The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey - Sophie Strady, Jean-Francois Martin

Who better to document history than a pachyderm with The Memory of An Elephant (Chronicle Books, $18.99)? That prodigious memory occupies the pages of this book, first published in France by Sophie Strady and whimsically illustrated by Jean-François Martin. Children who enjoy facts alongside their fantasy will marvel at the contents of this oversized picture book. Marcel, who enjoys a fabulous life filled with delicacies, fashion, world travel and birthday celebrations, also shares facts on a variety of topics, from elephants to architecture to musical instruments, creating a delightful encyclopedia.  Ages 6-9. KLP

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ISBN: 9781452129037
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

Hansel and Gretel Standard Edition - Neil Gaiman, Lorenzo Mattotti

With an ominous tone, Neil Gaiman introduces us to his take on Hansel & Gretel (TOON Books, $16.95). His creepy and unnerving word craft is perfectly complemented by forbidding and dark two-page spreads by acclaimed Italian artist and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti. Not for the very young, but enticing to readers over the age of eight, Gaiman’s stark writing draws us in and doesn’t let go. Mattotti’s pitch-black India ink paintings share equal footing with Gaiman’s storytelling, fully demonstrating the power of image to affect mood.  Ages 8 and up. KLP

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By Neil Gaiman, Lorenzo Mattotti (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781935179627
Availability: Backordered
Published: Toon Graphics - October 28th, 2014

Claude on the Slopes - Alex T. Smith

The latest installment in British author and illustrator Alex T. Smith’s series of books about Claude, a very fashionable dog, is a charming introduction to avalanches and their consequences. Keep an eye out for Claude on the Slopes (Peachtree, $12.95), as he’s a bit of a reckless skier. But, together with his best friend Sir Bobblysock, Claude helps rescue skiers stranded by dangerous snowfalls, pulling the necessary tools from his snazzy red beret. Retro and lively illustrations decorate this book about an adorable dog’s winter adventures.  Ages 6-9.  KLP

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By Alex T. Smith, Alex T. Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561458059
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2014