Saturday, May 19, 2007

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"Most Wanted Books of 2007" Picture Books Edition


Mo Willems's Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity will be released September 18, 2007. The publisher is Disney Children's Books (Hyperion). Her Daddy in tow, Trixie hurries off to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to her classmates; but an awful surprise awaits her: someone else has the exact same bunny! Thus begins an exciting, frustrating, and ultimately revelatory twenty-four hours of squabbling, teacher-enforced bunny “time-outs,” bedtime realizations, late-night phone calls, and a special middle-of-the-night encounter.

Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Mad at Mama will be published September 6, 2007. The publisher is Penguin Group USA (Viking Juvenile). For those of you who know me, you know how excited the thought of a sequel to Llama Llama Red Pajama makes me!!!

Yucky music, great big feet.

Ladies smelling way too sweet.

Look at knees and stand in line.

Llama Llama starts to whine.

<> Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama.

Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola: Say Cheese! will be published September 20, 2007. The publisher is Penguin Group USA (Dial). Lola has promised her mother that she will stay clean and tidy for school picture day. “It will be easy peasy, lemon squeezy!” says Lola. But staying clean and tidy is not so easy, especially when there is finger painting to do and a game of puddles to play. By the time Lola poses for her picture, she is covered in paint and pink milk, and her extremely special photograph for Mom is ruined. But then Charlie has an idea that just might save the day.

Other Lauren Child titles coming up this year include: Can You Maybe Turn the Light On (June 14, 2007), I Completely Must Do Drawing Now and Painting and Coloring (June 14, 2007), I'm Really Ever So Not Well (June 14, 2007), Sizzles is Completely Not Here (June 14, 2007), This Is Actually My Party (October 18, 2007), and Boo! Made You Jump (August 16, 2007).

Polly Dunbar's Penguin will be published June 12, 2007. The publisher is Candlewick. A quirky new tale from a rising talent — in which a bossy little boy receives a surprising comeuppance.When Ben rips open his present, he finds a penguin inside. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. "What shall we play?" But Penguin says nothing. Even when Ben tickles its belly, sings a funny song, does a dizzy dance, stands on his head, sticks out his tongue, and resorts to increasingly rude and drastic measures, Penguin makes no response. What will it take for Penguin to say something — or for Ben to understand what Penguin has to say? Fresh, spare illustrations bring whimsy to this wonderful tale, in which a silent Penguin turns marvelously eloquent and a little boy finally gets his heart’s desire.

Mem Fox's Where the Giant Sleeps will be published October 1, 2007. The publisher is Harcourt. Do ogres snore? Do pirates have blankies? Do fairies suck their thumbs? We may never know the answers to these questions. But if we're lucky--and very observant--we might be able to catch a glimpse of some fantastic creatures, all fast asleep. In soothing rhyme, bestselling author Mem Fox explores the sleeping habits of our favorite inhabitants from the world of fairy tales. Vladimir Radunsky fills a dreamy, picturesque landscape with surprising and fun details. Fairies, wizards, goblins, and even children all find peace under the same bright moon.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's The OK Book was published May 1, 2007. The publisher is HarperCollins.

Kevin Henkes' A Good Day was published March 1, 2007. The publisher is HarperCollins.

More to come...as I find them :)

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