September 24th, 2014
Hooray! Newly Released Books (or to be released before 1/2015
Danny’s Doodles: The Squirting Donuts (Sourcebooks) Something is amiss in Danny and Calvin’s fourth grade class when their loud, rule enforcing teacher Mrs. Cakel suddenly transforms into a whole new person. Danny and Calvin decide the only way to find out what’s really going on is to spy on their personality switching teacher. But spying soon leads to a greater mystery filled with dog chasing, jelly injected donuts, peanut butter induced experiments, riddle mania, and more!
A Pet For Fly Guy (Scholastic) In the first zany, hilarious Fly Guy picture book, Buzz tries to help Fly Guy find the right pet. It seems that everyone else at the park has a pet, so Fly Guy wants one, too. A dog licked Fly Guy. A frog chased Fly Guy. A cricket was too jumpy. Who will be the best pet for Fly Guy.
Fly Guy #14 Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks (Scholastic) Fly Guy puts on a show with all the new tricks that Buzz taught him. But when Fly Guy shows off The Backstroke, The Dizzy Doozie, and The Big Booger at dinner-time, Buzz tells Fly Guy only to do the tricks on command. The tricks come in handy when an annoying kid starts picking on Buzz and Fly Guy–and by the time Fly Guy pulls off The Big Booger, he runs away.
Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day (MacMillan) Publication date-1/6/15 “This eighth book in the popular Bad Kitty series features a day in the life of Kitty’s ever-slobbering foe, Puppy”
Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Katy Duck Goes To Work (Simon and Schuster) Katy Duck is so excited to go to work with her dad. She chooses her best tutu, finds a beautiful crown, and dons her boa. At the office, Katy Duck types, she colors, she gets water from the water cooler, and, of course, she dances. But as she’s dancing, Katy Duck knocks over a huge stack of papers! Katy learns that sometimes she must be a bit more careful…but she also learns that going to work with her dad is so much fun! Tra-la-la. Quack! Quack!
Katy Duck Happy Halloween (Simon and Schuster)”Tra-la-la. Quack! Quack! I will be a magical dancing unicorn!” Katy galloped. She twirled.”No one will have a costume like this,” she said. And no one does have a costume like hers, but when Katy sees Alice Duck dressed up in a shimmery, glimmery outfit, Katy wishes she was shimmery and glimmery, too! Suddenly, trick-or-treating doesn’t sound so fun. But with a little help from Alice and Ralph, Katy realizes that her costume is still very special. And besides, she can be shimmery and glimmery next year!
Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine (Simon and Schuster)When Katy Duck receives a secret valentine filled with sparkly stars, she wonders who it could be from! With a little help from her friend Ralph, Katy makes the perfect card for her secret valentine…and discovers who it is!
Willie and Me
(Harper Collins) Stosh thought he was finished traveling back in time. But then Ralph Branca shows up in his room one night, begging for Stosh’s help. In 1951, Branca pitched a ball to Bobby Thomson that would become the “Shot Heard Round the World,” a home run that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants and changed the lives of Branca and Thomson forever. Branca says the Giants were cheating, and he needs Stosh to use his power with baseball cards to go back in time and set things right. With wisdom from all the players he has helped before-plus the surprise return of some familiar faces-Stosh uses his power to travel in time using baseball cards one last time in a fabulous finale to the adventure of a lifetime.
Genuis Files #5 License To Thrill (Harper Collins) The wackiest road trip in history comes to an action-packed conclusion in book five of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series.When we last left our heroes, twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald were in Roswell, New Mexico, and they had just seen a strange beam of light. Now their cross-country road trip is about to take a detour that’s out of this world-literally! Once the twins get their feet back on the ground, they embark on the final leg of their trip, which will take them from the Hoover Dam all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Flags Over America (Albert Whitman and Company) Cheryl Harness brings to life a picture book history of flags focusing on the United States’ revolutionary beginnings, from liberty poles to the legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814. Includes a glossary of flag terminology and an American flag timeline.
Charise Mericle Harper
Superlove (Disney-Hyperion)Today I am Superlove! There will be love, a wedding, and happily ever after.”So begins the day of one young girl who decides to stage a wedding between her stuffed animal, Mr. Mittens, and Pinky-her cat. Pinky is less than thrilled with the idea, even when Superlove dresses up as the flower girl and arranges some practice weddings between her other stuffed animals. Will Superlove get Pinky out of the tree in time to be the blushing bride? Or will she come up with another way to save the day?
