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Kids Can Press Spring 2014

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    9781771381154 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 01, 2014
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.38 x 0.13 in | 0.27 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:180 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Franklin plans a Day with Dad so they can have fun doing their favorite things together.. But things get off to a slow start when friends and neighbors ask Mr. Turtle for help, and he is soon too busy to play. Franklin is disappointed, until he realizes spending time together, regardless of what they might be doing, is what counts.
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      Themes of family and community combine to make this Franklin story especially endearing. Franklin's father is an excellent role model, selflessly helping all his neighbours with their problems. Franklin learns that this is part of what makes his dad so special.
      CM Magazine
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    9781771381161 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 01, 2014
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.38 x 0.13 in | 0.27 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:180 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Franklin is excited for Rabbit to sleep over and play in his new rocket ship tent. But little sister Harriet keeps interrupting, and Rabbit is too distracted to play with Franklin. The space mission is nearly grounded — until Franklin thinks of a way for everyone to join the fun!   
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    Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party Mélanie Watt Canada, Mélanie Watt Canada
    9781554537167 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:March 01, 2014
    $8.99 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.13 in | 0.24 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In the fifth book, Scaredy Squirrel plans his own birthday and surprise!... things get very crowded. Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one - but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive. He's back! Scaredy Squirrel, the loveable worrywart, returns for another nutty adventure. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and Bigfoot). When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel? Or will he face the music?
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      Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

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      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Reviews
      Scaredy Squirrel will be enjoyed by children who have gone to a birthday party or two and can appreciate the slapstick humor.
      School Library Journal
      Watt's latest, rendered in her characteristic brightly coloured style, is sheer fun.
      Montreal Review of Books
      Watt's wry digital illustrations make the most of the perceived mayhem, using a host of graphic conventions to tell her story. There's no question it's a formula by now, but it's still a winning one. Many happy returns, Scaredy.
      Kirkus Reviews
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    100 Hungry Monkeys! Masayuki Sebe, Masayuki Sebe
    9781771380454 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 8 x 9.75 x 0.38 in | 0.84 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      One hundred monkeys are hunting for food in this colorful counting book, but something else — something big and scary — is hungry, too! Young readers will find page-turning action on every page — and more than 100 reasons to take a second look.   
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      Author-illustrator Masayuki Sebe has created many puzzle and counting books in his distinctive, playful style. He lives in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

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      Considering the prominence of onehundredth-day activities in kindergarten and early elementary school, this book should find plenty of comfortable homes.
      Booklist
      The high-octane illustrations are filled with colour and energy. It is a bright and engaging book with wide appeal. We believe this book is especially suited to young children eager for a positive and enjoyable experience with books.
      CM Reviews
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    Fish Named Glub, A Dan Bar-el Canada, Josée Bissaillon Canada
    9781554538126 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:April 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.88 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this lyrical story about friendship and the power of dreams, a small and ordinary fish named Glub asks himself the big questions in life as he observes life in the diner beyond his fishbowl. Who am I? Where do I belong? The lively characters around him provide unexpected answers, but soon it’s Glub who reveals answers to their questions — and their hearts’ true desires. The small and ordinary fish discovers that life can be extraordinary. You just have to ask ...   
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      Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes both chapter books and picture books. Dan currently travels across the country, visiting schools and libraries to present his books, give storytelling performances and lead different writing workshops. Back in Vancouver, he teaches creative writing courses for children through the organization Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC). He shares his life with artist and goldsmith Dominique Bréchault and Sasha, the smartest and cutest cat in the known universe.

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      ... this story will appeal to older children who grasp the power of dreams, hopes, and memories, while younger children will enjoy the antics of Glub and the people he meets during his time at the diner.
      School Library Journal
      A story that is as delightful in its individual parts as it is in its sweeping theme of dreams rediscovered and the small push of self-belief needed to follow them.
      Kirkus Reviews
      Artfully told, the story's melancholy edge is melted by the connections made between characters. The collage-style art charms with its childlike appeal that helps put the book right at the reader's level. This is a book to return to, with nuance adding to each reading.
      Booklist
      Bisaillon creates gorgeous mixed-media tapestries upon which Bar-el's words dance. Her quirky and humorous images do a great job keeping the tone light and providing movement ... This is a story that reinforces the comforting notion that you don't have to be big to make a difference.
      Quill & Quire
      Glub poses his existential questions and various visitors to the diner provide answers. Bit by bit, Glub's existence grows more enriched ... Glub discovers a very unusual talent. It's a gift that brings happiness to others, but leaves Glub still feeling alone --- until one day, Foster, Evelyn and her mom test the waters together.
      The Montreal Gazette
      While young readers may not be concerned with adult hopes and despairs, Bar-el's lyrical prose and Glub's underdog (underfish?) triumph offer entertainment for those who aren't actively wondering what they're meant to be doing with their lives.
      Publishers Weekly
      With insight and sensitivity, Dan Bar-el writes of the importance of finding one's place in the world and the quest to follow one's aspirations. Through his perceptive prose, one begins to empathize with the patrons ... Josée Bisaillon's mixed-media illustrations are quirky, fun and interesting.
      Canadian Children's Book News
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    Mermaid and the Shoe, The Keith Campbell, Keith Campbell
    9781554537716 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 01, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 11 x 0.38 in | 0.88 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one’s purpose.   
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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.

