Candlewick, Fall 2019

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    Our Favorite Day Joowon Oh, Joowon Oh
    9781536203578 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: August 16, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 9.38 x 11 x 0.36 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Candlewick
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      Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut.

      Thursdays are my favorite days.”

      Mine, too.”

      Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there’s one day each week that is extra special. That’s the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path. With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh’s tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.
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      Joowon Oh is originally from South Korea. She earned a BFA in illustration and an MFA in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She works primarily in watercolor with a little bit of gouache and paper collage. Our Favorite Day is her picture book debut. She lives in New York City.
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      Patience brews a wonderful reunion for this grandfather. A contented elderly gentleman, portrayed in inviting watercolor-painted paper collages in a bold color palette, goes through his daily routine…The deliberate, methodical pace is reminiscent of Mr. Rogers’, ideal for young readers outlining every action of each endearing character. A quietly charming debut.
      —Kirkus Reviews
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    Astro Girl Ken Wilson-Max, Ken Wilson-Max
    9781536209464 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Technology Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 9.81 x 11.19 x 0.32 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Candlewick
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      The stars are the limit for a little girl who acts out her wish to be an astronaut — inspired by a very special person.

      Astrid has loved the stars and space for as long as she can remember. “I want to be an astronaut!” she says to everyone who will listen. While her mama is away, Astrid and her papa have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces on a space mission — like being in zero gravity (“I can do that all day long!” she says), eating food from a kind of tube, and doing science experiments with the help of cookie sheets. When at last it’s time to meet Mama at the air base, Astrid wears her favorite space T-shirt to greet her. But where exactly has Mama been? Channeling a sense of childlike delight, Ken Wilson-Max brings space travel up close for young readers and offers an inspiring ending.
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      Ken Wilson-Max was born and raised in Zimbabwe and studied design in the U.K. He is the author-illustrator of many children’s books. He says that he has always believed that people are more similar than different, and that that is worth celebrating. Ken Wilson-Max lives in London.
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      Wilson-Max hits the trifecta with a nurturing primary-caregiver father and a successful STEM-career mother heading this loving family of color. The simple, present-tense text questions none of these things, normalizing them for a preschool audience. His characteristic black-lined, painterly acrylics place this family in a cozy home complete with dog. Backmatter offers some further information, most notably a timeline of women, including women of color, in space. A girl-power book that any child will enjoy.
      —Kirkus Reviews

      Wilson- Max, who grew up in Zimbabwe and studied design in London, offers a playful, conversational text and bold, vibrant acrylic paintings, which depict Astrid and her parents with brown skin and black hair. The illustrated back matter introduces five notable women astronauts from India, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. (including Shannon Lucid and Mae Jemison), along with a few facts related to space travel. First published in England, this picture book offers an inclusive, worldwide vision of astronauts for all little children who dream of space travel.
      —Booklist Online

      Large acrylic paintings in rich jewel tones bring Astrid’s world to life. From her telescope and rocket T-shirt, to her Space Hoops cereal, this preschooler is on her way to achieving her dreams. This author/illustrator of the “Max” series continues his perfect connection to young listeners and concludes with 10 fast facts on astronaut history.
      —School Library Journal

      Wilson-Max uses bold colors and thick black lines in his painterly illustrations, which convey the warmth and joy of a family of color consisting of an impressively accomplished working mother, a loving father as primary caregiver, and a young girl who dreams of reaching for the stars.
      —The Horn Book
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    Grandpa's Top Threes Wendy Meddour, Daniel Egneus
    9781536211252 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 9.63 x 10.94 x 0.33 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Candlewick
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      A young boy’s original game coaxes a grieving grandpa to reconnect with the world in a touching intergenerational story of love and resilience.

      Henry loves talking with Grandpa, but Grandpa has stopped listening. Mom says to just give him time. But Henry wants to talk to Grandpa now. So Henry tries his favorite game: Top Threes. And something amazing happens: Grandpa starts talking again. Out of a tale of favorite sandwiches and zoo animals, outings and trains, emerges a moving story about love, loss, and the wonder of grannies and grandpas.
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      Wendy Meddour was a lecturer at Oxford University before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of numerous picture books, but Grandpa’s Top Threes is her Candlewick Press debut. She lives in the U.K.

      Daniel Egnéus is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published around the world, including special illustrated editions of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, Black Dog, The Monarch of the Glen, and American Gods. This is Daniel Egnéus’s Candlewick Press debut. He lives in Athens, Greece.
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      Well-paced and closely structured, this story works on every level, with Egnéus’ watercolors showing a range of emotion and activity, balancing clutter with space…Peaceful and heartfelt.
      —Kirkus Reviews
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    Series: CHICK AND BRAIN
    Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! Cece Bell, Cece Bell
    9780763679361 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $14.99 CAD 6.25 x 9.31 x 0.43 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Candlewick
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      A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

      From Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell comes an offbeat, pitch-perfect storybook for beginning readers that will have them in fits of giggles.


      “Maybe your foot smells good.
      Maybe your foot smells great.
      But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE.”

      Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch. In a graphic reader loaded with verbal and visual humor, Cece Bell offers a comical primer on good manners gone awry. Simple, silly, and perfectly suited for its audience, this tale of Chick and Brain’s constant misunderstandings and miscommunications proves once again that Cece Bell is a master at meeting kids where they are.
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      Cece Bell is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover and the Newbery Honor Book El Deafo. She is also the creator of the Sock Monkey picture books and Chuck and Woodchuck. Cece Bell lives in Virginia with her family.
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      In this first series entry, Bell flips the repetitive primer structure on its head and transforms it into a winning oddball comedy. With a limited vocabulary of around 120 words—exclusively presented through dialogue—the four-chapter story is a careful blend of verbal and visual humor. The comic-book format, with usually one to four panels per page, heightens the silly factor with well-placed punchlines. Bell’s highly expressive watercolor and ink cartoon illustrations set characters against sparse backgrounds…Fragrant fun for first readers.
      —Kirkus Reviews

      The title says it all: this early reader comic by Newbery Honor author Bell features plenty of bonkers humor…Simple vocabulary packed with tension and humor keeps readers’ interest high.
      —Publishers Weekly

      It’s as silly as it sounds, just the way budding readers like it, and the word and sentence repetition are good for literacy development as well as remembering your manners. Boisterous art matches the situations with goofy figures in hyperbolic positions, and young readers will love seeing the danger coming before the characters do. A viable Elephant & Piggie alternative for slightly more advanced readers.
      —Booklist

      This easy reader’s panels and word bubbles provide comedic timing while parsing the text into digestible parts, which thoughtfully assists children new to both independent reading and the comics form. Bold outlines and exaggerated features in the watercolor and ink illustrations accentuate the playful absurdity of the narrative in this four-chapter comedy of errors.
      —The Horn Book
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    9781536201512 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.89 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Candlewick
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      In the second book of the Wild Magic trilogy, courageous young Mup and her family are trying to heal and restore the kingdom when they uncover an ancient and powerful anger.

      The old queen and her raggedy witches have fled Witches Borough, and Mup’s family has moved into the cold, newly empty castle. But the queen’s legacy lingers in the fear and mistrust of her former subjects and in the memories that live in the castle’s very walls. While Mup’s mam tries to restore balance to a formerly oppressed world, Mup herself tries to settle into her strange new home with her dad, Tipper, and Crow. When an enchanted snow blankets the castle, Mup’s family is cut off from the rest of the kingdom, and the painful memories of the old queen’s victims begin to take form, thanks to a ghost whose power may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle. Celine Kiernan weaves a timely and essential truth into the second book of her trilogy: that dismantling oppression means honoring the pains of the past, and perhaps the most potent magic of all is encouraging joy and hope wherever possible.
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      Celine Kiernan is the award-winning author of several novels for young people, including Into the Grey, which won the Children’s Books Ireland’s Book of the Year Award, the Moorehawke trilogy, and Begone the Raggedy Witches, the first book in the Wild Magic trilogy. Celine Kiernan lives in Ireland.
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      In this sequel to Begone the Raggedy Witches (2018) Kiernan digs into the trope of the fairy-tale ending to expose its messy tangle of roots. There is admirable trust placed in readers to grapple alongside Mup with both her desire to end a kingdom’s suffering and the complex processes of bearing witness and healing…consistent characterization and thoughtful development continues. A breath-stealing second installment to read and reread in anticipation of the third.
      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      A strong and satisfying follow-up that continues to explore timely, real-world issues in a highly engaging fantasy setting.
      —School Library Journal

      A stunning tale of family and friendship with themes of oppression, new beginnings, bravery, and hope.
      —Booklist Online
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    9781536208740 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $10.99 CAD 5.31 x 7.75 x 0.77 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Candlewick
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      When witches kidnap her dad, Mup is swept up in a wild tide of magic that carries her to another world. Can she reunite her family and find her way back?

      On the night that Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup’s family. Pale, cold, and relentless, the witches will do anything for the tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic and enforces her laws with terror and cruelty — and who happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When witches carry off her dad, Mup and her mam leave the mundane world to rescue him. But everything is odd in the strange, glittering Witches Borough, even Mam. Even Mup herself. In a world of rhyming crows, talking cats, and golden forests, it’s all Mup can do to keep her wits about her. And even if she can save her dad, Mup’s not sure if anything will ever be the same again. First in a new trilogy by Irish author Celine Kiernan, this tale of family and forbidden magic charts a fresh path through the landscape of beloved fantasy tradition — and promises to bewitch any reader in search of stories to love.
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      Celine Kiernan is the award-winning author of several novels for young people, including Into the Grey, which won the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award, and the Moorehawke trilogy. Celine Kiernan lives in Ireland.
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      Kiernan has crafted something at once familiar and delightfully surprising with this fantasy quest. Like biting into an unassuming brownie to discover it has a heart of Nutella, Mup’s narrative has all the hallmarks of a traditional misadventure with the fairy folk, but the unusual deployment of the "chosen one" trope, a plot-driving interweave of magic and family tension, and ineffably Irish elements of worldbuilding and characterization deliver readers an unexpected twist of richness. It’s fortunate a trilogy is planned, for readers will surely demand more of Mup.
      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Kiernan deftly weaves an enchanting tale delicately grounded in real life issues. The book subtly explores themes of dictatorship, ethical choices, and the complexity of family ties. Mup is a likable underdog whose vulnerable yet brave spirit will endear her to readers. While much familiar fantasy ground is covered, this is a solid entry featuring a strong female protagonist for younger middle grade readers.
      —School Library Journal

