When ear-scratcher (the duke) and Calls-Me-Sweetie-Pie (the Duchess) do not return in time to host their family's famous series of tea parties, Lady Ginny (the poodle) and Codger (the cat) must step in. Codger slows them down a bit, but with the help of Cook and two tiny and unusual characters, they entertain eleven gatherings of guests from mountain lions to butterflies, with just the right treats for each, elegantly prepared, and (almost) flawlessly presented. Lady Ginny's Tea Parties is Lady Ginny's scrapbook, documenting her heroic attempts: the menus, the mishaps and the haute couture.
Experts know that sometimes the best way to teach a child what something is is to teach him what it isn't. Running through the alphabet, beginning readers are given a letter and then told what the letter topic isn't. A isn't for box; it isn't for fox. A is for ants that crawl over your socks.
In The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet goes from terribly bad to ridiculously worse. Sick stagehands, renegade cats, and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won't go on. But it's Christmas Eve and help is on the way! Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.
Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Nels Steinke is back, and now he's gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park, an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!
American artist Seymour Chwast reinterprets Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Doctor Dolittle for a 21st-century, graphic-novel-influenced audience, formatting the text in a comic style.
Author and illustrator Etienne Delessert reflects on his lifelong pursuit of art using the dreamlike scenario of a circus procession filled with fairy-tale allusions and literary inspirations.As each car passes, a different act represents a “stage” in life, and the performers direct a question to the bystander,prompting him to participate and follow the caravan into the great unknown. Lighting a candle, he affirms his own contribution to the artistic tradition and invites readers to play their part in the game of life.
Cartoonist Elwood H. Smith presents a comical rhyming story in which a mysterious animal narrator challenges readers to figure out its identity by explaining which kinds of animal it is not.
Teams of pirates and cowboys, including such figures as Blackbeard and Wild Bill, inject rowdy adventure into America’s pastime in this story about baseball and the imagination of youth.
When a tornado leaves a farmer with a heap of scrap metal and no animals, his neighbors are sure it's all over for him. But the determined farmer refuses to admit defeat. His plans are big, and when his neighbors dismiss them with the words, "When pigs fly," they grow bigger still. The farmer sets to work to turn that scrap metal into some rather surprising creatures. Mechanimals will help all of us believe in our dreams, despite what the neighbors may say.
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.
Meet Justine McKeen, the Queen of Green. She talks a little too much, bosses a little too much and tells the truth, just not all at once. 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. In the fourth book of the Justine McKeen series, Justine finds a stray cat and her kittens living off food in the school Dumpster. Eager to reduce waste and save animals in need, Justine comes up with a plan. Can she convince grumpy Mr. Raymond, the cafeteria manager, to put her plan into action?
Justine McKeen is on another mission, this time to rid homes and schools of energy vampires. Justine and her friends, with the help of Principal Proctor, are working to reduce the energy consumption of electronics that suck power from the school when they aren't being used. By cutting down on the miscellaneous electrical load of these electronics, the team is also saving money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting global warming. Too bad they didn't warn Grandpa Blatzo before they started slaying the vampires! Justine McKeen, Thermostat Chat is part of the Justine McKeen series featuring the Queen of Green.
Here's an offbeat story about a catboy who's best friend is a sunflower named Fred. When Fred and his buddy pass by a skeptical skateboarding cat-kid, he asks sneering questions about Fred and the duo's friendship. After a near miss with wilting heat and a fun, rain-soaked flower dance, the former skeptic decides that his new friends aren't so weird after all . . . at least no weirder than he is! This charming addition to the Balloon Toons series offers a canny portrait of how kids project personalities and feelings onto toys and other objects, and conveys the satisfaction felt when making an unexpected friend.
The poems in this book tell stories of animals and nature, from two sweaty hippos, a smiling lizard and some creepy crawlers to a few tricky dandelions. At the end of each poem, find out more in an interview with a key character or a list of fascinating facts.
Lyle goes to outlandish extremes to try to get his pet mouse to smile, but it is his little sister who understands that all that is needed is CHEESE.
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Wheels on the Bus first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
A princess is horrified when a cranky, old king arrives at the palace intending to marry her. She must first pass the frozen peas test to prove she is a real princess. But does she want to?
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Five Little Monkeys first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
The Plankton Pirates have been so busy working that they need a vacation! Bored of their tropical paradise, they turn to the Windy View Trailer Park as their perfect place to unwind. But will they fit in?
Princess Reverie never stops daydreaming about meeting her Prince Charming. But she just can't seem to find him! Join in with her hilarious attempts to find her true love.
The Pirate Pie Ship is an exciting tale of tasty adventure on the high seas! Times are changing and the pirates can no longer depend on stealing treasure to make money so they decide to go into the pie-making business. But they soon find out a rival ship has a similar idea...
Bill Brady is tired of feeling left out by his talented classmates. So, one day he boasts that he is entering his guinea pig into an animal talent contest. The trouble is, he hasn't got a guinea piglet alone one that can do tricks. Can Stinky, his next door neighbors pet, save the day?
One day after school, Rumpelstiltskin makes a surprise appearance in front of a young school girl. Although Rumpelstiltskin is a reformed character, he still ends up causing lots of trouble...