teeth, and bathing suit (his tail fits through one leg, the other hangs empty) add danger-tinged comedy to every spread. It's a story about welcoming the stranger, but the many dopey laughs and Santat's panoply of goofy facial expressions deliver the message with sprinkles on top. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Apr.)
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Money is tight and Vera can't keep up with the social pressures of her classmates, and in Vera's estimation, her immigrant mother's cluelessness (who could possibly think Dimitri's pizza could sub for Pizza Hut stuffed crust at a party?) doesn't help. Vera does manage to talk her mother into sending her and brother to a summer camp, though it's not the one her buddies go to, but a Russian Orthodox one. At almost-ten, Vera is assigned to the older girl section, and her fourteen-year-old boy-crazy tentmates adopt her as a kind of mascot, good for providing covert candy and cleverly sketching pictures of the cute guys but easily abandoned when the social going gets tough. Just when things look their worst, though, Vera meets a younger camper with whom she shares interests, and she begins to consider the advice of her camp counselor on how to get along. Brosgol's illustration skills fully match her convincing narration in this autobiographical graphic novel, with a palette dominated by olive and khaki greens, and Vera's every woe and triumph amplified by the expressive eyes behind her big, round glasses. There's no real villainy here, just the quotidian slings and arrows carelessly shot by kids more concerned with fun than empathy. That makes Vera a character with appeal to every tween who's ever felt disappointed by peers-or by a fulfilled wish that didn't live up to its bright, shiny promise. EB (Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks (04/01/2018):)
In a big city in wintertime, a grumpy old man seems to be the furthest thing from a cat person--so, of course, he's catnip to 10 adorable strays. In rhyming couplets, Beaumont (Hats Off to You!) counts the kitties as they aggregate on the man's doorstep with howls and beseeching eyes: "9 kitties on the mat. /Please don't look at me like that. /I do not want a kitty cat." But there are signs that he doth protest too much, which Laberis (Bright Lights, Big Kitty!) underscores by alternating moody double-page scenes of his solitary urban life--taking full advantage of the book's horizontal format--with tightly focused vignettes that show the current fluffy, cuddly war for the man's heart. As snow arrives, the man closes the door on the pitiful feline huddle, and readers see, in a wordless spread of his living room, photos of a beloved cat from his younger days. In one, the now-balding man has a full head of bright red hair and is nuzzling his pet. It's a breathtaking moment of revelation; suddenly everything from preceding pages falls into the place. Now the question becomes, is he ready to love again? Spoiler alert: yes. Author's agent: the Fogelman Agency. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright USA. Ages 4-8. (June)
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Grades 3-7 *Starred Review* The always-reliable America's Test Kitchen brings their expertise to aspiring foodies with this cookbook designed for kids in the kitchen. Thorough, generously illustrated introductory pages offer tips on cooking jargon; basic skills, such as dicing, folding, cracking eggs, and melting butter; recommended tools, all of which are required at some point or another in the recipes; and common pantry staples. The recipes, all labeled by difficulty, include plentiful, full-color photographs of kids performing the steps, inset boxes with further explanations, suggestions on variations to the recipes, and near-constant mention of asking for adults' help. The recipes themselves are all kid-friendly and require ingredients easily available at many grocery stores. Apart from the requisite pizza, chocolate-chip cookies, and grilled-cheese sandwiches, there are some surprisingly sophisticated choices, such as a classic French-style omelet, maple-glazed salmon, and an inspired upgrade to packets of hot cocoafreezable portions of chocolate ganache that can be melted in a cup of hot milk whenever a craving strikes (YUM). The pages on knife safety ( a sharp knife is a safe knife ) and recommendations for specific tools are particularly useful. The inviting, encouraging tone, which never talks down to the audience; emphasis on introducing and reinforcing basic skills; and approachable, simplified recipes make this a notable standout among cookbooks for kids.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)