Best Early Chapter Books of 2012

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Children's and Teen Services staff from the Kitchener Public Library have assembled a list of the best books of 2012. Here are the ten Best  Early Chapter Books of 2012.

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Wedgieman
In The Adventures of Wedgieman: A Hero Is Born, young readers will follow Veggiebaby from his humble beginnings on his journey to becoming Veggieman. Um, make that Wedgieman, since that's what the kids in the neighborhood all call him. Let's face it—children aren't the best spellers and, well, wedgies are a lot cooler than veggies!

But it's not all cauliflower and carrot sticks—Wedgieman has to fight some pretty bad dudes in his work as a superhero, yet the one battle he can't seem to win is the one over his superhero name. 

Brought vividly to life by Bob Shea's graphic and stylish illustrations, The Adventures of Wedgieman blends Charise Mericle Harper's outlandish humor with tongue-in-cheek action that will delight young readers.The Adventures of Wedgieman: A Hero Is Born is the first book in the series, and two more are on the way!
release date: Sep 01, 2012
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There's a Fly Guy in My Soup
At a fancy hotel dinner, Fly Guy gets into some trouble--and the restaurant's soup!

When Buzz and his family have dinner in a fancy hotel's restaurant, Fly Guy isn't allowed in. After searching through the hotel's trash, Fly Guy smells a wonderful aroma coming from the restaurant's kitchen.

Fly Guy causes some messy mayhem in the restaurant, and in the end, everyone needs a bath!
release date: Feb 28, 2012
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Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

In this Splat the Cat story for beginning readers, Splat loves watching his favorite superhero, Super Cat, on the family TV, but when the set breaks, Splat has no way to watch his cherished cartoon. Splat asks himself, "What would Super Cat do?" and decides to save the day by winning a brand-new TV. The only problem is that winning the TV requires Splat to enter a cake-baking contest . . . which turns out to be a little trickier and stickier than expected. Splat's messy adventures will delight beginning readers.

Splat the Cat Takes the Cake is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. This book focuses on the phonics sound –ake. Phonics teaches children the relationship between letters and the sounds they make. A child who has mastered these relationships has an excellent foundation for learning to read and spell. According to the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, a child who has learned phonics has a method to recognize familiar words and "decode" unfamiliar ones.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Sadie and Ratz
Award-winning Sonya Hartnett spins a tale for younger readers about mischief, siblings, and taking matters into your own hands.

Sadie and Ratz are the names of Hannah's hands. They aren't animals, but they behave like wild beasts, says Dad. For one thing, they're always after four-year-old Baby Boy (whom Sadie wishes were a dog). They jump onto his head and try to rub his ears off. Baby Boy knows how to turn the tables, though, and when he spills milk on the carpet, he tells Grandma that Sadie and Ratz pushed him. But when Baby Boy goes too far, Hannah may have to send Sadie and Ratz on vacation to prove their innocence. Multi-award-winning author Sonya Hartnett brings her original sensibility, wry humor, and engaging characters to a younger audience, aided by Ann James's inviting illustrations.
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The Really Rotten Princess
This brand-new Ready-to-Read series stars a princess who's a royal pain!

Princess Regina isn't lovely, or sweet, or charming like a princess is supposed to be....Instead, she's downright rotten! When Regina's concerned parents send her off to a special princess boarding school, Regina is horrified to learn that she's not the only princess in the world. Not only that, she has to share a dorm room with another princess! After a long day of lessons, an exhausted Regina realizes she hasn't done anything really rotten all day...but she'll fix that problem, pronto.
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Splat the Cat: The Rain Is a Pain

Splat can't wait to try out his brand-new roller skates! But when it starts to rain, will Splat's fun day be ruined? Beginning readers will love the wordplay in this Splat story.

release date: Oct 09, 2012
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Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Let's Go for a Drive! Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road! But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.
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Fox and Crow Are Not Friends
Fox and Crow can agree on two things: their love of cheese and loathing of each other. These cagey animals will do whatever they can to outwit their sworn enemy and claim sole possession of the prized cheese they keep finding. But they are too caught up in their plotting and planning to realize they've picked the wrong house to steal from—since the mother of the house is one fed up Mama Bear who knows exactly how to contend with freeloaders.
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Bink and Gollie
Winner of the 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award!

In a brilliant collaboration, best-selling authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, along with acclaimed illustrator Tony Fucile, introduce an outrageously funny pair of friends.

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls — one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends. Full of quick-witted repartee, this brainchild of Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and award-winning author Alison McGhee is a hilarious ode to exuberance and camaraderie, imagination and adventure, brought to life through the delightfully kinetic images of Tony Fucile.
release date: Sep 18, 2012
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Super Hero Squad: Aliens Attack!
When villainous Dormammu opens a portal in the sky he unwittingly unleashes an attack by aliens. Villain or Super Hero--it doesn't matter what side you're on--these aliens are on a mission to take over the world. It's up to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk and the other Squaddies to work together with the Villains to save Earth from alien invasion!
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