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2006 Award
Diary of a Spider
(by Doreen Cronin/illus. by Harry Bliss, HarperFestival $15.99 Score:) Like her amusing Diary of a Worm, this new diary gives us an inside view of the eight-legged world of a young spider who has an unlikely friend, Fly. Not quite as funny as the original, but likely to amuse young readers. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Dog Who Cried Wolf
(by Keiko Kasza, Putnam $15.99 Score:) Moka is a dog who loves his girl, Michelle, until she reads a story about wolves that inspires Moka to run away and be free. In his adventure with independence, Moka discovers real wolves and that home is not as boring as he thought. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Granite Baby
(by Lynne Bertrand/illus. by Kevin Hawkes, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) In the tradition of the tall tale, this story of a wailing baby is likely to amuse big sisters and brothers who have endured the endless cries of a new baby. Kevin Hawkes’ art gives this yarn a giant-sized lift. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Pirate Girl
(by Cornelia Funke/illus. by Kerstin Meyer, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) When Captain Firebeard captures a little red-headed girl named Molly, he thinks he will get a huge ransom for her. But, alas, the joke’s on Redbeard when Molly’s mom comes to the rescue. “The Ransom of Red Chief” it’s not, but it’s a good yarn for young pirate lovers. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Wolf's Story
(by Toby Forward/ Izhar Cohen, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Maybe you think you know what happened to Little Red, but here is the wolf’s eye view of that old story! Of course, he meant no harm! Told with great good humor, this is a perfect tale for hamming it up! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Eldest
(by Christopher Paolini, Knopf $21 Score:) The much-anticipated Book Two in The Inheritance Trilogy. Eragon and his dragon are off to pursue Eragon’s skills as a Dragon Rider and meet new adventures at every turn. Meanwhile, at home, Eragon’s cousin Roran is battling the Ra’zac, and fighting for his life. For fans of fantasy, created by a teenager, this is a page turner. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Inkspell
(by Cornelia Funke, Scholastic $19.99 Score:) “Even better than Ink-heart!” was the report from our 11-year old reader. A year has passed since Meggie first encountered the book, Inkheart, where the characters came to life. Now Dustfinger seeks a way back to the tale. Meggie and Farid find a way to get into the book themselves. Also wonderful, The Thief Lord. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Sisters Grimm
(by Michael Buckley, Abrams Books $14.95 Score:) Two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, are sent to live with their grandmother, Relda Grimm. They discover that Grimm’s fairy tales are really a work of history, not fiction, as they quickly meet an assortment of villains and heroes from the fairy tales (Jack, Puck, Prince Charming, the Three Little Pigs). Buckley, a television writer, has imagined a fast-moving tale—you can already see where the special effects will go! 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Froggy's Sleepover
(by Jonathan London/illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking $15.99 Score:) For anyone who has had to go pick up a child in the middle of the night, this latest Froggy tale would be a good story to share with your child. While Froggy is excited about his first sleepover, he and his friend Max end up in a nightlong tug of war over where they will sleep. For those with mixed feelings about overnights, this may be a reassuring story. 5–8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Three French Hens
(by Margie Palatini/illus. by Richard Egielski, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Three French hens are shipped from Paris to Philippe Renard, but the address is smudged! So the three deliver themselves to the address of Phil the Fox. In this merry mix-up, the generosity of the three saves them from a dreadful fate. When Phil the Fox tries to give his feathered friends Christmas gifts, they announce that they celebrate Hanukkah . . . so they celebrate both holidays. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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