Dewey Diva Picks

Dewey Diva Picks - Spring 2015

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

By Jane Yolen | Mark Teague | ISBN 978-0-439-24104-5
Ages 3-5 | HC | Picture Books | March 2015

The wildly funny contrast between Teague's massive dinosaur children and their human-sized surroundings makes this subject especially engaging and funny. As children learn invaluable rules about safe behaviour, they'll beg to read it again and again for the wildly appealing silliness on each page.

Monkey and Duck Quack Up!

Monkey and Duck Quack Up!

By Jennifer Hamburg | Edwin Fotheringham | ISBN 978-0-545-64514-0
Ages 4-8 | HC | Picture Books | March 2015

Colourful comedy, rollicking rhyme, charismatic characters, and a funny friendship . . . this picture book has it all!

Pig the Pug

Pig the Pug

By Aaron Blabey | ISBN 978-1-4431-3924-3
Ages 3-7 | HC | Picture Books | January 2015

Meet the greediest pug in the world. Pig is ill-tempered, rude, and unreasonable. He lives with Trevor the sausage dog, who would like nothing better than to play with Pig's toys. Will Pig the Pug learn his lesson at last?

Please, Mr. Panda

Please, Mr. Panda

By Steve Antony | ISBN 978-0-545-78892-2
Ages 3-5 | HC | Picture Books | January 2015

Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to say "please" and "thank you." Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda's doughnuts? With the black-and-white animals, plain backgrounds, and brightly coloured doughnuts, Antony's art is bold, striking, and engaging.

Such a Little Mouse

Such a Little Mouse

By Alice Schertle | Stephanie Yue | ISBN 978-0-545-64929-2
Ages 3-5 | HC | Picture Books | April 2015

Explore the world of such a little mouse — from the bestselling author of Little Blue Truck!

With Alice Schertle's sweet descriptive language and touching illustrations from Stephanie Yue, a little mouse interacts with the world around him. Every season of the year, "such a little mouse" pops out of his hole and goes out to explore the wider world.

The Duck Says

The Duck Says  Canadian

By Troy Wilson | Mike Boldt | ISBN 978-1-4431-2869-8
Ages 3-5 | HC | Picture Books | February 2015

Bouncing rhymes are perfectly paired with colourful, exuberant art full of visual gags that will have readers laughing along and anticipating what will happen next. A little absurd, a lot slapstick, and all good fun, this is one to keep within arm's reach at story time.

The Little Knight Who Battled the Rain

The Little Knight Who Battled the Rain  Canadian

By Gilles Tibo | Geneviève Després | ISBN 978-1-4431-3382-1
Ages 3-8 | PB | Picture Books | April 2015

In a curious little kingdom on top of a forest lived a little knight. He loved cats and chocolate cake. He wasn't afraid of mice or the dark . . . but he was terrified of the rain! One day, a huge storm descended on the village. The little knight took refuge in the fortress, and he stayed there for long, long time. But he knew that, for the sake of his subjects, he would have to get up the courage to confront his fears.

Colossal Canada: 100 Epic Facts and Feats

Colossal Canada: 100 Epic Facts and Feats  Canadian

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Frieda Wishinsky | ISBN 978-1-4431-2820-9
Ages 8-12 | PB | Middle Grade | March 2015

Colossal Canada is a wide-ranging round-up of the people, places, animals and events that make us uniquely Canadian. It includes chapters on unforgettable moments in our history, exceptional inventions, monsters and myths, and all of our biggest, best, highest, and most extreme accomplishments.

Echo

Echo

By Pam Muñoz Ryan | ISBN 978-0-439-87402-1
Ages 10-14 | HC | Middle Grade | March 2015

Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan. Three stories converge in an orchestral crescendo that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck. Richly imagined and structurally innovative, Echo pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories.

Honey

Honey

By Sarah Weeks | ISBN 978-0-545-46557-1
Ages 9-12 | HC | Middle Grade | February 2015

Caroline never knew her mother. She died just after Caroline was born, and it's been just her and her father for nearly eleven years now. And then her father starts acting mysterious. What Caroline wishes for more than anything . . . is to have her mother to talk to. Told with a generous helping of heart and humour as only Sarah Weeks can, Honey tells the sweet story of a girl whose eleventh birthday brings the most important gift of all.

I Am Canada: Defend or Die

I Am Canada: Defend or Die  Canadian

By Gillian Chan | ISBN 978-1-4431-1305-2
Ages 10-14 | HC | Middle Grade | February 2015

A captivating and rarely told World War II story: that of the Canadian troops sent to defend Hong Kong from the invading Japanese. Nineteen-year-old Jack Finnigan writes about the fierce battles during those hard weeks, the surrender and capture of his unit, and his brutal time in the POW camp.

