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by: Steve Light

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Cathy says:

A loose button triggers pure genius in pint-sized pirate. In a frenzy of swapping, he trades and trades until he has everything he needs to repair his friend's boat. The picture book's clean pen and ink illustrations draw the eye to the sparing use of color around the little pirate. And of course, the monkey who curiously follows the action.

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The Secret Subway

by: Shana Corey

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Jena says:

Before there was a subway in New York City, people had to use horses and wagons to get around. But that was slow and messy. Luckily, Alfred Ely Beach had an idea and created the first underground train. This amazing story is supplemented with beautiful artwork from Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio.

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Barnacle is Bored

by: Jonathan Fenske

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Deborah says:

This funny picture book features a barnacle who is bored, bored, bored. Everything is the same day after day. He is jealous of other sea creatures who get to do fun things in the water and play with other animals. Will Barnacle ever have fun? Find out when you read this fun new picture book. Fans of Mo Willems' "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and Jan Thomas' "Rhyming Dust Bunnies" are sure to enjoy this new arrival.

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The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents: Romeo and Juliet

by: Ian Lendler

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Bambi says:

This is a wonderful version of Romeo and Juliet adapted for younger kids. Romeo and Juliet want to be best friends. Their families don't want them to play together so Juliet comes up with a master plan to make her family think she has gone into hibernation early. Then she and Romeo will have the rest of the summer to play together in peace. Does Juliet's plan work? Find out in the wonderfully entertaining version of Romeo and Juliet.

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Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

by: Liesl Shurtliff

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Ashley says:

Author of "Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskein," Shurtliff's newest fractured fairytale follows Red's quest to find a magical cure for her sick Granny. While she's on her journey, she's followed by a wolf, a huntsman, and a nuisance named Goldie. Wonderful adaptation of an old tale!

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The Animals' Ark

by: Marianne Dubuc

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Diana says:

What was it like living on Noah's Ark? This is a sweet picture book from the animals' point of view. The illustrations are beautiful and engaging. Even though it is not entirely biblically accurate, it is a fun way to share the story of the ark with preschoolers.

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Big Friends

by: Linda Sarah & Benji Davies

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Laura says:

Big Friends is a charming look into the imaginations of 2 little boys, Birt & Etho, as they build great adventures from 2 cardboard boxes. They pretend to be kings, astronauts and pirates. Three becomes a crowd when a new boy, Shu, begins playing with them and the box he brought along. Birt soon feels left out and jealous, he decides not to play with them anymore. Etho and Shu miss Birt so they make a HUGE box-on-wheels to surprise him. The 3 boys set out on a quest to become Big Friends in their new invention, learning that change is ok and making new friends is even better!

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