After reading The Skunk (Roaring Book, $17.99), it’s clear that star author Mac Barnett and legendary comics illustrator Patrick McDonnell should’ve put their heads together to create a book long ago. McDonell’s pen-and-ink drawings are the perfect style for the comical tale of a skunk that just won’t stop sneakily following a poor man around. As the skunk shadows the man through the city, this story starts to feel like a tale of espionage hi-jinks in the tradition of Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy.” However, after he finally escapes the skunk, the man begins to miss him. You’ll have to read this hilarious picture book to find out his ridiculous solution. Ages 5-8. Sharat Buddhavarpu

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By Mac Barnett, Patrick McDonnell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439665
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 14th, 2015

Each chapter of Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder’s A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans (Crown, $15.99) begins with a maxim from Miss Drake, such as, “If you value your happiness and sanity, take your time and choose your pet wisely.” However this story puts the lie to her sage adivice. Her new human pet is named Winnie, and through comical training adventures, during which Winnie’s drawings in a magical sketchpad unleash great and terrible beasts on San Francisco, we learn that they’re both dealing with a death in the family. Yep and Ryder demonstrate that farce and fantasy are perfect vehicles for dealing with subjects close to our hearts. Ages 8-12 Sharat Buddhavarapu

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780385392280
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2015

Micah loves living with his Grandpa Ephraim. It’s a strange childhood, filled with stories of the miraculous, magical Circus Mirandus (Dial, $17.99). Micah especially loves Grandpa’s stories about the Man Who Bends Light. When his grandpa falls deathly ill and Micah’s mean great aunt moves in, Micah seeks out this magician so that he will grant the wish he promised Grandpa Ephraim long ago. Cassie Beasley’s storytelling instincts are unerring and her rendering of the fantastic is sublime as she relates the lengths—of both belief and love—that children will go to for the ones they love. Ages 10-12. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525428435
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Published: Dial Books - June 2nd, 2015

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