Princess Patty Meets Her Match (Disney-Hyperion) One day your prince will come . . .. . . or so Princess Patty was told. But he’s taking too long, and she’s tired of waiting; so with Miss Loverpuff (her pet starfish) in tow, Patty sets off to find her own happily-ever-after. Along the way, she meets a prince who places leftover peas under the bed, and another who can’t tell the difference between catching dragons and dragonflies! Will she ever meet the right Prince Charming?
Tickly Toes (Kids Can Press)This rhyming read-aloud celebrates baby’s first playthings-his toes!-and baby’s first accomplishment-discovering to his great delight that he can grab hold of those “runaway, fun-all-day tickly toes.”
Pinkerton Behave (revised and re-illustrated 35th edition) (Penguin)The impossibly foolish but irresistibly sweet Pinkerton has been a picture book favorite for thirty-five years. Now Steven Kellogg has created this exuberant updated version, with an edited text and completely new illustrations, so that future generations of children can enjoy the Great Dane’s timeless silliness.
The Circus Goes To Sea ( Algonquin) For many years, Sir Sidney’s Circus has traveled by train. But one day a letter arrives from Miss Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta, inviting the circus to travel aboard the SSSpaghetti. Who can resist? The Spaghetti is a floating palace of elegance and entertainment. There’s only one problem: Miss LaPasta doesn’t want Barnabas Brambles to come aboard because she’s heard he’s the meanest man alive. Lucky for Barnabas Brambles, his boss is Sir Sidney, the nicest man alive. Sir Sidney
insists the entire circus, including Barnabas Brambles, accept the invitation. But Leo doesn’t like water. Elsa’s never been swimming. The Famous Flying Banana Brothers have no idea where they’ll put their trapeze. And, oh dear, what’s that large object up ahead in the water?
Flashpoint (Scholastic) The final book in the UNSTOPPABLE series. This time, the Cahills are facing their greatest adversary yet, J. Rutherford Pierce, billionaire media tycoon and all-around psychopath. Pierce has managed to replicate Gideon Cahill’s serum to create an unstoppable army of supermen. FLASHPOINT is the story of the final confrontation, Amy and Dan’s last chance to throw a monkey wrench into Pierce’s plans for nothing less than world domination.
Memory Maze (Scholastic) Book 2 of The Hypnotists-12-year-old Jackson Opus, the world’s most powerful natural mind-bender, is back. Jax and his family have escaped New York City, but are they really any safer in hiding? Strange things are happening, starting with an unbelievable invitation from one of the richest men on earth. Back in New York, hypnotists are mysteriously disappearing. Could it be the work of Dr. Elias Mako and his Sentia Institute? Or is something entirely different going on?
Unleashed (Scholastic) The SWINDLE team is coming back. Luthor is unleashed! The ex-guard dog has a dangerous new hobby – chasing cars. And no amount of dog-whispering from Savannah can do anything to stop it. Meanwhile, Cedarville Middle School has joined Invent-a-Palooza, a national competition for young inventors. As the son of a real professional inventor, Griffin is expected to ace the contest. But he faces stiff competition from Darren Vader, and even from one of his own best friends. The big story becomes mutiny on the SWINDLE team – until the front-running invention mysteriously disappears.
Jarrett Krosoczka and Eric Wight (contributor)
Comics Squad ( Random House) A bust-your-gut-laughing graphic-novel anthology with original contributions from the most beloved names in the genre! * Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm * Jarrett J. Krosoczka * Dav Pilkey * Dan Santat * Raina Telgemeier * Dave Roman * Ursula Vernon * Eric Wight * Gene Yang * This all-star tribute to classic Sunday comics includes eight sidesplitting, action-packed stories about every kid’s favorite subject-RECESS! With popular characters from Babymouse and Lunch Lady and brand-new soon-to-be favorite characters from superstars including Dav Pilkey! Raina Telgemeier! Gene Yang! and many more!
Donna Jo Napoli
Hands & Hearts
(Abrams) This mother-daughter beach outing features an added layer: Throughout the day, they use American Sign Language to communicate.Looking deeper, children will notice hands embracing, fingers touching, hands and fingers shaping words. In addition, one word in each passage appears in red type. This word is then featured in a sidebar illustrating the sign. When done, readers will have learned how to sign 15 words.
