Friday, May 7, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Children's Books

Steven Guarnaccia, Goldilocks And The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne
Hardcover, $24.95

"When she discovers the three bears’ house in the woods, Goldilocks ventures in and makes herself at home. According to tradition, she sits in the chairs, samples the meal laid on the table, and takes a nap. Yet something is different in this retelling of the classic story of the girl with golden locks.

Though our heroine is the same, our bears certainly are not. These bears are hip; they have a sense of style and a love of design. Their split-level home is filled with furnishings created by an international crowd of celebrated designers, from Alvar Aalto to Charles and Ray Eames to Isamu Noguchi."

Lucy Micklethwait, I Spy Shapes In Art
Hardcover, $12.95

"Each of the fourteen magnificent paintings in this book contains a different shape for you to find. Some are easy to spot, and others are more challenging. But take a closer look -- after you think you've found them all, there are even more shapes to look at and discover.

I Spy Shapes in Art features a remarkable variety of artists from around the world, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and M.C. Escher. This picture book pairs a classic game with timeless art, making it the perfect way to introduce fine art to children."

Lenny Hort & Stephen Kroninger, Tie Your Socks And Clap Your Hands
Hardcover, $9.95

"Visit an upside-down, inside-out world where clams sing, mermaids wear pants, and a rattlesnake makes a tasty breakfast. Kids are sure to clap their feet and howl, "no more!" as they read these ridiculous nonsense poems and glare with glee at the phenominally wacky collage art."

Lois Ehlert, Color Farm
Hardcover, $9.95

"On this form you can view
Animal ears and whiskers too.
Lots of animals to be found,
Shapes and colors ail around.
Look at beaks and snouts with me.
Make some more for us to see."

Allan Wolf & Greg Clarke, The Blood-Hungry Spleen
Hardcover, $16.95

"Have you ever wondered what some of your body parts do? How many times a year your heart beats? How big your small intestines are? Which of your muscles looks most like a slug? Certain to appeal to elementary-school children, these thirty-four humorous, anatomically accurate poems explore the workings of our bodies with great verve and enthusiasm -- and plenty of outrageous illustrations."

Robert McCloskey, Time Of Wonder
Hardcover, $12.95

The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures. Winner of the Caldecott Award.

David Kirk, Miss Spider's Tea Party
Hardcover, $12.95

"So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?"

"So wonders a solitary Miss Spider, unaware that her fellow bugs, terribly afraid of a creature so seemingly different, dare not even consider attending her party. events unfold, they see how gracious a spider she really is. In this, his first picture book, David Kirk creates 35 arresting paintings and original verse about an enticing arachnid and a host of other many-legged creatures. Readers of all ages will cheer for Miss Spider in this engaging tale that may also be read as a counting book."

Bill Martin Jr & Steven Salerno, Chicken Chuck
Hardcover, $9.95

"Chicken Chuck ingests a blue seed that causes a glittery blue feather to sprout from his forehead. The other barnyard animals want one, too. . . . [At the circus] a monkey bestows upon Chuck and his friends special tie-on blue feathers. The barnyard becomes ‘a mass of bobbing feathers,' with Chicken Chuck asserting his individuality by wearing two. . . . "

Alexander Sadler, Lila Bloom
Hardcover, $9.95

"Stadler's caricature-style illustrations - wide line drawings in ink with gouache - call to mind the work of Jules Feiffer and William Steig...This book has the simple charm of Stadler's 'Beverly Billingsley' books, with an added touch of sophistication." -- School Library Journal

Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll
Hardcover, $11.95

“A lost treasure now rediscovered. . . . A surrealist masterpiece.”—Neil Gaiman

“Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and completely universal.”—Philip Pullman

“Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children’s writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over sixty and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood.”—Sir Terry Pratchett

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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