Owlkids Spring 2014

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    Splat! Starring the Vole Brothers Roslyn Schwartz Canada
    9781771470094 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:March 15, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.38 in | 292 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      The Vole Brothers are back, funnier than ever!

      In signature cinematic style, one half of the bickering, loveable duo finds himself at the mercy of a flying pigeon as it flap… flap… flaps by and then drops in, literally with a splat! You’ll want to keep your head covered as more and more splats start flying far and wide in this mischievous, universally funny story about keeping your eye on the sky… and on your up-to-no-good sibling.

      Nearly wordless and told entirely through sight-gags and sound effects, this easy-to-read and simple little adventure will leave kids and parents with cheeks and stomachs sore from guffaws and chuckles at every single reading.
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      ROSLYN SCHWARTZ is the author of the internationally acclaimed Mole Sisters series. In addition to the ten titles in the Mole Sisters series, she has published two other picture books, three adult books, and released two animated films with the National Film Board. In 2003, Schwartz received the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. She lives in Montreal.
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      Awards
      A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2014
      Reviews
      "[R]ollicking"

      "Even the most straight-laced will be hard-pressed not to laugh."
      "I read this book to a Grade 1 class and they were captivated...giggling throughout the story and making predictions about what would happen next."

      "Schwartz will certainly have your little ones giggling at what the brothers are up to and how they solve their dilemma."

      "Great for aspiring readers ... funny, quirky, and true – who hasn't ended up with some pigeon poo on their head!? The illustrations are delightful, cheerful, and appealing."

      "Simple and wonderful ... visual storytelling at its best."

      "Recommended for fans of wordless or near-wordless stories and sweetly irreverent humor."

      "Nearly wordless and told entirely through sight gags and sound effects, this easy-to-read little adventure will leave kids and parents giggling through every reading."
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    Shaping Up Summer Ontario Lizann Flatt Canada, Ashley Barron Canada
    9781926973876 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date:March 15, 2014
    $14.95 CAD 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 454 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would spiders draw pictures in their webs? Would narwhals sort blocks of ice by shape? Would insects know what’s above and what’s below? In Shaping Up Summer, the final title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of geometry, symmetry, and spatial sense.

      This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is an enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.
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      LIZANN FLATT has written many information books for children, including the Math in Nature series. A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine, her children’s writing has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers. She lives in Muskoka, Ontario.

      ASHLEY BARRON studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has since illustrated a number of books with Owlkids and Kids Can Press. Ashley shares a studio with her partner and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.
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      "Recommended as a general purchase for all libraries."

      "If reading with a caring adult, children can show off what they know and extend their learning."

      "This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments."
      "A thought-provoking, educational, and vibrantly tactile world of math, animals, and nature for children to feast upon."

      "What truly stands out in this book are Ashley Barron's beautiful cut-paper collage illustrations, which are visually stunning and appear almost three-dimensional."
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    Share Sally Anne Garland
    9781771470056 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:March 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 9 x 11 x 0.38 in | 443 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      When Bunny’s little cousin visits, her mother tells her over and over that she must share. But her cousin wants to do everything Bunny does. He wants to play with Bunny’s bear, but he pokes and pulls little Ted. He wants to play dress-up, but he spills Bunny’s beads all over the floor. Bunny tries to watch TV, but he blocks her view of the screen, and when Bunny tries to paint, he scribbles all over her artwork!

      But by the end, an exasperated Bunny discovers the real value of sharing. As Bunny’s cousin is getting ready to leave, she realizes she’s going to miss him and his constant attention. Full of bouncy rhymes and energetic rhythms, this gentle approach to a universal message will leave readers smiling.
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      A Kirkus Best Readaloud 2014
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      "Bunny and her little cousin are full of life, with facial expressions and body language that match every emotion. Young readers will empathize with both characters and will want to read it over and over. A warm, cuddly tale and a total delight."
      "Sharing can be tough, acknowledges this gentle rhyming story about a rabbit whose small cousin comes to visit."
      "The story is full of rhymes and energetic language which makes an important lesson a fun read."
      "A perfect springboard for discussions about getting along with younger relatives and friends. This is a must-have book for any family expecting a new sibling."

