In a heartwarming collection of stories set in the Sonora Desert, two lovable reptiles, one with scales, one without, beguile each other and us with their friendship, which blossoms as quickly as any cactus – and is just as prickly. They dodge extinction by owls and trucks, dabble in capitalism, and learn when not to be totally honest with each other. Snake And Lizard (Kane/Miller $14.95) by Joy Cowley, is further enlivened by exuberant color illustrations by Gavin Bishop. Ages 6-10.
Gerald, an elephant, insists that Elephants Cannot Dance! (Hyperion, $8.99), but his best friend Piggie is not convinced. Ever the optimist, Piggie tries to teach his large, heavy friend some dance moves. Mo Willems’s entertaining duo returns for more fun and laughs. Ages 4-8.
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 9th, 2009