The Otter - Cynthia Rylant, Preston McDaniels

A cry for help interrupts what begins as a peaceful summer day and sends the Lighthouse Family into action to rescue The Otter (Beach Lane, $15.99) they find trapped in a sailor’s net. Quick thinking and teamwork are the keys to success, but not before an anxious moment as daylight fades and the sea darkens. Cynthia Rylant highlights everyone’s individual talents without losing the focus on teamwork, including messages of friendship and gratitude. Preston McDaniels’s illustrations set the stage at the beginning of each chapter in this delightful adventure story for younger readers, the sixth book in the Lighthouse Family series. Ages 5-9.

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By Cynthia Rylant, Preston McDaniels (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481460453
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 15th, 2016

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig - Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy

What happens when a tapir from the Malaysian jungle accidentally lands in the big city? The unexpected! Mango Allsorts, a multi-talented young girl, rescues the frightened creature from the black-and-white striped crosswalk where he’s camouflaged himself. Although the terrified crowd thinks he’s a mutant sewer pig, Mango takes him home for banana pancakes with syrup and whipped cream. And so begin the adventures of Mango & Bambang, the Not-a-Pig (Candlewick, $14.99). Polly Faber’s delightful story of an unusual friendship is humorous and touching, while Clara Vulliamy’s expressive black-and-white-and-purple illustrations perfectly capture each funny and surprising moment. This is not your typical tapir-in-the-big-city trope. Ages 6-9.

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By Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763682262
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Published: Candlewick - June 28th, 2016

A Christmas Carol - Adam McKeown, Gerald Kelley

A century before the Grinch stole Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge was doing his best to convince everyone that the holiday was mere humbug. Charles Dickens’s classic tale of the miser who learns to love his fellow humans after some startling visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come has entranced generations of Christmas revelers. Adam McKeown’s new retelling for young readers skillfully preserves the spirit of the original A Christmas Carol (Doubleday, $17.99). Evocative illustrations by Gerald Kelley will make children shiver at Scrooge’s initial coldness, only to delight in his subsequent conversion to compassion. Tiny Tim himself would bless this book’s publication. Ages 6-10.

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By Adam McKeown, Gerald Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553511994
Availability: Backordered
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015