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What's for Dinner?

Katherine B. Hauth (author), David Clark (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570914720

Dinner is served. What in nature could be more poetic than the hunt for food and the struggle for survival? In twenty-nine poems readers will squirm at the realities of how the animal world catches food, eats it, and becomes dinner in turn. In these quirky poems readers are introduced to many animals with disgusting eating habits, such as the marabou stork that lurks on the periphery, like a vampire in the shadows, waiting for a chance to pick at a rotting carcass. The dermestid beetle does not mind doing the dirty work, cleaning up animals on the road side and often made busy at museums cleaning up bones for exhibits. And, baby wasps hatch inside an unsuspecting caterpillar and eat their way out. Gross, cool, and extremely funny, David Clark's illustrations get to the heart (and skin and guts) of the food chain and the web of life, depicting the animal world at dinner time in all its gory glory. Back matter includes further information about the animals in the poems and the scientific terms used.

Grin and Bear It

Leo Landry (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917455

Bear dreams of becoming a comedian. His jokes are unbearably funny, and he wants nothing more than to make his friends laugh. But Bear has a problem. He has stage fright. When Emmy, the comic hummingbird, discovers Bear's jokes, Bear learns that there's more than one way to achieve your dream. Told in seven short chapters.

Is a Worry Worrying You?

Ferida Wolff and Harriet Savitz (authors), Marie Le Tourneau (illustrator)

Publisher: Tanglewood Press ISBN: 9781933718057

This critically acclaimed title addresses common childhood worries (a bully, a first day at school, and a monster residing under the bed) with the not-so-common worries (an eagle making a nest in your hair, a rhino walking down the street, and a herd of elephants waiting for their tea). This entertaining and humorous use of perspective and creative problem-solving will appeal to children and parents looking for help in dealing with a universal issue.