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All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep

In this lyrical animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

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You Are My Little Cupcake by Amy E. Sklansky

From their sugar-sweet smiles to their scrumptious little toes, babies are as irresistible as frosting-covered cupcakes! Amy Sklansky’s delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved. With artwork from talented new illustrator Talitha Shipman, and featuring a pink, glittering cupcake on the front cover with a corrugated touch-and-feel base, this book is sure to become a favorite for cupcake fans everywhere!

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Charming Opal (Toot and Puddle Series) by Holly Hobbie

It’s summertime, and Toot and Puddle’s little cousin, Opal, is visiting Woodcock Pocket when she discovers that she has a loose tooth. Opal carefully places it under her pillow and hopes the tooth fairy will bring her a shiny quarter. Worried that the tooth fairy might get lost on the way, Puddle puts on a special costume so that Opal won’t be disappointed. But will the real tooth fairy show up after all?

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The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage by Julie Andrews Edwards, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier

Everyone’s favorite fairy princess is back and just in time for her ballet recital in this new picture book addition to the Julie Andrews Collection. At first, when Gerry is cast as the Court Jester and not the Crystal Princess, she is dismayed — nothing is pink and no one can see her crown under her silly jester hat! But just as the recital looks like it’s headed for disaster, our ever-energetic very fairy princess swoops in to save the day!

Gerry’s sparkle radiates from the page once more through Christine Davenier’s whimsically elegant illustrations in this spirited, ballet-themed follow-up to The Very Fairy Princess from the renowned mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.

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The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews Edwards

From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in royal attire and practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all pink and proper — as every real-life fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are the price you pay for a perfect day!

From the bestselling mother-daughter team Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton comes a joyful new story about believing in yourself and sharing your unique inner sparkle.

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Dewey’s Christmas at the Library

The newest adventure in our New York Times bestselling series celebrates Dewey’s very first Christmas!

The holiday season is in full swing in Spencer — the lights are twinkling, the wreaths are hung, and Christmas bells are ringing. Inside the library, Dewey longs to be part of the holiday fun and after a series of silly misadventures, Dewey finds a way to add his own special touch to his beloved Christmas tree — and the results are Dew-rific!

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How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?

How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight? by Varsha Bajaj Genre: Children’s Book Pages: 24 Hardcover 10″ x 10″ Date Published: April 1st 2004 Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers My rating: 4 of 5 stars “How many kisses do you want tonight?” the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Children and baby animals request from one to a million kisses from their parents when they settle in for the night. The simple, rhyming text makes for a perfect read aloud. Very cute book! How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight is a very interactive book for bedtime reading. It brings in lots of animals and is great for boys and girls. I enjoyed this book with it’s vibrant pictures and sweet cuddles. *This book was a gift from my friend Julie for AppleBlossom* View all my reviews >> About. . .

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New Suspense Imprint

Little, Brown & Co announces Mulholland Books Contact: Miriam Parker, Marketing Director (212) 364-1161 / miriam.parker@hbgusa.com Little, Brown and Company announces new suspense imprint’s name and launch list June 15, 2010, NEW YORK—Little, Brown and Company announced today the name of its new imprint devoted to publishing suspense fiction: Mulholland Books The name is taken from Mulholland Drive, a winding stretch of road in the Hollywood Hills. Its hairpin turns, sharp cliff faces, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles have long made it synonymous with drama and suspense. The mysteries of Mulholland have inspired countless novels and films, from the classic mysteries of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain to the voices of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly, Michael Mann, and David Lynch. Little, Brown Publisher Michael Pietsch said, “There is an extraordinary body of suspense fiction being written today— novels and stories whose goal is to entertain and surprise at. . .

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The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney — Review

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes. iterary awards Caldecott Medal (2010), Cybils Award Nominee for Fiction Picture Books (2009), An ALA Notable Children’s Book for All Ages (2010) My rating: 5 of 5 starsWhat an absolutely incredible treasure of a book this is from Jerry Pinkney. As an illustrator, this is his book through and through. With few words, the story is told through incredible pictures that enlighten the imagination. It is. . .

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Fanny & Annabelle by Holly Hobbie — Review

Fanny & Annabelle by Holly Hobbie Holly Hobbie, the bestselling author of the Toot & Puddle series, brings us FANNY & ANNABELLE, a new story about creative Fanny with a do-it-yourself theme. In the second Fannyadventure,Fanny writes her first picture book. Since Annabelle, her doll, was Fanny’s first creation, it’s fitting she should star in the story. Annabelle’s adventure ends up mirroring Fanny’s own life as they both manage to give the perfect birthday gift to a loved one. With Hobbie’s heartwarming art mixed with Fanny’s own delightfully naïve drawings, this sweet talewill inspire fans and new readers alike to get creative. My rating: 5 of 5 stars*These are my thoughts on an ARC version.*Does it make me silly if a children’s book brings a slight twinge of tears to my eyes? That is just how sweet this little story is. Holly Hobbie always provides entertainment with her stories. Within. . .

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Blog Tour: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of. . .

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Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?: a review

Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? by Denise Vega With its beautiful imagery and vibrant illustrations Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? celebrates the relationship between old and young, while touching on the subject of aging in a subtle, lyrical manner. Denise Vega’s graceful, rhythmic dialogue combine with stunning art from Hula Lullaby‘s Erin Eitter Kono to tackle a tough subject with a graceful and spiritual touch. My review rating: 4 of 5 starsSimply by looking at the cover, you know that this book has interesting artistry. Flipping through the pages, it is seen that the pictures pull imagination with reality in an absolutely beautiful fashion. The colors are vibrant and the images are very pleasing to the eye. I could easily imagine a child staring at these pictures for hours and imagine mine will too in the years to come. (Due in August, btw). The story is a conversation between a. . .

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The I Love You Book by Todd Parr: a review

The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr I love you when you give me kisses.I love you when you need hugs…Most of all, I love you just the way you are. In his newest picture book, Todd Parr explores the meaning of unconditional love in a heartfelt, playful way. Featuring a heart-shaped die-cut and sparkling silver foil on the cover, this is the perfect way to say, “I love you!” Parents and caregivers are sure to be inspired by Todd’s vibrant illustrations and tender sentiments, and will enjoy sharing this very special book with the little ones they love. My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThe first thing that I notice from this book are the vibrant colors and they just make me want to smile or even draw a picture. Each page of this book is filled with one more reason from parent to child (or whomever the. . .

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Peek-a-Book, I Love You! by Sandra Magsamen: a review

Peek-a-Boo, I Love You! by Sandra Magsamen My review rating: 4 of 5 starsVery cute! This interactive Peek-a-Boo book is just long enough to entertain, but short enough to not mind reading it again and again. Each page has a slight rhyme with something cuddly that will say Peek-a-Boo! Even though reading the first time through it was a little difficult to open the flaps and turn to pages after that initial opening is taken care of the book is great and fun to read and share. I recommend it! View all my reviews.

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