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Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List

Michael Townsend (author), Michael Townsend (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053659

Mr. Ball loves to make to-do lists! But he NEVER finishes them. Will the easiest to-do list ever help him break his unfortunate history of didn't-do failures? Angry bees, a funky skunk, and a bathtub full of tomato sauce provide challenging obstacles as Mr. Ball tries to finally check EVERYTHING off his list!

Andy, Also

Maxwell Eaton III (author), Maxwell Eaton III (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054571

Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, an enthusiastic coyote pup. Three chapters link together to tell the overall story. In "Andy Also," Preston decides to re-name himself "the new Andy." In "Clang-Clang-Bing," the second Andy (Andy, also) goes back to being Preston, and makes a lot of noise. In "100 Rabbits," Preston asks Andy innumerable questions.

You Let the Cat Out of the Bag! (And Other Crazy Animal Sayings)

Cynthia Klingel (author)Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609541293

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally learn the true meanings behind such peculiar idioms as 'Great! You let the cat out of the bag!'

You're Clean as a Whistle! (And Other Silly Sayings)

Cynthia Klingel (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609541309

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind such weird idioms as 'You're clean as a whistle!'

Wishing for a Red Balloon

Cecilia Minden (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539402

Herbie Bear imagines an adventure in a supermarket as he waits to purchase a red balloon.

That's the Last Straw! (And Other Weird Things We Say)

Cynthia Amoroso (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609735227

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind some of the world's strangest idioms, such as 'That's the last straw.'

Space Jokes

Pam Rosenberg (author), Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731243

Why did the astronaut take a mop into space? To clean up the stardust! How is a telephone like the planet Saturn? They both have rings! Kids are sure to enjoy reading and telling these out-of this-world jokes.

Riddles

Pam Rosenberg (author), Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731267

What do you call a book that both tickles your funny bone and tests your brain? That's an easy one: Hah-Larious Riddles! Here are dozens of riddles to keep your noggin working hard!

It's a Long Shot! (And Other Strange Sayings)

Cynthia Amoroso (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609735210

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind some of the world's strangest idioms, such as 'It's a long shot.'

I'm All Thumbs! (And Other Odd Things We Say)

Cynthia Amoroso (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609735203

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind some of the world's strangest idioms, such as 'I'm all thumbs.'

Hold Your Horses! (And Other Peculiar Sayings)

Cynthia Amoroso (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609735197

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind some of the world's strangest idioms, such as 'Hold your horses.'

Go Fly a Kite! (And Other Sayings We Don't Really Mean)

Cynthia Klingel (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609541286

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally uncover the true meanings behind such odd idioms as 'Oh, go fly a kite.'

Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth! (And Other Weird Sayings)

Cynthia Klingel (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542399

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind such weird idioms as 'Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!'

Break a Leg! (And Other Odd Things We Say)

Cynthia Klingel (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542382

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind such odd idioms as 'Break a leg!'

Ack! There's a Bug in My Ear! (And Other Sayings That Just Aren't True)

Cynthia Klingel (author) Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609541279

Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind some of the world's strangest idioms, such as 'Put a bug in one's ear.'

Unnatural Selections

Wallace Edwards (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459805569

Beloved illustrator Wallace Edwards invites us into the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist who takes suggestions from schoolchildren in order to create fantastical hybrid animals. The result of these visits is Unnatural Selections, a collection of magnificent beasts, from the stately Whalephant to the talented Lizabouboon. Sure to inspire the imagination, Wallace Edwards’s intricate illustrations invite you to pore over them again and again. A supplementary index lists additional creatures to spot throughout the book’s pages, encouraging readers to go back for a second, and a third, look.

Bagels Come Home

Joan Betty Stuchner (author), Dave Whamond (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459803473

When eight-year-old Josh and his family adopt an energetic puppy with a big personality and a talent for escaping, everyone is sure that obedience school will teach him good manners. But Bagels turns out to be a bigger handful than anyone predicted. He gets into the laundry, the groceries and the neighbor’s koi pond. He even gets expelled from obedience school. Josh and his little sister, Becky, are worried that if Bagels doesn’t shape up, their parents will send him back to the shelter. Can Bagels redeem himself before it’s too late?