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      Awards
      Best Children's Books of 2014, Kirkus Reviews 2014, Winner
      The Globe 100: The Best Books of 2014, The Globe and Mail 2014, Winner
      100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, New York Public Library 2014, Winner
      Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl 2014, Winner
      Reviews
      ... the artwork is also full of subtle humor---Campbell definitively answers the question of what a shrugging octopus looks like---and the story solidly delivers its message about the value of inquisitiveness, adventurousness, and storytelling.
      Publishers Weekly
      Although this luminous tale of self-discovery has echoes of ?The Little Mermaid,? like Minnow, it sings its own strong song.
      Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review
      Campbell's illustrations, of shadowy blue undersea scenes lightened by pale drifting hair and waving strands of kelp, have an attractive, old-fashioned style that harks back to classic picture books of the early 20th century ... Campbell's sense of visual humor and Minnow's prince-free happy ending suit 2014 beautifully.
      The New York Times
      Delicately illustrated by the author in watercolours and pencil crayon.
      The Montreal Gazette
      The watercolor and pencil-crayon illustrations ... have a similar sense of motion and playfulness. And the visual differences between the flow-y haired, teeny-weeny-seashell-bikini-clad mermaids and the Raggedy Ann-esque landmaid point to the subjectivity of storytelling (and also of beauty).
      The Horn Book Magazine
      The writing and illustrations somehow manage to convey both an old-fashioned fairy-tale quality and a contemporary edge. Our favorite book of the year (and maybe for years to come).
      The Globe and Mail
      This book is suitable for independent reading as well as a read-aloud. Minnow's tale will remind readers that it is okay to ask questions and seek answers, to stand out and be unique.
      School Library Journal
      This fairy tale-like story is delightfully told with gentle humour, featuring an unlikely heroine, whose journey to discover a special role in her life will make a great read-aloud ... I could see The Mermaid and the Shoe being successfully used as a vehicle in the classroom or home setting to reaffirm the power of perseverance, the importance of inquisitiveness and to remind children that there is value is believing in yourself.
      CM Magazine
      With a clever storyline and enchanting pictures, this is an elegant choice for 4- to 9-year-olds who want a break from dinosaurs.
      The Wall Street Journal
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    Most Magnificent Thing, The Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554537044 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.88 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!
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      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in the wilds of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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      Awards
      Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading 2015, Short-listed
      100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, New York Public Library 2014, Winner
      ALA Notables Children's Book List, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2015, Winner
      Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl 2014, Winner
      Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children List, Recommended Book, NCTE 2015, Commended
      Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award , IBBY-Canada 2014, Short-listed
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association 2015, Short-listed
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society 2015, Short-listed
      CCBC Choices , Cooperative Children's Book Center 2015, Winner
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards , Ontario Arts Council 2015, Short-listed
      Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book Category 2015, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ... Spires's buddy tale of overcoming obstacles and learning to manage expectations will likely find an appreciative audience, especially in a classroom setting.
      Quill & Quire
      A little girl has big plans to make the most magnificent thing, with the help of her canine sidekick.
      Canadian Family
      An entertaining book for the very young, this is also a useful reminder that most problems can be worked out if we give it time. Spires's digital artwork does a masterful job of injecting humour.
      The Montreal Gazette
      In the end, it's precisely the kind of book we need for kids these days. Perfection is a myth. Banged up, beat up, good enough can sometimes be the best possible solution to a problem. A lesson for the 21st century children everywhere.
      Elizabeth Bird, SLJ.com
      It's a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers.
      Publishers Weekly
      Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight.
      Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review
      The Most Magnificent Thing is a wonderful fable about effort and reward, in a tone perfectly understandable to younger children. A definite addition to public and primary school collections.
      CM Magazine
      The Most Magnificent Thing captures the ups and downs of the creative process perfectly ... with honesty and even a little elegance.
      Globe and Mail
      This indefatigable little girl won't let frustration get in the way of creating her magnificent contraption. Determination is key!
      Today's Parent
      This is a solid choice with a great message that encourages kids not to quit in the face of disappointment but rather to change their perspective and start over.
      School Library Journal
      Without being heavy-handed, the author has shown how perseverance, determination, vision, and dealing with your emotions can pay off. Illustrations add charm to the story ... This is a good read-aloud.
      Library Media Connection
      Young readers will love the surprise ending. Readers learn that not everything comes out ?just the right way? instantly.
      International Reading Association
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    Starring Me and You Genevieve Cote Canada, Genevieve Cote Canada
    9781894786393 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from P - K On Sale Date:March 01, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.38 in | 0.63 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      The two friends from Me and You and Without You have decided to put on a play. While Piggy and Bunny encourage each other’s inner stars, they discover that the same feeling can be expressed in very different ways. This gently funny story sets the stage for preschoolers learning how to play together after years of being stars of their own show.
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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
      2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee 2014, Winner
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards, Ontario Arts Council 2015, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Starring Me and You is an applause-worthy exploration of friendship and emotion. Here's hoping there's another encore for these two loveable characters.
      Quill & Quire - Starred Review
      Third in a series, the book easily stands alone. Among all the picture-book friendship stories, this one stands out for the younger set.
      Kirkus Reviews
      This book is set up perfectly for choral reading, since bunny appears on the right side and piggy on the left. This would even be a good choice to be reenacted by classes since it presents a solid message about compromising.
      Booklist
      This title will make a welcome and appropriate addition to any preschool collection.
      School Library Journal
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    There Was an Old Sailor Claire Saxby, Cassandra Allen
    9781771380225 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 01, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 10.25 x 0.38 in | 0.77 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this nautical update on the familiar childhood rhyme “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” an old sailor swallows a krill, which makes him ill, so he swallows a jellyfish to catch the krill, and a feeding frenzy begins! Young readers will love the cumulative rhyme, and grown-ups will appreciate the fresh take on an old favourite.
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      Claire Saxby was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Newcastle. Claire is the author of many books, and There Was an Old Sailor, illustrated by Cassandra Allen, won the 2011 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Member Choice Award (Australia and New Zealand Division).

