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When Did You See Her Last?

The incorrigible and dastardly Lemony Snicket returns with the second volume of his new series, each volume of which manages to depict and solve a baffling mystery while simultaneously flailing about madly and entertainingly in all the wrong directions.

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The One and Only Ivan

A strip mall dwelling gorilla and baby elephant bond over shared loves of art and nature in Katherine Applegate's charming winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

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Stuck

What do you do when your kite gets stuck in a tree? If you're Floyd, the hilarious protagonist of Oliver Jeffers' absurd picture book for young readers, you chuck your shoe at it to get it down. And when the shoe gets stuck as well? You throw other stuff: a bike, a boat, the kitchen sink, the front door, an orangutan, a fire truck, a whale who just happened to be "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

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The Annotated Peter Pan

Peter Pan ranks high in the pantheon of universally embraced literary icons -- like Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes -- worthy of a sprightly new study such as we have here. This informative volume, replete with ancillary materials including screenplays from film adaptations, four-color photographs, and illustrations by iconic artists, finds Harvard scholar Maria Tatar illuminating the genesis and career of the original lost boy.

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Mud Pies and Other Recipes

"Dolls dote on mud, when properly prepared." So begins Marjorie Winslow's wonderful "cookbook for dolls," which is as filled with droll treats for whimsical adults as it is replete with recipes—Mud Puddle Soup, Tossed Leaves, Rainspout Tea—for  young cooks happy to get their hands dirty. This small book is a wonderful work of imagination, the perfect stocking stuffer for any girl (or playful grownup) you may  know. Ages 5 to 9.

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The Wicked Big Toddlah

New in paper, and the winner of the Irma Simonton Black Award for Children’s Picture Book, this is a rollicking retelling—in a Maine accent—of the classic story of the giant baby who wrecks everything. A read-aloud treat. 5+ Read more...

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More Life-Size Zoo

Actual-size animal photography again astounds in this sequel to last year's Life-Size Zoo. Children can look an orangutan in the eye, and be up-close to a seal, raccoon-dog, and even a lion cub (and so can you). 4+ Read more...

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What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound?

Mo Willems can claim the title of this generation’s Dr. Suess. With a keen sense of the absurd, he has the rare ability to create interesting stories and characters from the limited list of words for emergent readers. 4+ Read more...

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Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies

This books goes to the top of the summer reading list for readers eight and up. Think Hitchhiker’s Guide for 3rd graders, starring aliens who are fierce, large, ugly, and ferocious furballs—with fangs. They look cute and fuzzy, but watch out! 8+ Read more...

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Nobody

Who made the mess in the kitchen? Nobody. That's the name of George's imaginary friend, whose happily shadowy presence animates this sweet depiction of a family shocked by George's, um, ingenuity in the kitchen while his parents sleep. Liz Rosenberg's freshly told, brightly illustrated (by Julie Downing) tale for youngsters and their parents. Age 5 and up. Read more...

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Henry in Love

It doesn't get sweeter than this. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy shares a blueberry muffin. For the romantic preschooler. Read more...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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