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Rico the Brave Sock Monkey By Fiona Rempt, illustrated by Noelle Smit

In this new Little Golden Book, Rico is a snuggly sock monkey who is born in a noisy factory, put in a box, and driven in the dark to somewhere he’s never been. But Rico is never afraid, and his courage is rewarded when he arrives at a toy store, where he’s soon chosen by a nice lady to be a special gift to her little boy . . . and, in time, the grown-up boy’s little girl.

- Random House

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Not Just Another Princess Story by Sheri Radford, Illustrated by Qin Leng

After the king declares it’s time for Princess Candi to get married, the math-loving princess decides to carry out a husband search on her own. Not knowing how to find such a creature, she turns to fairytales for inspiration and ends up using every method in the books, from kissing frogs to slaying monsters. But will she find her Prince Charming? Or just a bunch of duds who cheat, cry and make armpit noises? This swashbuckling tale is brimming with romance, algebra problems and at least one very large pickle.

Simply Read Books

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Whoops! By Suzi Moore, illustrated by Russell Ayto

This is the cat, the dog and the mouse. Here’s the old lady in the tumbledown house. She has a spell to make them all well – But she just can’t find the right one! WHOOPS! In this hilariously chaotic, all-join in romp of a story three animals are desperate to make the right noises. Illustrated by Russell Ayto, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and The Nestle Children’s Book Prize.

Publishing date 1/3/15

Amazon (Pre-order your copy)

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Bluebird by Bob Staake

This wordless picture book is a heartbreaking, profound story about loneliness, isolation and ultimately friendship.

Readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old.

- Andersen Press

www.bobstaake.com