      Cassandra Allen was born and raised in Australia, and now lives in France. After moving to Europe, her career grew wings and she began illustrating children’s books, amongst other editorial work.

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      An aptly silly narrative and offbeat illustrations make this a successful new spin on an old classic.
      Kirkus Reviews
      Bold and lively illustrations by Cassandra Allen are sure to draw laughter from young listeners.
      The Montreal Gazette
      There Was an Old Sailor is likely to become a cherished bed-time favourite.
      CM Magazine
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    Pup and Hound's Big Book of Stories A Collection of 6 First Readers Susan Hood, Linda Hendry Canada
    9781771381215 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Readers Age (years) from 5 - 6, Grade (US) from K - 1 On Sale Date:March 01, 2014
    $12.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.69 in | 184 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Six of the much-loved Pup and Hound first readers by Susan Hood have been collected here into one manageable volume. The stories included are: Pup and Hound, Pup and Hound Move In, Pup and Hound Stay Up Late, Pup and Hound in Trouble, Pup and Hound Play Copycats and Pup and Hound Hatch an Egg. The stories follow one another with only a title page separating them, so they can be read one after the other, or separately. Each is a gentle and humorous rhyming tale about two lovable dogs and the adventures they get into around the farm where they live. Though the older, wiser (and much bigger!) Hound often needs to help little Pup out of a scrape, he also finds he has a lot more fun when he looks at the world the way energetic Pup does. And, of course, all always ends well for the two good friends. These Level 1 first readers have easy vocabulary, simple sentences and lots of repetition and rhyme. “Pup gobbled up all the meat. He left nothing for poor Hound to eat! Never mind. Hound chewed the stick. Then Hound gave Pup a goodnight lick.” The playful illustrations by Linda Hendry provide visual clues to any unfamiliar words. Part of the Kids Can Read series, the Pup and Hound stories are a perfect choice for the youngest beginning readers who are making their first forays into the world of sentences and word recognition.
      Bio
      Susan Hood is the author of more than 200 children's books, including several other Pup and Hound titles for Kids Can Press. She was most recently the Children's Content Director for Nick Jr. Magazine. Susan lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

      Linda Hendry has illustrated more than 60 children's books. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, she began her career doing freelance illustrations for magazines. Linda lives near Eden Mills, Ontario.

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      A most worthy addition to school and public libraries, and a terrific home purchase.—CM Magazine

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