“By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you.” This is how the story of a black bear who falls asleep in the back of a berry truck and ends up in the big city begins. Author and illustrator Julia Sarcone-Roach’s clever narrative explains how The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (Knopf, $16.99), and her lush paintings bring the bear to vivid life along the way to getting the treat. Only in the book’s final pages, when the story’s narrator is revealed, do the actual events behind this sweet and outlandish tale become clear. Ages 4-8. Eowyn Randall

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780375858604
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

What would you do if someone slapped the wrong label on you and everyone—yourself included—expected you to perform a task you physically couldn’t? That’s what’s happened to the unlucky crayon in Red: A Crayon’s Story (Greenwillow, $17.99). Despite the fact that he’s clearly blue, he’s wrapped in a paper sleeve that declares him red. No matter how hard he tries to draw fire engines or strawberries, something’s just not quite right. Michael Hall’s latest picture book is full of the sort of visual cleverness readers have come to expect, with a sly take on the familiar lesson to “be yourself.” Ages 4-8. Eowyn Randall

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By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

Sadie has a simple enough goal: to get this elephant to her “Great-Aunt Josephine—who lives almost completely alone and could really use the company.” But this Special Delivery (Roaring Brook, $17.99) is going to take a little more work than simply dropping the elephant off at a post office. Mailing an elephant would take more stamps than fill a wheelbarrow. Philip C. Stead presents another whimsical and heart-felt tale as Sadie goes to increasingly great lengths to get her great-aunt some company, picking up many new friends along the way. Matthew Cordell’s ink and watercolor illustrations capture both the naiveté and the determination of childhood. Ages 4-8. Eowyn Randall

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By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439313
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 3rd, 2015

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