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<DIV>Featuring tons of made-up heroes and heroines, <I>My Beastly Book of Hilarious Heroes</I> is filled with over 150 doodle and ...scribble activities to give budding young artists hours of fun. Like the other titles in the My Beastly Book series, <I>My Beastly Book of Hilarious Heroes</I> aims to push kids? latent illustrative creativity into curious new directions by presenting them with silly scenarios and open-ended instructions. <br><BR>Balance a mountain of cars on a strongman?s pinky finger, choose the real hero in a line-up of ordinary people, fill a grocery store shelf with food for a hero?s cart, design a hero's mask and costume, and draw a portrait of an entire family of heroes in this incredible addition to the My Beastly Book series. Kids will have fun helping these heroes save the day — but might have even more fun putting kryptonite in their way.<br><BR>The wide variety of activities — from drawing and coloring to cut-outs and more — will help kids build confidence in their artistic skills and inspire their minds. Instructions are clear and concise, but still give kids plenty of reason to make use of their active imaginations.<BR></DIV> Read More

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<DIV>Who?s afraid of some big, bad monsters? Not you, thanks to this fun book! <I>My Beastly Book of Monsters</I> offers children ...the opportunity to scribble, doodle, and reconfigure over 150 monstrous creatures to create and explore a scary, but fun, world. Tie a monster?s shoes together or make him cry. Draw a creature that?s part monster and part ostrich, or scare a monster with a . . . mouse?! Each amusing scenario motivates young readers to use their imaginations to complete the pictures using their budding artistic skills. There is no right or wrong way to use this book and kids will revel in the creative freedom. <I>My Beastly Book of Monsters</I> is all about thrills, creativity, and those scary creatures that live under your bed. Or is it in your closet? Down the hallway? Wrong again — they?re all inside this book!<BR></DIV> Read More

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<div>The cupboards are empty, as is the fridge. Thus begins the adventure of a hungry brother and sister as they try to figure out... what?s for lunch. But there?s nothing ordinary about the feast the siblings of <I>Letter Lunch</I> are cooking up. From letter-picking in their backyard to browsing through the alphabet at the local market, from an expedition through the woods and up a mountain to sharing their finds with friends, the two chefs and letter foragers set out to create a feast of consonants that?s seasoned with both vowels and wit that keeps you turning the page. With its comic-style layout, <I>Letter Lunch</I> makes literal a love of language, food, and art. The wordless narrative shows how some letters can be found everywhere, while others require a bit of extra work to track down. An innovative approach to the alphabet — and, not so incidentally, to preparing a meal, from grocery shopping to washing the dishes — <I>Letter Lunch</I> will delight adults and children with its clever approach to what, at first glance, seems commonplace.</div> Read More

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<DIV>In this popular series, an old Canadian Flyer sled in the attic of Emily?s new house transports eight-year-old Emily and nine...-year-old Matt to a series of thrilling adventures in the past. Here, the sled takes the inquisitive pair to an old train — one that?s heading for Craigellachie, British Columbia, where the last spike will be driven into the rails to celebrate the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Will Emily and Matt make it in time for that historic occasion? Will they help reunite their new friend with his ailing father, a railroad worker? In <I>All Aboard!</I>, young readers hop on the rails and explore another exciting piece of Canada?s past with Matt and Emily. Along the way, they learn many fascinating historical tidbits, all casually woven into the story. At the back of the book, Emily and Matt each collect their best top-ten favorite facts connected to their trip, and author Frieda Wishinsky shares more fun information in a lively question-and-answer format.</DIV> Read More

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<div>Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily's attic, Matt and Emily have outrun dinosaurs i...n the Alberta badlands, evaded slave catchers on the Underground Railroad, and seen the last spike driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway. This time, Emily and Matt land on Citadel Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia — just as the <I>SS Mont Blanc</I>, a ship laden with explosives, explodes in the harbor!<br><BR>In the chaos that follows, the two friends find a small dog wandering around with Tim, a dazed young soldier who has just returned from fighting overseas in World War I. Can Emily and Matt help Tim find his niece, Carolyn, the dog's owner? What if she's been hurt in the blast and needs help?<BR><BR>Frieda Wishinsky?s fast-paced text makes this chapter book a riveting read, and Patricia Ann Lewis-MacDougall's action-packed illustrations help situate early readers in the time and place of the story. A special section at the back of the book highlights additional historical information as Emily and Matt each collect their favorite ten favorite facts learned on their adventure. Wishinsky shares her favorite facts here too, in a lively Q&A format.<BR></div> Read More

