The latest installment in British author and illustrator Alex T. Smith’s series of books about Claude, a very fashionable dog, is a charming introduction to avalanches and their consequences. Keep an eye out for Claude on the Slopes (Peachtree, $12.95), as he’s a bit of a reckless skier. But, together with his best friend Sir Bobblysock, Claude helps rescue skiers stranded by dangerous snowfalls, pulling the necessary tools from his snazzy red beret. Retro and lively illustrations decorate this book about an adorable dog’s winter adventures.  Ages 6-9.  KLP

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By Alex T. Smith, Alex T. Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781561458059
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2014

What if your mom went back to work, and hired a nanny to watch you? What if she was no ordinary nanny, but someone who made peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches (yuck!), and talked into diapers (weird!), and—it turns out—is part of the little-known covert agency NAP: Nanny Action Patrol. Well, if you’re anything like Jake and Ali and your nanny is like Nanny X (Holiday House, $16.95), your life would be about to get a lot more exciting! Local author Madelyn Rosenberg has written a thrilling and hilarious chapter book, enlivened by illustrator Karen Donnely’s off-the-wall illustrations, about a couple of Northern Virginia kids whose home life starts to resemble the double life of a secret agent.  Ages 7-10.  EAE

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ISBN: 9780823431663
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Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2014

In the first book in her new Masterpiece Adventures series, The Miniature World of Marvin and James (Holt, $15.99), Elise Broach introduces younger readers to the beloved characters Marvin and James from her award-winning 2008 novel Masterpiece. Marvin and James are best friends, but sometimes their relationship is complicated, because James is a boy and Marvin is a beetle. In this story, Marvin is sad because James is going to the beach on vacation, but he manages to find adventure—and danger—with his cousin Elaine, in an electric pencil sharpener. Ages 6-9. Heidi Powell

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By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805091908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 4th, 2014