The Elephant Prince ($16.95) by Amy Novesky, illus. by Belgin Kaya Wedman, reveals how the Hindu god Ganesh acquired the head of an elephant. (4-up)
MAPLE TREE PRESS (PGW, dist.)
Over in the Meadow ($16.95) by Jan Thornhill gives this rhyme new art. (3-8)
Wildlife ABC & 123: A Nature Alphabet & Counting Book ($16.95) by Jan Thornhill features animals from around the world. (3-8)
Daniel’s Dinosaurs: A True Discovery Story ($16.95, paper $6.95) by Charles Helm. Two boys discover dinosaur footprints that lead to a landmark discovery. (7-10)
Boredom Blasters: Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Comics, Games, Tasty Treats, and More ($21.95, paper $9.95) by Helaine Becker, illus. by Claudia Davila, rounds up activities and puzzles. (7-11)
That’s Very Canadian: An Exceptionally Interesting Report About All Things Canadian, by Rachel, Wow Canada! Collection ($28.95, paper $18.95) by Vivien Bowers, illus. by Dianne Astman, examines all things Canadian. (9-12)
Money, Money, Money: Where It Comes From, How to Save It, Spend It & Make It ($19.95, paper $12.95) by Eve Drobot compiles facts and anecdotes about money. (8-13)
Girl Zone adds The Girls Spa Book: 20 Dreamy Ways to Relax and Feel Great by Mary Wallace and Jessica Wallace, illus. by Claudia Davila ($16.95, paper $9.95, 9-13).
Why? The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature, Science, and the World Around You by Catherine Ripley, illus. by Scot Ritchie ($19.95, 3-8).
Ha! Ha! Ha! 1000+ Jokes, Riddles, Facts and More by Lyn Thomas, illus. by Dianne Eastman ($9.95, 6-10); and You Asked? Over 300 Great Questions and Astounding Answers by the editors of Owl magazine, compiled and ed. by Katherine Farris ($14.95, 8-up).
Spider-Man debuts with The Doctor Is In! by Louise Ann Gikow ($9.99, 8-12).
Rolling in the Aisles: A Collection of Laugh-Out-Loud Poems ($17), selected by Bruce Lansky, illus. by Stephen Carpenter, compiles works by various poets. (6-12)
MERCURY BOOKS (International Publishers Marketing, dist.)
Enid Blyton Padded Story Books offers The Adventurous Ball & Poor Captain Puss, The Birds and the Bun & Muzzling the Cat, Jinky the Jumping Frog & Thirteen O’Clock and Nippy the Pixie & Off to the Moon by Enid Blyton ($10 each, 3-7). Classic Fairy Tales debuts with four titles ($7.99 each, 5-9). And Crafty Inventions starts up with Long Long Ago, Working Things Out, Age of New Ideas and Early Discoveries ($12.95 each, 8-13).
MILK & COOKIES PRESS (Simon & Schuster, dist.)
The Porcelain Cat ($16.95) by Michael Patrick Hearn, illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon. A sorcerer sends his apprentice to fetch a missing ingredient for a spell that will bring his porcelain cat to life. (4-8)
Chelsea Morning ($17.95) by Joni Mitchell, illus. by Brian Froud, is a book and CD set based on this song. (4-8)
Sarah So Small ($16.95) by Tanguy Gréban, illus. by Quentin Gréban. A girl becomes the size of a field mouse after swallowing a witch’s pearl. (4-8)
The Best Bottom ($15.95) by Brigitte Minne, illus. by Marjolein Pottie. Farm animals are ready to compete in a contest to determine who has the best bottom. (4-8)
Gonna Roll the Bones 9$16.95), adapted from the story by Fritz Leiber, illus. by David Wiesner, offers an adaptation of this fable. (6-up)
MILET (Tuttle Publishing, dist.)
Alphabet Poem ($16.95) by Michael Rosen, illus. by Herve Tullet, presents a poem about letters. (5-up)
Elmer stars in 12 bilingual tales by David McKee, including Elmer’s Colours (Arabic-English), Elmer’s Day (Italian-English) and Elmer’s Weather (Somali-English) ($6.95 each, 1-up).
