by John Kilaka
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Only Rat knows how to make fire, and he generously provides it to all the other animals. When his best friend, Elephant, suggests that Rat store his food in Elephant’s solid house, Rat agrees. But when the drought comes, Elephant refuses to share the stored food. “You are tiny, and you don’t need much,” he says. “So go away.” When the other animals return to fetch their fire, Rat is gone and Elephant is worried. What will his betrayed friend do? John Kilaka brings a traditional Tanzanian animal fable to life with gentle humor, vibrant color, and memorable characters.


by Jon Scieszka , Lane Smith
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In this best-selling collaboration between author (and performer) Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith, with music by noted composer Kurt Hoffman, you will hear Alexander T. Wolf tell the story from his point of view. Side one features narration and music, while side two has music alone, so that you can read it out loud by yourself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

about the author
Deconstructionist, "surreal" and "iconoclastic" are a few of the adjectives critics have reached for to describe Jon Scieszka's work. Well, it's all true! But as clever as he is, what really marks out this author is his sense of humour. Could he be more deadpan?! Check out THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES and we guarantee you'll never look at a children's book in the same way again.

by Genvieve Cote
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George comes home one day to find an elephant watching TV and eating chocolate chip cookies in his living room. When he tells his friends, they say it's impossible: George must be seeing things. But the next day, and the day after that, his large and uninvited guest remains and makes itself even more at home - with disastrous results. (Elephants should NEVER sit on couches.) Is George dreaming or just plain crazy? Before long, his friends see the elephant, as well. Or do they? SURELY they too aren't going crazy like poor George? So no one says a single word about the gigantic creature lounging in the flowerbed ... until something happens that finally breaks this very awkward silence. With delightful words and charming illustrations, Geneviève Côté tells the silly and whimsical tale of an elephant that is seen ... but is not necessarily believed!


by Ariene Alda
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“If horns played cool music, and pants were just clothes....” Horn, pants, nails, trunk, pitcher — all words that can mean more than one thing. Arlene Alda has put together words and images in a delightful and witty book of photographs as inviting as a pair of juicy pears. Did You Say Pears? takes a playful and very clever look at words that sound the same but have different meanings. Young readers will love to hone their budding sense of language with the deceptively simple text and the irresistible photographs that offer a first taste of the richness of words. A useful information page explaining the wordplay is included. Arlene Alda’s photographs challenge the reader to look and look again in this book that is bound to be a family favorite.

about the author
Arlene Alda is an award-winning photographer and writer whose photographs have appeared in Life, Vogue, and People and in numerous galleries. She is the author of twelve children’s books including her most recent, The Book of ZZZs; Morning Glory Monday, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski; and her photographs are featured in 97 Orchard Street, New York, by Linda Granfield. A native New Yorker, Arlene Alda is the proud grandmother of seven. She lives on Long Island with her husband, actor Alan Alda.

by Emily Pohl-Weary
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She's savvy, she's sleuth-y, she's Natalie Fuentes. Trouble sticks to 16-year-old Natalie Fuentes like glue to paper. As the new kid at Western High, there's nothing she'd like better than to avoid making waves and instead focus on My Very Secret Life, her self-published zine. But when the school's reclusive caretaker is brutally attacked, Natalie is the only person who seems willing to investigate. Armed with the clues found in her zine's clippings, pictures and notes, and with the help of the caretaker's socially awkward son, Natalie searches for answers. Soon the two are stirring up secrets that others including the school's most infamous "cool girl" clique -- want kept under wraps. When the trail leads to the police-shy leader of a local graffiti gang, Natalie must use all her streetwise wiles to crack the case. Illustrated with snippets from Natalie's zine, and with a fast-paced plot that will keep readers guessing, Strange Times at Western High is as spirited as the savvy sleuth herself.

about the author
Emily Pohl-Weary is the author of four previous books. She is also the editor of the acclaimed independent magazine, Kiss Machine. This is her first novel for young readers. She lives in Toronto.

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