Samuel’s clumsiness makes Hamza so angry that Hamza lashes out with a terrible insult. Samuel hopes his father, the grand vizier, will chastise Hamza. Instead, the vizier tells his son that he must make sure that Hamza never says a mean word again. Samuel has several ideas about how to punish Hamza, visiting him every day with a new scheme. But Hamza misinterprets Samuel’s intent, turning each one into a game. Soon the boys become friends, ensuring that Hamza will Never Say a Mean Word Again (Wisdom Tales, $16.95). Jacqueline Jules’s adaption of a tale from medieval Spain teaches readers to make friends of their enemies. Durga Yael Bernhard’s clear and decorative illustrations evoke that time and place.  Ages 6-9. HWP

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ISBN: 9781937786205
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Published: Wisdom Tales - June 21st, 2014

Someone—or something—has stolen the prize pears from Monsieur Racine’s garden. Upon investigation, Monsieur Racine discovers very strange footprints, and soon, an even stranger creature. But it’s friendly, tame, and playful. It especially enjoys cookies, chocolate, and ice cream, which Monsieur Racine has delivered in large quantities. As it turns out, The Beast of Monsieur Racine (Phaidon, $16.95) makes a wonderful companion. But when Monsieur Racine travels to Paris to present his discovery to the Academy of Sciences, he and its members are dumbstruck when the beast reveals its true self. Tomi Ungerer’s 1972 picture book features his signature unorthodox wit, and illustrations full of details that children and observant adults will appreciate. Ages 7-10. HWP

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ISBN: 9780714860817
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 28th, 2014

Oliver’s parents are finally resigned to settling down, under the impression that there’s nothing left to explore. They haven’t even unpacked into their home in Deepwater Bay when something strange appears—actually, several strange things: islands. Mr. and Mrs. Crisp are immediately hauling the inflatable dinghy to the water to go and explore the new islands. Within hours the islands disappear, along with Oliver’s parents, so he sets out to find them. Along the way, he befriends a near-sighted mermaid, a feisty albatross, and one of the living Rambling islands, Cliff. They’re headed to the Hallowed Shallows for the Seawigs contest. Will Oliver rescue his parents from a wicked sea captain and his army of sea monkeys? And can he help Cliff win the Seawigs contest? Author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs (Random House, $12.99) is not your typical high seas adventure. Ages 7-10. HWP

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By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385387880
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014