July 2019 Canadian Fiction

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    9781927668665 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural Age (years) from 5 - 10 On Sale Date: July 26, 2019
    $17.95 CAD 6.5 x 8 x 0.39 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Koyama Press
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      Don’t want to take out the trash tonight? Maybe you’re swimming in homework? Perhaps that big bully is being a real drag? Well grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons! But be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.
      Aaron Leighton is an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult. His first book with Koyama Press, Spirit City Toronto, was published in 2010. Aaron lives in Toronto, ON and spends his free time wrestling with a black cat.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “It’s a funny take on the problems kids encounter and a kind of wish fulfillment in dealing with them.” — Rob Clough,High-Low

      “Leighton’s renderings of the multieyed, multiarmed, sharp-toothed demons are outlandish without being creepy, and the creative concept will likely inspire some readers to create demons of their own.” —Publishers Weekly

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    Alis the Aviator Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail Canada, Kalpna Patel Canada
    9781101919057 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: July 02, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 9.31 x 9.5 x 0.43 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Tundra Books
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      Come along on an aviation journey with Alis! This spunky female guide will take you through an ABC of planes featuring gorgeous cut-paper art.

      An A to Z of planes past and present, this book has stunning cut-paper art and a cute-as-a-button guide named Alis. Named for Dr. Alis Kennedy, likely one of the first Indigenous women to obtain a commercial pilot licence in Canada, Alis will take you on an aviation tour from the Avro Arrow to the Zeppelin and everything in between.

      Meticulously researched and uniquely crafted, this is a one-of-a-kind book that will delight aviation fans big and little.
      DANIELLE METCALFE-CHENAIL is a historian and a former Historian Laureate for the city of Edmonton, as well as a former president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. She has written For the Love of Flying: The Story of the Laurentian Air Services and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and edited In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation. This is Danielle’s first book for children. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

      Author Residence: Edmonton, AB

      Author Hometown: Ottawa, ON

      KALPNA PATEL is an artist, jeweler and crafter living in Toronto, Ontario. About a third of her life is spent around books--reading books, selling books and cutting books up and making stuff with them. She creates window displays for independent businesses, is an event decorator and organizer for City of Craft and works part time at a bookstore, all while making jewelery and creating art installations around the city. Alis the Aviator is Kalpna's first book for children.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, ON
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        Marketing: Tundra Illustrator Studio video

        Include in Ready4School campaign

        Group trade advertising

        Alphabet books round-up

        Promo piece: paper airplane craft, designed by Kalpna

        Teacher’s guide

        Look into Historica Canada contest

        TYPE window

        Publicity: Reach out to CNE airshow

        Local events for Kalpna (TO)

        Local events for Danielle (ON)

        Leverage author’s aviation connections

        Pitch to En route, air and flight magazines (Porter, Air Canada)

        Author Website: www.daniellemc.com

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @ghostfaceknitta Twitter: @GhostfaceKnitta
    • Awards & Reviews

      PRAISE FOR Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the Arctic by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail:

      “Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail brings us an extraordinarily intimate, engaging and all-encompassing chronicle of Canadian flight north of the 60th parallel. Metcalfe-Chenail proves herself a remarkable historian and writer, weaving factual accounts with compelling stories of risk, heroism and adventure.”—Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss

      “Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down.”—Sherwood/Strathcona News

      PRAISE FOR For the Love of Flying by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail:

      “[A] beautifully illustrated account…. Brochures, advertisements, articles, and sidebars about flying in the wet wilderness are scattered among contemporary and historic photographs, and all of it gives For the Love of Flying the ability to transport readers on journeys to the outer reaches of the civilized world.”—Air&Space Magazine, Smithsonian Museum
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    Blood Will Out Jo Treggiari Canada
    9780735262973 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 On Sale Date: July 02, 2019
    $13.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.74 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Penguin Teen
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      Silence of the Lambs for young adults—Blood Will Out is a gripping thriller readers won’t be able to put down.

      Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

      She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

      Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.

      Told in alternating perspectives of predator and prey, Blood Will Out is a gripping and terrifying read.
      JO TREGGIARI was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in San Francisco and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for punk magazines and owned a successful gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her bestselling novel, Ashes, Ashes (Scholastic), was a White Pine award nominee, Snow Willow nominee, a Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2012, and an American Booksellers Association Best Books of 2011. Her novella, “Love You Like Suicide,” appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL, which was listed as a Best Teen Book of 2014 by Quill & Quire. She now lives with her children on Nova Scotia’s gorgeous south shore where she co-owns a carefully curated, community-active bookstore, Lexicon Books: www.lexiconbooks.ca. She blogs indiscriminately at www.jotreggiari.com.

