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Picture books for young readers

November 16, 2017
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

Some new releases are ready to keep kids busy during colder nights!

Lovely artwork follows an almost wordless story of a young kitten who just wants to play with his family in "Meow!" by Victoria Ying (HarperCollins, $15.99.) A kitten wants to play with his ball of yarn, but his whole family is busy. When he accidentally causes chaos, he gets in trouble. Can he make it up to them and still get to play? There is a lot of inference to this story, and illustrates to kids how one word can be said in many different ways.

A scared bear goes on an adventure with his friend the porcupine in "Pine and Boof: The Lucky Leaf" by Ross Burach (HarperCollins, $17.99.) With funny illustrations, readers follow the bear Boof, who is scared of everything, including other bears. He likes to find things and name them and his favorite thing is a red leaf. But when the wind takes the leaf away he wants to find it. Enter Pine, an adventurous porcupine who doesn't mind going looking for it, even if it means snakes, wild boars and more! This is a funny story that ends with a sweet friendship.

Funny photos accompany the familiar story of bedtime in "The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Go to Bed" by Dave Engledow (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Award-winning photographer and social media star on Facebook and Instagram, Engledow made a name for himself with funny photos featuring his daughter and fathering adventures. In this story, his daughter tells the story of things she'd rather do than go to bed - like laundry or cleaning the toliet. She's sure her parents must be doing fun things - though it doesn't look like it, and keeps sneaking out of bed. So her parents send her up to bed to count - which she does while doing all sorts of things. After staying up all night, what will happen? This is a funny story that is made even better by the wonderful photos.

An author-illustrator, formerly of the U.K. and now living in Hocking Hills, Tadgh Bentley returns to his Little Penguin series with "Little Penguin and the Lollipop" (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Penguin needs help from the reader in dealing with his friend Kenneth, who is mad because Little Penguin ate his lollipop, which was clearly marked, even though Penguin swears he didn't know it belonged to someone else. He's tried giving him a hug, writing him a card, Maybe the reader can help conjure up a razzle-dazzle lollipop that doesn't belong to someone else! A funny story with audience participation, this will get little kids excited.

A little red panda gets help from a lot of animal friends in writing a story in "Amy the Red Panda Is Writing the Best Story in the World"?by Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by Ruth Chan (HarperCollins, $17.99.) The story begins and big words appear. But just as Amy begins to tell the story, letters come raining down, and as Amy is trying to tell the story and assemble the letters, all the animals show up to help and are doing their own editing. Is this story ever going to be told? Will a letter fight spontaneously happen in the middle of the book? You bet! This is a fun guessing game of a story as the characters set out to create a book.

Snappsy the Alligator is back and still is a bit disgruntled in "Snappsy the Alligator And His Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko with pictures by Tim Miller (Penguin, $16.99.) The narrator, a chicken, is telling the story of Snappsy and all the great things he does and how they met and now do everything together. Except Snappsy doesn't want to cooperate and seems to want to be left alone. He doesn't want to have a Best Friends Sleepover or wear BFF shirts with each other's names on them (who is Bert?) Will he get a new friend despite his objections? This is a funny story that will bring lots of laughs.

A geometry filled story of friendship is told in "Love, Triangle" by Marcie Colleen with illustrations by Bob Shea (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Ever since they were Dot and Speck, Circle and Square have been best friends. They may be opposites, but they love doing everything together. That is until Triangle shows up. They both start doing different things with Triangle, making the other sad. Has Triangle broken up their friendship??Can it be brought back together? A story of friendship and sharing is told using shapes that will bring friends and math together!



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