Welcome to Lizard Lounge ($7.95) by Laura Hambleton. A lizard learns that all lizards are not the same. (6-10)
Bella Balistica and the Temple of Tikal ($7.95) by Adam Guillain. Bella is transported from her London home to her native Guatemala. (9-12)
Perfect ($16.95, paper $6.95) by Natasha Friend. When she attends group therapy for an eating disorder, Isabelle is surprised to see the most popular girl in school there. (12-up)
Stories from Where We Live adds The South Carolina Coast and Piedmont, ed. by Sara St. Antoine, illus. by Trudy Nicholson. (All ages)
A Bride for Anna’s Papa by Isabel Marvin ($6.95, 10-up).
MILLY MOLLY BOOKS (NBN, dist.)
Milly and Molly star in Milly, Molly and Henry; Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut; Milly, Molly and Grandpa Friday; Milly, Molly and the Secret Scarves; Milly, Molly and the Stowaways and Milly, Molly and What Was That? by Gill Pittar, illus. by Cris Morrell ($9.95 each, 4-8).
My First Story of Christmas ($7.99) by Tim Dowley, illus. by Roger Langton, presents the Christmas story. (4-7)
Jesus A to Z ($9.99) by Yvonne Riley, illus. by Dennis Riley, uses each letter to describe Jesus. (4-up)
Daughters of Faith concludes with Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton ($6.99, 8-12). And Real TV-Real Transformation debuts with Changing Faces and Flip Flop by Lawton ($12.99 each, 13-up).
Noah-A Cat Too Many ($16.95) by Judith Neville relays the true story of the author’s rescue of a sick stray kitten. (5-9)
Spiders and Their Webs ($16.95) by Darlyne Murawski examines how spiders use their webs to trap prey. (6-9)
National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers ($24.95). An updated edition. (8-12)
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides ($16.95) by Rosalyn Schanzer focuses on George Washington and King George III. (9-14)
National Geographic Our Fifty States ($24.95) by Mark H. Bockenhauer and Stephen F. Cunha examines each state’s history. (10-up)
National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals ($29.95) by Alan Turner, illus. by Mauricio Antón, introduces prehistoric creatures. (10-up)
With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote ($21.95 by Ann Bausum chronicles the women’s suffrage movement. (10-up)
Crossroads America releases Independence Now: The American Revolution 1763-1783 by Daniel Rosen, Railroad Fever: Building the Transcontinental Railroad 1830-1870 by Monica Halpern and Cultures Collide: Native Americans and Europeans 1492-1700 by Ann Rossi ($12.95 each, 10-14).
I Am American gains Hoping for Rain: The Dust Bowl Adventures of Patty & Earl Buckler by Kate Cornell and When the Mission Padre Came to the Rancho: The Early California Adventures of Rosalinda and Simon Delgado by Gare Thompson ($6.99 each, 8-12).
Jingle Cats ($14.99) by Michael McDermott. A boy discovers a meowing box on Christmas morning. (2-5)
Boogers Are Blessings ($9.99) by Michael McDermott, illus. by Bill Ross, is a counting book. (3-7)
Merry Creature Christmas ($9.99) by Dandi Daley Mackall, illus. by Gene Barretta, is a holiday story. (3-7)
Shaoey & Dot-Bug Meets Bundle ($16.99) by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, illus. by Jim Chapman, is an adoption tale starring a ladybug. (4-7)
10 Minutes to Showtime ($14.99) by Tricia Goyer, illus. by Maryn Roos. Angels stream from behind the curtains of heaven to proclaim the birth of Jesus. (5-8)
I Believe in Jesus Read-Along ($16.99) by John MacArthur reveals God’s plan of salvation. (5-8)
Max Lucado’s Hermie & Friends greets Twelve Bugs of Christmas ($14.99) and Webster the Scaredy Spider ($15.99) by Max Lucado (4-7).
Spider Riders starts up with Shards of the Oracle by Patsy Cameron and Tedd Anasti, with Laura Dower ($5.99, 9-12).
