When sisters Matilda and Clementine wake to a rainy Saturday, Matilda takes it upon herself to teach skeptical Clemmie just how fun the rain can be: the way it sounds like applause, the splash of it on one’s tongue, the worms it ushers from hiding. Playfully told, each panel of renowned Argentine cartoonist Liniers’s ink-and-watercolor drawings conveys the warmth and humor of the two sisters’ relationship. The Big Wet Balloon (Toon, $12.95) is a true delight, with bold, funny characters (inspired by Liniers’s own daughters) who embody the intrepid spirit and optimism of childhood. Ages 4-7. ACD

Es un sábado lluvioso cuando se despiertan las hermanas Matilda y Clementina. A Matilda le encanta la lluvia y decide enseñar a su hermana menor como la lluvia es tan divertida: suena como el aplauso, salpica en su lengua, y llama a las orugas del suelo. Dicho con alegría, cada dibujo de la novela gráfica del conocido historietista argentino Liniers demuestra el cariño y el humor de la relación de las hermanas. El Globo Grande y Mojado (Toon, $12.95 HB/$4.99 PB) es un placer, con personajes intrépidos y simpáticos (inspirado por las hijas de Liniers) quienes representan el espíritu y el optimismo de la juventud. Ages 4-7. ACD

El Globo Grande Y Mojado: Toon Level 2 (Toon Books) Cover Image
By Liniers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781935179405
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Toon Books - September 10th, 2013

It is time to play in the barn and Little Mouse Gets Ready (Toon, $4.99), but can he really get dressed in time? Acclaimed comic artist Jeff Smith presents this charming early-reader graphic novel with his classic streamlined images, newly published in paperback. The silly story is perfect for younger readers, with a humorous twist at the end that will have kids laughing time after time. This Geisel Honor Book uses simple, repetitive language and short sentences along with the graphic format, making this book a helpful and engaging tool for new readers. Ages 4-6. CEB

Little Mouse Gets Ready: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935179245
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Toon Books - February 12th, 2013

He’s been to New York. He’s traveled all over Europe. Now, finally, we get to see Dodsworth in Tokyo (Houghton Mifflin, $14.99). In this latest addition to Tim Egan’s beloved early reader series, Dodsworth and the duck head east—with Dodsworth deeply concerned about his travel companion’s ability to follow Japanese customs. The duck just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, as hard as he tries to focus on what’s going on around him and not just on his stomach! Come along with these unlikely friends as they discover the different sights, activities, and (of course) food that Japan has to offer. Ages 5-7. AJK

Dodsworth in Tokyo (A Dodsworth Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547877457
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2013