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"The Fall Festival" by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer's endearing Little Critter is back in this beginning reader story. It's harvest time and Little Critter and his family drive out into the country to attend a fall festival. Join Little Critter has he goes on a hayride, picks out a pumpkin, and, of course, eats too many apples! The Fall Festival is full of colorful, nostalgic illustrations of family fun down on the farm. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

"World of the Weird" by Tracey Turner

This nonfiction book is really a collection of weird facts, paranormal mysteries, and strange phenomena that will fascinate curious kids — about the eccentric "Mole Man" of London, a hamburger museum in Florida, and a frog in Thailand that rides a toy motorbike, to name a few. The book also includes fun activities that readers like performing prediction tricks, making ectoplasm, and learning how to levitate. There are photographs and illustrations on nearly every page, and lots of snippets of facts, making this a great book for kids with short attention spans. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.