Jill's 2017 Picks

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The Very Very Very Long Dog Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492654452
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - December 5th, 2017

Adorable and funny with a nice bookstore-ish, dogg-ish feel.


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The Good Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062430250
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Published: William Morrow - April 17th, 2018

Poignant, true to the time period and that particular region's ideologies and echelons. Page turner.


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And So It Goes Cover Image
By Paloma Valdivia, Susan Ouriou (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781554988693
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 2017

I gasped when I first opened this book and began to read, then I started it over and read it again. Sadness, joy, hope and love seeped out of the images and prose. Simply breathtaking.


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Broken Circle Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781617755804
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Published: Akashic Books - Black Sheep - October 3rd, 2017

Adam’s “nightmares” are so amped up that they begin to reveal to him truths about his parentage, and the mantle that has been placed upon his shoulders by his Father, a grim reaper. There are so many other questions he wants answered and consequentially, he is shipped off to a “rehab” which is actually the Citadel for “soul guides.” Teen and adult fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the Mortal Instruments will find Broken Circle a tight competitor for the new most addictive paranormal read.


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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

Klassen and Barnett have cooked up another gorgeous literary and visual offering. Light, whimsical illustrations tell the upside-down story of an unlucky mouse who meets a truly strange duck in the tummy of an unscrupulous wolf. Inside the wolf, the duck has fluffed up some ambience, set the table and cooked a fine meal, using the scarce resources also consumed by the wolf. As their cooperation nurtures a sense of home, soon the charming duo find themselves quite suited for the comfort, shelter and safety of the wolf's stomach. The wolf consequentially suffers great, immobilizing heartburn, which sets the stage for the appearance of the fabled hunter. Somewhere among the homesteading mouse and duck, the wolf’s tummy ache and the terrified hunter, there just might be a Coleridgean moral. No matter, readers will love each of the animals, and the flight of the hunter too.


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Why Am I Me? Cover Image
By Paige Britt, Selina Alko (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338053142
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017

A beautiful book in its simplicty and honesty. The rich, colorful, urban images demonstrate the fluidity of humanity everywhere and the constant ebb and flow of character development throughout childhood.


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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Cover Image
By Michael Mahin, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481443494
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Muddy, the biographical picture book by Michael Mahin and Evan Turk, is brilliant, with a folk art style that begins dark, while splotches of bright color, splashes and thick line juxtapositions break through, reflecting the formation of blues itself. The firm yet honest prose only moderately accounts the early hardships and experiences of Muddy Waters, and how he was determined, despite a Jim Crow Mississippi, to sing out the sorrows of his people and become his own man.


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Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062383105
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Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

Even more of Margaret Wise Brown and Loren Long to love. Their new collaboration is a tribute among tributes to one of the best good night books ever, Goodnight Moon. Beautiful, warm, lively illustrations seem familiar despite a new storyline, yielding a picture book full of good feelings for old and new readers alike.


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Imagine Cover Image
By John Lennon, Jean Jullien (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328808653
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Published: Clarion Books - September 21st, 2017

Colorful, yet simple illustrations aside the beautiful lyrics to Imagine make this new picture book perfect as a read aloud or as a gift for a teacher or kid.


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The Lost Picnic Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781101999226
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

Grandad's unwittingly done it again, that is, lost nearly everything you will spend hours and delightful hours trying to find. Unlike any seek and find book you have ever seen. Warm, fuzzy, and yet, complex scenery and a funny, yet brief storyline, will be loads of fun for you and the kids.


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Creepy Pair of Underwear! Cover Image
By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442402980
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

Bad decisions are prone to haunt, especially when you buy and brandish your exceptionally creepy glowing-green monster underwear. Reynolds and Brown have once again delivered a chilling bedtime or storytime lesson. Fun for all ages.


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If the Creek Don't Rise Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492647454
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 22nd, 2017

If we knew what the children in Appalachia, in the world, were going through, we couldn't even begin to help. Parents are children too in some worlds, still resonating from the blows of their own island effect familial dysfunction. Heartwrenching yet beautifully worded prose through a child's musings and point of view bring the reader right into the heart of the matter, abuse, early pregnancy, hopelessness and illiteracy. As usual, these all go hand in hand. This stunning debut novel by Leah Weiss brings the works of Dorothy Allison and Harper Lee to heart and mind.


