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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Fantasies

 


2009 Award
Bob's Best Friend Ever
(by Simon Bartram, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Bob, the Man On the Moon, is a Sci Fi picturebook—a fun choice for the upper end of the picturebook set. Bob, a tour guide on the moon, spends a good deal of time up there and frankly he’s lonely. What he needs is a friend. Seems that some things never change. Enter a space dog. There’s not really a big story here but it is told with wry humor and kids will enjoy the details in the space and cityscapes. We think that Bob’s first book, Man On the Moon ($6.99 paper 4.5) , is more amusing as it introduces the notion of a fellow who works on the moon, blasting off daily and doing his job cleaning up after the astronauts and tourists. It’s a brave new world of the future with images of some strange futuristic inhabitants on earth. Bob does not see any aliens, but young readers are sure to spot some. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
A Book
(by Mordecai Gerstein, Roaring Brook Press $16.99 Score:)

A truly original book that is full of familiar storybook characters who all try to help the young girl who is looking for her story. Indeed, the quest for that story is the story and along the way you'll meet not just the goose who laid a golden egg, but the Three Bears, Jack of Beanstalk fame, Robinson Crusoe, Sherlock Holmes, and Alice's rabbit among a cast of many, many more! It has a wonderful pace, sophisticated charm, and a sense of humor that will make adults smile and invite children to explore. 

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Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
The Snaggle Grollop
(by Daniel Postgate/ illus. by Nick Price, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

An amusing fantasy that comes under the heading of be careful what you wish for! Sam wants a pet. His parents have turned him down on dogs, cats and the usual requests. That is when Sam comes up with a Snaggle Grollop. Assuming such a creature would never appear, they approve and the rest is good fun as a friendly good-natured fantasy arrives. All goes well till that endearing pet gets lonely for a friend of its own. Meanwhile it has worked the magic of giving Sam a friend. A happy ending for all.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
It's a Secret!
(by John Burningham, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Ever wonder where the cat goes all night? Well, Marie Elaine did just that and to her delight she is invited on an adventure that she will never forget. An imaginative romp at a party for cats including none other than the Queen of Cats and a midnight feast. But when Marie Elaine’s mom asks why she looks so tired, she cannot tell because—It’s a secret! 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Let's Do Nothing
(by Tony Fucile, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

When Frankie and Sal decide there is nothing to do, they decide to do exactly that—nothing! Well, maybe not “exactly” nothing. When they pretend to be statues in the park, poor Frankie gets covered with pigeons. When they become giant redwood trees it’s Sal’s dog that comes and raises its leg on poor Frankie. This is the kind of picture book kids find LOL funny, at least for the first reading. Maybe the next time round they can dream up some tricks to play on Sal. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Muldoon
(by Pamela Duncan Edwards/ illus. by Henry Cole, Hyperion $14.99 Score:) Dog lovers will enjoy this whimsical tale told from a dog's point of view. Muldoon is no ordinary pet, he's a "working" dog who takes pride in waking in the morning, taking his children to school, checking the trash for valuables and cleaning the dinner plates. Children will see the humor of a text that doesn't quite match what the illustrations show. 4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Giggle, Giggle, Quack!
(by Doreen Cronin/illus. Betsy Lewin, Simon & Schuster $15.95 Score:) An amusing sequel to Click, Clack, Moo! When the farmer goes away he leaves his brother notes about tending the animals. But, watch out! This time it's a mischievous Duck who replaces the farmer's notes with requests for pizza and other treats. 4–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Zathura
(by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin $18 Score:) Once again, a game board is the point of departure for a great adventure. This time Walter and his younger brother Danny find themselves in a world with flying saucers, rockets, and a purple planet called Zathura. Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations are fresh, mysterious and evocative of a world that never was but always might be! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Mysterious Tadpole
(by Steven Kellogg, Dial $16.99 Score:) This is the 25th anniversary edition of a delightfully funny fantasy. Celebrating advances in printing technology and his own wish to add dimension to some of the characters, Steven Kellogg gives a new generation a more fully realized version of his well loved story of a boy and a magical tadpole that keeps growing and growing. Next, we hope Kellogg will write the sequel about the hatchling that Uncle MacAllister brings for Louis's next birthday! 5-9

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
My Pony
(by Susan Jeffers, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) How many children have dreamed of owning a pony? With spare language and exquisite art, this fantasy captures it all and even gives a nod to finding contentment in a daydream. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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