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Picture Books from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-winter-newsletter">2013 Winter Newsletter</a>.

Aesop in California by Doug Hansen

A whole cast of native California animals (desert tortoise, jackrabbit, kangaroo rat), plants, and places (Napa Valley is the setting for “Fox and His Grapes”) are the colorful backdrop for this lavishly illustrated and bold retelling of Aesop’s fables. Kindergarten & up.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781597142359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - March 1st, 2013

My Father's Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde

Like The Little Prince, My Father’s Arms Are a Boat creates an ethereal and enchanting world imbued with sadness but fortified by beauty and love. A little boy looks out at a winter landscape populated with red birds and foxes, shooting stars, and a moon that looks like a boat. Saddened by irrevocable changes in his young life, he is reassured by the steady and deeply tender embrace of his father’s arms. A sublime exploration of grief and renewal. Ages 4 & up.

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By Stein Erik Lunde, Øyvind Torseter (Illustrator), Kari Dickson (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592701247
Availability: Backordered
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 5th, 2013

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Laszlo, a small boy in blue pajamas knows that the Dark lives, mostly in the basement, its voice “as smooth and cold as the windows.” But one evening, the nightlight in Laszlo’s bedroom burns out and the Dark leads him to the cellar and from the dark chest of drawers produces…a new light bulb. The elegant humor and interdependence of their relationship is outlined be the sharp triangle of Laszlo’s flashlight against the inky black of the Dark. Laszlo’s fear has dissolved in the new light. Ages 4–8.

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By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Sophie, an imaginative and strong-minded little girl, shops at the farmers’ market with her parents, she meets a butternut squash she names Bernice, and they become inseparable. (The illustrations of them, by Anne Wilsdorf, sparkle with charm.) Every night Sophie gives Bernice a bottle and puts her to bed. They visit the library and have picnics in the park until one day, Sophie reluctantly realizes Bernice won’t last forever. Sophie buries her in the backyard to keep her safe and warm for the winter, and spring delivers a lovely surprise. Ages 3–7.

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By Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780307978967
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - August 6th, 2013

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Watch out world! Here comes Niño, tip-top wrestling champion of the lucha libre, tickle tackler, skull bumper, marble snatcher. Who’s that in the ring? His twin sisters! Noooo...! Niño faces his toughest challenge yet and learns the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” lesson. Exuberantly illustrated by Yuyi Morales and perfect for that little wrestling champion in your own home. Ages 2–4.

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By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596436046
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 4th, 2013

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

Do you want to see a whale? If so, this is the book for you—just make sure not to be distracted by the birds or the roses, or a caterpillar’s nibble scoot on a leaf, or a cloud that just looks like a whale. You must wait and watch—and then something magical will reveal itself. A whimsical, endearing tale, exquisitely imagined and delicately detailed by the creators of one of our favorite books of last year, And Then It’s Spring. For the dreamer. Ages 4 & up.

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By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437319
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 7th, 2013

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

A flamingo fancifully poses on the first page of this stunning wordless picture book and is looked at longingly by a little girl in an old-fashioned swimming cap. What follows is a dance between two unlikely partners—an eager and somewhat clumsy little girl and a (surprisingly) graceful flamingo. Their ballet is rendered in delicate pinks and choreographed by flaps that open to reveal the next movement in the dance. A subtle and joyous celebration of two very different beings learning to dance in step. Ages 3–6.

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ISBN: 9781452110066
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 5th, 2013

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles isn’t exactly lazy, he’s just got better things to do than play with toys. For example, stalking the little aliens who just fled their malfunctioning spaceship for the safety of the wall vent. Will they be able to get back to their ship? Only if they learn to outwit one very fixated black cat. Who else but David Wiesner could have invented such a hilarious and oddly plausible tale? A perfect cat book and another wordless masterpiece from the three-time Caldecott winner. Ages 4 & up.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780618756612
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2013

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton

Hopping a train, boarding a train, riding a train, but training a train? That’s exactly what Jason Carter Eaton suggests we do if we really love trains. After all, trains make awesome pets. In this hilarious how-to manual, Eaton guides us through our top choices (freight train? monorail? steam engine?) and how to catch it (by making the call of the wild train, "Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga"). Once we get to know it, we can even teach it tricks like rolling over or jumping through a ring of fire. Rocco’s eye-catching art captures to hilarious effect the gargantuan size of the train in contrast to its small but enthusiastic owner. A sure hit that will keep your little train lover giggling and demanding to hear it again. Ages 3–7.

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By Jason Carter Eaton, John Rocco (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763663070
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

Train by Elisha Cooper

Elisha Cooper follows five different kinds of trains as they journey across country, in and out of cities, past barns and farmhouses, into freight yards, over mountains, through snow flurries and pine forests, and into and out of dark tunnels, until we arrive at a city on the coast. Rich language and sweeping watercolor spreads with whimsical pencil sketches allow Cooper to capture the train as "a small world moving through a larger world." Ages 4–7.

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By Elisha Cooper, Elisha Cooper (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545384957
Availability: Backordered
Published: Orchard Books - September 24th, 2013

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