With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again. In this charming tale, Daniel Cleary introduces Prickles the cat, who likes to keep the house squeaky-clean, and Squeeky the mouse, who has befriended a cluster of unwelcome dust bunnies. When Prickles threatens to throw the dust bunnies out, Squeeky saves the day with a wacky plan to disguise his friends.
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!
Part glittery counting book, part endearing daddy-daughter story! A favorite childhood activity—catching fireflies—glows from the pages of this story, plus counting. Lilting rhymes chronicle a little girl's capture and release of fireflies, one by one, capped off by a collection of fascinating firefly facts.
Lisa Campbell Ernst fastened onto the inspiring notion that "amazingness is going on around us every nanosecond of the day" and invites kids to marvel at things as close to home as - their own house! Learn about thermal heat and how there once was a Bureau of Missing Socks, the non-pig origins of piggy banks, and why dirt and oil are no match for soap. Discover the nifty amazingness all around us, and especially right where we live.
What will peck and poke, and swim, or fly, or wobble out of each egg? Ten spreads with gatefolds and a dramatic fold-out finale lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of ten. Throughout, kids expand their grasp of nature - animals who hatch from eggs, their birthing environments, and what they're like when newly hatched.
Posey Plans a Party has a lot of "p-word" alliteration and asks kids to count how many "p" words are in the story. The plot portrays Posey and her family planning, assembling, and enjoying a tea party. It's a perfectly pink primer on party planning--the menu, preparations, decorations, the invitation, dress code, entertainment, activities, etc.
Turns out, the dinosaurs weren't wiped out by a giant asteroid. No way! They saw that big rock coming and blasted off into space. There are 3 stories.
The accurately-named Red Cat and Blue Cat share a house and mutual antagonism. But each also secretly wishes that they could have some of the other's signature traits--Blue Cat is a smartypuss who's good at opening cans and the fridge; Red Cat can bounce across rooftops and zoom up the drapes. After two attempts to change to the other's color don't pan out, each instructs the other in the art of being the cat that they are not. And though Blue Cat and Red Cat try very hard to be a different sort of cat, the real change happens when they become friends. Until they spot Yellow Cat...who sings...really, really well...and the friends consider whether a new hue might be the way to go!
Posey Prefers Pink introduces an "it-must-be-pink" little girl named Posey and her patient-about-pink family. The story uses a lot of "p-word" alliteration in conveying Posey's preferences for pink furniture and decor, foods, clothes, and toys. She will throw a pink-hot tantrum when her parents try to insist on incorporating other colors into her clothing or food choices. But during a trip to the mall Posey surprises everyone--especially herself--when she suddenly prefers...a purple dress!
Dinosaurs roamed the earth for millions and millions of years. Museum visitors are awed by the massive creatures on display. But how did the fossils of a colossal diplodocus make the 145-million-year journey from the prehistoric plains of Utah to the Smithsonian Institution of today?
Hilarious hi-jinks are at the heart of best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long's re-telling of "The House That Jack Built." An infectious, rhythmic refrain, along with a kooky cast of characters and comic-style illustrations, will be a sure-fire success with readers of all ages.
The star of Bear in Underwear is back in another zany adventure, this time on the soccer field. Bear's lucky white boxers turn PINK in a laundry mishap, his teammates are embarrassed, and members of the other team tease him. Will Bear still wear his lucky underwear? Kids will love Goldman's bold illustrations, comic sensibility, and the return of their favorite bear!
Do dogs really dream? In Mike Herrod's hilarious Doggie Dreams, they do! And this pooch has dreams of grandeur: dining in a fancy restaurant, being a rock star, and becoming a brave knight.
What kid wouldn't be interested in a book that's all about everything they like, wish for, think about, do, dream, fear, aspire to, etc. Less demanding and more fun than a journal, this is a catalyst for self-discovery, a means of expanding writing proficiency and a terrific gift. Discover, explore, comment, rate, remember, wish, plan - and make lists!
When it comes to birds, Lucy's grandpa knows every beak and squeak. With binoculars in hand, Lucy and her grandpa begin to search for a robin redbreast. But the bird isn't making it easy for them! A squawk-y, bossy bird? That's a blue jay. Birds with round beaks good for scooping? Canadian geese. Hey, will that nest with the three blue eggs lead to a happy discovery in this spot-the-robin mystery?
Two artists, two styles, and one book that may not be big enough for the both of them. See, Ink (the mouse) likes things to be clean and precise. Scribbles (the cat) is the opposite. But while there should be plenty of room for each of them to make their art without getting in each others way, or on each others nerves, THEY CAN'T MANAGE THAT! And from there paint splatters, ink goops, pencils get broken and brushes go wild until...it's not a work of art, IT'S A MESS! Discovering that they are no longer having any fun, the duo tentatively tries to collaborate instead of clobber, and, thus, a disasterpiece becomes a masterpiece. Include a giant fold-out and a detachable sketchpad. With this much creative friction, will this disaster-piece ever become a masterpiece?
In Ryan Sias's Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend, a young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend, but how do you use your imagination when you're a robot? Sias's vivid cartoons lend wit and warmth to a funny friendship.
A young boy and his best buddy Butterscotch search for hidden treasure, save the city from an angry monster, and patrol a kingdom. Amazing adventures ensue as brave boy knight saves the day!
An out-of-this-world story about a creature who is visited by an assortment of wacky patients.
Award-winning author and illustrator Lisa Campbell Ernst takes a closer look at the great outdoors as she celebrates young children's inquisitiveness about the world around them. Ernst describes the inner workings of acrons, bubbles, puddles, ants, wagons, clouds, and birds in detailed, yet easy-to-understand, language.
Bunny, Charlie's favorite toy, learns about life from the boy who takes him everywhere. When Charlie plays the tuba, Bunny learns about LOUD; when they play doctor, Bunny learns about OUCH; when they eat dinner, Bunny learns about MESSY.
Rusty's Grandma Margo is a writer. She and Rusty even write stories together. But when Rusty discovers that Margo sometimes suffers from writer's block, he worries. What can he do to help her? This unique story tackles an issue that not only affects grown-ups. Kids, too, suffer from writer's block and are often overwhelmed in their attempts to express themselves. Melissa Conroy's engaging story perfectly captures the frustrations and successes of the creative process and celebrate the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, as well as the imaginations of kids.
Louie loves watching his young master paint, and when the boy puts his finishing touches on a particularly good self-portrait, Louie barks enthusiastically. One day, when the boy is at school, Louie tries his own paw at painting a still life. Is this purely an accident, or is Louie a "genius," just like his master? Children will delight in Barroux's whimsical illustrations of Louie dipping his nose and paws into colorful paint and creating a canine masterpiece.
Max's dog, Puppy, is lost! She was here, and now she's gone. Where can Puppy be? Max can't sleep! Max can't eat! He calls for her, plasters posters all over town, and searches everywhere for his beloved pet. It's not until both Max and Puppy have the same idea that they finally find each other.
Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanna Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family's daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for, rather than eaten at a holiday dinner. A perfect Thanksgiving gift that is sure to appeal throughout the year