Justine McKeen and the Bird Nerd

Sigmund Brouwer (author), Dave Whamond (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459803954

Meet Justine McKeen, the Queen of Green. She's trying to save the planet, one person at a time, and when she decides to get something done, it's a lot of fun. When a small bird is injured after flying into a school window, the students are shocked and upset. But they are even more shocked when school bully Jimmy Blatzo rescues the bird and nurses it back to health. Blatzo may have saved one bird, but the problem is much bigger and not confined to the school grounds. Birds are flying into the windows at the town hall too. With the help of Justine, green activist extraordinaire, Blatzo gets the courage he needs to approach town council. Getting over his fear of public speaking will be one challenge. Getting used to his new nickname, Bird Nerd, will be another matter entirely.

The Great Garage Sale

Marilyn Helmer (author), Mike Deas (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459800618

With the help of his wild imagination and enthusiasm, DJ, the hero of Adventures at Camp Lots-o-Fun, deals with one disaster after another—Super Stackers, "weeding" his mom's garden, facing Tiger the Terrible and a misspelled sign. But when DJ mistakenly sells the wrong box of jewelry to his new friend Sam at his grandma's garage sale, those disasters seem minor. Riding his beloved skateboard, Speedwell, DJ sets out to search for Sam, which is a challenge in itself. When he finally finds Sam, DJ is not prepared for the enormous sacrifice he will have to make to get the jewelry box back.

Messy Miranda

Jeff Szpirglas, Danielle Saint-Onge (authors), Dave Whamond (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459801189

Miranda has one messy desk. It's full of books, pencils, science projects and…other stuff. Too much stuff, says her teacher, Ms. Basil. On a family visit to her Uncle Aldo's one night, Miranda wonders if some of his magician's tools might offer a solution to her messy-desk problem. Sneaking off to the magic room, Miranda finds Uncle Aldo's impressive collection of top hats. Miranda knows that magic top hats can hold lots of things—why not the mess from her desk? At first, the hat seems to do the trick, but soon things start to go horribly wrong. As Uncle Aldo says, you have to be careful with magic.

An Apple a Day: Folk Proverbs and Riddles

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292587

Have you heard these common proverbs? Let sleeping dogs lie. Where there's smoke, there's fire. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Or what about these riddles? What is black and white and red (read) all over? Why did the chicken cross the road? Why is 6 afraid of 7? Proverbs and riddles are tiny, bite-size pieces of folklore. They make us think. They tease our brains. They may make us laugh. But most of all, they tell us something about who we are and how we see the world.

Those Lugnuts

Dennis E. Paul

Publisher: Remedia Publications ISBN: 1596390212

It can be difficult to find interesting materials for students who read below grade level, but these hilarious characters and goofy stories will get students reading! The small amount of text per page and strong visual cues make these stories very reader-friendly. Phonetic skills get a real workout through the repeated use of words with special vowel and letter combinations.

The Adventures of Mike and Spike and the Long I

Danny Beck (author) John Lakey (illustrator)

Publisher: Remedia Publications ISBN: 15617587790

For the young and young at heart, the Beginning Reader books feature simple writing and hilarious illustrations, ideal for students of all ages who are ready to read words in story format. Each clever book highlights a long or short vowel sound, uses controlled vocabulary, and utilizes high frequency sight words.

The Adventures of June and Luke and the Long U

Danny Beck (author) John Lakey (illustrator)

Publisher: Remedia Publications ISBN: 15617587950

For the young and young at heart, the Beginning Reader books feature simple writing and hilarious illustrations, ideal for students of all ages who are ready to read words in story format. Each clever book highlights a long or short vowel sound, uses controlled vocabulary, and utilizes high frequency sight words.

The Adventures of Joe and Moe and the Long O

Danny Beck (author) John Lakey (illustrator)

Publisher: Remedia Publications ISBN: 15617587875

For the young and young at heart, the Beginning Reader books feature simple writing and hilarious illustrations, ideal for students of all ages who are ready to read words in story format. Each clever book highlights a long or short vowel sound, uses controlled vocabulary, and utilizes high frequency sight words.