Owlkids Books Fall 2014 Frontlist

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    Hatch, Little Egg Édouard Manceau, Karen Li Canada
    9781771470773 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: September 15, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 8.25 x 9.5 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      The little bird is hatching! Everyone is rushing to see the main event. This is not to be missed – everyone’s buzzing about it! With cameras in tow, various animals hop into cars, motorcycles, wagon trailers – anything that will get them there in time to see the event unfold.

      Finally, with the crowd gathered around, a crack appears in the eggshell and out comes – well, not quite what they expected. The disappointed crowd complains and sulks out. The hatchling reveals his little trick to readers. He has outsmarted the crowd! And for good reason, he thinks: you just can’t hatch in peace these days.

      This funny, surprising, and lightly satirical early picture book captures the hype of a highly anticipated event. Able to be read and enjoyed on multiple levels, Hatch, Little Egg gently mocks the join-the-hype mentality. It will be especially relatable for children expecting a younger sibling, while amusing adults with its subtle nod to celebrity culture.
      Bio

      ÉDOUARD MANCEAU was born in Vendée, France, and began studying Fine Arts at an early age. He often works in paper collage, bringing his friendly characters to life with style and humor. He is the author and illustrator of Windblown.

      KAREN LI lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.


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    Hatch, Little Egg Édouard Manceau
    9781771471114 Electronic book text JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: September 15, 2014
    $9.99 CAD Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Description
      The little bird is hatching! Everyone is rushing to see the main event. This is not to be missed – everyone’s buzzing about it! With cameras in tow, various animals hop into cars, motorcycles, wagon trailers – anything that will get them there in time to see the event unfold.

      Finally, with the crowd gathered around, a crack appears in the eggshell and out comes – well, not quite what they expected. The disappointed crowd complains and sulks out. The hatchling reveals his little trick to readers. He has outsmarted the crowd! And for good reason, he thinks: you just can’t hatch in peace these days.

      This funny, surprising, and lightly satirical early picture book captures the hype of a highly anticipated event. Able to be read and enjoyed on multiple levels, Hatch, Little Egg gently mocks the join-the-hype mentality. It will be especially relatable for children expecting a younger sibling, while amusing adults with its subtle nod to celebrity culture.

      Available to buy from Follett and OverDrive.
      Bio
      ÉDOUARD MANCEAU was born in Vendée, France, and began studying Fine Arts at an early age. He often works in paper collage, bringing his friendly characters to life with style and humor. He is the author and illustrator of Windblown.
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      "Surrealists will rejoice ... A pig really might be the cutest thing in the world – even if it's a bird in disguise."

      "Engaging ... a hatchling thwarting the paparazzi."
      "This tongue in cheek little tale is told with minimal text and expressive illustrations, inviting young readers to examine each detail carefully, to draw conclusions, and to have fun reading, looking, and thinking."
      "A charming little story... a valid and rare topic."
      "This vibrant and brightly coloured picture book for emergent readers is a treat for both the heart and the mind... a wonderful read-aloud for young children."
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    The Flat Rabbit Bardur Oskarsson, Marita Thomsen
    9781771470599 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date: September 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can’t be much fun to lie there: she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired, and unique, idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can’t be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her.

      Sparely told with simple artwork, The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor – and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog and the rat’s caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.


      Bio

      BARDUR OSKARSSON is a Faroese children’s writer, illustrator, and artist. He has won several literary awards, and his works have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, German, and English.



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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Cybils Awards, Picture Book Category 2014, Long-listed
      Booklist Editors' Choice 2014
      A Brain Pickings Best Picture Book of 2014 2014
      A 100 Scope Notes Wildest Children's Book of 2014 2014, Long-listed
      Reviews
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    The Flat Rabbit Bárdur Oskarsson
    9781771471077 Electronic book text JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date: September 15, 2014
    $9.99 CAD Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Description
      When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can’t be much fun to lie there: she should be moved. But how? And to where? Finally, the dog comes up with an inspired, and unique, idea and they work together through the night to make it happen. Once finished, they can’t be positive, but they think they have done their best to help the flat rabbit get somewhere better than the middle of the road where they found her.

      Sparely told with simple artwork, The Flat Rabbit treats the concept of death with a sense of compassion and gentle humor – and a note of practicality. In the end, the dog and the rat’s caring, thoughtful approach results in an unusual yet perfect way to respect their departed friend.

      Available to buy from Follett and OverDrive.



      Bio
      Bardur Oskarsson is a Faroese children’s writer, illustrator, and artist. He has won several literary awards, and his works have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, German, and English.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Cybils Awards, Picture Book Category 2014, Long-listed
      Booklist Editors' Choice 2014
      A Brain Pickings Best Picture Book of 2014 2014
      A 100 Scope Notes Wildest Children's Book of 2014 2014
      Reviews
      "As perfectly, honestly childlike in its approach as Margaret Wise Brown and Remy Charlip's classic The Dead Bird, this title should provoke both thought and discussion."

