Anna and her sisters, Trudie and Sophie, live with their parents above The Doll Shop Downstairs (Viking, $14.99). Their parents make a good living repairing dolls until World War I when they can’t get the parts they need from Germany. Fortunately, the girls come up with a clever plan to save the business. Yona Zeldis McDonough tells and Heather Maione illustrates this heartwarming story. Ages 6-9. HWP
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ISBN: 9780670010912
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Children's Books - September 3rd, 2009

A frog escapes from a jar and finds a book of Spells (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) by Emily Gravett. Disappointed that the book is not about pirates or castles, the frog shreds its pages. From the shreds, the frog attempts to formulate the spell to become a prince, but the spells, which emerge through split- page images, form magical creatures, not a prince. Finally, a spell, mostly right, produces a prince. Alas, he overlooked a crucial condition noted in small print and the prince reverts to a small green frog—gribbitt! Light-hearted drawings set against a dramatic background and cheeky touches will delight older readers of picture books. Ages 4-8. MAG
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By Emily Gravett, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416982708
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2009

Miss Breakbone calls her students “fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, don’t-knowing dunderheads.” She confiscates everything the children bring to class, but meets her match when she takes Junkyard’s chipped china cat he has found for his mother’s birthday. The Dunderheads (Candlewick, $16.99) by Paul Fleishman cleverly hatch a Rube Goldbergish plot to recover this seemingly worthless piece of junk. David Robert’s gleeful colored drawings are a joy. Ages 7-10. JKS
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By Paul Fleischman, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763624989
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Candlewick - June 9th, 2009

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