NEW WORLD LIBRARY/HJ KRAMER/STARSEED PRESS
God Believes in You ($15) by Holly Bea, illus. by Kim Howard. After a difficult day, a bull mastiff concludes that God is always there for him. (3-5)
A Goose Named Gilligan ($15.95) by Jerry Hay, illus. by Phyllis Pollema-Cahill, tells the true story of a man who made a friend for life after freeing a goose from a fishing line. (3-10)
NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS (PGW, dist.)
Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary ($12.95) by Berkeley High School Communication Arts and Sciences Program compiles slang words. (12-up)
Leonardo’s Dream ($15.95) by Hans de Beer. A penguin proves that perseverance pays off. (4-8)
The Bad Mood! ($15.95) by Moritz Petz, illus. by Amelie Jackowski. After shaking off his bad mood, Badger wonders how he can cheer up the other animals. (4-8)
Blue-Footed Booby Dance ($15.95) by Bruno Hachler, illus. by Cinzia Ratto, reveals that the love of a true friend lasts forever. (4-8)
Mona and the Monster Girl ($15.95) by Moritz Petz, illus. by Maja Dusikova. The mother of a monster afraid that there may be children lurking under her bed assures her that children don’t exist. (4-8)
Felipa and the Day of the Dead ($15.95) by Birte Müller. While celebrating this holiday, a girl finally finds the soul of her departed grandmother. (4-8)
The Dearest Little Mouse in the World ($15.95) by Antonie Schneider, illus. by Quentin Gréban. A misunderstanding turns into a friendship between a mouse and a dog. (4-8)
The Legendary Unicorn ($15.95) by Udo Wiegelt, illus. by Julia Gukova, is a tale about the power of belief and the wonder of the unicorn. (4-8)
The Nutcracker ($15.95) by E.T.A. Hoffman, illus. by Lisbeth Zwerger, offers an interpretation of this ballet. (4-8)
Sleepy Bear’s Christmas ($15.95) by Udo Weigelt, illus. by Cristina Kadmon. The spirit of Christmas in the hearts of his woodland friends works magic for a bear. (4-8)
Santa’s Lucky Charm ($15.95) by Udo Weigelt, illus. by Rolf Siegenthaler. A wise owl helps animals find a way to return Santa’s lost lucky charm. (4-8).
Christmas for Snowmen ($15.95) by Wolfram Hänel. On Christmas Eve, children create a surprise for three lonely snowmen. (4-8)
A Gift for the Christ Child ($15.95) by Tina Jähnert, illus. by Alessandra Roberti. In this Nativity tale, the daughter of an innkeeper escorts a man and woman on a donkey to a stable. (4-8)
Board Book Reprint
The Christmas Star ($6.95) by Marcus Pfister ($6.95, 2-4).
Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters ($15.95) by Karen Pierce, illus. by Paula Brinkman, is an introduction to yoga. (2-6)
John Muir and Stickeen: An Icy Adventure with a No-Good Dog ($16.95) by Julie Dunlap and Marybeth Lorbiecki, illus. by Bill Farnsworth. Muir and his dog explore an Alaskan glacier. (5-8)
All Around Cats! by Dolly Viscardi, illus. by David Brooks, is a tale celebrating felines. (5-8)
Prairie Animals ($16.95) by Cherie Winner, Wayne Lynch, Marybeth Lorbiecki and Julia Vogel, illus. by John F. McGee, Fred Smith, Wayne Ford and Mike Rowe ($16.95), focuses on species living on the prairie. (7-10)
Starting Life welcomes Crocodile and Ladybug by Claire Llewellyn, illus. by Simon Mendez ($16.95, 5-8). And Kids’ FAQ’s offers Everything Dolphin by Marty Crisp and Everything Reptile by Cherie Winner ($10.95 each, paper $7.95, 8-11).
Penguins ABC and Penguins 123 by Kevin Schafer ($6.95 each, 6 mos.- 3 yrs.).
