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As a skater zooms across the page, the only other elements depicted are the Lines (Chronicle, $17.99) that trace her path across the ice. This minimal approach beautifully represents the skater’s flowing movements, but then the graceful figure falls in the midst of a complicated move. The next page shows a crumpled piece of paper. From this point forward, Suzy Lee transforms this wordless picture book into a meditation on the process of creating art, making this charming book into a great one. Ages 5-8.

 

Lines: (Wordless Kids Books, Children's Winter Books, Ice Skating Story for Kids) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452156651
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 5th, 2017

Staff Pick

In the waters off the coast of an unnamed Latin American country, Abelardo and his father find a whale tangled in their fishing nets. Author/illustrator Mordecai Gerstein depicts both the boy’s worry about the whale and his father’s frustration that their net, an essential tool in their trade, will have to be sacrificed, but ultimately the boy’s compassion for another living being wins out. As his father goes to search for a new net, Abelardo dives under the water to cut the nets and free the whale. When The Boy and the Whale (Roaring Brook, $17.99) come face to face, Gerstein achieves one of the most powerful moments of this immensely emotional tale. Ages 5-8.

 

The Boy and the Whale Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626725058
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 21st, 2017

Staff Pick

Our story opens as a mouse is “quickly gobbled up” by a wolf and travels to the carnivore’s stomach. There, the hapless rodent meets a duck, comfy-at-home—complete with bed, kitchen, and a dining table. The duck extols the benefits of living “inside,” and the mouse asks to stay. They dance to celebrate, resulting in a chain reaction—both inside and outside the wolf. And at the end of this unlikely story of The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse (Candlewick, $17.99), you’ll find out “why the wolf howls at the moon.” Mac Barnett mixes contemporary and old-fashioned dialogue (“oh woe, oh death”) in a whimsical, modern-day Just So Story. Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen (This Is Not My Hat) uses brownish brushstrokes, thick pencil lines, and his characteristic genius at depicting animals both delighted and deadpan to bring our three heroes to life. Ages 5-9.

 

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By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

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