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This series offers a wonderful mix of well-known and obscure tales from many cultures, each masterfully adapted and illustrated by different cartoonist.

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An inspired and inspiring read about 26 fearless women who have made (or are still making) history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes.  Come for the art, stay for the illumination.

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Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the queasy monkey? And can you spot the scaredy-cat? Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye. Each spread features fun rhyming couplets, beautiful and complexly patterned artwork, and a hidden surprise. A visual playground, gorgeously rendered.

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Did you know that every zebra has its own unique set of stripes?  And that the mother memorizes her baby’s pattern as soon as it’s born?!  Find out this and other amazing facts of many animal’s first day of life.

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This is a fascinating autobiography by the immensely talented artist, Chuck Close.  It’s loaded with information on his life, work and artistic process.  Close, who is wheelchair-bound since a collapsed spinal artery at the age of 48, paints with a brush strapped to his arm.  He discusses the severe dyslexia and face blindness he’s struggled with since childhood.  Throughout the book, his tone is open, warm and optimistic.

Through a Q & A format, he answers queries from real kids like, “What made you start to draw?” and “Why do you only paint faces?”  An interactive feature of the book cuts Close’s self portraits into three pieces that readers can mix and match–resulting in interesting combinations and an easy way to compare his varied techniques side by side.


Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 9.55.19 AMLin has written and drawn an absolutely gorgeous adventure, weaving traditional Chinese folktales into the story of a young heroine on a quest to change her family’s fortune.

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It’s a big day for Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat of Greenwich Village, when her brothers, Checkers and Edward, take her out for her birthday.

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Available for the first time in decades, this collection includes Esther Averill’s five favorite cat club stories.  Sweet, funny, classic.  Jenny is as endearing as they come.

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