Think of the most sickly-sweet book you ever received from your Gran-Gran, then double the saccharine quotient by adding a glassy-eyed, crook-eared bunny who thinks his birthday has been forgotten. This is Alexander’s terrible birthday gift, until he rescues the book from its overly friendly, forest-creatured fate. With Alex’s doctoring, Birthday Bunny morphs into supervillain Battle Bunny (Simon & Schuster, $14.99). A few swipes of Alex’s pencil, and eye-patched Battle Bunny rampages through the forest, chopping (not hopping) through trees. With robot killer bees, ninja turtles, and 1,104 fighting styles, Battle Bunny appears unstoppable – except the President thinks maybe Alex can help. Authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and illustrator Matthew Myers pack every page with awesome details in this clever, laugh-out-loud funny, just-twisted-enough book for young readers. Ages 6-9. ACD
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By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

Award-winning author-illustrator David Macaulay is well known for his ability to convey complex concepts through words and pictures.  Now Macaulay is introducing younger readers to the wonders of human beings and the things we make in a series called How It Works. The latest installments in the series, Eye and Toilet (David Macaulay Studio, $15.99 HB/$3.99 PB each), make for fascinating reading.  Learn about the Eye through the lens of a little girl who’s playing soccer.  How do her eyes adjust to light? How does she recognize her teammates?  And why did Sarah just run into her even though Sarah has flashy new sports specs? Toilet provides a comprehensive narrative and visual description of waste disposal, starting with the question, “What is […] waste and where does it come from?” Readers learn how the toilet works, but equally interesting are the different ways in which wastewater is treated.  Each book contains a glossary, a list of suggested books and other media, and an index.  Ages 6-9. HWP
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ISBN: 9781596437814
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: David Macaulay Studio - September 10th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781596437791
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Published: David Macaulay Studio - September 10th, 2013

When her owners give her a skull-and-crossbones scarf on their seaside vacation, Poppy the Pirate Dog (Candlewick, $14.99) is sure that the pirate life is for her. Poppy can’t wait for her ocean adventures to begin, and she immediately sets out to find the perfect ship. Unfortunately, boats aren’t quite what Poppy expected. They move and splash unexpectedly, which she doesn’t like at all. How is Poppy going to become a pirate if she is afraid of boats? This is a fun and engaging early chapter book from the best-selling author Liz Kessler with charming illustrations by Mike Phillips. With large type and abundant illustrations, it’s the perfect confidence-building book for early readers moving into chapter books. Ages 6-8. CEB
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By Liz Kessler, Mike Phillips (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665692
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Published: Candlewick - August 27th, 2013