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The Night Ocean: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101981092
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Published: Penguin Books - April 3rd, 2018

Beautiful as it is complex, a narrative about the perils and privileges in the publishing industry, about the mutability of truth through time and the reading public's willingness to accept the semblance of truth, The Night Ocean is a must read for literati. As fiction, the story is a mystery and thriller, the characters as deep as all ink and as wide as all parchment. The underlying message, about the hidden proclivities and lifestyles of authors, how hiding and deception affect sales and more importantly the life of the author, and most notably societal trends and mores, is well illustrated through thoughtful, though meandering prose.


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That Is My Dream!: A picture book of Langston Hughes's
By Langston Hughes, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399550171
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - October 3rd, 2017

I have seen many illustrated books about the various works of Langston Hughes. I wish he were alive to see this work. Beautiful, poignant illustrations.


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Mary McScary Cover Image
By R.L. Stine, Marc Brown (Illustrator), R. L. Stine
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338038569
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Published: Orchard Books - August 29th, 2017

I know this kid. I was this kid. Sometimes the scariest thing is being oneself. Funny.


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Thelma the Unicorn Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338158427
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 31st, 2017

Unicorns are the new pink, or so Thelma seems to think. Funny, rhythmic story aside purely charming silliness.


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Pete With No Pants Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452144016
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2017

Pete's a streaker. That's right, but since he is still toddling around and driving his mom bonkers, that's the least of their worries. Fun, vibrant artwork gives Pete lots of legroom for his latest romps. There's no place Pete will not go without pants. The book's really all about a parent's unflalppable love and a child's unflinching imagination, not so much the pants after all.


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The Queen of the Frogs Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Marco Soma (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802854810
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - March 20th, 2017

These illustrations are so rich and elegant that I think this might be one of my favorite picture books ever. The message, that obtaining power and liking it, only to discover that power sometimes renders unnecessarily one's world unlivable, is a tender bonus for the reader.


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The Alphabet Book With No Pictures Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803741720
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Dial Books - December 31st, 2035

Yes, this. It seems B.J. Novak has singehandedly reached a new readership of adults (and kids) who really only like to read picturebooks, but are embarrassed of the pictures? *stifles giggle*


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The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Form requires a lots of dots, lines, strokes, shadows, imagination and time. What looks like an error might actually be the beginning of something wonderful. Step by step, Corinna Luyken masterfully illustrates in her debut picture book, the magic and power of imagination over the facts and facets of ink.


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The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670016532
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2017

Pizzoli has bravely tackled archeology and exploration in his new picture book. Action packed and fact filled, sometimes a little scary with the arrows and snakes and all, this book is not for the squeamish or for infants or toddlers. Everybody else, though, beginning readers, middle graders and adults, will find The Quest for Z the most exciting, informative picture book of the year.


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Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428886
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Published: Dial Books - May 2nd, 2017

Strap on your reflux capacitor and stock up your bookshelves, because tacos have been outlawed across the land and the dragons' time machine is a little wonky. Rubin and Salmieri have offered up more tasty silliness than one kid alone could ever stomach.


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The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454919605
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - May 2nd, 2017

Put on your sleuthing gear and dive inside this deliciously funny mystery. You might have to plug your nose too! Great fun to read aloud, and for bedtime viewing as well.


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The Monstrous Child Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780571330270
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Published: Faber & Faber Children's - June 6th, 2017

Beautifully written, palpable, myth-driven fiction.


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Princess Cora and the Crocodile Cover Image
By Laura Amy Schlitz, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763648220
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Published: Candlewick - March 28th, 2017

Delightful! A library must have.


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The Last Tree Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771387286
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 4th, 2017

Set against drab cityscape abstractions, the warmth of this story is surprising. Two boys, upon discovering a tree which will soon be swallowed up by a giant condominium, decide to make a difference by relocating the tree to a hillside. Lovely and compassionate despite its simplicity, The Last Tree is an object lesson for all.


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I Just Want to Say Good Night Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora (Illustrator), Rachel Isadora
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399173844
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 14th, 2017

As the sun sets on an African village and the people slow down from all the day's activities, parents begin to hasten the children toward bedtime. Just like any other place on earth, a child saunters and sidewinds her way toward sleep, bidding an empirical catalogue of "good nights". Finally, in her bed with a book in hand, she tells the Good Night Moon, "good night." Rachel Isadora's tender illustrations and prose, as always, are a tribute to some of childhood's most memorable and universal human moments.


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Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (The World of William Joyce) Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481489478
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2017

One of my absolute favorites. So happy to see this printing.