      "It's unusually corporeal ... but it's this very tactile wrestling with death that feels so honest."

      “A jumping-off point to explore death and compassion.”
      "Run, don't walk, to get a look at [The] Flat Rabbit. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street ... The text and the artwork, which are deadpan (pun intended) and charming, are open to many interpretations."
      "Honest, secular books for children about death are rare indeed... The Flat Rabbit has joined this short list. I'm glad I gave it another chance."
      "A masterwork of minimalist storytelling... full of quiet wit and wistful wonder."
      "I was touched... when shared one on one, this story will resonate with readers of all ages."
      "A quietly profound new picture book"
      "A very fun, silly tone despite the subject matter."
      "Refreshing and possibly even comforting."
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    Series: Dojo
    Dojo Daycare Chris Tougas Canada
    9781771470575 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date: September 15, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls push and pull, bust and break, and generally turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can’t control the kids, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and storytime. No one heeds the master’s repeated mantra of honor, kindness and respect – until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all the damage that they have done, just in time for pickup.

      Digitally rendered ninjas pop off the page in this rowdy tale. Told in rhyming verse with a lively rhythm, comic expressions, and big sound effects, Dojo Daycare makes for an unbeatably boisterous read-aloud.


      Bio

      CHRIS TOUGAS is a writer-illustrator who loves dogs, the great outdoors, writing fun stories and making art. He has studied art and animation in both Canada and the United States and has worked in film animation at Disney and other studios. Chris now lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      2015 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize 2015, Winner
      A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2015
      Wyoming Library Association Buckaroo Award (nominee) 2015
      Quill & Quire Best of 2014 2014, Long-listed
      A Today's Parent Top Picture Book of 2014 2014
      Nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards 2016, Long-listed
      Annual Award Winner at St. Mary's International School, Tokyo 2015, Winner
      Reviews
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    Series: Dojo
    Dojo Daycare Chris Tougas Canada
    9781771471091 Electronic book text JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date: August 15, 2014
    Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls push and pull, bust and break, and generally turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can’t control the kids, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and storytime. No one heeds the master’s repeated mantra of honor, kindness and respect – until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all the damage that they have done, just in time for pickup.

      Digitally rendered ninjas pop off the page in this rowdy tale. Told in rhyming verse with a lively rhythm, comic expressions, and big sound effects, Dojo Daycare makes for an unbeatably boisterous read-aloud.

      Available to buy from Follett and OverDrive.



      Bio
      CHRIS TOUGAS is a writer-illustrator who loves dogs, the great outdoors, writing fun stories and making art. He has studied art and animation in both Canada and the United States and has worked in film animation at Disney and other studios. Chris now lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      2015 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize 2015, Winner
      A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2015
      Wyoming Library Association Buckaroo Award (nominee) 2015
      Quill & Quire Best of 2014 2014
      A Today's Parent Top Picture Book of 2014 2014
      Nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards 2016, Long-listed
      Reviews
      "[A] rollicking read-aloud."

  • 7
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    The Story Starts Here Caroline Merola Canada, Karen Li Canada
    9781771470797 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: September 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.38 in | 36 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      Little Wolf has decided that today, things are going to be done differently. It will be a contrarian day. Why? Because he said so! He will stand, not sit, for dinner – and he’ll start with dessert. He’s going to play the piano with his toes and wear his pants on his head. And when he says "The Story Starts Here," he means it – this book starts at the back and ends at the front.

      After Little Wolf’s parents send him to his room to think about his backwards behavior, he decides to run away. But outside, everyone is running from a giant, shadowy monster. Readers will need to flip the book over to discover the monster’s true identity – and that he’s not so scary after all, just a little turned around and out-of-sorts.

      This fun, engaging story that pokes playfully at conventions will have readers interacting with their book in a new way and help them realize there’s more than one way to see the world.
      Bio
      CAROLINE MEROLA has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Using her pencils and coloured inks, she draws animals, forests, friendly monsters and mischievous children.
      She has written and illustrated some 40 books that have been translated into many languages, including English, Czech and Arabic. Her children, Béatrice and Olivier, their friends, and many children she meets in classes are unfailing sources of inspiration. In 2011, Caroline won the GG for children’s illustration for Lili et les poilus. She lives in Montreal, QC.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      A TD Summer Reading Club Selection 2015
      Reviews
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    Who's Next Door? Mayuko Kishira, Jun Takabatake
    9781771470711 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: August 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      Chicken is thrilled when he finds out someone new has moved in next door. His quiet house deep in the woods can be lonely sometimes, and it would be so much fun to have a friend! But Chicken never catches so much as a glimpse of his neighbor, despite many days spent waiting, pacing, and knocking on his door. As it turns out, his neighbor, Owl, has been doing the same thing, yearning to meet Chicken – only he’s been doing it at night. It’s not until after the two exchange notes and mix up plans for a visit, each using his own definition of "tomorrow," that they meet fortuitously and find a creative way to enjoy each other’s friendship despite their different schedules.

