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2008 Award
The One and Only Shrek! Plus 5 Other Stories
(by William Steig, Farrar Straus $29.99 Score:) This is not your big screen Shrek. It’s the lead story in a wonderful collection of William Steig storybooks that are for school aged kids, not preschoolers. You may infact, enjoy some of the others even more than the title story, which is going to have to do battle with the Shrek you and the kids know. There’s the amusing Amazing Bone, Brave Irene, Spinky Sulks, Doctor De Soto and Caleb & Kate. One for every noght of a six day week, then start at the beginning again. Or go out and buy or borrow, Amos & Boris, Sylvester & the Magic Pebble and any of his chapter books, such as Abel’s Island. If it’s Steig you can’t go wrong! Also available in audio, narrated by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, (Macmillan Audio $14.95) 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Wall
(by Peter Sis, Farrar Straus $18 Score:) A stunning autobiographical account of growing up behind the Iron Curtain. Told with drawings, journal entries and photographs, this oversized picturebook is not for the typical picture book crowd. It’s more like a graphic novel with not so many words. Young people who are studying that chapter in history will find an interesting view of the turmoil and longing to throw off the repression of the Cold War. This may be more of a book for adults than kids, but it opens a window to a past that many parents of today will recall.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Silly School
(by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Frances England $15.95 Score:) A reluctant preschooler refuses each member of the family who tries to sell her on going to school. Finally, there is one thing that Beth wants most of all–to play with her friends. Imagine where they are!

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Bad Bears Go Visiting
(by Daniel Pinkwater/illus. by Jill Pinkwater, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Once again those Bad Bears are back in a new caper. This time their friend Larry, also a polar bear, comes to pay them a visit and teaches them the pleasures of socializing. They like it so much they leave the zoo to visit a family, the Beachballs. Pure fun-not quite as over the top as past tales of Irving and Muktuk. Look for their earlier tales. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Busy Bunnies
(by John Schindel/ photos by Steven Holt, Tricycle Press $6.95 Score:) Newest in a fine series of sturdy board books with animal photos and rhyming couplets that describe the animals action. These active bunnies do not tend to look all that active…but never mind. For young animal lovers this will be hopping good fun. Look for others in the series. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
(y Bill Martin Jr./ illus. by Eric Carle, Holt $16.95 Score:) Using the same format as the classic picturebook, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, this new book features a baby bear and a cast of slightly less familiar creatures. As always, Carle’s collage images are beautiful to look at and expand the young child’s view of the animal world. Save this for the child who knows the familiar animals and is ready to move on to flying squirrels, blue herons, mule deer, prairie dogs and the like. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Wave
(by Suzy Lee, Chronicle $15.99 Score:) Anyone who has ever “played” with the waves on the beach will relate to the feisty little girl in this wordless picture book. As she sticks out her tongue and escapes from being soaked, the young girl jumps, runs, stomps and plays a game of you can’t catch me with the tide. A flock of seagulls, the simplicity of Lee’s line drawings of the child, and the ever changing surf are all part of the shifting action that add up to a dynamic charm of this trip to the beach. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Duck Dunks
(by Lynne Berry/ illus. by Hiroe Nakata, Holt $16.95 Score:) A bouncy bright tale of a day at the beach with 5 lively ducks. Told in light verse that goes with the sunny day and the typical fun to be found at the shore. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do)
(by Judi Barrett/ illus. by John Nickle, Atheneum $16.99 Score:) Amusing one-liners with illustrations to match. A book of silly cautionary warnings, i.e. “Never sit next to a porcupine on the subway.” Or “Never play checkers with a spider.” The illustrations add to the humor and chances are kids will add to the cautions with other things never to do. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas
(by Sally Lloyd-Jones/ illus. by Michael Emberly, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) If you have grandchildren, this is a book they need. An amusing instruction guide for how to pamper one’s grandparents, as in giving them your hand when you cross the street and allowing them to help build sand castles and knocking the castles down so they can rebuild them. Yes, this is good fun to share. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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