      "This engaging picture book addresses a recognizable scenario."
      "The message is solid and effectively presented, and the illustrations delightful."
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    Slam! A Tale of Consequences Adam Stower
    9781771470070 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:March 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 9.73 x 11.3 x 0.44 in | 565 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:15 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      “Don’t slam the door!” pleads a parent as a boy and his dog head out to run an errand, but the distracted boy doesn't hear. What follows is a fantastical calamity of epic and silly proportions, all thanks to a slammed door that dislodges a red ball. As the ball bounces through the neighborhood, it unleashes an escalating series of slapstick events that involve animals and people thrown off course and into the air, traffic jams and near-collisions, a fire-breathing dragon, tiny alien creatures –– and a boy completely oblivious to the chaos he has caused.

      Full of details both large and small, this near-wordless picture book is a riotous experience of kinetic artwork and onomatopoeia with enough havoc to last many readings. It will leave kids—and adults—thinking a second time before slamming any doors!
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      ADAM STOWER is a graduate of both the Norwich School of Art and the University of Brighton. He has authored and illustrated several picture books, including Silly Doggy!, and won the Norfolk Library Silver Award for Children’s Books for Slam!. He lives in Brighton, England.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Capitol Choices - Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens 2015, Long-listed
      Reviews
      "...a cumulative contagion of catastrophe...with teeming action on every page."
      "The story is a feast of pratfalls, pileups, unexpected trajectories, and collisions with soft foods ... satisfyingly silly."
      "Follow the bouncing red ball, from the top of the hill to the subterranean depths at its bottom: a perfect example of illustrated cause and effect. This title has multiple uses for language arts curriculum tied to a fantasy-based plot. A first purchase."

      "...an amusing calamitous fantasia...with seek-and-find appeal in the ongoing trajectory of various items and critters and in surprising takes on the town both above and belowground."

      "Funny and imaginative, this book is appealing for all children."
      "A book to be added to public and primary school library collections."

      "Stower's drawings are magnificent... Child readers will love to tease meaning out of the complex images."
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    The Race Édouard Manceau, Sarah Quinn Canada
    9781771470551 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 8 x 0.44 in | 411 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Get ready, get set, GO…

      A group of caribou gather together to run a race. Starting at the beginning of course, readers join in the fun as the caribou engage in some rather outlandish tricks in order to be the first to cross the finish line. (Banana skins, for example, are an effective way to get rid of some enemies ...). But in the midst of this titanic struggle for victory, some of the caribou stop to question the merits of their single-minded pursuit of winning at all costs.

      In the end, the reader is left to decide who the real winner is…
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      A Foreword Reviews Best Indie Picture Book of 2014 2014
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      "Add this winsome fable to the shelves of slightly odd picture books."

      "It's a whimsy-filled ride with a straightforward message, and there's real pleasure in watching these little dudes scheme their way to the finish line and in the celebration of a laid-back lifestyle."
      "The vibrant colors and personable characters prompt young readers and adults alike to think more deeply about life."
      "Unique and provocative."
      "A great lesson for young competitors... amusing, vivid, and descriptive."
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    Whoosh! A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures Marilyn Baillie Canada, Susan Mitchell Canada
    9781926973982 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 9.25 x 0.41 in | 375 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Get kids thinking and moving with this picture book about creatures that love water as much as we do. Each spread shows an animal in a watery scene on one side and a child mimicking the animal’s activity on the other. From splashing like a dolphin to fishing like a heron, from snoozing like an alligator to hiding like a clownfish, the echoing images bring to life the real ways that animals behave—and reveal how there’s a little bit of animal in all of us.

      The book closes with a “Guess What?” section that provides brief and quirky facts about the animals featured throughout. A rebus at the back encourages children to read on their own and discover other ways to get up and move, by scuttling like a crab or waddling like a penguin. With Whoosh! readers will splash through the bright, engaging illustrations into a water-filled world of play and learning.
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      Marilyn Baillie has enjoyed a varied career as an award-winning children's writer, a nursery school teacher, a lecturer at the Royal Ontario Museum, and a children's magazine and book editor. She is the author of numerous beloved children's books including Nose to Toes, Small Wonders, and Amazing Thing Animals Do. She is a former editor of chickaDEE magazine and lives in Toronto.