We Are Dolphins ($7.95) by Molly Grooms, illus. by Takashi Oda, chronicles a dolphin’s first days of life. (4-7)
My Nature Book ($12.95) by Linda Krantz, illus. by Linda Garrow and John McGee, includes activities and recipes. (6-12)
OAK TREE PRESS
There’s a Rainbow in Me ($12.95) by Pam Cooke, illus. by Michael Dustin. Verses and art reveal how each individual is a unique blend of colors. (All ages)
Pocket Rock ($16.95) by Sheree Fitch, illus. by Helen Flock. No matter how hard he tries, Ian can’t do the things that his classmates can do. (4-8)
Mormor Moves In ($16.95) by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund, illus. by Louise-Andrée Laliberté. Astrid deals with the arrival of her grandmother. (4-8)
On the Night of the Comet ($16.95) by Lena Coakely, illus. by Leslie Elizabeth Weattd. With the help of a snow leopard and two tigers, a young animal says goodbye to his mother. (4-8)
Goodbye to Griffith Street ($16.95) by Marilynn Reynolds, illus. by Renné Benoit. After his parents’ separation, John bids farewell to his town and his father. (4-8)
The Beckoners ($16.95) by Carrie Mac is a novel revealing how the line between victim and tormentor is easily crossed. (12-up)
Rules for Life ($7.95) by Darlene Ryan. Izzy must learn to get by and accept change after her mother dies. (12-up)
Orca Echoes adds Down the Chimney with Google and Googleplex by Nelly Katzenbroot, A Noodle UpYour Nose by Frieda Wishinsky and Birthday Girl by Jean Little ($4.99 each, 6-8). Orca Young Readers issues Underdog by Eric Walters, Catching Spring by Sylvia Olsen, Five Stars for Emily by Kathleen Cook Waldron and TJ and The Rockets by Hazel Hutchins ($4.99 each, 7-10). Robbie Packford continues with Make Mine with Everything by Heather Sander ($6.95, 8-12). The Mask on the Cruise Ship by Melanie Jackson is a new Dinah Galloway Mystery ($7.95, 8-12). And Orca Soundings offers No More Pranks by Monique Polak, Charmed by Carrie Mac, My Time as Caz Hazard by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Grind by Eric Walters ($7.95 each, 12-up).
That’s Hockey by David Bouchard, illus. by Dean Griffiths; and Each One Special by Frieda Wishinsky, illus. by Werner Zimmerman ($7.95 each, 4-8).
First Novels issues Lilly Makes a Friend by Brenda Bellingham, Morgan Makes a Splash by Ted Staunton and Skate, Robyn, Skate by Hazel Hutchins ($3.99 each, 6-9).
Sports Stories offers Out of Bounds by Sylvia Gunnery, Flip Turn by Monique Polak, Interference by Lorna Schultz-Nicholson, Corner Kick by Bill Swan and Just for Kicks by Robert Rayner ($5.50 each, 8-12). Deal With releases Competition by Mireille Messier and Fighting and Peer Pressure by Elain Slavins ($12.95 each, 10-up). And joining Sidestreets are Ceiling Stars by Sandra Diersch, Racing Fear by Jacqueline Guest and Klepto by Lori Weber ($4.99 each, 12-up).
ORCA/SECOND STORY PRESS
Mom and Mum Are Getting Married ($11.95) by Ken Setterington, illus. by Alice Prestly. The mothers of two children decide to get married. (4-8)
Women’s Hall of Fame welcomes Great Women Leaders by Heather Ball ($7.95, 9-13).
Eleven Lazy Llamas ($16.95) by Dianna Bonder. While the other farm animals are sleeping, the llamas have a secret party. (4-8)
Welcome to the World greets Orangutans and Kangaroos by Diane Swanson ($5.95 each, 4-7). Joining Wild Beginnings is Lupe: A Wolf Cub’s First Year by Rebecca Grambo, illus. by Daniel Cox ($8.95, 4-8). Dot to Dot in the Sky adds The Moon by Joan Marie Galat ($12.95, 7-11). Science Squad Adventures offers Crystal Connection by Tanya Lloyd Kyi ($6.95, 8-12). Mustang Mountain continues with Free Horse by Sharon Siamons ($6.95, 8-12). And Take It to the Extreme issues Adrenaline Ride by Pam Withers ($6.95, 12-up).
Banjoman by José S. Perez and Tyler Norman, illus. by Perez, tells of a banjo player who travels throughout the land bringing joy to children. (3-8)