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September 2013

New Picture Books

September 2013

September's roundup of New Picture Books features Peter Brown's MR. TIGER GOES WILD, in which Mr. Tiger decides to go wild, but does he go too far?; Tomie dePaola's STREGA NONA DOES IT AGAIN, where Strega Nona is back, with the perfect remedy for a houseguest who overstays her welcome; and MUSK OX COUNTS by Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers, where, as usual, Musk Ox has his own ideas and Zebra does not fail to show his frustration trying to get Musk Ox back on track --- will they make it from 1-10, or will their efforts end in annoyance?

There, There by Sam McBratney - Animals


Little Hansie Bear loves to pretend, but walking like a duck can be hazardous, especially when he falls into a ditch and has to be helped out by his dad. With a "There, there" and a hug, Hansie is soon off to play again. So when Dad hurts his foot, Hansie knows just what to do.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty - Science and Technology


Rosie is a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal --- to fly --- Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. 

Musk Ox Counts by Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers - Animals


Fans of A IS FOR MUSK OX will be happy to know that Musk Ox and Zebra are back...and trying to make it through a counting book. As usual, Musk Ox has his own ideas and Zebra does not fail to show his frustration trying to get Musk Ox back on track. Will they make it from 1-10, or will their efforts end in annoyance?

Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin - Humorous Stories


How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course! 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown - Fiction


Are you bored with being so proper?

Do you want to have more fun?
Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.
But does he go too far?
Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen and Dan Santat - School & Education


It’s picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming picture book wants to make sure his picture is perfect. It seems as though everything’s going wrong for him --- he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. He secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! 

The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen - Christmas


A brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

When Charley Met Grandpa by Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury - Family


It’s a snowy day, and Grampa is coming by train for a visit. Henry can’t wait! He sets out with Charley, his beloved pup, pulling a sled for Grampa’s suitcase. At last Grampa arrives, but when a sudden gust of wind blows his hat away, Charley disappears into the whirling snow --- and returns, to their relief, carrying Grampa’s green cap! 

The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer and Jake Parker - Animals


What happens when one girl refuses to brush her hair? Well, one day a mouse comes to live in a particularly tangled lock. Soon after, more mice move in, and the girl's unruly mop is transformed into a palace. She loves her new companions but as the girl comes to find out, living with more than a hundred mice atop your head isn't always easy.

Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis and David Soman - Imagination and Play


Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered yard and decide to have the best day ever. But when Lulu tries to make a snowball, snow falls down the back of her neck. Then Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl! With another look at the snow, she sees the yard in a new light. She and Bingo are now ready to use their imaginations to create their own snow adventure.

Dusk by Uri Shulevitz - Holiday


One December afternoon, a boy and grandfather take a walk. When the sun drops low in the sky, they start home. As nature's lights go out the city's lights turn on, revealing brilliant Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas displays in streets, homes and stores. A book that's sure to be a winter classic by Caldecott Medalist Uri Shulevitz.

I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec - Animals


Chloe loves kitties. She wants a cat so much that she sees Kitty everywhere she goes: at the bus stop, in her backyard, in the starry night sky, even in her dreams. From debut children's book illustrator Yasmine Surovec comes a story so adorable that if you don't already love cats you will by the time you're done reading it.

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco - Railroads & Trains

Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around --- everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!

Flo & Wendell by William Wegman - Animals


Meet Flo. She’s a sophisticated big sister who’s part of a very artistic family.  She likes playing with paint and wearing sweaters her mother knits.  Flo also likes teasing her little brother, Wendell.  They play hide-and-seek, but Flo doesn’t look very hard.  They play dress up, too, but Wendell always gets the bad costumes.  Their parents wish they would get along, and they do try…sometimes.

The Girl Who Heard Colors by Marie Harris and Vanessa Brantley Newton - Education


Imagine that when you hear a bell you see silver or when a dog barks you see red. That’s what it’s like for Jillian --- when she hears sounds she sees colors. At first the kids at school make fun of Jillian. Jillian worries about being different until her music teacher shows her that having synesthesia is an amazing thing. 

Strega Nona Does It Again by Tomie dePaola - Humorous Stories


All the young men in the village are chasing Angelina, but the one she has eyes for doesn’t know she exists. At his wits’ end, her father sends her to his cousin --- Strega Nona. Strega Nona, Big Anthony and Bambolona are excited to have a houseguest, but Angelina's demands have the whole household in a tizzy! It’s up to Strega Nona to devise a plan that will make everyone happy.