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beatrice zinker, upside down thinker

Look out, world, for Beatrice Zinker!  We recently read this upside-down thinker's story and we are officially in love with her topsy-turvy ways.  She's funny, spirited and slightly mischievous, and we love how she is an independent thinker, confident in her own skin and is one who stands her ground.  SO fun and funny, and one of the most enjoyable reads we've had this summer.  Shelley Johannes' energetic  illustrations really bring Beatrice to life.  Can we hope for a sequel (or an entire series)?  Crossing our fingers!

Don't miss out on this fantastically written and illustrated early middle grade novel when it publishes on September 19.  Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker was written and illustrated by Shelley Johannes and published by Disney Hyperion.

Want to meet Beatrice?  We’re giving away an advance reader's copy of BEATRICE ZINKER on Instagram.  The giveaway ends Thursday, July 27.  Head over here to enter, and for a preview of Beatrice!


can you find my robot's arm?

A humorous search for a robot's missing appendage takes us through his intricate papercut world.  Full of whim, adventure and beautiful contrast.  Click here for a preview.

Can You Find My Robot’s Arm? was written and illustrated by Chihiro Takeuchi and published by Tundra Books.


crazy about cats

A bold and stunning illustrated guide to the wonderful world of cats, with lots to learn, including which characteristics make them excellent hunters, how they mark their territory and what a kitten's childhood is like.  Hugely informative, fascinating and unique.  For cat lovers as well as avid nonfiction readers.  And we always appreciate Flying Eye's artful production — their full-bleed illustrations and beautifully textured pages make for an exceptional reading experience.  Click here for a preview of the book's interior.

Crazy About Cats was written and illustrated by Owen Davey and is available now in the UK.  Out in the US on September 5 from Flying Eye Books.


the fog

Some of the best endpapers we've seen this year and such a well-crafted story where image and word are in absolute harmony.  One of our favorites this year, for sure.  If you're the thoughtful, observant type, you’ll definitely connect with this small yellow warbler and his new friend.  Seek it out, read it and get lost in  The Fog (preferably on a slightly muggy, overcast evening).  It's made for re-reading and is such a great one for young readers to mull over.

The Fog was written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Kenard Pak and published by Tundra Books.


i want to be in a scary story

Little Monster wants more than anything to be in a scary story.  Or, at least he THINKS he does.  Turns out that some things are too scary even for a monster.  Be prepared to pull out all the voices with this one—the silly, the funny and the slightly eerie.  Oh yikes and crikes!  Equal doses of fright and hilarity from Sean Taylor and Jean JullienI Want to Be in a Scary Story is out on July 11 from Candlewick Press.