      Twitter: @JoTreggiari

      Author Residence: Nova Scotia

      Author Hometown: London, England
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    • Awards & Reviews

      PRAISE FOR Ashes, Ashes:

      “The tense plot, cinematic moments, and highly capable protagonists make this a fast, gripping read.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Rich backstory aligns readers with Lucy while the vivid post-apocalyptic New York setting draws them along.”—The Horn Book

      “There is something here for just about everyone—romance, survival drama, action, mystery. Ashes, Ashes is a treat.”—Starred Review, Quill & Quire
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    Series: Axel & Beast
    Castle of Cyborgs Adrian C. Bott Canada, Andy Isaac
    9781610678513 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Robots On Sale Date: July 16, 2019
    $8.95 CAD 5.14 x 7.88 x 0.4 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Kane Miller
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      When a shape-shifting robot needs help to save the world, it's time for this 12-year-old gamer to level up! Axel is an awesome gamer who needs a friend, and BEAST is a huge robot on the run from the nasty Grabbem Industries. Together, Axel and BEAST will take on the bad guys and try to the save the world from their evil money-making schemes! In Castle of Cyborgs, Axel and BEAST must journey to the Neuron Institute, where the evil Professor Payne is fusing man with machines. Can they fight off cyberwolves, robotic angels and the dreaded monster in the dungeon to complete their biggest mission yet: saving Axel's dad?
      Adrian C. Bott has worked for video-game magazines and run a bookshop. Axel & Beast is his first series under his own name. Andy Isaac is a digital designer and illustrator who discovered these passions through comics.
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    Father Sweet J.J. Martin Canada
    9781459743960 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: July 06, 2019
    $20.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 328 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A shocking tale of secrets, guilt, and clerical child abuse.

      “God has made you special, but I will show you how to have an extraordinary life. Show you true love, as God intended for our kind.”

      It’s 1978. Blackburn Hamlet is a typical suburban village in eastern Ontario. In this vibrant Catholic community, life revolves around family and church. Then the safe comfort of both is destroyed by the arrival of a predator priest.

      When charismatic Father Sweet invites his new favourite altar boy on a camping trip, the boy’s parents insist he go. Trapped in the woods, the boy struggles to evade the priest’s sexual advances. But Father Sweet forces him to make an impossible choice.

      Twenty-five years later, he is lost, broken, and angry. His father’s death reveals secrets that spur the man to relive his own past. Desiring justice, in need of healing, he discovers, in a daring rescue mission, a way to achieve both.
      J.J. Martin grew up Catholic in Ontario and pursued graduate studies in anthropology of religion at the University of Ottawa. His articles have appeared in multiple news outlets, including the Globe and Mail. He lives in Toronto.
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        EVENTS Festival pitches Event promotion: posters, evites Trade shows, school and library conferences Launch event DIGITAL MARKETING Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Dundurn.com campaigns Guest Post on Dundurn Blog Digital Reader Copies available: NetGalley, Edelweiss Consumer, library, bookseller, and author newsletters SPECIAL OUTREACH Key Influencer mailing Bookseller mailing, enhanced packaging PUBLICITY Targeted media and blogger review mailings Advance Reading Copies available, enhanced quantity Book hashtag: #FatherSweet
    • Awards & Reviews

      Martin’s arresting debut [is] a deeply unsettling work that will make a lasting impact on readers. This novel is a reckoning with the horrendous lack of a just response to institutions which failed to protect their most vulnerable citizens.
      Father Sweet is a page-turner dripping with dread and torment. J.J. Martin’s debut novel is laced with tendrils of fear, anger, horror, and rage, but it’s also one with threads of hope, redemption, truth, and acceptance. We must all atone for what our people participated in — be it by church or state — and the fact that Martin told a compelling story about it without alienating the reader is a masterful achievement.
      Martin’s literary style and poignant, gripping narration keep readers spellbound throughout.
      Beautifully writen, filled with vivid characters, descriptions and events, Father Sweet was illuminating, eye-opening and unputdownable … It is clear from the beginning that this was a work of love for the author and I congratulate him.
      The audiobook version of Father Sweet is brought to life by Craig Lauzon and I can tell you that he does an excellent job with it … He reads in a clear and soothing voice, switching between characters effortlessly. Now he is a happy kid, a horny priest or a police woman. He puts everything he has into this performance and the end result is a great, immersive narrative experience.
      [Review of Audiobook]
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    Grimoire Noir Vera Greentea, Yana Bogatch Canada
    9781626725980 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 12 - 16 On Sale Date: July 23, 2019 Print Run: 35000
    $23.50 CAD 6.21 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y First Second
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      Beautiful, spooky, and utterly enchanting, Vera Greentea and Yana Bogatch'sGrimoire Noiris a charming graphic novel about coming to terms with your own flaws and working past them to protect those dear to you.

      Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen?

      His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for it—he lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journey to investigate the small town that gives him so much grief. And in the process he uncovers the town’s painful history and a conspiracy that will change it forever.


      Vera Greentea is best known for her dark fantasy comics, includingNenetl of the Forgotten Spiritsand Recipes for the Dead. Vera does her best writing when it rains, lives with a klutzy cat who needs a helmet and a husband that doesn't, and owns a growing library that keeps overtaking more rooms.Grimoire Noir is her graphic novel debut novel.

      Yana Bogatch is a freelance illustrator/character designer/comic artist. She has a Bachelor's degree in Traditional Animation, and a background in music. She is committed to creating an immersive experience with her illustrations / comics, and let the viewer feel like they are there with the characters.

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      "Grimoire Noir is beautiful. So dark and magical and moving."Lev Grossman,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Magicians

      "Featuring a grayscale palette with striking daubs of color, the art is wonderfully atmospheric. Characters are impeccably styled with a keen sartorial eye...brooding gothic fare brimming with style. "—Kirkus

      "An unusual, tense, and deeply atmospheric world full of stylish characters and forbidding places."—Publishers Weekly

      "Murky scenes in black, gray, and subtle touches of luminous color add to the noir mood, while floating curlicues and dusky shadows give it an unmistakable macabre-fantasy feel."—Booklist

      "This would be an interesting step up for fans of Ostertag’sThe Witch Boy or a treat for graphic novel readers seeking a dark supernatural mystery."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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    Hideaway Nicole Lundrigan Canada
    9780735237810 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: July 09, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 6.26 x 8.98 x 0.9 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Viking
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      “Authentic, disturbing and unbearably tense, Hideaway will leave you reeling.”—Shari Lapena, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      Gloria Janes appears to be a doting suburban mother and loving wife. But beyond her canary-yellow door, Gloria controls her husband, Telly, as well as seven-year-old Maisy and her older brother Rowan, through a disorienting cycle of adoration and banishment.

      When Telly leaves, Gloria turns on Rowan. He runs away, finding unlikely refuge with a homeless man named Carl, with whom he forms the kind of bond he has never found with his parents. After they are menaced by strangers, Rowan follows Carl to an isolated cottage, where he accidentally sets off a burst of heightened paranoia in Carl, and their adventure takes a dark turn.

      Gloria is publicly desperate for the safe return of her son while privately plotting ever wilder ways to lure Telly home for good. Her behaviour grows more erratic and her manipulation of Maisy begins to seem dedicated toward an outcome that only she can see. The two storylines drive relentlessly toward a climax that is both shocking and emotionally riveting.

      Suspenseful, unsettling, and masterful, Hideaway explores the secrets of a troubled family and illuminates an unlikely hero and a source of unexpected strength.

      Story Locale: Little Sliding, a fictional town in northeastern North America

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      NICOLE LUNDRIGAN is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, including The Substitute and Glass Boys. Her work has appeared on best of the year selections of The Globe and Mail, Amazon.ca, and Now magazine. She grew up in Newfoundland, and now lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: Upper Gullies, Newfoundland
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        Marketing: Pre-Pub:

        -       3/8/19 – Cover reveal on author’s Facebook page

        -       5/8/19 – ARC giveaway on author’s Facebook page

        -       5/16/19 – 5/31/19 – Goodreads ARCs giveaway

        -       5/20/19 – e-book preorder discount

        -       6/18/19 -7/9/19 – Premium Goodreads contest with final copies

        -       6/27/19 - ARC giveaway on Penguin Canada social channels

        -       6/27/19 – Facebook pre-order advertising


        -       7/9/19 – Podcast advertising

        -       7/9/19 – 7/22/19 - Goodreads advertising

        -       7/23/19 - 8/9/19 – Online digital ad campaign

        -       8/10/19 – 8/22/19 Facebook advertising

        -       Ongoing organic social media support

        - Finished copies influencer mailing

        US Plans:

        Wide ARC distribution

        Promotion at BEA

        Goodreads promotion

        BookRiot promotion

        Social media campaign

        Pitch for reviews and summer reading lists

        Publicity: Extensive review coverage in daily newspapers like the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star

        Select review and feature coverage in lifestyle magazines like Canadian Living and Chatelaine

        Select national radio interviews with programs like CBC The Next Chapter

        Extensive blogger outreach to our thriller community

        Pitch for CTV’s The Social “The Social Chapter” book club selection for August

        Toronto launch event

        Potential to tour to: Winnipeg and SW Ontario (Sarnia, Orangeville & Uxbridge)

