Picture book and illustrated sequels hitting shelves this month star animal friends, unlikely superheroes, chance meetings with royals, and more.

Charlie & Mouse: Even Better

by Lauren Snyder, illus. by Emily Hughes (Chronicle, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4521-7065-7)

Brothers Charlie and Mouse plan a special birthday celebration for their mother in book three of the Charlie & Mouse illustrated chapter book series.

Isabella: Artist Extraordinaire

by Jennifer Fosberry, illus. by Mike Litwin (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, May 7, $17.99, ISBN ISBN 978-1-4926-7264-7)

In this addition to the Isabella series, the purple-haired heroine becomes inspired by classic works of art, which transform an ordinary afternoon into something extraordinary.

The Karate Kid: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

by Kim Smith (Quirk, May 7, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-68369-092-4)

This addition to the Pop Classics series of picture books based on movie classics (following Back to the Future, Home Alone, E.T., and others), tells the story of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.

My Mama Is a Mechanic

by Doug Cenko (Blue Manatee, May 7, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-936669-71-4)

Cenko follows My Papa Is a Princess with a second story about a capable and loving parent who defies traditional gender roles.

The Truth About Crocodiles: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals

by Maxwell Eaton III (Roaring Brook, May 7, $16.99 ISBN 978-1-250-19844-0)

Facts and fun intermingle in book five of The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series. This time, Eaton provides readers with all they need to know about crocodiles.


by Chris A. Bolton, illus. by Kyle Bolton (Candlewick, May 8, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-8118-0)

In book two of the Smash comic book series, fifth grader Andrew is ready to take on the world as the superhero Smash—but first, he needs to find a way to deal with his fears.


by Fiona Woodcock (Greenwillow, May 14, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-264456-5)

The brother and sister pair first introduced in Look enjoy a day of fun at a beach and seaside carnival. Woodcock uses a playful narrative concept by featuring only words that contain a double L.

Juana & Lucas: Big Problems

by Juana Medina (Candlewick, May 14, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-5362-0131-4)

Relatable character Juana returns in the second of Medina’s Juana & Lucas illustrated chapter book series. Living with her mother and her dog Lucas in the city of Bogotá, Juana is happy just the way things are. But when her mother starts spending time with a man named Luis and announces that they are getting married, Juana struggles with mixed emotions about the changes in her family.

What the Ladybug Heard at the Zoo

by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Lydia Monks (Holt, May 21, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-15670-9)

Book three in the What the Ladybug Heard series sees the Ladybug protagonist taking a vacation to the city. When she crosses paths with robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len—who plan to steal a monkey and break into the queen’s palace—she teams up with the other animals to save the day.

Tea with the Queen

by Pip Jones, illus. by Ella Okstad (Faber & Faber, May 28, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-571-33727-9

In the first picture book to feature Jones’s characters from the Squishy McFluff chapter book series, Squishy is Ava’s pet cat—he also happens to be invisible. When Ava and Squishy travel to London and meet the queen, Ava hopes that the royal will notice Squishy.