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On a Scale from Idiot to Complete Jerk

Alison Hughes (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459804852

When grade-eight science-project time rolls around, J.J. Murphy skips the beakers and the papier mâché and dives into research about jerks. And idiots. But mostly jerks. By his own estimation, his science project, On a Scale from Idiot to Complete Jerk, is groundbreaking, exhaustive, highly scientific and seriously worthy of bonus marks. Beginning with the dawn of humankind and concluding conclusively with a very cool pie chart, the project dissects the elements of jerkosity through extensive case studies and scientific illustrations. It explores the who, what, when, why and how of jerks and, more important, peppers the lively research with sciencey-looking graphs and charts that reveal a lot about J.J., his family and friends, and the jerks of this world.

The Princess and the Frozen Peas

Laura North (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175588

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?

Five Little Monkeys and Five Little Penguins

Mark Chambers, Brian Moses (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427192318

Read the traditional nursery rhyme Five Little Monkeys first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?

Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Ride, Ride, Ride Your Bike

Marina Le Ray, Wes Magee (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427192332

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?

The Wheels on the Bus and The Boat on the Waves

Richard Morgan, Wes Magee (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427192325

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?

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Spaceship, Spaceship, Zooming High

Mike Byrne, Wes Magee (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427192301

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?

The Pirate Pie Ship

Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427177728

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...

The Pirates on Holiday

Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427177735

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?

Wanted: Prince Charming

Fabiano Fiorin, A.H. Benjamin (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427177742

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.

Rumpelstiltskin Returns

Steve Stone, Maggie Pearson (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427177674

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...

Stinky!

Andy Elkerton, Ann Bryant (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427177681

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?

Reptile rap

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427195173

Rap is being used to teach reading in many schools today. It is a fun way to introduce sounds and rhymes, as well as beat. This books hilarious pictures of rapping reptiles will make children laugh and want to create their own rap verses. The funny rapping reptiles introduce their classifications, body structures, behavior, and food choices in a really cool way.

It looks like a dog

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196538

When is a dog not a dog? When it's dressed up like a bee, or a spider, or a cow! Repetitive text structure and hilarious photos of dogs in costumes will keep very young readers turning the pages of this entertaining book. Each page also includes a picture of the animal the dogs are impersonating. A simple activity at the end asks children to match dogs with people who are dressed the same way.

A bath

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427195067

Fun photographs of different animals taking a bath are the highlight of this entertaining book. Repetitive text structure and close picture-to-text match help children read along as they see a bear, a bird, a cat, an elephant, a monkey, and other animals splashing and squirting water. Young children are then asked to relate it to their own experience - do you like having a bath?

Hip-hop dancers

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9780778791980

Children will love the comical photographs of animals in different hip-hop dance positions! Dancing lemurs, bunnies, chimpanzees, and elephants groove to a simple rhyme pattern in this entertaining book. Children are asked to choose the hip-hop animal they think is the best dancer, as well as the animal or group of animals having the most fun.

Adventure Homes

Moreno Chiacchiera, Gerry Bailey (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427112729

Wouldnt it be fun to live in a tree house? This book explores adventure homes in a fun and humorous layout. Through a narrative format, students examine problems and solutions that arise when building an adventure homeon or off the ground!

How to Write a Fractured Fairy Tale

Nel Yomtov (author), Kathleen Petelinsek (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624312526

This book teaches readers how to plan and write fractured fairy tales. They will discover what a fractured fairy tale is, how to prepare a plot outline, develop characters, revise and edit the story, and write a final draft of the narrative. A variety of activities provide hints and tips along the way to support the development of characters, clear event sequences, plot elements, and the overall creative writing process.

My Momma Likes to Say

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author), Jane Monroe Donovan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531283

From the author of Buzzy the Bumblebee comes a child's hilarious visual interpretation of such parental idioms and witticisms as "Hold your horses;" "Money doesn't grow on trees;" and "I have eyes in the back of my head." "Cat got your toungue?" My momma likes to say. I'm not sure what she means but I like it anyway. My cat has never tried to take my tongue away. But if he did, he'd find that it can stretch a long, long way.

My Grandma Likes to Say

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author), Jane Monroe Donovan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531542

Following in the footsteps of My Momma Likes to Say comes the charming My Grandma Likes to Say. Thousands of proverbs and idioms can be found in the English language. Derived from many different sources, these expressions are a wonderful link to history and culture, and can be an instructive tool in language education. "That's a horse of a different color My grandma likes to say. I'm not sure what she means But I like it anyway. Polka dots and stripes. Yellow, orange, and blue. What color would a horse be If it were up to YOU?" Original paintings conceived from a child's point of view provide a hilarious visual interpretation of those sayings oft-quoted by the 'senior' members of our families.Denise Brennan-Nelson also wrote Someday Is Not a Day of the Week, winner of an IRA Children's Choice award. Atireless promoter and enthusiastic speaker, Denise visits countless schools and educational conferences each year, and runs a motivational speaking program through her company Goosebumps. She lives with her family in Howell, Michigan. In addition to the "Likes to Say" books, Jane Monroe Donovan has illustrated three other titles for Sleeping Bear Press, including the bookseller holiday favorite Winter's Gift and the recently released Black Beauty's Early Days in the Meadow. Jane lives in Pinckney, Michigan.

