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Read It, Don't Eat It!
By Ian Schoenherr
In this gorgeous picture book, children are given some helpful hints on taking care of books. Illustrative examples show - among others - a hippo on a raft for "be careful with it at the pool," and an alert terrier in a turtleneck showing us "No dog-ears, please." Ages 3-6.
Boo Hoo Bird
By Jeremy Tankard
When Bird's head gets a playtime bonk, not even cookies and bandages can stop the boo-hooing. Tankard's one-of-a-kind illustrations will ensure that Bird becomes a fast favorite in any young reader's library. Ages 3-6.
By Jill Esbaum
This picture book uses rhyming verse to tell the story of a bullying dog who secretly loves to write poetry. The tale practically sings itself to life as the mean mutt reveals his truer, more sensitive nature. Ages 4-8.
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures, Books 1 and 2
By Jeff Brown
Flat Stanley slides off the picture book shelves for this first chapter book series. Join the beloved character for a Mount Rushmore calamity and an Egyptian grave robbery to find out how he wiggles his way out. Ages 7-10.
The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold
By Cynthia Rylant
Simple and straightforward language from master re-teller Rylant adds ease and interest to the reading of these classic tales. The stories include Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. Ages 8-11.
Appetite for Detention
By Sloane Tanen
In Sloane Tanen's first teen book, she takes her typical photo-diorama format and gives it a hilarious high school spin. Tanen's signature fuzzy chicks serve as the main characters in photographic dioramas, tackling the injustices of cliques, dating and gym class. Teen.
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All reviews by Melissa Fischer, librarian, Center for Discovery, Columbus Metropolitan Library.