Saturday, June 22, 2013

Week in Review: June 16-22

Al Capone Does My Homework. Gennifer Choldenko. 2013. Penguin. 224 pages.
The Autobiography of Methuselah. John Kendrick Bangs. 1909. 104 pages.
Magic for Marigold. L.M. Montgomery. 1929. 274 pages.
The Moon and More. Sarah Dessen. Penguin. 384 pages.

Arabella. Georgette Heyer. 1949/2009. Sourcebooks. 312 pages.
Death in the Stocks. Georgette Heyer. 1935/2009. Sourcebooks. 314 pages.
Behold, Here's Poison. Georgette Heyer. 1936/2009. Sourcebooks. 330 pages.     
Off to First Grade. Louise Borden. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
Monsters on Machines. Deb Lund. Illustrated by Robert Neubecker. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages.
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken. Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. 2008. HarperCollins. 56 pages.
Utterly Otterly Day. Mary Casanova. Illustrated by Ard Hoyt. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
Madeline and the Cats of Rome. John Bemelmans Marciano. 2008. Penguin. 48 pages.
Friday My Radio Flyer Flew. Zachary Pullen. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.
President Pennybaker. Kate Feiffer. Illustrated by Diane Goode. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.
The Odd Egg. Emily Gravett. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.       
Yes, Let's. Galen Longstreth. Illustrated by Maris Wicks. 2013. Tanglewood Press. 32 pages.
Ball. Mary Sullivan. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages.
Giddy-Up, Daddy! Troy Cummings. 2013. Random House. 40 pages.
Pirates vs. Cowboys. Aaron Reynolds. Illustrated by David Barneda. 2013. Random House. 40 pages.
When Mermaids Sleep. Ann Bonwill. Illustrated by Steven Johnson and Lou Fancher. 2013. Random House. 32 pages.
The Green Bath. Margaret Mahy. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg. 2013. Scholastic. 40 pages.
Bad Astrid. Eileen Brennan. Illustrated by Regan Dunnick. Random House. 40 pages.   
Who Wants to Be A Poodle I don't. Lauren Child. 2009. Candlewick. 40 pages.
Llama Llama Misses Mama. Anna Dewdney. 2009. Penguin. 40 pages.
Grumpy Grandpa. Heather Henson. Illustrated by Ross Macdonald. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
Not Last Night But The Night Before. Colin McNaugton. Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. 2009. Candlewick. 32 pages.
Oh, What a Beautiful Day! A Counting Book. Jeanne Modesitt. Illustrated by Robin Spowart. 2009. Boyds Mill Press. 32 pages.
Snippet the Early Riser. Bethanie Deeney Murguia. 2013. Random House. 40 pages.
The Story of Peppa Pig. Scholastic. 2013. 32 pages.
Good Night, Sleep Tight. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Judy Horacek. 2013. Scholastic. 32 pages.
Toys in Space. Mini Grey. 2013. Random House. 32 pages.
 Ribbit. Rodrigo. Folgueira. Illustrated by Poly Bernatene. 2013. Random House. 32 pages.
The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan. 1678. 185 pages?
Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark. J.C. Ryle. 384 pages.
Name Above All Names. Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson. 2013. Crossway. 192 pages.
Children's Favorite Bible Stories. Compiled by Tama Fortner. Illustrated by Natalie Carabetta. 2012. Thomas Nelson. 432 pages.
The Glory of Heaven: The Truth About Heaven, Angels, and Eternal Life. John MacArthur. 1996/2013. Crossway. 224 pages.

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