Storm (Simon and Schuster) A sixteen-year old stowaway discovers her destiny on Noah’s Ark in this riveting reimagining. The rain starts suddenly, hard and fast. After days of downpour, her family lost, Sebah takes shelter in a tree, eating pine cones and the raw meat of animals that float by. With each passing day, her companion, a boy named Aban, grows weaker. When their tree is struck by lightning, Sebah is tempted just to die in the flames rather than succumb to a slow, watery death. Instead, she and Aban build a raft. What they find on the stormy seas is beyond imagining: a gigantic ark. But Sebah does not know what she’ll find on board, and Aban is too weak to leave their raft.
Hidden (Simon and Schuster) Lost at sea when her sister is taken captive on a marauding slave ship, Brigid is far removed from the only life she knew as a princess and the pampered daughter of an Irish king. Now Brigid has few choices. Alone and abandoned, she disguises herself as a boy and vows to find her innocent sister taken into slavery. Through her search many years pass and she grows from being a child to a woman, tough Brigid does not give up. She lives from the land, meets friend and foe along the way, and gains a reputation as a woman thought to be fierce enough to conquer men. It is not fierceness that guides her but the love of her sister and the longing for her family to be united. One day she finds her way, knowing that her only real power comes from within herself.
Fiona’s Lace (Penguin) An Irish family stays together with the help of Fiona’s talent for making one-of-a-kind lace in this heartwarming immigration story. Many years ago, times were hard in all of Ireland, so when passage to America becomes available, Fiona and her family travel to Chicago. They find work in domestic service to pay back their passage, and at night Fiona turns tangles of thread into a fine, glorious lace. Then when the family is separated, it is the lace that Fiona’s parents follow to find her and her sister and bring the family back together.
Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece (Penguin) In this story, Patricia Polacco recalls overcoming a paralyzing fear of speaking in public. Young Patricia has memorized the entire school play, and she’s comfortable in her role as prompter, but when the lead actress moves away, someone must step in. “Patricia, you have to, you just have to,” the cast members plead. Horrified at the thought, she allows herself to be coached by the charismatic theater teacher, Mr. Wayne.
Scary Tales #4 Nightmareland (MacMillan) Welcome. Have a seat. The wolves will wait. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Nightmareland isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale. Meet Aaron Wheeler, who just got a strange, new video game. A game that sucks Aaron right in. All alone, caught in a snowstorm, a howl comes from the nearby woods. And there is no way out….
Scary Tales #5 One-Eyed Doll (MacMillan) Welcome. Have a seat. The doll will move if you ask nicely. She’s got a story to tell. But be warned. One-Eyed Doll isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale. Meet Malick Rice and his sister, Tiana. Two kids who love to hunt for hidden treasure and are about to make their biggest find yet. A small box, locked tight, buried behind a deserted house. A box meant to stay buried forever…
Love You, Hug You, Read to You (Tish Rabe Books LLC) Studies have shown that talking about what’s happening in a book helps children master pre-reading skills much faster than if they just sit and listen to a story. This book will show you how to use the “5W’s” to ask your child questions that begin with “Who? What? Where? When? Why?” Rabe has written some for you and you can make up your own.
Pants For Chuck (Holiday House) Big Chuck, a woodchuck, is having fun with Rabbit, Raccoon, Chipmunk and the mice brothers when he spots a pair of blue pants. Chuck must have the pants. He holds up the game while he struggles to put them on. “You are too big and the pants are too small,” his friends tell him, but Chuck thinks he looks spiffy. Sidesplitting illustrations show a determined Chuck, stuffed into his much-too-tiny blue pants trying in vain to keep up. Comfort and fun finally trump fashion as Chuck sheds the pants and joins the gang for a game of hide and seek.
Kid Sheriff and The Terrible Toads (Roaring Brook Press) Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem. Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping. But he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits.
Charles R. Smith Jr.
28 Days (Roaring Brook)1/3/2015
Einstein The Class Hamster and The Very Real Game Show ( Henry Holt) In Einstein the Class Hamster and the Very Real Game Show, the companion to Janet and Jake Tashjian’s Einstein the Class Hamster, we follow Ms. Moreno’s class as they face off against the students of Crackerjack Elementary on the hit game show Kids Know Stuff. But when Principal Decker sneaks Twinkles the python into the studio, there’s widespread panic; the show’s host is afraid of snakes and walks off the set. Now is Einstein’s chance to shine! With the assistance of a sound engineer who can also hear Einstein, Ned and Marlon help Einstein get ready to host the show and save the day. But something goes wrong. Does Einstein have . . . STAGE FRIGHT? Oh no! Ned and Marlon must find a way to help Einstein and win the game show.