The Year of Billy Miller - Kevin Henkes

Billy’s stay-at-home dad has declared that this is The Year of Billy Miller (Greenwillow, $16.99), and Billy quite likes the idea.  But he is starting second grade and thus faces new challenges, including a school project and a poetry slam, along with the old ones (namely, his ever-present little sister). Award-winner Kevin Henkes has written and illustrated a funny, human, and realistic take on what it is like to be in elementary school.  Ages 7-10. KLP
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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062268129
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

Rain! - Linda Ashman, Christian Robinson

According to one little boy, we should let it Rain! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99) so he can stomp through puddles, wear his bright green frog hat, and stop for a hot cocoa at the local coffee shop. Meanwhile, an older gentleman traveling to the same destination is simply disgusted with the idea of messy hair, yucky galoshes, and nasty puddles. On his way out of the shop, the young boy sees that the man has forgotten his hat. The hilarious and heartwarming exchange that ensues helps everyone forget that it’s cloudy and gray and remember what it’s like to be young. Christian Robinson’s brightly cheerful paint and collage illustrations bring extra joy to Linda Ashman’s tale of intergenerational friendship. Ages 4-7. KLP
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ISBN: 9780547733951
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Published: Clarion Books - March 5th, 2013

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild - Peter Brown

Peter Brown deftly recounts what happens when civilized, bipedal, hat-wearing Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Little, Brown, $18).  Mr. Tiger sheds his top hat and suit, walks through water fountains, and heads on all fours for the forest, where he can let his inner wild self be free. Finding his new habitat rather lonely, however, Mr. Tiger returns to town and is delighted at what he finds. Brown’s intentionally limited palette of greens, browns, and oranges cleverly illustrates this hilarious and heartwarming tale.  Ages 4-7.  KLP 
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ISBN: 9780316200639
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013