Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Arrivals for Young Readers

Tangled: Rapunzel’s Magical Hair by Olivia London

When the kingdom’s most wanted and most charming, bandit is forced to make a deal with the golden-haired, tower-bound teen, the unlikely duo sets off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon, and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

The Enchanted Princess by Tisha Hamilton

When princess Isabella makes a wish that she could attend a series of elegant balls throughout the kingdom, a magical horse appears. The winged horse sweeps her into the skies and takes her on a fantasy-filled ride to the four corners of the kingdom, where she dances the night away.

As little princesses read the story, they can manipulate a movable princess piece along a slotted path through the pages of the book—just as if they too were riding on the princess’ horse.

Late for School by Steve Martin

Getting to school has never been quite this difficult--or hilarious. Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne (illustrator of John Lithgow's children's books) have teamed up to tell a story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of the journey to school. 

A CD of Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the book's story with a bluegrass twist is also available.

I’m Not Going Out There! By Paul Bright

"I'm not going out there," declares the little boy in this hilarious, rhyming story. But what is frightening him? It's not the dragon breathing smoke in the living room. Or the ghost snacking on toast and chocolate in the kitchen. The witches in the bathroom are too busy washing their dirty underwear to bother anyone. And the monsters performing ballet exercises in the bedroom aren't at all terrifying. 

But something in the house is very scary. And it's coming this way . 

Tom’s Tree by Gillian Shields

Tom plants a seed. When it grows, Tom knows it will be a magical tree, full of fruit and peacocks and even a pirate house. 'I wish you'd hurry up,' 

Tom says to his tree, but all the wishing and whispering in the world won't make the seedling grow big and strong. Tom has to be patient, and wait for the passing seasons to do their work.

Little Honey Bear and the Smiley Moon by Tim Warnes

Little Honey Bear couldn't sleep. Through his bedroom window the moon was shining, as bright as day. And surely she was smiling at him. Little Honey Bear and two friends set off to visit the friendly moon, following the shining silvery moonpath they discover one winter's night. But suddenly, the path gets steeper, the wind grows colder, and the moon disappears. Alone in the dark, the three friends worry that they might not find their way home.