      A comical look at nocturnal and diurnal creatures, this simple story explores the concept of opposites in a smart, subtly funny way. Kids and adults alike will have fun anticipating the punchline, hinted at through the mix of traditional and comic panel-style artwork. Who’s Next Door? is a page-turner that will be a joy to read for the first or umpteenth time. Through its fun, heartfelt look at the anticipation that comes with new friendships, this book celebrates the fact that even those as different as night and day can form a special bond.
      Bio

      MAYUKO KISHIRA was born in Osaka Prefecture. She studied picture book production in the postgraduate course of the International Academy Picture Book Program. Her works include Lucky Gaako, Buta ga ki ni ataru, Helicopter-kun umi wo iku, Tire ga paan (Hisakata Child), Yokubari ookami, Shichi-nin no kogumo (Froebel-Kan), Midori-iro no kaeru chairo no kaeru (Chichi Shuppansha), and more. She currently lives in Kyoto Prefecture.

      JUN TAKABATAKE was born in Aichi Prefecture. He won the Graphics Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair for his work in Dare no jitensha (Froebel-Kan), the Japan Picture Book Award for Oh, Suppa (Kodansha, Author: Tamio Koshino), and the Kodansha Publishing Cultural Award for Futari no namakemono (Kodansha). His works include Puuwa-tou no sora no shita (BL Shuppan), Peaceland, Otou-san no ehon, Nandesho nandesho (Ehonkan), Zou-san no otoshiana (Poplar), Juunishi no hayakuchi-kotoba ehon (Kyouikugageki), and many more. He currently lives in Gifu Prefecture.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Toronto Public Library First and Best List 2014
      Reviews
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    Superfab Saves the Day Bérengère Delaporte, Jean Leroy, Bérengère Delaporte
    9781771470766 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date: August 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 7.88 x 9.63 x 0 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description

      Meet Superfab: the best-dressed superhero around. He’s got a walk-in closet, an extensive collection of outfits, and fabulous style to boot. The only problem is, he can’t leave his house to go fight crime until he has the perfect outfit on – and sometimes that takes awhile. It often takes so long that by the time he arrives at the scene of a crime, another superhero has already gotten the job done. Superfab finds himself less and less in demand, until one day he gets called to help out in a crisis where all other superheroes have been defeated – and he discovers that his exquisite sense of style is just the weapon he needs to beat (and befriend) this particular monster.

      This original take on the superhero story will have readers rooting for the underdog and celebrating Superfab’s unique pizazz. Whimsical illustrations show off the stylish side of this quirky and loveable character, who knows the best way to save the day is to be true to yourself.
      Bio
      JEAN LEROY was a schoolteacher for eight years. Since 2010, he has been a full-time writer.

      ​BÉRENGÈRE DELAPORTE works part time as an illustrator for a communications company. The rest of her time is spent making books. She is especially interested in anthropomorphized characters.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Globe and Mail Best of 2014 2014
      Reviews
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    Superfab Saves the Day Jean Leroy, Bérengère Delaporte
    9781771471176 Electronic book text JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date: September 01, 2014
    Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Description
      Meet Superfab: the best-dressed superhero around. He’s got a walk-in closet, an extensive collection of outfits, and fabulous style to boot. The only problem is, he can’t leave his house to go fight crime until he has the perfect outfit on – and sometimes that takes awhile. It often takes so long that by the time he arrives at the scene of a crime, another superhero has already gotten the job done. Superfab finds himself less and less in demand, until one day he gets called to help out in a crisis where all other superheroes have been defeated – and he discovers that his exquisite sense of style is just the weapon he needs to beat (and befriend) this particular monster.

      This original take on the superhero story will have readers rooting for the underdog and celebrating Superfab’s unique pizazz. Whimsical illustrations show off the stylish side of this quirky and loveable character, who knows the best way to save the day is to be true to yourself.

      Available to buy from Follett and OverDrive.

      Bio
      JEAN LEROY was a schoolteacher for eight years. Since 2010, he has been a full-time writer.

      BÉRENGÈRE DELAPORTE works part time as an illustrator for a communications company. The rest of her time is spent making books. She is especially interested in anthropomorphized characters.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Globe and Mail Best of 2014 2014
      Reviews
      "In Superfab, this team has created an insouciant, stereotype-defying hero who’s as comfortable striking coy, runway-ready poses as he is flying into the heat of battle."

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