Mark of the Thief

Mark of the Thief

By Jennifer A. Nielsen | ISBN 978-0-545-56154-9
Ages 10-14 | HC | Middle Grade | March 2015

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods — magic some Romans would kill for. Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

Pieces and Players

Pieces and Players

By Blue Balliett | ISBN 978-0-545-29990-9
Ages 8-12 | HC | Middle Grade | April 2015

Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Degas has disappeared. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them. Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they've been matched with two new sleuths — Zoomy, a very thin boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words . . . and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure.

The Honest Truth

The Honest Truth

By Dan Gemeinhart | ISBN 978-0-545-66573-5
Ages 8-12 | HC | Middle Grade | February 2015

In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick some people never get better from. So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier — even if it's the last thing he ever does. The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and the incredible journey of the human spirit.

The Lost Track of Time

The Lost Track of Time

By Paige Britt | Lee White | ISBN 978-0-545-53812-1
Ages 8-12 | HC | Middle Grade | April 2015

Brimming with clever language and masterful wordplay, this remarkable debut novel is at once a thought-provoking allegorical cautionary tale, a joyful celebration of the creative process, and a highly entertaining ride.

Nnewts Book One: Escape from the Lizzarks

Nnewts Book One: Escape from the Lizzarks

By Doug TenNapel | ISBN 978-0-545-67647-2
Ages 8-12 | HC | Graphic Fiction | January 2015
Also available in PB | ISBN 978-0-545-67646-5

The first book in the Nnewts series follows the story of Herk, a lovable Nnewt who longs for stronger legs, something his mother and father wish they could give him. When his quaint village is attacked by the reptile Lizzarks, he's forced to flee his home and leave behind the only life he's ever known. Now, all alone and on the run, Herk navigates a dangerous world filled with strange creatures and mysterious wonders, where friends are few and an evil lord is in hot pursuit.

Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down

Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down

By Ally Carter | ISBN 978-0-545-65474-6
Ages 12 & up | HC | Young Adult | February 2015

This exciting new series focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row. Now, at age 16, she's come back to stay — in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved

Backlash

Backlash

By Sarah Darer Littman | ISBN 978-0-545-65126-4
Ages 12 & up | HC | Young Adult | April 2015

Lara thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends. After weeks of talking online, Lara thought she knew Christian, so what's with this sudden change? But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have imagined.

Playing a Part

Playing a Part

By Daria Wilke | Marian Schwartz | ISBN 978-0-545-72607-8
Ages 12 & up | HC | Young Adult | April 2015

The first contemporary Russian YA novel translated into English — a brave coming-out, coming-of-age story. In June 2013, the Russian government passed laws prohibiting "gay propaganda," threatening jail time and fines to offenders. That same month, in spite of these harsh laws, a Russian publisher released Playing a Part, a young adult novel with openly gay characters. It was a brave, bold act, and now this groundbreaking story has been translated for American readers.

The Dogs

The Dogs  Canadian

By Allan Stratton | ISBN 978-1-4431-2830-8
Ages 12 & up | HC | Young Adult | February 2015

Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that's what Cameron's been told. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren't possible. Soon he's questioning everything he thought he knew — including his own sanity. What's hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.

The Sin Eater's Daughter

The Sin Eater's Daughter

By Melinda Salisbury | ISBN 978-0-545-81062-3
Ages 14 & up | HC | Young Adult | March 2015

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. A treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies — a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

By Selina Alko | Sean Qualls | ISBN 978-0-545-47853-3
Ages 4-8 | HC | Non-Fiction | January 2015

For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia. This is the story of one brave family: Mildred Loving, Richard Perry Loving, and their three children. The Lovings refused to allow their children to get the message that their parents' love was wrong and so they fought the unfair law, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court — and won.

Ce n'est pas mon chapeau <br />
This is Not My Hat

Ce n'est pas mon chapeau
This is Not My Hat  Canadian

By Jon Klassen | ISBN 978-1-4431-4035-5
Ages 4-8 | PB | French | April 2015

Un minuscule poisson vole le beau chapeau bleu (qui lui va parfaitement, il faut l'avouer) d'un poisson beaucoup plus gros que lui qui heureusement est endormi... pour l'instant.

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened.

Ma grande famille<br />
My Family Tree and Me

Ma grande famille
My Family Tree and Me

By Dušan Petričić | ISBN 978-1-4431-4321-9
Ages 3-7 | PB | French | April 2015

Cet album ingénieux qu'on peut lire du début à la fin et de la fin au début met en vedette la famille d'un jeune garçon du côté paternel et du côté maternel. Des arrière-arrière-grands-parents aux oncles, aux tantes et aux cousins et cousines, l'album est une merveilleuse introduction aux arbres généalogiques et aux souvenirs précieux que l'on y retrouve.

From great great grandfathers and grandmothers to uncles and aunts, a young boy shows us both sides of his family through many decades. A wonderful book that illustrates the rich history and fond memories that are revealed in family trees.

Illustrations from Please, Mr. Panda © 2015 by Steve Antony. All rights reserved.

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