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<DIV>Monsters Mish and Mash have wandered off the pages of <I>chickaDEE Magazine</I> and into their very own book. <I>The Hilariou...s Adventures of Mish and Mash</I> contains hundreds of sidesplitting jokes, tongue twisters, optical illusions, and brainteasers presented in typical Mish and Mash fashion, reminding readers why the page has long been one of the magazine?s most popular features. A one-stop, nonstop compendium of fun, it?s the perfect go-to guide for children looking to get a laugh from family and friends with groaners like "Why did the shark brush its teeth?" (It wanted to look sharp!) It?s not all fun and games, though: between the laughs, Mish and Mash realize that the mischievous Mush is out to sabotage their fun. It?s up to readers to save the day by sorting out scrambled punchlines and solving cryptic codes. With its winning combination of laugh-out-loud jokes and interactive, brain-busting puzzles, the book is guaranteed to keep children entertained and occupied for hours.</div> Read More

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<div>Everyday childhood activities, such as an excursion to the park, splashing in the bathtub, or fixing a snack in the kitchen, ...can excite many questions in young children. Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach g-r-r-owl? Why do cows moo? Curious kids want to know, and no adult has all the answers. The tenth anniversary edition of <I>Why?</I> provides child-friendly explanations for nearly 100 of these everyday mysteries for a whole new generation of children. <I>Why?</I> takes young readers inside the kitchen and out to the park, from the farm to the supermarket, and from bathtime to bedtime. Bright, playful illustrations by Scot Ritchie are the perfect complement, setting the scenes for the common questions that children ask.</div> Read More

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<div>When Oma arrives to stay with Jake, Lizzie, and their parents, they want to make her visit extra special ? so off the family ...goes to Jake's birthday party, the library, the beach, and many other places! These familiar childhood excursions prompt many questions from Jake and Lizzie. How do candles stay on fire? How do librarians remember where all the books go? How does the sand get so hot? Curious kids everywhere want to know ? and no adult has all the answers.<BR><BR>In the same style as the highly successful <I>Why?</I>, <I>How?</I> provides kid-friendly explanations for nearly one hundred everyday mysteries. Bright, playful illustrations from Scot Ritchie complement the clear text and set the scenes for the common questions that kids ask. A scrapbook-style page at the end of each chapter offers additional information in snapshots and captions. <I>How?</I> combines the best qualities of non-fiction and picture books to delight young readers again and again.<br></div> Read More

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<div>Gallop through the pages of this fascinating book!<BR>Most children dream of riding a horse at one time or another, so it?s n...ot surprising when they clamor to know everything they can about their favorite four-legged animal. The Kids? Horse Book is their ultimate guide to everything "horsey."<br>Part reference book and part activity book, it?s more than just a resource for curious kids. This book is brimming with abundant information about pony and horse breeds, useful advice on grooming and basic riding technique, plus fascinating stories, amazing facts, and much more. It is sure to delight horse enthusiasts and animal lovers alike.<BR>Packed with fascinating and useful information, The Kids' Horse Book is presented in an entertaining format that encourages browsing, or reading from cover to cover. An abundance of detailed illustrations complement the readable text, while full-color photographs give readers an eye-full of examples of this beautiful animal.<BR>For any child that fantasizes about having a pony to ride around their backyard, this book will surely make their dreams more vivid with a stimulating mix of fact and folklore. Parents can be assured that it will certainly keep horse-enthusiastic children distracted for many hours.<BR></div> Read More

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<DIV>Governor General?s Award finalist <I>The Wildlife 123</I> is now available as a newly formatted paperback! Nature in all its ...splendor leaps off the pages of this magnificent, interactive early-learning primer, which features exotic and familiar animals from around the world.<br><BR>From one panda bear to one thousand tadpoles, this counting book communicates simple information through colorful illustrations and classic design; every page will spark young readers? interest and imagination. At the end of the book, “Nature Notes? provide additional information on each of the featured animals and their habitats, encouraging children to spend more time with this rich read.<BR></DIV> Read More

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<DIV>The seventh volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten mystery comics and two never-before-published shor...t stories by former <I>OWL</I> magazine editor, Craig Battle.<BR><BR>Each solve-it-yourself story stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, aspiring journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case before them. Who stole the school mascot? Why did someone trash Ursula's guitar amp? And who sabotaged the girls? relay team? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and draw their own conclusions ? before the true culprit is revealed.<BR><BR>Bonus content unique to this volume includes a social media style introduction to all the recurring characters as well as kid-friendly forensics techniques outlined by Max and Alison?s forensics expert sidekick, Zoe Palgrave.</DIV> Read More