My Teacher Dances on the Desk

Eugene Gagliano (author), Tatjana Mai-Wyss (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627536417

Former teacher Eugene Gagliano had a front-row seat to the everyday trials of school life. In honor of all students who have ever grappled with show-and-tell missteps and problematic classmates, he's penned a clever poetry collection, My Teacher Dances on the Desk. Episodes from every aspect of school life, from visiting the school nurse to sitting next to the wrong student, are told through humorous verse. Move Me Soon I don't like sitting next to Rose. She's always picking at her nose, And chews her fingernails way down, And always wears a pouty frown. Black-and-white line drawings punctuate these school-year reflections. Students young and old will fondly recall their own school "daze" in My Teacher Dances on the Desk.Eugene Gagliano is known as "the teacher who dances on his desk." The recipient of the IRA's 2004 Wyoming State Literacy Award, Gene travels to schools and conferences with presentations as entertaining as they are informative. Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. Her black-and-white work is usually done in India ink with a dip pen. Tatjana lives in South Carolina.

Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale

Devin Scillian (author), Brad Sneed (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627530064

Five minutes after his birth, Johnny Kaw is over six feet tall and still growing. When he outgrows his crib and even their town, his parents decide to move west where "little" Johnny can have plenty of room to play. After the family crosses the wide Missouri River to Kansas, Johnny sits down to play with his dog. His bottom ends up making the valley where his family will settle. And when Johnny clears stones from a field so his father can plow, he ends up creating the Rocky Mountains in the process. The legendary folk hero shapes the state's landscape by carving out valleys and creating prairies with his bare hands. Why, he even takes on a tornado when it threatens the family farm. Kansas native Devin Scillian spins a rollicking, rhyming yarn based on the tall tale of Johnny Kaw. Comedic, exaggerated artwork from artist Brad Sneed brings this character to BIG life.

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou

Rhonda Gowler Greene (author), Brian Ajhar (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627530095

At Seabreezy Library, things were just right. / Booklovers were cozy. The sky was blue-bright / when--Shiver me timbers!--through Seabreezy's door / stormed big Pirate Pete and his parrot, Igor! Argh!! Things are looking--and smelling!!--a little fishy at Seabreezy Library. When the big X on Pirate Pete's treasure map leads him and his parrot-sidekick Igor to believe buried treasure is hidden at the library, the patrons are quaking in their shoes. But never fear! Library Lou, Seabreezy's librarian-extraordinaire, is as cool as a cucumber and knows how to handle an irate pirate or two. She knows exactly where the treasure is buried. But first she needs to help Pirate Pete and Igor get a handle on their hygiene, brush up on library etiquette, and then tackle learning their letters. And that will lead them to the treasure that can always be found at the library.

Scare a Bear

Kathy-jo Wargin (author), John Bendall-Brunello (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585365715

Do you know how to scare a bear? Would you bang pots and pans? Would you rattle some cans? Would you shout? Would you yell? Would you ring a loud bell? Do you know how to scare a bear? How would you scare a bear out of your cabin? Or out of your fishing boat? How about away from your campfire? And what if he climbed in your bunk? Would the bed go kerplunk? From the author-illustrator team who created Moose on the Loose comes yet another example of the high jinks and hilarity that happens when wildlife wanders indoors. In this contest of wills, who will win? And once again, by story's end, young campers will know exactly how to scare a bear!

Moose on the Loose

Kathy-jo Wargin (author), John Bendall-Brunello (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627535915

What would you do with a moose on the loose? Would you chase him, or race him, or stand up to face him? What would you do with a moose on the loose? What would you do with a moose in your yard? Or in your house? How about in your room? Or in your tub? Would you give him two boats? Would you see if he floats? What would you do? Colorful, comic artwork highlights the hilarity that ensues when wildlife wanders indoors. Can boy best beast? By story's end, young readers will know exactly what to do when a moose goes on the loose! Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than 30 books for children. Among her many awards for her work are an IRA Children's Choice Award for The Legend of the Loon and an IRA Teachers' Choice Award for Win One for the Gipper. Kathy-jo lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota. John Bendall-Brunello began drawing at quite a young age, and especially loves illustrating animals and children, capturing movement and life within simple and bold compositions. He has illustrated over 60 children's books. John lives part of the year in Cambridge, England, and part in Cannes in the south of France.

Otter out of Water

Kathy-jo Wargin (author), John Bendall-Brunello (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627537247

Have you seen an otter at play in the water? It's long and it's trim and it knows how to swim. It rolls and it spins. It twists and it grins. What if one day that otter jumps out of the water? Would you ask him to play? What if that otter follows you home? Would he bounce on the chairs? Would he skid down the stairs? The author-illustrator team who created Scare a Bear and Moose on the Loose will once again have readers laughing and guessing. This time the hilarity involves an otter out of water!