An ominous rumble alarms five carpenter ants inside their wooden stump. It may be a sneaky gray aardvark, worries one of the ants, but when another ant drills a hole to see better, the cautious ant declares that It’s an Orange Aardvark! (Greenwillow, $17.99). Michael Hall provides an insider’s view of the stump with clever use of torn paper, acrylic-painted textures, and die-cuts that reveal a different color of the rainbow with each drilled hole. Delightfully personable ants and a cunning ending ensure that this cumulative tale is destined to become a favorite to share and read aloud. Ages 4-6. Mary Alice Garber

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By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062252067
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2014

A quiet, rather indifferent young boy poses a new challenge for Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door (Albert Whitman, $13.99). Lulu and her cousin, Mellie, worry that the new neighbor is not properly caring for his pet rabbit. Through a variety of ingenious plots, the girls ensure a happier existence for the rabbit and gradually develop a friendship with the new boy. With spirited illustrations by Priscilla Lamont, this newest title in Hilary McKay’s series about a young girl who loves all animals is as engaging as the first book. Ages 6-9. Mary Alice Garber

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By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807548165
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2014

With a dash of Dickens, a fairy-snatching witch, a talking cat, and a bright girl who believes in magic, Sally Gardner’s modern fairy tale races along. Left in a hatbox at Stansted Airport and having the misfortune to be adopted by a dreadful couple, Emily escapes from drudgery when she inherits a shop. Far from ordinary, Wings and Co. is a fairy-folks shop dedicated to untangling mysteries. Emily finds herself at the heart of Operation Bunny (Holt, $12.99) and dealing with lots of pink bunnies. David Roberts’s illustrations brilliantly portray the fascinating good and evil characters in this quirky caper. Ages 8-11. Mary Alice Garber

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By Sally Gardner, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805098921
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 11th, 2014