ART & MAX (Clarion, $17.99) are total opposites. When the exuberant Max is given permission to paint the staid Art, he unexpectedly sprays Art with paint. Bursting with annoyance, Art sheds the paint to reveal himself as a study in watercolor. Max’s attempts to revive the original Art reduce Art to a line drawing that unravels until Max must completely recreate his friend. Three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner’s brilliant exploration of the creative process is full of visual cues. Be sure to look for references to famous artists’ work, a Pink Floyd album cover, and a totally different cover under the jacket in this amazing book. All ages. MAG
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ISBN: 9780618756636
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2010

While Calvin the starling’s brothers, sisters, and 67,432 cousins test their wings, Calvin is at the library with his beak buried in a book. When the seasons change, the starlings prepare to migrate. Calvin has read about migration, but hasn’t found time for flying lessons. Fortunately, his relatives rig a way to bring Calvin along, and just as lucky for them, Calvin’s book knowledge saves the flock from a hurricane. Jennifer Berne’s CALVIN CAN’T FLY: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie (Sterling, $14.95) is a celebration of reading, and cartoonist Keith Bendis’s witty illustrations captivate. Ages 4-7. MAG
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By Jennifer Berne, Keith Bendis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402773235
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sterling - September 7th, 2010

On a family trip to Holland, Trixie accidently leaves Knuffle Bunny behind on the plane. Nearly inconsolable, Trixie is finally comforted when she dreams that her bunny is making children happy around the world. When a wonderful coincidence reunites Trixie with Knuffle Bunny on the return flight home, Trixie surprises her parents by giving Knuffle Bunny to the crying baby seated behind her. Caldecott honoree and Geisel medalist Mo Willems brings the adventures of Trixie and her bunny to a heartfelt conclusion in KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE: An Unexpected Diversion (Balzer & Bray, $17.99). Ages 3-7. MAG
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By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061929571
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 28th, 2010