Shh! We Have a Plan - Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan (Candlewick, $15.99). Don’t scare the birds away! Four friends bundled up in hats and coats and carrying nets are stalking birds. Well, three friends are: the littlest one has a different idea that might have more successful results. Author-illustrator Chris Haughton uses a combination of collage and digital artwork with stunning results. His bold use of shades of blue and indigo with splashes of reds, yellows and greens to depict the brilliant and gorgeous birds makes this picture book both remarkable and accessible. And if they don’t manage to catch any birds, well, there are always squirrels.  Ages 4-7. KLP

Shh! We Have a Plan By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672935
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

Winter Is Coming - Tony Johnston, Jim LaMarche

We can smell it in the air and see it in the changing colors of the leaves: Winter is Coming (Simon & Schuster, $17.99). In this beautifully illustrated picture book, a young artist and budding naturalist observes changes in nature during autumn from her treetop perch.  She watches as wild animals search for food and prepare for the coming cold. Each page of Tony Johnston’s story reads like a poem to nature and its wonders. Jim LaMarche’s stunning illustrations vividly capture the colors, the wind, and the animals’ lives in autumn.  Ages 4-8.  KLP

Winter Is Coming By Tony Johnston, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tony Johnston, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442472518
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 26th, 2014

The Way to the Zoo - John Burningham

One night, Sylvie notices a door in the wall of her bedroom that she has never seen before. How utterly enticing! Author and illustrator John Burningham, two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway medal, leads readers on The Way to the Zoo (Candlewick, $15.99). Once Sylvie realizes that she has a secret passage to the zoo, she starts bringing creatures home who may or may not be able to sleep in her bed with her. All goes well until one morning she wakes to the realization that she forgot to close the door. Find out about the ensuing chaos in this special read-aloud accompanied by Burningham’s trademark muted pen and pencil drawings with watercolor accents. Ages 3-6.  KLP