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<div>The sixth volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten new mystery comics and two never-before-published sh...ort stories by <I>OWL Magazine</I> editor, Craig Battle.<br><BR>Each solve-it-yourself story stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, aspiring journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case before them. Who is stealing all the bikes from the skate park? Who uprooted the Green Thumb Club?s school garden? And why did someone toilet-paper the new girl?s house? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and draw their own conclusions — before the true culprit is revealed.<br><BR>Bonus content unique to this volume includes a “usual suspects? style introduction to all the recurring characters and a how-to guide for planning a mystery detective party for home or school — extras that are sure to intrigue veteran and new readers alike!<BR></div> Read More

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<DIV>In their first book, Max Finder and Alison Santos invited readers to don their deerstalkers and join them in their crime-solv...ing adventures. This all-new collection serves up ten more mystifying whodunits requiring the reader?s powers of deduction. In “The Case of the Trail Trap, The Case of the Angry Anchorman,? “The Case of the Gander River Grudge? and seven other baffling cases, youngsters must decode Morse messages, take a forensics quiz, and test their sleuthing smarts in order to solve the crimes. False clues and a full lineup of likely suspects keep readers guessing until the last panel. Detailed solutions at the back of the book allow young sleuths to determine if his or her solution is the correct one. With its likable protagonists, fantastic full-color artwork, and funny, action-packed stories, the <I>Max Finder</I> series keeps preteens engaged and entertained even as it improves their problem-solving skills.</div> Read More

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<DIV><I>OWL Magazine's</I> popular seventh-grade gumshoes Max Finder and Alison Santos are back on the case! In this new collectio...n of puzzles, the two young detectives tackle ten baffling whodunits, including "The Case of the Back-to-School Sneak," "The Case of the Slime Tank Sabotage," and "The Case of the Movie Set Mischief." Each case is crammed with clues, stuffed with suspects, and riddled with enough red herrings to keep readers guessing till the last panel, and each deals with an issue preteens can relate to. With its full-color comic illustrations, witty dialogue, and action-packed content, the collection keeps even reluctant readers engaged and laughing for hours. Bonus features include codes to crack, a detective quiz, and a Writer?s Notebook with tips on how readers can create their own comics. From getting an idea to setting the scene, from creating characters to building the plot, author Liam O?Donnell provides helpful pointers for any aspiring comic author.</DIV> Read More

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<div>While Canada cannot lay claim to wonders like the Great Pyramid of Egypt, Stonehenge of England, or ruins of Machu Picchu in ...Peru, Canada is by no means lacking for stories of intrigue and adventure. From buried treasure to ice mummies to bootleggers to shipwrecks, curious readers need look no further than <I>Cryptic Canada</I> to discover seven of this country?s most engaging unsolved mysteries. <br><BR>Beginning with the ongoing hunt in Nova Scotia for the legendary treasure of Captain Kidd and his crew, moving to the discovery of the mummified Franklin Expedition in Nunavut by modern-day scientists, and ending with an exploration of the Great Lakes Triangle phenomenon (with several other exciting stories in between), this book has something for every adventurous reader. <br><BR>Each chapter, bursting with illustrations by Matt Hammill and color photographs, ends with an interview with an expert in the field, who answers questions kids will be eager to ask after reading about each mysterious case.<br></div> Read More

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<DIV><BR>Since 1976, when the first issue of <I>OWL Magazine</I> hit newsstands, curious kids have written to its editors with the...ir most baffling questions. Why are feet so ticklish? Who got to name the planets? Can animals get sunburned? How do rubber bands stretch?<BR><BR><I>You Asked?</I> is a giant collection of nearly 350 of the best questions submitted by years worth of OWL readers. Answers to these tough and intriguing questions are provided by <I>OWL</I> and <I>chickaDEE</I>?s savvy editors and are guaranteed to fascinate, amaze, inform, and provide lots of fun.<br><BR>And with <I>OWL Magazine</I>'s 35th birthday on the horizon, it seemed like the perfect time to re-issue this bestselling book for a whole new generation of curious readers. Complete with retro photographs and illustrations, this re-issue of a classic tackles subjects like science and technology, outer space, and plants and animals — because if one thing never changes, it?s the fact that inquisitive kids (and stumped parents) have questions about the world around them.</DIV> Read More

