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Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 11.01.29 PMBEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

Hilarious, suspenseful–a complete delight.

Utterly charming, always entertaining.  The collected works of Esther Averill never fail to delight as we follow Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat with the red scarf on her adventures in Greenwich Village with her feline friends.

“There is a realness about Jenny, as well as a demure charm, that gives these annals of her doings a distinction lacking in many a more pretentious effort.” —The New Yorker

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“I am Eloise/I am six.” So begins the story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Eloise’s personal mandate is “Getting bored is not allowed,” so she fills her days to the brim with wild adventures and self-imposed responsibilities. A much-loved classic.

The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and the Tale of Despereaux shares her summer reading picks for young readers aged 8-13.


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“One of the best Christmas books ever.” — Publishers Weekly

Still hilarious after all 40+ years.  Take your pick between the original 1972 chapter book or the 2011 picture book adaptation.

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 11.33.14 AMWe are on a tear reading Dahl’s book.  We adored this one–packed with adventure, silliness and a hero worth rooting for.

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Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright’s story of two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort.  Truly gorgeous prose.

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 11.54.30 AMA cheerful “bunny rabbit gentleman” with a wonderful knack for setting things right.  Kind, soothing and entertaining tales.

Also had to post the sublime graphic art of the 1961 board game:

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Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 10.02.59 AMA boy, his grandfather, and a handful of oddballs go on a quest in the wilds of Africa to search for the highly intelligent, massively large worms of Kukumlima.  Bizarre, clever, funny, and sweet.  Classic Pinkwater.

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