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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
Magritte's Marvelous Hat
(by D.B. Joahnson, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

D.B. Johnson hangs out a welcome to the world of surrealism. Instead of talking about it, his character, "Magritte" lives in that upside down world where it can be both day and night in the same moment and hats can ride above one’s head, so as not to push down one’s ears. With transparency pages that add to the visual delights, this is a playful introduction to the original thought process of the surrealists. A great book for before or after a visit to the museum. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur, A First Book of Manners
(by Judy Sierra/illus. by Tim Bowers, Knopf $16.99 Score:)

A book about manners with a big dash of humor. This will make the whole notion of politeness more palatable. It all begins when a little girl meets a dinosaur in the supermarket--where else would that happen? The two have repeated encounters that necessitate predictable courtesies that children will enjoy chiming in on. 3-6

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
My Secret Scrapbook Diary: Little Red Riding Hood
(by Kees Moerbeek, Childs Play $10.99 Score:)

Told by Little Red herself, this amusing version of gives the classic tale an upbeat sense of humor. The art as well as breezy text is fresh and lively! With lift-up flaps and pop-up images, this is great good fun for kids who are beginning to read on their own. It combines drawings with photos of old illustrations, a cake recipe, a map to Granny’s house and her hero, the Woodman. The handwritten text sometimes mixes lower and upper case letters and the beginnings of cursive letters as well as print. This may be a little challenging, but entertaining enough to satisfy reluctant readers. Since kids know the basic story they will like this new take on the familiar. Also see the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk in the series.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
My Secret Scrapbook Diary: Three Little Pigs
(by Kees Moerbeek, Childs Play $10.99 Score:)

Told by one of the three pigs, this amusing version of gives the classic tale an upbeat sense of humor. The art as well as breezy text is fresh and lively! It mixes drawings with photos of old-fashioned illustrations. With lift-up flaps and pop-up images, this is great good fun for kids who are beginning to read on their own. The handwritten text sometimes mixes lower and upper case letters and the beginnings of cursive letters as well as print. This may be a little challenging, but entertaining enough to satisfy reluctant readers. Since kids know the basic story they will like this new take on the familiar. Also see the Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood in the series.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
My Secret Scrapbook Diary: Jack and the Beanstalk
(by Kees Moerbeek, Childs Play $10.99 Score:)

Told by Jack himself, this amusing version of gives the classic tale an upbeat sense of humor. The art as well as breezy text is fresh and lively! With lift-up flaps and pop-up images, this is great good fun for kids who are beginning to read on their own. The handwritten text sometimes mixes lower and upper case letters and the beginnings of cursive letters as well as print. This may be a little challenging, but entertaining enough to satisfy reluctant readers. Since kids know the basic story they will like this new take on the familiar. Also see the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood in the series.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
My Secret Scrapbook Diary: Cinderella
(by Kees Moerbeek, Child's Play $10.99 Score:)

Told by Cinderella herself, this amusing version of gives the classic tale an upbeat sense of humor. Wait till you see the photo of her wicked stepmother and the charming pop up of Cindy and her dear dead Mama! The art as well as breezy text is fresh and lively! With lift-up flaps and pop-up images, this is great good fun for kids who are beginning to read on their own. The handwritten text sometimes mixes lower and upper case letters and the beginnings of cursive letters as well as print. This may be a little challenging, but entertaining enough to satisfy reluctant readers. Since kids know the basic story they will like this new take on the familiar. Also see the Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood in the series.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Z is for Moose
(by Kelly Bingham/ illus. by Paul Zelinsky, Greenwillow $16.99 Score:)

It starts with the usual A is for Apple, but before getting too far into the typical B is for Ball, C is for Cat, an eager Moose appears on the wrong page and the romp begins! An entertaining alphabet that kids will enjoy looking at more than once! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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