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Deborah Underwood is the author of Interstellar Cinderella and many other books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers Here Comes the Easter Cat, The Quiet Book, and The Loud Book. She lives in San Francisco.
This hugely enjoyable picture book put a thoroughly positive modern spin on the Sleeping Beauty story. Beauty here is space princess Lex, a lively young girl whose passion is books and reading. She’s understandably miffed when, on her 15th birthday, her parents take away all her books. They explain that she was cursed as a baby by a grumpy fairy and the next paper cut she gets will be fatal. Not one to sit back and wait for help, Lex sets off to find the fairy and get the curse lifted (using reference books to help). She manages it, discovering some important things about the fairy in the process, and all ends with everyone reading happily ever after. The story is told in energetic rhyme and the space-age setting is lots of fun too. Here’s to more go-get-‘em bookworm princesses!
Kindness is sometimes a cup and a card, or a ladder, a truck, and a tree. A scritch and a cuddle. A rake and a yard. In this heartfelt picture book, kindness is celebrated in all its many forms. It's a powerful story of community, compassion, and generosity of spirit-perfect for sharing!
Every story needs a problem. But Panda doesn't have a problem. Unless . . . . Panda is the problem. The New York Times bestselling author of Here Comes the Easter Cat and The Quiet Book loses control of the narrative in the funniest, most exuberant, most kid-delighting way in this adventurous ode to what makes a story - and what makes a story great.
When Bearnard gets an invitation to be in a book, it's a dream come true! But as he reads up on what starring in a book might actually entail, he wonders if he's not quite the right bear for the part. With the help of his friend Gertie, Bearnard discovers that to shine in his story, he just needs to be himself. With sweet humor, charming characters, and a gentle message of self-confidence, this is the perfect story for book (and bear) lovers.
BANG! CRACKLE! BOO! Just as there are different kinds of quiet, there are also different kinds of loud: Good louds (HOORAY!). And bad louds (CRASH!). And accidental louds that make you the center of attention (BURP!). The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises from morning to night, in a way that is sure to make readers CHEER!
The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: Searching for presents quiet, Gingerbread quiet, and Hoping for a snow day quiet. Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, owls, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.
Quiet can be delicate. Quiet can be thundering! Quiet can be sweet, and cozy, and can most definitely help you fall asleep. This irresistibly charming bedtime classic explores all the different quiets that can fill a child's days from morning until night. Sweet, beautifully rendered bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas propel the story far beyond words.
Cat does NOT like Valentine's Day. It's much too mushy, and no way is he making a valentine for anyone- especially not his new neighbour, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence: he keeps tossing over old bones and a hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat's about to send Dog an angry valentine telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at? Cat is in for a hilarious - and heartwarming - surprise in this story about being perhaps too quick to judge.
BANG! CRACKLE! BOO! Just as there are different kinds of quiet, there are also different kinds of loud: good louds HOORAY! and bad louds CRASH!, and accidental louds that make you the centre of attention BURP!. The Loud Book presents all these kid-friendly noises in a way that is sure to make readers CHEER! Now in a padded board edition just perfect for little hands. Pair this with its equally entertaining but quieter, The Quiet Book.
Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he's not on Santa's nice list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but Cat and tree-decorating don't exactly mix, and children, it seems, aren't wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, this holiday, Cat might surprise even himself with his generosity and leave the Grinchiest of readers laughing. Best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself-and receive a holiday surprise of his own. There's a new lovable, laughable, irascible cat joining the Christmas crew, and he's bringing gifts!
The Quiet Book is now available in a cozy padded board book edition! In this irresistibly charming picture book, many different quiet moments are captured, from the anticipation - heavy Top of the roller coaster quiet to the shocked-into-silence First look at your new hairstyle quiet. The impossibly sweet bears, rabbits, fish, birds, and iguanas are all rendered in soft pencils and coloured digitally, and, as in all of the best picture books, the illustrations propel the story far beyond the words. Soft covers, rounded comers, and sturdy board book pages make this new classic the perfect bedtime companion.