        Pitch to Fall festivals

        Extensive ARC mailing for early review coverage

        Indie bookstore visits and signings

        Indigo bookstore visits and signings

        Potential for an in-house event with Kobo

        Author Website: www.nicolelundrigan.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      Advance Praise for Hideaway:

      “Authentic, disturbing and unbearably tense, Hideaway will leave you reeling.”—Shari Lapena, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      “In elegant, stylish prose, Lundrigan captures the bewilderment of childhood when it’s set against the backdrop of how awful adults can be. If ever there was a book that will hook you with hatred and love, Hideaway is it. With a great, tense finish, you’ll be desperate for the right characters to win. I loved Maisy as much as I do Scout Finch, and that’s saying something.”—Roz Nay, internationally-bestselling author of Our Little Secret

      Praise for The Substitute:

      A “skillfully balanced blend of psychological thriller and haunting coming-of-age story…infused with creepy, small- town atmospheric suspense…. Elegant and darkly homorous, delivering bareknuckle social commentary that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Karin Fossum, and Laura Lippman.”—Booklist (starred review)

      “A feast for fans who miss Patrica Highsmith’s and Margaret Millar’s haunting anatomies of people as nice as pie except for their murders.”—Kirkus Reviews

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    Just My Luck Jennifer Honeybourn Canada
    9781250194657 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: July 16, 2019 Print Run: 30000
    $24.50 CAD 5.73 x 8.45 x 0.9 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Swoon Reads
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      Funny and fresh, Jennifer Honeybourn'sJust My Luck follows a teen who has to get her good luck back by returning items she stole—all while falling for a hotel guest.

      Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around—she just has to return all of the items she stole.

      When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she'd never do—fall for an out-of-towner. But Will's special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty's luck is finally turning around.

      After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty's relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good—or say goodbye to Will forever.

      Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she'd have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books.Wesley James Ruined My Life was her first novel.
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    Little Juniper Makes It BIG Aidan Cassie Canada, Aidan Cassie
    9780374310455 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 8 On Sale Date: July 23, 2019 Print Run: 30000
    $23.50 CAD 8.78 x 11.05 x 0.33 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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      Aidan Cassie, the creator ofSterling, Best Dog Ever, employs her pitch-perfect humor and heartwarming illustrations here again to help little ones love themselves at any size inLittle Juniper Makes It BIG.

      What Juniper lacks in size, she makes up for in heart. And her heart is dead-set on growing up and getting taller. She's tired of having to reach for the cookie jar or use a stepping stool for the toilet. Everything in Juniper's world seems to be made for adults. Ugh!

      Juniper is industrious, however, and builds several silly contraptions to help reach her goals. But it isn't until she makes a fun new friend at school, Clove, who is even smaller than Juniper, that she is able to see her world from a new perspective—and appreciate all sizes, big or small.

      Aidan Cassie is the picture book author and illustrator ofSterling, Best Dog Ever. She attended the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art, where she studied animation and earned a Media Arts degree. She lives on a small artist-covered island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia.
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      "Fetching in words and pictures, this story shows how sometimes all one needs is a growth in perspective." —Kirkus Reviews

      "This sweet look at how a change in perspective can alter one’s own reality offers a comforting, inspiring message. Cassie’s expressive illustrations complement the narrative, offering youngsters silly scenes and adorable details to unpack." —School Library Journal

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    9781927917213 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date: July 15, 2019
    $12.95 CAD 9 x 7 x 0.25 in | 44 pages Canadian Rights: Y Running the Goat
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      A flamingo has blown off course, and landed in a seaside town. It looks like a very nice town and might be a good place for her to settle down, but she isn?t quite sure she'll fit in. She tries to find a flock of her own; unfortunately, all her looking comes to nothing. But the people in the town are keen to keep their flamingo friend. What better way to make her feel at home than to paint the town pink.

      Inspired by the story of two flamingos that were sighted in Newfoundland years ago, Lori Doody has crafted a charming, gentle and quirky tale about being a stranger in a new place, needing to belong, and ultimately being welcomed in the warmest of ways. Young readers and listeners will have great fun looking for flamingos tucked into the illustrations, and watching as the town and the townsfolk gradually make their feathered friend one of the family. The book also includes a brief list of flamingo facts.

      Lori Doody is a printmaker and picture book maker, who lives in St. John's, NL. Her quirky and charming picture books have been warmly received and widely praised; they include Capelin Weather; The Puffin Problem; Mallard, Mallard, Moose; and Paint the Town Pink.
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