Macaroni, books, spoons, dogs: for Young Frank, Architect (Abrams, $16.95), every material is a building material—until his grandfather, Old Frank, informs him that “real architects” don’t make wiggly buildings or dream up entire cities. Yet when his grandfather suggests a visit to the museum, both Franks discover that architecture does include wiggly buildings, and much more than either of them imagined. Frank Viva’s text perfectly captures Old Frank’s even tone, and his illustrations humorously play on their straight-laced family resemblance, right down to the matching bowties in which they sleep. An endnote with short biographies of innovative architects (not all named Frank) will pique young readers’ imaginations and likely prompt a flurry of cardboard construction. Ages 4-9. ACD
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ISBN: 9780870708930
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - September 24th, 2013

What “looks like a cross between a hippo, an elephant, and something prehistoric”? A tapir, of course! This endearingly goofy-looking creature is so stealthy that many people do not even know of its existence, which is being threatened by habitat loss. Luckily, Patricia Medici, The Tapir Scientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99), is learning more about this mysterious animal than anyone has before. Author-photographer duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop traveled to Brazil to see Pati and her team at work. The resulting book, the newest installment of the Scientists in the Field series, is a fascinating look not only at tapirs but also at the Pantanal wetland where they live. Ages 10-14. JLM
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ISBN: 9780547815480
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2013

Lita Judge poses the question, How Big Were Dinosaurs? (Roaring Brook, $17.99) in her delightful new book. Comparing dinosaurs with animals alive today, Judge uses bright illustrations to show readers exactly how large different species of dinosaurs were. This nonfiction volume is filled with truly fun facts about these vanished creatures that will keep young paleontologists poring over it again and again. Ages 5-9. KLG
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By Lita Judge, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596437197
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013