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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2007 Award
Dooby Dooby Moo
(by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Atheneum $16.95 Score:) Once again, Farmer Brown’s barnyard critters are trying to pull a fast one. This time they are rehearsing for a talent show at the county fair and the sounds emanating from the barn have Farmer Brown puzzled. With all the singing, this is sure to be a noisy and funny read-aloud opportunity. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
The Gingerbread Girl
(by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A year has passed since the fox outsmarted the Gingerbread Boy. When the lonely old couple decide to try again, they create a spunky Gingerbread Girl who leads them on a merry chase, proving that history need not repeat itself! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Library Lion
(by Michelle Knudsen/illus. by Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A very satisfying story of a lion who comes inside the library and becomes a rule-abiding patron. But one day, when the librarian takes a tumble, Lion has the good sense to break the rules. A big idea for kids to grapple with—knowing right from wrong, and when an absolute is not so absolute. Hawkes’s illustrations give this an old-fashioned “Robert McCloskey” look that fits the story. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Oscar: The Big Adventure
(by Amy Schwartz and Leonard S. Marcus, HarperCollins $16.95 Score:) Move over, Curious George, Oscar may be little but he needs no Man with a Yellow Hat to save him from his journey out into the big world. When Susie goes off to school without a key she will need, Oscar, an independent little monkey, takes responsibility and no easy trip to reach Susie just in the nick of time. A fast-paced fantasy. 3–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
(by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, Candlewick $27.99 Score:) In typical fashion, Sabuda has created yet another incredible pop-up book. This is darker and the information denser than most. If your young reader is taken with the world of sharks, whales, scorpions, and prehistoric sea monsters that still live, this is a book to dive into. There will be lots of ooohs and aahhhhs as the pages, large and small, pop open. They say 5 & up; we think this will be a waste for kids under 7 or 8 but enjoyed by those well beyond—say 40 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
MOMMY?
(by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks, Matthew Reinhar, Scholastic $25 Score:) Sendak has taken a classic theme—the search for a missing mother—and transformed it into a zany one-word pop-up joke. Not for the timid, this pops from one page to the next with a boy who looks a lot like Max asking for “Mommy?” From one page to the next, classic monsters such as Frankenstein and Dracula pop off the pages. When Mommy finally pops out of the closet, we think the joke will be lost on anyone under the age of 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Sabuda and Reinhart Present: Castle
(by Kyle Olman/illus. by Tracy Sabin, Scholastic $19.99 Score:) For the child who is taken with medieval times and castles, this is a must-have treasure. Awesome pop-ups of buildings, knights, and serfs all come to life with paper engineered to leap off the pages. An informative text may eventually be read—after all the wows! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Alphabet Explosion! Search and Count from Alien to Zebra
(by John Nickle, Random House $16.95 Score:) Search each of the pages for an amazing number of objects and actions that start with the featured letter. Take the letter G, for example—there are 25 Gs, as in glass, golfing, golf club, grinning, green, etc. This is not an alphabet book for beginners. But it is fun for 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Adele & Simon
(by Barbara McClintock, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) In turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, young Adčle picks up her little brother Simon after school, warning him not to lose his things on the way home. What follows is a series of lost objects that must be found in the Breugelesque crowd scenes. McClintock’s romp through old Paree includes a sighting of Miss Clavell and Madeline, ah oui! 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Happy Birthday, Jamela!
(by Niki Daly, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Jamela is about to have a birthday. When she goes shopping for a special dress, she finds “princess shoes” that would be perfect. But Mama says she needs sturdy school shoes. Jamela, inspired by the sparkly shoes, decorates her new school shoes. Although Mama is annoyed, an artist neighbor is impressed. Jamela manages to get her wish—even before she blows out the candles on her cake. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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