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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.'

Food Jokes

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

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731229

Don't tell an egg a joke unless you want it to crack up! Food Jokes is the perfect kid-friendly compilation of quips that will keep the entire family giggling at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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!'

Dinosaur Jokes

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

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731205

How do dinosaurs pay their bills? With Tyrannosaurus checks! What should you do if a dinosaur sneezes? Why, get out of the way, of course! These are just two of the dinosaur jokes that will have you laughing and rolling on the floor until your stomach is, well, saurus.

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!'

Animal Jokes

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

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731199

Did you ever wonder what the difference is between a fish and a piano, or what you call a sleeping cow? Young readers will enjoy a clever and creative selection of riddles and jokes related to four-legged, feathered, and finned creatures.

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.'

Dunces Anonymous

Kate Jaimet (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554690985

Josh Johnson's mother wants him to run for class president. Josh just wants to run and hide. If only there were a club to help downtrodden eleven-year-olds escape their parents' ambitions! But since no such club exists, Josh has to invent one -- he calls it Dunces Anonymous, and before he knows it, the membership is up to three. Magnolia and Wang help Josh lose the school presidential election, but that's just the beginning of the club's activities. Magnolia, pressured by her mom into trying out for the role of Juliet in the school's play, finds herself fending off the advances of an overly amorous Romeo. Wang's father has forced him to join the school chess club, but Wang desperately wants to take fencing lessons instead. As the three friends try to free Magnolia from the school play, liberate Wang from the chess club and get rid of horrible Stacey Hogarth, who has vowed to become the new president of Dunces Anonymous, they realize that they all have talents -- if only their parents could see them.

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.

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.

Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill

Dan Bar-el (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551438382

Princess Jill excels at jousting, fencing, skating and long-distance spitting. Her brother, King Jack, loves baking and spending time with Little Bo Peep and her sheep. So what's a princess to do when she receives a mysterious letter from the land of Grimm? Take up ballroom dancing? Not Princess Jill. All alone, with only her wits to guide her, Jill sets off to rescue the citizens of Grimm. Along the way she makes many odd new friends and discovers the value of listening to your mother.

TJ and the Cats

Hazel Hutchins (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551433912

TJ may not like cats, but that doesn't stop a taxi from showing up at his door bearing his grandmother's four felines. Killer, Cleo, Kink and Maximillian the Emperor, Max for short, invade TJ's life and replace dinosaurs as the topic for his school project. His friend and partner for the project, Seymour, is deeply disappointed; the cats in his drawings all come out looking prehistoric. The animals' presence in TJ's house leads to a series of adventures, one involving the police and another involving a mass escape.

TJ and the Haunted House

Hazel Hutchins (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551434308

In this sequel to TJ and the Cats, TJ and his best friend Seymour are back, joined by a classmate Amanda. TJ does not believe in ghosts. So when he agrees to create a haunted house in his own home as a fundraiser, he does not anticipate problems, at least not until it turns out that a ghost may inhabit the spare room in his century-old house. The ghost, real or imagined, leads TJ to some fascinating family history. TJ finds a way to bring that history alive for his family. The kittens, offspring of two of the cats from the first book, lead the way.

TJ and the Quiz Kids

Hazel Hutchins (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437330

When master fact-gatherers TJ and Seymour are asked to join the school Quiz Kids team, TJ thinks Seymour should take the stage at the upcoming contest against the high-pressure Fairview School team. TJ is already more than occupied rescuing his cats and helping Gran get ready for her upcoming trip to Belize. When he goes with his dad to help with a renovation job on a huge house on Fairview Hill, he and T-Rex tangle with a rich girl and her giant dog, Frooie. Then Seymour develops stage fright, Alaska goes missing, and the girl from the big house shows up on the Fairview quiz team. TJ knows he has to sort things out - fast!

TJ and the Rockets

Hazel Hutchins (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551434155

TJ overcame his fear of cats in TJ and the Cats and his fear of ghosts in TJ and the Haunted House. Now, he's not so keen on facing his fear of failure. His best friend Seymour is determined to come up with the latest greatest invention and TJ's gran expects TJ to build a rocket. The kittens, T-Rex and Alaska, are eager to get involved. When the first rocket that TJ builds plummets out of the sky, no parachute in sight, TJ is sure that his efforts are doomed. But are they?

TJ and the Sports Fanatic

Hazel Hutchins (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551434636

TJ Barnes is back, playing with his crazy cats, T-Rex and Alaska, helping out in his parents' hardware store and goofing around with his best friend, Seymour. When Seymour announces that he has signed them both up for a football team, TJ fears the worst. Neither of them is huge or mean or able to tackle, catch, throw, run or kick a ball down a field, but Seymour is determined to be a star. With the help of a stack of library books, TJ starts to understand the game but it takes more than a few books to figure out what's wrong with his best friend.

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.

Art's Supplies

Chris Tougas (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551439228

In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art's supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic -- and art! Pastels, pencils and paints, crayons, brushes and markers, everything gets in on the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun. Chris Tougas' brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process in a way that children will understand.

Meet the Planets

John McGranaghan (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607181439

Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can't pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky winning planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature.

Saturn for my Birthday

John McGranaghan (author), Wendy Edelson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180340

Jeffrey wants Saturn for his birthday, and he wants the moons too--all 47 of them. After all, they'll make great night-lights! But he's not selfish; he'll share the rings with some of his friends at school and with his teacher, Mrs. Cassini. Facts about Saturn are woven seamlessly throughout this funny story as Jeffrey explains just what he'll do with his present and how he'll take care of it. His dad better hurry with the order, though, because shipping might take a while. The "For Creative Minds" education section features "Solar System" and "Saturn Fun Facts."

If You Were a Parrot

Katherine Rawson (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180111

This whimsical story lets children imagine what life would be like if they were a pet parrot. Readers join four parrots their young, multicultural owners as they morph into four-toed parrots climbing around the house, then chew wooden spoons, popsicles--sticks and all--with hooked parrot beaks! The fun continues as children learn all about parrots and their adaptations.The "For Creative Minds" section has parrot fun facts, tips for taking care of a pet parrot and a "Make a Beak" craft.

One Odd Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180128

This humorous, rhythmic, read-aloud story is about a young boy who awakens to find that everything around him is odd. He has one shoe, his shirt has three sleeves, and his dog has five legs! Children and adults will delight in finding all the odd things hidden in the art. The "For Creative Minds" section includes odd fun facts, an odd coloring chart a "How Odd?" Oddities section, a Creative Sparks supplement and a counting activity.

My Half Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180319

The wacky fun continues as a young boy awakens to find a half-head of hair. After chugging down his glass of milk that's two-thirds gooey paste, he and his friend are off to camp for a day of fraction fun and an out-of-this world soccer game. The first two books in the series, One Odd Day and My Even Day, won a Learning Magazine's 2008 Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books. As with the series' other books, the imaginative illustrations are sure to please young readers as they scour the pages for countless oddities hidden in the art! The "For Creative Minds" learning section includes "Fractions Around Us" and "A Special Pizza" Party activities.