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release date: Aug 04, 2015
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There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
We all know that “there was an old lady” who swallowed lots of things. Now meet the old dragon who swallows pretty much an entire kingdom! Will he ever learn a little moderation?! This rollicking rhyme is full to bursting with sight gags, silly characters, and plenty of burps! Parents and kids alike will delight in Ben Mantle’s precisely funny illustrations and in Penny Parker Klostermann’s wacky rhymes.


In days of yore, before a certain fly's ultimately fatal encounter with an Old Lady, there was an old dragon who felt rather peckish. "There was an old dragon who swallowed a knight. / I don't know why he swallowed the knight // It's not polite!" He follows the knight with the knight's steed ("that galloped around at a terrible speed"). Then a squire, a cook, a lady, a castle, and finally a moat are each swallowed in turn. But…"With all of that water, he started to bloat. / And that's when the dragon roared, and I quote: / ‘Okay, enough! I've had enough— / More than enough of this swallowing stuff!' " So realizing that eating all those things might have been "a tad impolite," the old dragon burps them all out in reverse except the knight (which is "ahhh…just right"). Klostermann's debut is a rollicking and warped Medieval take on the well-worn cumulative rhyme. Prolific British animator and illustrator Mantle's expressive and bright cartoon illustrations of the red, horned dragon (and the contents of his stomach) are a perfect match. The antics within the dragon's stomach—every image of the steed is accompanied by a little "clippity, clippity, clippity, clop" in teeny type—and his copious burping will leave 'em laughing. No matter how many swallowed-fly titles you own, this one belongs on your shelf too. KIrkus, May 1,2015
release date: Oct 17, 2017
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Follow the Track All the Way Back
Woo-woo! When Little Train ventures way down the tracks, he's glad he remembers his mommy and daddy's coaching in a story with sure appeal for first-time adventurers.

Chooooo! Little Train is going out on the track all by himself for the first time. He runs through a field and rattles across a bridge. Clickety-clack! Rattly-tat! Then he climbs a mountain and races by the river. Clumpety-clip! Zippety-zoom! Oh, no! Now he's gone too far. Will Little Train recall what his mother and father said about finding his way home? With a nod to beloved classics such as The Little Engine That Could, here is a celebration of independence and parental reassurance that is sure to chug its way into the hearts of little readers everywhere.
release date: Oct 01, 2014
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Rocket Racers (My First Picture Book)

The ultimate space race, featuring dinosaurs, meteors, and explosive crashes

Space rocket, race racket, race to the moon, rocket racers to your places, ready, steady, ZOOM!

So begins this rip-roaring race of a read, and the action doesn't stop until the three lovable dinosaurs reach the finish line. But who will make it there first? This is a wonderful action-packed rhyming story with a central message that giving a helping hand is better than winning. 

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release date: Jun 21, 2016
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Giant Jelly Jaws and The Pirates

A rollicking, swashbuckling adventure, full of cheeky humour! From the creators of Rudey’s Windy Christmas.

Jake, the new cabin boy, isn’t brave like the rest of the crew on the pirate ship; he can’t even climb the rigging and he still sleeps with a teddy!

So how ever will he scare away the enemy pirates who have caught his shipmates, Captain Fish Breath Fred, Snot Nose Ned and Butt Beard Bob?

If only Jake could make an ear-splitting noise like the legendary sea monster, Giant Jelly Jaws… Perhaps an extra-fizzy drink might help?

A beautifully illustrated, laugh-out-loud rhyming text – perfect for pirate fans!

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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Land Shark
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release date: Sep 25, 2014
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Rudey's Windy Christmas
A hilarious story full of noises and naughtiness. A sure-fire Christmas cracker of a book! "Oh, dearie me!" said Rudey. Now I've done a windy pop! This is a bit embarrassing. I'll do my best to stop." Rudey has eaten too many sprouts and the explosive effect is smelt all around the world as he Santa delivery presents on Christmas Eve...The other reindeer have laughed so much, they're out of puff. How ever will they get the sleigh back home? A naughty, noisy, rip-roaring story, full of hilarious phrases that children will love!
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release date: Mar 01, 2013
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Hug! (Magnetic Arms)
Hugs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are big and bouncy, some are small and snug, but no matter what, hugs are always better when shared with someone you love. Little ones will love the bold and colorful illustrations and funny, read-aloud, rhyming text. The magnetic hug closures on the cover are perfect for little hands!
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release date: Jun 01, 2012
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One Sheep, Blue Sheep
Learn counting and colors in this board book about five silly sheep!

Read and laugh as five sheep with fleece as white as snow become one red sheep, one blue sheep, one yellow sheep, one green sheep, and one purple sheep until the whole flock is an array of colors!

With this simple board book, children will be able to change the color of the sheep on each spread through inventively placed die-cuts! They will also learn to count from one to five in this silly story that ends, of course, with the farmer shearing the sheep to create his multicolored scarf!
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release date: Oct 26, 2010
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Perfect Soup
Murray the mouse likes everything to be perfect. Naturally, his perfect meal on a perfect winter day is Perfect Soup. But Murray doesn’t have a carrot, and Perfect Soup isn’t perfect without a carrot. With the snow falling around him, Murray ventures out of his little house to track down the final ingredient for his Perfect Soup. And there’s no time for playing around—Murray is in a hurry.

The farmer will be happy to provide a carrot if Murray will haul some logs. The horse will gladly haul the logs for Murray if he’ll give him some fancy jingle bells in return. It looks like Murray just might get his carrot, but it only takes one grumpy person for a delicate chain of favors like this to fall apart. Can a friendly snowman help Murray make the soup perfect anyway?

Author Lisa Moser and illustrator Ben Mantle have filled Murray’s little town with richly colorful winter landscapes, wonderfully detailed cozy homes, a hilarious cast of quirky characters, and the absolute cutest talking snowman you have ever seen. Parents and kids alike won’t be able to resist picking this book up again and again.
release date: Sep 01, 2012
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Callum's Incredible Construction Kit
Callum loves to build. And when he is given the most incredible construction kit for his birthday, his imagination runs riot! Callum takes his kit everywhere, and it comes in very handy. But as his constructions get bigger and bigger, the house begins to groan under the weight. Suddenly...CCRRRUUMMMFFFF!! the house crashes to the ground! Callum’s construction skills are about to be put to the ultimate test!
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