2008 Children's Choices-Beginner Readers (Grade K-2)

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Tyson the Terrible

Stegg, Serra, and Plod are playing soccer when they suddenly hear BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! in the distance. This can only mean one thing, of course: Tyson the Terrible is coming! With his scaly skin, horrible horns, and gigantic jaws, he's the biggest, meanest, scariest dinosaur around! These dinosaurs better run for cover before Tyson gets there . . . shouldn't they? With bold illustrations that saturate every page and a surprising pop-up ending, this is a story that begs to be read aloud.

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Tucker's Spooky Halloween
Oh, what to be for Halloween? A determined Tucker rolls out a very creative costume in a funny story young children will surely appreciate.

"HE'S SO-O-O-O-O CUTE!"

Tucker's owner always dresses him as something cute for Halloween, like a pumpkin with a little orange hat. But this year Tucker doesn't want to be cute — he wants to be spooky! Why does his owner insist that he wear a silly cowboy costume? Looks like it's time for Tucker to put his paws to the cause and turn into something scary before the trick-or-treaters arrive! Little ones will laugh at this earnest pup's efforts to make just the right statement on Halloween night.
release date: May 01, 2007
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The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark
A hilarious retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with foil on the cover!

"Little fish, little fish, let me come in."
"Not by the skin of my finny fin fin!"
"Then I'll munch, and I'll crunch, and I'll smash your house in!"

Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It's smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship!

Children will delight in this silly story with funny, eye-popping illustrations. And there's foil on the cover!
release date: Feb 13, 2007
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The Perfect Nest
It's the perfect read-aloud! A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up.

Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It's bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up ("¡Caramba!"), but so do a duck ("Sacré bleu!") and a goose ("Great balls of fire!"). Feathers get ruffled — and Jack gets much more than breakfast — in a funny tale rich in detail with a sweet final twist.
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Polar Slumber
Looking out her window, a little girl is enchanted by the snow bear she created. As she falls asleep this backyard snow bear becomes an integral part of her slumber.
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Millie Waits for the Mail

Millie is unlike most other cows. She chews her cud and grazes in the fields with the others, but she doesn't enjoy that nearly as much as she loves scaring the mail carrier. It's too bad the mail carrier doesn't have as much fun each time Millie comes up with a new way to surprise him. Who knew delivering the mail was going to be such a difficult job?

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I'd Really Like to Eat a Child
A scrawny little crocodile wants the opportunity to bite off more than he can chew. He's tired of bananas; today he'd like to eat a child. But he's smaller than he thinks, and the little girl he chooses for his first meal puts him in his place—she picks him up and tickles his tummy! The little crocodile is going to have to eat a lot of bananas and grow a lot bigger before he can add children to his menu! Simple yet hilarious artwork brings this droll story to life.
release date: May 10, 2011
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How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister

The New York Times praised this best-selling picture book as "adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous." In this first book in the How-To Series (which includes How To Get Married and How to Get a Job), the know-it-all big sister narrator tells it like it is: When you're a baby you don't read books. You eat them. You don't know how old you are, or even if you're a boy or a girl. And you have to keep a special plug in your mouth to stop your scream from coming out. But one day, you won't be little anymore, and then you'll be taller and smarter, and actually quite clever. Like the narrator. And you'll be able to share memories of what it was like when you were little with your incredible Big Sister.

release date: Aug 01, 2008
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How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?
The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another dinosaur tale--a fourth full-length picture book about how dinosaurs behave at school.

Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!

As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.
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Grumpy Bird
Bright and fresh with an innovative art style, this debut picture book from a huge new talent is sure to win lots of fans!

Bird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play -- too grumpy even to fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," says Bird. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too.

Before he knows it, a little exercise and companionship help Bird shake his bad mood. This winsome, refreshingly original picture book is sure to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away theirs, too!
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Ginger Bear
Any child who loves cookies will enjoy this inventive tale of Ginger Bear, a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. As she did with Traction Man Is Here! and The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Mini Grey has created a totally original book that is fun to read and fun to look at.
release date: Aug 01, 2009
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Arrowhawk
Frankie Stein comes into the world on a bright, sunny day. He's not at all like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein. They're scary looking. He's cute. They try to make him look like them. They can't. But he does end up being scary—just in his own way! Kevan Atteberry's digital illustrations lend a hand to this family-friendly story perfect for a Halloween read aloud.
release date: Sep 01, 2007
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy
The fourth book in a humorous, easy-to-read series about a boy and his pet fly! Each book in the series has a fun foil cover!

Buzz is visiting Grandma, and Fly Guy comes along for the ride. Oops! Grandma swallows Fly Guy, then a spider, then a bird, then a cat, then a dog. . . .