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<div>Max Finder is a self-described fact collector — the more obscure, the better. There?s nothing the brainy 12-year-old likes be...tter than to apply his talent for trivia to solving mysteries. But even with his growing reputation as a junior Sam Spade, Max still relies on his best friend and partner in crime, the spunky Alison Santos, to help crack each of his cases. In this exciting collection, Max and Alison also need the help of the reader to solve ten puzzling crimes. From a stereo-smashing hooligan to a mysterious art attack to the White Pine Werewolf, each case is crammed with clues, stuffed with suspects, and riddled with red herrings. Budding sleuths can hone their crime-solving skills by cracking message mix-ups, unscrambling suspect?s names, and deciphering fishy warnings. The solutions are in the back of the book — but real detectives never peek.</div> Read More

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<div>Since its publication in 2009, <I>My Think-a-ma-Jink</I> has found its way into the hearts ? and imaginations ? of thousands ...of children. Now, fresh off a win at the 2011 Blue Spruce Awards, <I>My Think-a-ma-Jink</I> is available in paperback!<BR><BR>It's Jack's sixth birthday and he's not even excited. Model airplanes, stuffed dinosaurs...not even a talking robot can break him free of his bad mood. Enter a mysterious gift from Jack's equally mysterious Uncle Doug. Within an ordinary brown box glows the Think-a-ma-Jink, a bizarre contraption that claims to bend the laws of time and space. With this gadget, no idea is too fantastic to be realized, no world too distant to be visited, no personality too zany to be adopted.<br><BR>With his younger sister, Marie, at his side, Jack discovers a universe of infinite possibilities ? one of cotton-candy-breathing dragons, ancient forests, and space-traveling hot-air balloons. But, when the Think-a-ma-Jink is destroyed in a shape-shifting struggle, Jack must learn to harness the power of his imagination or risk being eternally bored.<br></div> Read More

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<div><BR>The fifth volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten new mystery comics by <I>OWL Magazine</I> editor... Craig Battle, plus two never-before-published short mystery stories by series creator Liam O?Donnell. As always, storylines are intriguing and relevant, illustrations are detailed and compelling, and dialogue is snappy.<br><BR>Each solve-it-yourself comic stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, budding journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Whispering Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their skills to crack each case before them. Who defaced the town with graffiti? Who sabotaged the school magic show try-outs? And who stole the exam answer key from Mr. Reed?s desk? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and make their own judgments — before the true culprit is revealed.<br><BR>Bonus content unique to this volume includes a yearbook-style introduction to Max and Alison?s classmates: bully Ben “Basher? McGintley, gossip queen Leslie Chang, prankster Kyle Kressman, and a host of others. Plus, tips and tricks from Max and Alison for readers looking to develop their own eagle eyes and other sleuthing skills!</div> Read More

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<DIV>More Brothers Grimm than Disney, <I>My Beastly Book of Twisted Tales</I> is filled with over 150 doodle and scribble activiti...es to give budding young artists hours of fun. Like the other, best-selling titles in the series, <I>My Beastly Book of Twisted Tales</I> aims to push kids? latent illustrative creativity into curious new directions by presenting them with silly scenarios and open-ended instructions. <br><BR>The twisted takes on childhood favorites are delightfully mischievous and endless. Kids will dirty Cinderella?s ball gown, fill Hansel and Gretel?s mouths with rotten teeth after they snack on the witch?s gingerbread house, give a sunbathing Snow White a sunburn, decide what ingredients will go into their own magic potion, and more. After all, not all fairy tales have to end happily-ever-after!<br><BR>The wide variety of activities — from drawing and coloring to cut-outs and more — help kids build confidence in their artistic skills and inspire their minds. Instructions are clear and concise, but still give kids plenty of reason to make use of their active imaginations. Illustrator Bérengère Delaporte?s loose, fantastical style sets up each impish scenario perfectly and encourages kids to respond to each page in a spontaneous and natural way.</div> Read More

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<div>At first a seemingly simple workbook to encourage children (or anyone!) to practice handwriting, <I>Pick Up Your Pen</I> is a...ctually an invitation to envision handwriting as an art form. As less and less time is spent on handwriting in school, this book is a creative ? and appealing ? way to get kids practicing this skill without it feeling like homework.<br><BR>The book features contemporary italic script, rather than traditional cursive, and takes a modern approach to handwriting that will appeal to children who are used to seeing type on a screen. In fact, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, credits his lessons in italic script for the clean fonts showcased by Apple products.<BR><BR>Author Monica Dengo encourages readers to see the rhythm and musicality of a line and to become artists with every stroke of the pen. And the high production values will make them feel like they are "writing" their own book. Each page also offers a lesson in letter forms and proportions and leaves ample room for children to doodle and experiment. It's a book that enables kids to explore a new (or maybe retro) form of self-expression.<br></div> Read More

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