On Monday, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick, $16.99), determined not to stop until they discover something “spectacular”. Aided by their faithful pooch, the pair plows into the earth until the hole is taller than they are. Thinking that they’re going nowhere fast, they start digging sideways instead of down, hoping this change of direction will lead them to something great. Every so often they switch their angle of approach again, but with no better luck. Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen—with help from Sam and Dave’s dog—show readers that spectacle is often just out of reach and can be found in the most unexpected of places.  Ages 4-8. ARW

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By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763662295
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Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

The last hamster left for sale, Sweetie Pie is determined to be loveable enough that a child will take him home. However, when he finally succeeds, he discovers that things aren’t as friendly as he imagined outside the pet store. He’s roughhoused and neglected and passed from kid to kid until he ends up a classroom pet. Finally loved and cared for, Sweetie Pie still isn’t content. Stuck on the classroom windowsill, he wants nothing more than a life outside. Acclaimed author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg brings his trademark care and detail to The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99), which are many and varied, but after struggling through them, Sweetie Pie may just get a chance at the life he’s always dreamed of.  Ages 5-8. ARW

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ISBN: 9780547315829
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 4th, 2014

Princess Magnolia does everything that a princess should. She sleeps in a tower, wears glass slippers, and serves tea to her esteemed guests, but Princess Magnolia has a secret. While entertaining Duchess Wigtower, the Princess’s glitter stone monster alarm goes off and she must become The Princess in Black (Candlewick, $14.99). Since princesses don’t wear black, no one suspects Magnolia’s secret identity, thus allowing her to fight monsters with her signature “twinkle twinkle little SMASH” move. Beloved author Shannon Hale and husband Dean Hale prove that princesses as well as other little girls don’t fit in any box and illustrator LeUyen Pham brings Magnolia’s story to life. This is truly a read for the whole family.  Ages 5-8. ARW

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By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665104
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Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014