She's about to swallow a horse, when Fly Guy shouts: "BUZZZ!" Buzz is starting to worry, but there is nothing Fly Guy can't handle! He flies out, and all the critters follow. And everybody parties!
release date: Aug 22, 2007
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Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping
The day before school starts, Mama takes her five little monkeys shopping for clothes. "Stay right here," she says, "AND DON'T GO WANDERING OFF!" But one little monkey has to go to the bathroom . . . and two little monkeys get thirsty. . . . Then three little monkey friends arrive . . . and four little monkeys decide to go help find the others. . . . Will Mama ever have all five of her little monkeys together again?
In this latest romp with Eileen Christelow's Five Little Monkeys, vibrant, expressive illustrations accompany a catchy text that's great for reading aloud. Simple math lessons are seamlessly incorporated into the fun.
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck & Goose, Goose & Duck. Feathered friends forever . . . or are they? That's what we discover in this charming and hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Duck & Goose. You see, there's a challenge to their friendship: a little whippersnapper of a duck named Thistle. Thistle's good at everything (or so she thinks), from math to holding her breath to standing on her head. Duck thinks she's fantastic. But Goose does not! And so Goose is faced with a problem close to the hearts of children everywhere: what happens when your best friend makes a new friend?

 

And don't miss Duck and Goose in Tad Hills's six board books, including What's Up, Duck? and Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin.

release date: Oct 01, 2007
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Dino-Hockey
In a hockey match unrivaled in prehistory, the Meat-Eaters take on the Veggiesaurs. Fans go wild in the stands as T. Rex and Triceratops face off, and the game is off to a rip-roaring start. An assist from Raptor gains the first goal for the Meat-Eaters―but the naughty Pterodactyl twins, playing wingers, earn their team a penalty. The Veggies are quick to take advantage and Diplo scores. A tie game! Join the fans and find out what happens. You'll have a front row seat, so keep an eye on Raptor. Hockey gets him pretty riled up and that's quite a set of teeth he's baring.
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Dino-dinners
Dinosaurs had huge appetites. But what did they eat? Some grated plants into mush with their powerful jaws. Others swallowed fish whole. And some prowled the land, hunting other dinosaurs for dinner-including their own kind! Young dinosaur fans will find out exactly what-or who-was on the prehistoric menu, as well as interesting facts about each dino's life, size and shape, and eating habits. This book was created in association with the Natural History Museum in London, England.
release date: Aug 21, 2007
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Delicious!

Cat, Squirrel, and Duck have a very serious problem: there are no ripe pumpkins in the garden for their favorite soup! They'll have to make something else, but while Cat and Squirrel are willing to experiment, all Duck wants is pumpkin soup. He won't even try a taste of the fish soup or mushroom soup, and the beet soup his friends make is the last straw― "I'm not eating that," he says. "It's pink!" Can Cat and Squirrel find a way to please their fussy friend?

This follow-up to the popular Pumpkin Soup and A Pipkin of Pepper is a perfect story about a picky eater, illustrated with rich, expressive paintings in which children will find much to discover―and it includes a recipe for pink soup!

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Deep in the Swamp
Count from 1 otter pup to 10 baby crayfish as readers learn about the special relationships of baby and mom mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects that make their home in the Okefenokee Swamp.

A helpful guide to swamp flora and fauna is included.

Modeled after the song "Over in the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth.
release date: Aug 01, 2009
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Chester
Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told, and retold, by dueling author-illustrators.

Mélanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then Mélanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off.

Mélanie and her mouse won't take Chester's antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will Mélanie get her mouse production off the ground?
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Bunny Wishes
The bunnies are back and writing their holiday wish lists--with a little help from a bunch of baby mice. A winter's (cotton) "tail," the sequel to DEAR BUNNY, by acclaimed artist Caroline J. Church.

Bunny BFFs Tino and Teeny can't wait for the holidays! Tino wants food, flowers, and a telescope to see the stars. Teeny would like some sweet red berries and a pair of mittens to warm her paws. Each rabbit writes a wish list and pins it to the same hollow log where once upon a time they left letters for each other. But after they've hopped along, an icy gust of wind blows the wish lists--whoosh!--away. When a bunch of playful baby mice discover the notes, they're delighted to shred them into all sorts of winter toys. What will become of the bunnies' holiday wishes?
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Big Bug Surprise
Think DIARY OF A WORM meets OLIVIA....
Introducing Prunella--an irresistibly irrepressible, independent, bug-loving little girl, sure to create quite a buzz!

Prunella is aflutter to share her big bug surprise at show-and-tell. But suddenly, the classroom is abuzz with an even bigger bug surprise! A swarm of bees has invaded! With her teacher and her classmates frantic, can Prunella's buggy know-how save the day? Luckily, Prunella has an idea. And like a true queen, she leads the bees safely to a new hive. Her teacher is impressed! Her classmates cheer! But what does Prunella do? She shares more bug facts, of course, and her audience couldn't beeeee more delighted.
release date: Jan 01, 2006
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Super Heroes
For Max and Pinky every Saturday is Adventure Day. Today is Saturday, but where is Pinky? Has he gotten lost or carried away by bunnies—or is he just off somewhere stuffing himself with marshmallows? Watch Max dive into mud, question a polar bear, and be dissed by a horse named Chuck. Nothing will stop him from finding his pink pal—because a guy will do anything for his best bud!
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