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The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

Keith Brockett (author), Joseph Cowman (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781634704281

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.

Balloon Toons: The Super Duper Dog Park

Aron Nels Steinke (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050931

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!

Bigfoot

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608039

A high-interest inquiry into the possible existence of North America’s forest-dwelling Bigfoot, emphasizing reported sightings and seekers as well as footprint analyses.

Loch Ness Monster

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608060

A high-interest inquiry into the possible existence of Scotland’s water-dwelling Loch Ness Monster, emphasizing reported sightings and stories as well as scientific investigations.

Fairies

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608053

A high-interest inquiry into the possible existence of magical fairies, emphasizing reported sightings and stories as well as investigations into fairy rings.

The Riddle Horse

Mark Summers (author), Mark Summers (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607902

In this gentle riddle of a tale, a well-loved horse recounts its adventures and various riders throughout the long years of its curiously restricted yet imaginatively rich life.

The Million Stories of Marco Polo

Michael J. Rosen (author)Maria Cristina Pritelli (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607919

Among the millions of stories ever told, the tales of the legendary explorer Marco Polo are the most renowned. Listen as an old-time scribe tells his curious young neighbor about stories that are worth remembering.

Fuzzy, Furry Hat

Etienne Delessert (author)Etienne Delessert (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607889

A lonely bear who lives in a magical tree provides shelter for countless animals in his fuzzy, furry hat as they all withstand a deluge and become forever friends.

Colons and Semicolons

Kate Riggs (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607667

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as colons and semicolons, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them in lists and in relation to independent clauses.

End Punctuation

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607681

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks found at the end of all sentences, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use statements, exclamations, and questions.

Hyphens and Dashes

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607698

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as hyphens and dashes, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them

Parentheses and Ellipses

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607704

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as parentheses and ellipses, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them

Commas

Kate Riggs (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607674

An illustrated guide to the punctuation mark known as the commas, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them.

Quotation Marks and Apostrophes

Kate Riggs (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607711

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as quotation marks and apostrophes, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them

Sing a Season Song

Jane Yolen (author),Lisel Ashlock (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606974

Jane Yolen’s poetic and sensory ramble through the four seasons highlights the cyclical passage of time as artist Lisel Jane Ashlock portrays a changing natural environment.

Finding the Rhyme in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606806

An elementary exploration of rhyme and rhythm in poetry, introducing syllables, rhyme schemes, and sonnets as well as poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Includes a writing exercise.

Poking Fun in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author), Etienne Delesserte (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606820

An elementary exploration of word play and attitude in poetry, introducing puns, stanzas, and limericks as well as poets such as Edward Lear. Includes a writing exercise.

Who Is a Poet?

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606837

An elementary exploration of the forms and themes of poetry, introducing famous poets William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Pablo Neruda. Includes a writing exercise.

Picturing Words in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606813

An elementary exploration of images and personification in poetry, introducing similes, metaphors, and haiku as well as poets such as William Carlos Williams. Includes a writing exercise.

Dr. Doolittle

Seymour Chwast (author), Seymour Chwast (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606257

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.

The Long Tall Journey

Jan Wahl (author), Laurent Gapaillard (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606264

In this tale inspired by true events, a giraffe journeys from its home in Africa to a 19th-century menagerie in France, encountering curiosities and establishing a new purpose in life.

Where Do I End and You Begin?

Shulamith Oppenheim (author)Monique Felix (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606271

A sweetly poetic tribute to the interconnectedness of creatures and the natural world as well as humans and our loving relationships with one another is delicately rendered by artist Monique Felix.

All the World's a Stage

Lee Bennett Hopkins (author), Guy Billout (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566602983

This collection of 21 poems offers perspectives on the ever-changing stages of human life, framed by the famous “Seven Stages of Man” monologue in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

The Good Ship Crocodile

J. Patrick Lewis (author), Monique Felix (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566603003

A crocodile named Snout assists his animal neighbors by ferrying them across a swollen river, then is repaid for his good deeds when he is in need of help.

I'm Not a Pig in Underpants

Elwood H. Smith (author)Elwood H. Smith (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566603010

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.