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Sneak Previews: Fall 1998 Children's Books, Part III
Compiled by Shannon Maughan -- 2/16/98

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Orchard takes a flying leap with Over the Moon by Rachel Vail, illus. by Scott Nash, a new take on "Hey Diddle Diddle"; Animal Stories: Babe Returns by Dick King-Smith, a story collection; Arlene Sardine by Chris Raschka, the tale of one fish's journey; Iktomi and the Coyote by Paul Goble, a Native American trickster tale; and A Traveling Cat by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Paul Brett Johnson, about a friendly feline.

Peachtree raises a red flag with 13 Monsters Who Should Be Avoided by Kevin Shortsleeve, illus. by Michael Austin, a guide to some frighteningly funny creatures; and Off the Rim by Fred Bowen, illus. by Ann Barrow, an AllStar SportStory novel about basketball.

Philomel stirs the embers with The Fires of Merlin, third in the Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Barron; Shake Rag by Amy Littlesugar, illus. by Floyd Cooper, a story of young Elvis Presley; Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses by Joy Cowley, the first in an easy-to-read series; The Angel on Mill Street by Frances Ward Weller, illus. by Robert Blake, a Christmas story; and Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco, an autobiographical picture book.

Pippin shows its true spots with The Spirit of the Leopard by Catherine Mudibo Piwang and Edward Frascino, an autobiographical novel about Piwang's childhood in Uganda; and The Diary of Beatriz Garcia by Malka Penn, a story set during the Spanish Inquisition.

Archway plays detective with License to Thrill by Julie Taylor, which kicks off the Spy Girls series; Roswell High: #1, first in a new series about aliens in a New Mexico high school; Rose by Diane Schwemm, debut novel in the The Year I Turned 16 series; A Girl Named Summer, a romance by Julie Garwood; and Shockwave by Clive Cussler, a YA edition of the action adventure novel.

Minstel comes to the screen with The Mask of Zorro by Frank Lauria, the junior novelization of the forthcoming movie; American Sisters: #1 West on the Wagon Road, 1852 by Laurie Lawlor is a family story about traveling on a wagon train to Oregon; Against the Odds: #1 Shark Bait by Todd Strasser, a middle-grade adventure; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Salem's Tails: #1 CAT-TV focuses on a warlock trapped in the body of a cat; and a novelization of the first full-length Nickelodeon animated feature, Rugrats: The Movie.

Price Stern Sloan plans a picnic with bite-size Mini Bite board book versions of Number Munch!, Color Crunch! and Shapes for Lunch! by Charles Reasoner; Cool Geography, which includes tips on map-making; and McBroom's Ghost by Sid Fleishman, a silly outing for Farmer McBroom.

Puffin comes in for a close-up with fall reprints of Zoom by Istvan Banyai, Jip by Katherine Paterson, Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes, Tell Me Everything by Carolyn Coman and Tut, Tut by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Lane Smith.

Putnam makes every second count with Ten Minutes Till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann, about a hamster family's unusual bedtime tour; Big Anthony: His Story by Tomie dePaola, which gives the background on Strega Nona's bumbling helper; The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illus. by Jan Brett; If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson, about an interracial romance; and This One and That One, a series of books by celebrity couple Jane Seymour and James Keach, about their young twin sons.

Paperstar heads downriver with fall reprints of Amazon Diary by Hudson Talbott and Mark Greenberg; Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan by Jean Fritz, illus. by Anthony Bacon Venti; The Divorce Express by Paula Danziger; The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett; and Your Insides by Joanna Cole, illus. by Paul Meisel.

Random House hits the high notes with The Random House Book of Stories from the Opera, retold by Adele Geras, illus. by various artists; Five Fairy Tale Princesses, five stories packaged with a charm bracelet; Deck the Halls with Arthur by Marc Brown, in which the aardvark shares holiday fun; The Crayon Box Great Big Flap Book, a tie-in to the syndicated television program The Crayon Box that comes packaged with crayons and stencils; and a mini-edition of The Cat in the Hat, packaged with a finger puppet.

Royal Fireworks straps on its goggles for Nadia of the Night Witches, a historical novel about a squadron of female night bombers in World War II.

Running Press sizes up the season with Tools and Wheels, two new Fit-a-Shape puzzle titles; Ancient Rome joins the Treasure Chests history series; Archaeology is the latest Science Action Book; and Secrets joins the Keepsakes series, which includes stories and activity suggestions.

Courage offers Katy's Gift: An Amish Story by Keith Bowen with Dan Gutman, about life on an Amish farm.

Little Salamander rises to the occasion with five titles by Snip Francis and Melanie Gilbert: The Magic Bread; Hey Look! The What If Book; I Went to the Sea to See the Sea, in which a girl visits the ocean; My Happy Days with You, a child's fond remembrance of a grandparent; and The Adventures of Cosmo and Comet, featuring two frisky kittens.

Scholastics breaks ground with its new Dear America: My Name Is America series; inaugural titles are The Daybooks of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot by Barry Denenberg and The Daybooks of Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier by Jim Murphy.

Scholastic cottons to concepts this fall with Miss Spider's ABC by David Kirk; Counting to Christmas by Nancy Tafuri, in which a child counts the days of December by creating her own holiday craft; When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric Kimmel and Barbara McClintock, about a girl who helps her family obtain a special Hanukkah candle; Perloo Bold, a fantasy novel by Avi; and three new Bunny Reads Back board books by Rosemary Wells, which are based on children's songs.

Blue Sky marks the calendar with To Everything There Is a Season, text from Ecclesiastes, illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon; Second Cousins by Virginia Hamilton, a novel in which the families of characters introduced in Cousins have a reunion; No, David by David Shannon, a picture book; The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam by Audrey Wood, illus. by Bruce Wood, art direction by Don Wood, about Christmas in outer space; and The Bird House by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Barry Moser, the story of an orphan girl who finds a loving home.

Cartwheel is all smiles with The Happy Book by Diane Muldrow, which includes scratch-and-sniff scents and a glow-in-the-dark surprise; Little Bill: Money Trouble by Bill Cosby, illus. by Varnette P. Honeywood, about Little Bill's desire for an expensive telescope; Cheerios Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, featuring the popular cereal; Walter Wick's Optic Tricks by Walter Wick, a collection of thought-provoking photographs; and I Spy Seasons by Jean Marzollo, illus. by Walter Wick, a collection of nature photographs and seek-and-find riddles.

Abracadabra! Arthur A. Levine pulls Harry Potter and the School of Magic by J.K. Rowling out of a hat; Clockwork by Philip Pullman is a hair-raising tale about an apprentice clockmaker who sells his soul.

Scholastic Paperbacks plays welcome wagon with The Monsters Next Door by Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey, first in the Bailey City Monsters series, a Bailey School Kids spin-off; If You Only Knew by Rachel Vail marks the debut of The Friendship Ring series; the Strange Kids Chronicles series by doug &mike features stories about the kids in Mrs. Frightnight's class;Watchers is a Twilight Zone-like series for middle-graders by Peter Lerangis.

Scholastic Reference d sn't mince words in Scholastic Explains, a treasury of homework help for second- and third-graders; also due are Scholastic First Dictionary, Scholastic Treasury of Quotations for Children, Scholastic Children's Thesaurus and The New York Public Library Kid's Guide to Research.
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