Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink - Paula Danziger, Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy, Tony Ross

Wedding bells are ringing and Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink (Putnam, $14.99). She’s not the bride, of course; nine years old is a little young for that sort of thing. It’s her mom who’s getting remarried, to the fun and Amber-approved Max. Amber’s dad is the only one who isn’t pleased. Amber deals with her sadness about her father’s negativity while simultaneously planning the coolest wedding ever and preparing for her role as Best Child. Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy honor their late friend Paula Danziger’s memory by creating a new installment of her beloved Amber Brown series, while Tony Ross’s illustrations reflect the delightful spirit of Amber herself. Ages 7-10. JLM

Lulu Walks the Dogs - Judith Viorst and Lane Smith

In Judith Viorst’s first book about Lulu, this firecracker of a six-yearold wanted a brontosaurus for her birthday. Now Lulu wants another super-special something—a secret something that costs a boatload of money. Unfortunately, her odiously polite neighbor Fleischman has cornered the market on doing odd jobs for the adults they know. There’s one thing he doesn’t do, though, so Lulu Walks the Dogs (Atheneum, $15.99). When her three charges—Brutus the enormous bulldog, Pookie the pampered fuzzball, and Cornelia the vain hot-dog dog—prove to be more trouble than she expected, Lulu finds that she may have to take the ever-present Fleischman’s advice after all. Viorst once again succeeds in making the obnoxious Lulu both funny and likable, and Lane Smith’s illustrations will make you laugh out loud. Ages 5-8. JLM
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By Judith Viorst, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442435797
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Penny and Her Doll - Kevin Henkes

In this companion to Penny and Her Song, the titular heroine is thrilled when a box from her grandmother arrives in the mail. What marvelous thing could be inside? It turns out to be a doll—the most beautiful one she has ever seen. Now Penny and Her Doll (Greenwillow, $12.99) are inseparable, but Penny faces a challenge: how will she find the perfect name for her perfect toy? Kevin Henkes provides the answer in this lovable tale brightened by his classic illustrations. Ages 5-7. JLM
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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062081995
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012