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Kids Can Press Fall 2012

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    AlphaBest The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book about Comparatives and Superlatives Helaine Becker Canada, Dave Whamond Canada
    9781554537150 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:September 01, 2012
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 0.92 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      As a masked and caped superhero pursues a mischievous villain through an amusement park in this clever picture book, the only text provided is a series of adjectives and their comparatives and superlatives. For example, as the villain flies off the Ferris wheel, the text reads “Dizzy”; when he lands and can't walk a straight line, “Dizzier”; and then when he falls flat on his face, “Dizziest.” The high-energy illustrations containing hilarious scenes of mayhem (including slime!) help bring the concepts to vivid life. The adjectives appear in alphabetical order, from A (Angry, Angrier, Angriest) to Z (Zany, Zanier, Zaniest). There are some exceptions included as well, such as “Magnificent,” “More Magnificent” and “Most Magnificent” and the word “Unique,” which has no comparatives or superlatives. Award-winning children's book author Helaine Becker has created a playful and multilayered book that will find lots of uses in the classroom. It provides a perfect, easy-to-understand language arts lesson on adjectives in general and on comparatives and superlatives in particular. It also works as an alphabet book, a primer for spelling and a vocabulary resource. And it's a truly fun picture book story as well --- with a surprising twist at the end! --- that early readers and pre-readers can enjoy on their own. Dave Whamond's exuberant illustrations are bursting with humor and lots of comical details, encouraging visual literacy. As a bonus, more information about these distinctive adjectives along with teaching tips can be found at the end of the book.
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      Helaine Becker is a bestselling children's author of more than seventy books, including Hubots, Monster Science, Zoobots, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea and Lines, Bars and Circles. She is a two-time recipient of the Lane Anderson Award and a winner of the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Dave Whamond is a writer, illustrator and cartoonist whose work bursts with energy and humor. He has written and/or illustrated more than twenty-five books, which have garnered many awards, including the Blue Spruce and other readers' choice awards, and the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Illustrated Book. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, two kids and very enthusiastic dog.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reuben Award for Book Illustration, National Comics Society 2012, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ... lots of humorous details that are sure to have kids chuckling.
      ... Whamond's illustrations have a strong sense of comedy ...
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    Canada in Words Per-Henrik Gürth Canada, Per-Henrik Gürth Canada
    9781554537105 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 2 - 6, Grade (US) from P - 1 Publication Date:August 01, 2012
    $14.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.31 in | 0.7 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Prairies, toque, schooner, inukshuk -- certain words perfectly evoke Canada! These and twenty-six other symbols of Canadiana are cheerfully depicted in Per-Henrik Gurth’s signature artwork, making Canada in Words the perfect introduction to this diverse and beautiful country.
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      Per-Henrik Gürth is a graphic designer and illustrator who has illustrated more than a dozen children’s books in his native Germany. He now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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    Dinosaur Countdown Nicholas Oldland Canada, Nicholas Oldland Canada
    9781554538348 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 2 - 6, Grade (US) from P - 1 Publication Date:August 01, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.9 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this simple and clever picture book from Nicholas Oldland, small children will have fun counting backward, as they're introduced to different dinosaurs grouped from ten to two, and a final, single dinosaur. Then, in a unique twist, the book goes on to “zero” dinosaurs as well (because “they're extinct, silly!”). Each number gets its own two-page spread, where it is both written as a numeral and spelled out as a word within the illustration's description (for example, “ten striding velociraptors”). The dinosaur names are appropriately long and tongue-twisting, one of the things young children love about dinosaurs --- but not to worry, there's a pronunciation guide at the end of the book! And the dinosaurs are all actively engaged, “sauntering” and “soaring,” “rearing” and “roaring.” A couple of spreads offer clues to something extra on the page to search for (a “looming predator” on one, “and what's that flying overhead?” on another), to keep the counting activity fun and not too repetitive. Oldland's fresh, playful and lively artwork will keep young eyes engaged, an important task as they begin to learn to count. This book is an excellent choice for an interactive preschool or kindergarten early numeracy or counting lesson. It also works for first lessons on prehistoric animals or on animal biology in general (herbivores and carnivores are both mentioned, for example). And it makes a terrific vocabulary stretcher, as children use visual cues to figure out what it means that a tyrannosaurus is “towering” or a stegosaurus is “lumbering.”
      Bio

      Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      ... Oldland both emphasizes an important mathematical concept and the scientific concept of extinction. A worthy addition to the dinosaur collection.
      Booklist
      This title works as a concept book about counting and as a nonthreatening intro to dinos.
      School Library Journal
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    9781554539680 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2012
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.38 x 0.13 in | 0.44 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:180 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Franklin and the Super Cluepers have a mystery to solve - Harriet's doll, Lilly Kitty, is missing! Will they be able to find her using teamwork and their super detective skills?
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    9781554538362 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2012
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.38 x 0.13 in | 0.44 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:180 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      While searching for “a wonder of nature” to share with their class for a special school project, Franklin and Rabbit are excited to find a chrysalis hanging from the branch of a bush. When they learn that the chrysalis is the home of a caterpillar that's soon going to turn into a butterfly, they know they've found the perfect wonder! There's only one problem --- Rabbit says he can't talk about their discovery in front of the whole class. He's afraid that everyone will laugh at him. “Sometimes when I'm scared, practicing what scares me helps,” Franklin suggests. And he devises a creative, not scary way for Rabbit to practice ahead of time so that he'll be prepared. But will practicing be enough to help Rabbit get over his fear? As with many of the books in this series based on the 3D-animated television show Franklin and Friends, this book provides a model for dealing with a real problem --- the fear of public speaking --- faced by small children. This book offers just the right starting point for classroom discussions about all kinds of fears, or for a character education lesson on empathy or caring. It's also a perfect introduction to a similar science project in which children can head outdoors and discover their own wonder of nature to share.
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    9781554538379 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2012
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.38 x 0.13 in | 0.44 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:180 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Franklin the turtle doesn't like how Aunt T always makes up embarrassing nicknames for him. One day she calls him Little Bubble, and his friends Fox and Rabbit tease him about the silly name! Franklin becomes so worried she'll call him Little Bubble at her party the next day that he decides to make sure no one in town comes. But then his friend Bear tells Franklin that his mom calls him Honey Pot. “Doesn't it bother you?” Franklin asks him. “No. It just means that Mom cares about me,” Bear replies. And suddenly Franklin realizes it's actually a good thing Aunt T makes up names for him --- it means she loves him! The Franklin and Friends stories, based on the popular 3D-animation television series of the same name, are favorites of young children because they are so relevant to the struggles they face in their own lives. As they become more independent from their families, children often become more sensitive to how their peers view them. Here they are reminded that growing up in a loving environment is not something to be embarrassed about. This book makes for a terrific read-aloud and tool for character education lessons on caring and integrity.
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    9781554538355 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2012
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.38 x 0.13 in | 0.44 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:180 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Franklin the turtle and his best friend, Bear, are so excited about the upcoming Bumpy Buggy race in their town! They've agreed to be partners in the race. They've agreed they should spruce up their old buggy beforehand. And they've even agreed they should visit Mr. Fox to look for new parts to make their buggy super cool-io. But, oh no! It turns out they don't agree on exactly how to fix up their buggy. Should they add wings and call it the Mean Green Speedmobile, as Bear wants to do? Or make it a rocket with no wings and call it Sam's Rocket, as Franklin wants? If they can't agree on a buggy design for their team, the friends won't get to be partners after all! Will Franklin and Bear be able to work out their differences in time for the race? This disagreement between Franklin and his best friend is one many young children can relate to. However, unlike in their own lives, here children can see both sides: Franklin and Bear both believe they are completely right, while clearly they could both listen to each other a bit better. Children get the message that when friends compromise, everyone can be a winner. Based on the 3D-animated television series Franklin and Friends, this book provides the comfort of familiar friends teaching character education lessons on cooperation, fairness and teamwork. And, as with all Franklin books, this one will be a hit as a read-aloud for storytime
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    Lester's Dreadful Sweaters Keith Campbell, Keith Campbell
    9781554537709 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:September 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.38 in | 0.86 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Everything went well enough at first when Cousin Clara unexpectedly came to stay with Lester's family. “Clara didn't make unsavory noises or rearrange Lester's Lost and Found collection. All she did was sit and knit.” However, things quickly take a turn when Clara presents Lester with a sweater she knitted for him. Not a normal sweater. A misshapen, yellow with purple pom-poms sweater. A perfectly dreadful sweater! Lester is mortified to be seen in it. Luckily, it is destroyed in a mysterious accident later that day. But then Clara surprises him with another sweater, equally ghastly. When it, too, meets an unfortunate end, Clara knits another one, and then another to replace that one after its tragic demise. Is there nothing Lester can do to stop Cousin Clara's never-ending supply of hideous sweaters? Author and illustrator K. G. Campbell's unconventional picture book tale is brought to hilarious life by his drawings of uncommonly ugly sweaters. With its offbeat humor and terrific use of language, it would make a superb choice for a lively read-aloud. Though the fastidious Lester with his exceedingly good manners is a bit unusual, the dilemma he faces is a fairly common one, and this book could launch a classroom discussion about young children's own experiences with receiving unwanted gifts, and the trade-offs that are made within families between honesty and kindness. It would make an inventive resource for a lesson on hobbies or crafts, or for children's own craft projects as well.
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      Keith Gordon Campbell was educated in an old, turreted school with ghosts and secret passages and stuff. There he learned to love all things ghoulish, ghastly and rather gothic. He wasn't one for chasing after balls or playing leapfrog; he preferred, even then, to find quiet corners where he could write peculiar stories and illustrate them with funny characters. Keith is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.

