Ant hates winter. It’s cold, gray, and lonely. She misses her best friend Honey Bee, who seems perfectly content to spend time alone. Ant can’t believe anyone would choose to be alone, though, so she braves the cold, the wind, and the rain to offer her company.  Bee is tired. And grumpy. And hungry. Ant is determined to remedy the situation before Bee hibernates. Young readers will appreciate this warm and humorous portrait of Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter (Candlewick, $14.99) from Judy Moody author Meg McDonald. G. Brian Karas’s expressive drawings make this winsome duo even more endearing.  Ages 5-8.  HWP
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By Megan McDonald, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763657123
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2013

Wolf and Dog (Gecko, $16.95) are cousins, but Wolf is wild, while Dog is tame. Wolf doesn’t eat green. Dog declares lettuce “good for the waistline.” Wolf wolfs down food. Dog uses a plate. Might the two find common ground? In Sylvia Vanden Heede’s offbeat stories, translated by Bill Nagelkerke and told in Wolf’s slanted rhyme, these two compelling characters engage in playful battle, never quite enemies, never quite friends. Their relationship is a clever, fast-paced hodge-podge of wordplay and negotiation – over a flea, bacon, a wolf-terrorizing kitty, and more. Marije Tolman’s color illustrations tease out just the right details, emphasizing the stories’ darkly humorous bite. Well suited to reading aloud, this book is sure to leave everyone giggling. Ages 5-8. ACD
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ISBN: 9781877579479
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Published: Gecko Press - September 1st, 2013

For most people, going to the Laundromat is a daunting task filled with sorting and inconvenience, but not for Francis, the Little Fox (Kids Can, $17.95). Laundry Saturday is his favorite day of the week. It is a day that he gets to spend alone with his father, tossing socks onto caribou antlers, coloring pictures, and enjoying a nice frozen yogurt. However, all goes awry when pesky Lily, the daughter of the Laundromat owner Mr. Li, plays tricks on all the customers. Suddenly, it’s up to Francis to put things right. Veronique Boisjoly’s humorous tale couples perfectly with Katty Maurey’s illustrations, which offer something to discover on every page. Ages 4-8. KLG
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By Véronique Boisjoly, Katty Maurey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781894786409
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Published: Kids Can Press - September 1st, 2013