Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fantastic Books you might have missed in 2015 - bookwrap mania

Here is a list of books that you might have missed in 2015.  Not necessarily the best of the best, but noteworthy enough for honourable mention to close out the old year and usher in the new...


1. Goodnight Already! by Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies

Bear longs for sweet, sweet slumber — if only Duck would let him get some shut-eye.
What kind of reader is it for? Those with younger siblings who constantly prevent them from experiencing peace and quiet.

2. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Scholastic Press
It definitely pays to be polite when doughnuts are involved! Remember to say “please” and “thank you” if you want a sweet treat from this bear.
What kind of reader is it for? Someone who could use a little brushing up when it comes to manners (but in a fun way).

3. Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
The sequel to Zombies in Love in which our zombie pals become parents to a bouncing, non-dead baby boy. Why are his teeth growing in instead of falling out? It just doesn’t make sense!

What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who appreciates things that are heartwarming and hair-raising in equal amounts.

4. Oliver and Patch by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
A lonely boy + a lost dog.
What kind of reader is it for? Boys and girls who may be feeling a little lonely themselves (whether it’s because they’ve moved to a new school or even just a new classroom).

5. The Big Blue Thing on the Hill by Yuval Zommer

What on earth is this strange thing on the hill? None of the animals can quite figure it out, but they want it to vamoose ASAP.
What kind of reader is it for? Children who will enjoy feeling smarter than those silly animals (“It’s not a monster, it’s a van!”).

6. First Snow by Peter McCarty

Balzer + Bray
It’s Pedro’s first time seeing snow and he’s going to take full advantage of the fluffy white stuff. Sledding! Snow angels! Snowballs!
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who appreciates the joy and magic that occurs whenever snowflakes start to fall.

7. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Putnam Juvenile
CJ and his grandmother ride the bus through town and he learns how to see the beauty of his neighborhood.
What kind of reader is it for? Someone who may have some questions about inequality (“Why don’t I have an iPod like the other boys on the bus?”), as well as anyone who just adores time spent with their grandmother.

8. Around the Clock by Roz Chast

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
A hilarious trip through the 24 hours of the day.
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who appreciates zany humor (with a bit of learning about time thrown in).

9. Snoozefest by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

What sort of festival would a sloth attend? One with napping, of course!
What kind of reader is it for? A sloth fan looking for the perfect book to read before bed.

10. Sick Simon by Dan Krall

The must-read book of flu season.
What kind of reader is it for? Someone who may need a refresher in how to avoid spreading their germs when they have a cold.

11. A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Schwartz & Wade
Discover how daily life has changed over the centuries in this inventive book showing how four different families (in four different time periods) prepare a batch of blackberry fool.
What kind of reader is it for? Children interested in history (or cooking).

12. The New Small Person by Lauren Child

Welcome to the world of big brother or sister-dom.
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone learning how to deal with the arrival of a new sibling.

13. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Chronicle Books
A follow-up to the marvelous Over and Under the Snow, this book explores the bloom-filled world of the garden plus the land where the worms wiggle down below.
What kind of reader is it for? Nature lovers.

14. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali

Tall tales are the best tales.
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone known to spin a yarn (or two, or three).

15. Little Big Boubo by Beatrice Alemagna

Tate Publishing
A depiction of life as a toddler by award-winning author and illustrator Beatrice Alemagna.
What kind of reader is it for? Little guys and gals who are eager to prove that they’re not babies anymore.

16. Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Chronicle Books
Underwear is one of the few topics that can always be counted on to provide some kid-laughs: Give the people what they want (and by people, I mean your children).

What kind of reader is it for? Helpful souls who can’t bear to see a bare bear with no underwear.

Viking Juvenile
The illustrated biography of Robert Miller (the con artist who “sold” the Eiffel Tower).
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who will appreciate a true tale of trickery.

18. Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Blue Apple Books
A sweet book that blends mystery (where’s the cat?) with science (what do animals do in the rain?).
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who has always wondered what makes a duck waterproof.

19. Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

Celeste is looking for the perfect present for her mother and if she has to, she’ll even venture to the clouds to find it.
What kind of reader is it for? Lovers of Frozen or Tangled (this is the debut picture book of Claire Keane, an artist from Walt Disney Animation Studios).

20. The Nosyhood by Tim Lahan

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A couple gets pestered by a flood of neighbors coming over to visit after moving into their new home…and then a giant nose shows up. Achooooooooooo.
What kind of reader is it for? Anyone looking for a few chuckles, some giggles and a couple of tee-hee-hee’s.

21. Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Balzer + Bray
Mr. and Mrs. Dullard like to keep things bland, but their children have other ideas.
What kind of reader is it for? Fans of The Stupids and those who laugh in the face of monotony.

22. I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell, illustrated by Charles Santoso

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Most stuffed animals are adorable, but koala is not one of those stuffed animals. Adam’s parents just don’t understand how creepy his furry non-friend is: The bear just won’t stop staring! How will he get rid of him?
What kind of reader is it for? Kids who can appreciate a bit of dark humor in a picture book.

23. Pool by Lee Jihyeon

A tale of friendship and imagination.
What kind of reader is it for? The kind looking for a refreshing and beautiful read for when the weather gets hot and winter is a distant memory.

24. This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad

Tundra Books
A little girl with a huge imagination.
What kind of reader is it for? This is a story for those with a deep love of stories.

25. Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Where oh where are Spencer’s books? This is a mystery that must be solved immediately.
What kind of reader is it for? Avid ones! Those who treat their books as though they were made of gold. Losing one? What a horrifying prospect!

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