      Keith Gordon Campbell was educated in an old, turreted school with ghosts and secret passages and stuff. There he learned to love all things ghoulish, ghastly and rather gothic. He wasn't one for chasing after balls or playing leapfrog; he preferred, even then, to find quiet corners where he could write peculiar stories and illustrate them with funny characters. Keith is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      100 Magnificent Children's Books, Fuse 8, Elizabeth Bird 2012, Winner
      Golden Kite Award, Picture Book Illustration, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 2013, Winner
      New Illustrator Award, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 2013, Commended
      CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center 2013, Commended
      Best Children's Books of the Year , Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2013, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ... readers will thoroughly enjoy Campbell's canny blend of irony and sweet-heartedness.
      Publishers Weekly
      Campbell's witty and wordy text ... plays out every child's nightmare fantasy of showing up at school in The Wrong Thing.
      The New York Times
      Kids are gonna chuckle at this one ...
      Booklist
      Lively writing is peppered with clever alliteration and wordplay.
      Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
      The illustrations are delightful ...
      School Library Journal
      [Campbell's] writing is remarkable. Clipped and catchy. ... The book works because everything is understated to a beautiful degree.
      Elizabeth Bird, SLJ.com
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    Maggie's Chopsticks Alan Woo Canada, Isabelle Malenfant Canada
    9781554536191 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:August 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.9 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this lovely picture book, a young girl named Maggie gets her own pair of chopsticks. Now everyone insists on telling her how to use them. Her grandmother says, “Do it like me!” while she rapidly works her old wooden sticks with a “click-clack-clicketing.” Her sister instructs, “Be graceful like this!” as she crosses her pair “back and forth, like legs, dancing.” But it's no use. No matter how hard Maggie practices to be like the others, they keep telling her she's doing it wrong! Frustrated, Maggie asks her cat, the Kitchen God and her ancestors what she should do. Finally, her father gently tells Maggie just what she needs to hear. “Everyone is different. Everyone is unique,” he tells her. “You hold your chopsticks perfectly.” Author Alan Woo uses a poetic style to tell a timeless story about self-discovery and identity. It offers an inspiring message to young children about the importance of being true to yourself as you navigate the challenges of growing up. The rich illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant add depth to the spare text, capturing the family dynamics between the different personalities and beautifully portraying details of a traditional Chinese New Year gathering. This book is a wonderful resource for social studies lessons on world cultures, particularly on family traditions and celebrations. It makes a perfect read-aloud during classroom observances of Chinese New Year. A few Chinese words are included within the story, with translations and phonetic spellings provided in the front of the book.
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      Alan Woo's writing and poetry have appeared in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine and Ricepaper magazine. Maggie's Chopsticks is his first children's book. Born in the Year of the Dragon, Alan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and sometimes likes to use a fork.

      Isabelle Malenfant has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, garnering awards along the way. Maggie's Chopsticks is her first book with Kids Can Press. Isabelle first learned to use chopsticks when she was eight years old. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her family.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2013, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2013, Winner
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Chocolate Lily Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ... a great choice for kids of all ethnic backgrounds.
      School Library Journal
      ... the story is well-intentioned, the character plucky and hardworking, and the illustrations warm and striking.
      Kirkus Reviews
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    Series: Mr. King
    Mr. King's Things Geneviève Côté Canada, Geneviève Côté Canada
    9781554537006 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:August 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.85 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Mr. King is a cat who likes new things. In fact, “LOTS of new things. As soon as one of his things becomes the tiniest bit old, he tosses it into the nearby pond and replaces it with a new one.” Happily, this works just fine for a while. But then one day while attempting to fish in this same pond, Mr. King is terrified when he pulls up what he believes is a gigantic monster. Only it turns out it's not a monster at all. It's a tangle of his own discarded things, come back to scare him! Geneviève Côté has created a terrific introduction to the causes and effects of pollution and overconsumption with this lively and funny picture book. As with so many big ideas, the environmental message here is quite simple and easy to understand when explained at a child's-eye view. The story is gentle, humorous and not at all preachy, and the artwork is clean and open, with most of the visual focus on Mr. King and his range of intense emotions. The ways Mr. King finds to repurpose all of his resurrected things at the end of the book could inspire all kinds of classroom discussions about what efforts children might make to recycle their things for other people or other uses, as well as how not to waste things in general. It could also work as a jumping-off point for a project turning children's found objects into their own works of art.
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      Geneviève Coté is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association 2013, Short-listed
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2013, Winner
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      ... a lighthearted take on the 'reuse' component of reduce, reuse, and recycle.
      Publishers Weekly
      Busy, cheery mixed-media illustrations in blues, greens and yellows ...
      Kirkus Reviews
      Co?te?'s bright and colorful mixed-media illustrations are charming and humorous, and the simple text will appeal to young readers. With a clear message to reuse and recycle ...
      School Library Journal

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