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      Awards
      A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2014
      Reviews
      "Mitchell cleverly connects left-hand pages, which show animals in their natural environments, to right-hand pages, which re-create the scene with children. ... The multicultural cast of rosy-cheeked kids and the large assortment of everyday and fun activities ensure that readers will relate."

      "Mitchell's bright paintings offer fun visual parallels between animal and child."
      "Without solemnity, this engaging picture book draws attention to the value of something we tend to take too much for granted."

      "This lovely book featuring the water creatures that all children seem to be fascinated with is a wonderful offering for all libraries. ... This book will engage children with its wonderful artwork, get them up and moving with its interactive actions, and teach them factual information about the wonders of the water animals they love. ... Whoosh! has it all – sparkling text, delightful illustrations, and a genuine educational value."

      "From splashing like a dolphin to hiding like a clownfish, kids get thinking and moving with this book..."
      "There's a lot packed into this attractive picture book, lots to learn and do ... one to read and reread, and to share."

      "Whoosh! takes children on an enjoyable tour of the world of water and the animals that make it their home."

      "Offers a delightful new way for children to learn about creatures that live in and near water ... For parents and educators alike, Whoosh! is worth having on the bookshelf."
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    The Flea Laurie Cohen, Marjorie Béal, Sarah Quinn Canada
    9781771470568 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 2 - 4, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.38 in | 326 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      “Once there was a little flea who thought that he was too little…”
      And so begins an innocent quest…The flea wants to be bigger. He scales a pea. Then scales an apple. He climbs aloft a flower, a plant, a tree, a home…a telephone wire, a skyscraper… Then finally, the flea finds himself on a cloud! Down below, a bear notices him. So, is the flea now big? Or just high up?
      The Flea uses appealingly stylized art, simple text, humorous twists, and one very determined flea to give kids a light lesson on the importance of perspective and the malleable meaning of words. Quick paced, silly, and loaded with a funny twist ending, The Flea is indeed bigger than its humble exterior belies.
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      LAURIE COHEN was born in Paris, France. An author of children's books and poems, she has also studied film as a director and writer. In her native France, she has written several children's books, including other titles with Marjorie Béal.

      MARJORIE BÉAL is an author/illustrator living in Bordeaux, France. A mother of twins, she is passionate about graphic arts and children's literature, a field in which she has illustrated numerous books.

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      "The Grade 1 class I read this book to enjoyed how the flea did not let his small size determine his position."

      "A seemingly simple story that will stimulate young minds to contemplate perception and point of view."
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    Letter Lunch Elisa Gutierrez Canada
    9781771470001 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:March 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 10 x 8.25 x 0.38 in | 386 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      The cupboards are empty, as is the fridge. Thus begins the adventure of two hungry kids as they try to figure out what’s for lunch. But there’s nothing ordinary about the feast they are cooking up. From letter-picking in their backyard to browsing through the alphabet at the local market, from an expedition through the woods and up a mountain to sharing their finds with friends, the two chefs and letter foragers set out to create a feast of consonants that’s seasoned with both vowels and wit that keeps you turning the page.

      With its comic-style layout, Letter Lunch makes literal a love of language, food, and art. The wordless narrative incorporates how some letters can be found everywhere, while others require a bit of extra work to track down. An innovative approach to the alphabet — and, not so incidentally, to preparing a meal, from grocery shopping to washing the dishes — adults and children will delight in this clever approach to what, at first glance, seems commonplace.
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      "An inventive boon for language teachers and others ... spells out delicious wordplay and appreciation."

      The delightful paper-cut collage art, arranged in comic-book-style panels, has more than a bit of whimsy and a practical purpose, too... this offers a fun new way to think about words in all their deliciousness."

      "The comiclike layout provides emergent readers a clear path to understanding and young readers will quickly become absorbed in the story. Most libraries have numerous alphabet books, but this one takes readers on an exciting adventure while showcasing the letters and has a wide appeal."