      From the author of Into the Grey (2014) comes this exciting first adventure in the Wild Magic trilogy…Kiernan finds magic in music, rhyme, and freedom of speech in this brilliant adventure into another world.
      —Booklist Online

      Kiernan writes with a beautiful lyricism, her narrative humming along like music.
      —Buffalo News
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    Dig, Dump, Roll Sally Sutton, Brian Lovelock
    9781536209020 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $10.99 CAD 7.13 x 7.38 x 0.69 in | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Candlewick
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      Wham-a-hammer, bam-a-slamma! The construction crew is back — but what are they building this time?

      Crash-a-rumble!
      Smash-a-grumble!
      What’s at work? Here’s a clue:
      It will clear the ground for you.
      Bulldozer! Coming through!



      Diggers, dump trucks, rollers, and more — it takes a lot of big, noisy machines to build a school! Every young child who has ever gawked at a building site will gravitate to this exciting new entry in the kid-pleasing Construction Crew series.
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      Sally Sutton is the author of the Construction Crew series, including Roadwork, Demolition, and Construction, all illustrated by Brian Lovelock, as well as Farmer John’s Tractor, illustrated by Robyn Belton. Sally Sutton lives in New Zealand.

      Brian Lovelock is the illustrator of the Construction Crew series, as well as The Rain Train by Elena de Roo, Did My Mother Do That? by Sharon Holt, and Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber. Brian Lovelock lives in New Zealand.
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    9781536211108 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Nursery Rhymes Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $11.99 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.64 in | 22 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Candlewick
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      A Parents Best Children’s Book of 2019
      These little piggies lead a series of silly counting opportunities from one to ten as Jarvis puts his spin on a popular nursery rhyme.

      One little piggy went to market.
      Two little piggies had a car but couldn’t park it.

      When one little piggy sets out for the market, more and more piggies join in, dancing for hours, flying with superpowers, playing bongos on top of an elephant — and counting to ten all the while. Leading young ones easily from toe games to numbers, this little book will have them squealing with fun.
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      Jarvis is an illustrator and animator who has worked as both a record jacket designer and an animation director. He is the author-illustrator of the companion board book Mary Had a Little Lamb as well as Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth; Mrs. Mole, I’m Home!; and Tropical Terry. He lives in England.
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      The bright digital illustrations in both books will capture readers’ attention and they will enjoy pointing out the silly details, such as a roller-skating giraffe. This book board duo is a great addition to collections everywhere.
      —School Library Journal Online
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    9781536211115 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Nursery Rhymes Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $11.99 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.67 in | 22 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Candlewick
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      Mary’s woolly friend is joined by a colorful (and noisy) entourage in a funny first concept board book by the inimitable Jarvis.

      Everyone knows that Mary had a little companion, with fleece as white as snow. Baaa! But did you know that an orange tiger trailed them? Raar! And a pink dancing hippo, too? Fa-la-la-la-la! And who is that red fellow swinging on a vine, or those blue bears blowing on horns? With a bright array of colors and a cacophony of sound words, this cumulative twist on a classic rhyme will have children clamoring to follow along.
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      Jarvis is an illustrator and animator who has worked as both a record jacket designer and an animation director. He is the author-illustrator of the companion board book This Little Piggy as well as Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth; Mrs. Mole, I’m Home!; and Tropical Terry. He lives in England.
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      The bright digital illustrations in both books will capture readers’ attention and they will enjoy pointing out the silly details, such as a roller-skating giraffe. This book board duo is a great addition to collections everywhere.
      —School Library Journal Online

      This fresh take on the traditional nursery rhyme aims to teach colors to toddlers. Childlike illustrations with chalked backgrounds provide clues to the action and give little learners much to talk about.
      —Kirkus Reviews
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    Series: ENDLESS QUEST.
    Dungeons & Dragons: The Mad Mage's Academy An Endless Quest Book Matt Forbeck, Various
    9781536209242 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 6.25 x 8.75 x 0.57 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Candlewick Entertainment
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      Welcome to the Forgotten Realms Endless Quest books, where you don’t just read a fantastic tale. You become the hero — and choose your own fate.

      You have been tasked with stealing the spell book of Halaster Blackcloak, the mad mage who controls the halls of Undermountain. The book is secreted away inside the halls of a magic academy, so you must navigate your way in by posing as a new student. But you need to move quickly in order to locate the spell book, steal it, and get away without being caught by the mad mage himself. Be on your guard, rogue.
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      Matt Forbeck is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author and games designer who has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since he was thirteen. He lives in Wisconsin.
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