      "A visually appealing introduction to how language works, one that cleverly reaches young readers' minds through their stomachs."
      "This wordless narrative offers a clever twist on alphabet books. Letter recognition and language play are key ingredients in a recipe for promoting literacy, so serve up a heaping helping of Letter Lunch."

      "Powerful and provocative, Letter Lunch is a clever, visually striking, allegorical quest narrative that is primarily conveyed without words ... sophisticated as it is enjoyable, engaging and definitely designed to have an impact on readers as well as budding and mature artists ... The book is a luscious and delicious fiesta that is open to multiple interpretations."

      "The book presents many opportunities for readers to discuss what the characters are doing, thinking, and exploring."
      "An inventive wordless tale ... Gutiérrez lays the story out as if a comic, using panels and pacing everything just right."
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    I Can Make That! Fantastic Crafts for Kids Replaces 9781897066331 Mary Wallace Canada
    9781926973975 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Art Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 10.5 x 0.63 in | 834 gr | 152 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      The book one librarian called “the best craft book she’d ever seen” has been updated and reissued to introduce a new generation of children to the fun of crafts.

      Children as young as four years old can take common household materials and easy-to-obtain natural materials like twigs and turn them into costumes, puppets, toys, games, and more. Step-by-step instructions and photographs keep things simple and easy to understand, making the book perfect for home, school, library, camp, or even daycare.

      Accessible and fun, the very do-able crafts of I Can Make That! provide kids the opportunity to develop skills and leave them with a sense of accomplishment. The Boston Globe called the projects in the book “absolutely ingenious.” You will too.
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      MARY WALLACE has spent almost 20 years teaching arts and art education to children and adults. She has written and illustrated over a dozen books for children and has received many awards and nominations, including a National Outdoor Book Award for The Inuksuk Book. She lives in St. Thomas, ON.
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      A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2014
      Reviews
      "Vivid, colorful photos of each craft make the book visually pleasing but also serve to assist crafters with their projects ... this book would work well for daycares, classrooms, community centers, and libraries."

      "These colorful project ideas are innovative and fun for all ... a fantastic resource for parents, caretakers and educators with marvelous suggestions for good creative experiences for kids."

      "This revised edition of Mary Wallace's original 2002 book, I Can Make That!, has much to recommend it."

      "The maker movement is provoking interest in hands-on creativity ... there is something here for everyone."
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    It's About Time Untangling Everything You Need to Know About Time Pascale Estellon
    9781771470063 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date:April 15, 2014
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.38 in | 414 gr | 48 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Follow along as friends Jacob and Lily unravel time, starting from its smallest increment — the second — and finishing with the century. The progressive approach uses crafts, activities, and kid-friendly anecdotes along with speech balloons, rhymes, and illustrations to make the abstract concept of time very real and very fun. It covers everything from the difference between a.m. and p.m. to how we use clocks and calendars to keep track of mealtimes, bedtimes, birthdays, and seasons to exactly how long it takes to bake a cake (follow the recipe to test it out!).

      From counting the number of days in a month using our knuckles to catchy tunes that help us remember the days in a week, It’s About Time offers a comprehensive and engaging approach to helping kids learn how to tell time. Sure, we can’t see it or hear it or touch it and we lose track of it easily, but this is a book that shows time doesn’t have to be difficult to understand!
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      PASCALE ESTELLON is a prolific writer and illustrator. She has published numerous activity and non-fiction books that have been sold in both French and English. She lives in Brunoy, France.
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      "[A] straightforward book that conveys, quite imaginatively, different ways of thinking about time – and by extension, clocks, calendars, cardinal and ordinal numbers, seasons, and even centuries ... a great deal of cleverly, efficiently presented material."
      "Explanations of how to tell time on a clock, how hours create days (and weeks, months, and years) also appear, with Estellon's cheerful cartooning offering both entertainment and visual support for each topic."
      "From one second to one century, the idea of time and its measurement is discussed in terms that any youngster can understand."

      "Well-suited for both the classroom and home ... Estellon's clever and seamless transitions make for a real page-turning book."
      "An informative little book that takes readers on an interactive learning experience."
      "Thought was definitely put into the age and skill level of [the] audience and each of the activities were something that my children could easily complete, with a little help."

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