Holiday 2010  ShoppeTALK
San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe 

We hope you enjoy our 2010-2011 Holiday Toy Collection and Book Catalog! This year we are happy to celebrate our 35th holiday season with our many friends and we thank you for your support over the years. Please remember that we provide complimentary gift wrap and tag with any purchase over $5. Email, telephone, fax and snail mail orders are always welcome. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season from your friends at San Marino Toy and Book
Shoppe! We hope to see you soon.


A BEDTIME FOR BEAR brings Bear and Mouse together again and first time readers of Bonny Becker’s delightful duo are in for a treat. When Mouse comes to spend the night Bear isn’t sure he will like having his bedtime routine disturbed by an overnight guest. Bear reminds Mouse of his need for quiet but carefree Mouse continues to disturb him with teeth brushing, humming and resounding good nights. However, when Bear hears a noise in the night he’s glad his friend Mouse is there. Don’t miss this heartwarming story of friendship and new experiences sure to become a bedtime favorite.
Ages 4-8, $16.99
Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents all the way to Holland but does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans? An emotional tour de force, KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE: AN UNEXPECTED DIVERSION concludes one the most beloved picture book series in recent memory, with pitch perfect text and art, photos from around the world, and a stunning foldout spread culminating in a hilarious and moving surprise that no child or adult will be able to resist. Best selling, award winning author Mo Willems has created an epic love story as only he can, filled with the joys and sadness of growing up and the unconditional love that binds a father, mother, daughter and a stuffed bunny.
Ages 3-7, $17.99

MY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA: JUST HOW BIG CAN A LITTLE GIRL DREAM? by Jennifer Fosberry introduces us to a young girl who imagines being different women in history but at the end of the day decides that she is actually herself because she possesses the best parts of all the women she looks up to. Ages 4-8, $16.99
THE POUT-POUT FISH IN THE BIG-BIG DARK begins when Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam, but his search for her pearl has put him in a jam. Though he’s fast
as a sailfish and strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret…he’s scared of the dark! Swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. With hidden but familiar friends looking out for him Mr. Fish just might discover the power of friendship to light the way through the big-big dark. Ages 4-8, $16.99

DOG LOVES BOOKS so much that he opens his very own bookstore.
At first he’s short of customers. But that’s all right because when Dog is surrounded by books he is never short of friends or fun. When customers begin arriving he knows just which books to recommend. Author Louise Yates’s irresistible little white dog shows you why he loves books!
Ages 4-8, $16.99

Don't miss HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ from the creator of the Duck and Goose books Tad Hills. Meet Rocket, a new student and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Watch as Rocket practices singing out the sounds of each letter of the alphabet, discovers the delicious excitement of listening to stories, and finally, best of all…learns to read! Ages 4-8, $17.99

Three favorite Click Clack Tales from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin featuring Cow, Duck and Farmer Brown are corralled into this one fabulous storybook collection titled A BARNYARD COLLECTION: CLICK, CLACK, MOO AND MORE. This volume includes 128 pages of favorites such as Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and Dooby Dooby Moo.  Ages 3 up, $19.99
From the incomparable Rosemary Wells and just in time for holiday gift giving is MAX AND RUBY'S BEDTIME BOOK. “Bedtime,” says Grandma but bunnies Max and Ruby beg for a story, and then
one more and one more. Grandma tells them their favorite stories about the things they did when they were younger bunnies. There’s the time Ruby and her friend had a restaurant called Café Ruby-Lou. And remember when Max saved his friend Lily’s doll? And the time Max and Lily attended school in Max’s Ride-a-Plane? A large format volume that bursts with exuberant pictures makes the perfect stage for the bunnies hilarious antics… their many fans will
also beg for just one more story about the beloved bunnies.
Ages 3-7, $17.99

With 128 pages featuring twelve favorite stories meant for reading aloud and more than one hundred glorious illustrations, MARY ENGELBREIT'S FAIRY TALES: TWELVE TIMELESS TREASURES is destined to become a family favorite! Every turn of the page brings fresh delight as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid, and others come to life as only Mary Engelbreit could have imagined them. Images of Rapunzel alone in her tower, Cinderella’s pumpkin becoming a golden carriage, and Thumbelina’s search for a home are unforgettable. Glorious full-color illustrations, warm humor, and all of the charm found in Mary Engelbreit’s Fairy Tales make it a treasure with immediate appeal and long-lasting value. You’ll want to share it with those you love. Ages 4 up, $19.99

Author Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas in her latest title CHRISTMAS WITH THE MOUSEKINS! You can celebrate along with the Mousekins -- this book includes recipes for cookies, instructions    for paper and felt crafts, and stories  and poems to share. Open the pages and step into the warmth of family, the spirit of sharing, and a season full of love. Ages 5-8, $15.99 

Anna Dewdney’s LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA gently captures the impatience of a youngster waiting for Christmas. If there’s one thing Llama Llama doesn’t like, it’s waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can’t wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that “Gifts are nice, but there’s another: The true gift is, we have each other.” Ages 4-8, $16.99
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAVID! joins the David series in the form of new temptations for David Shannon’s lovable wild child David! Readers of all ages will vividly remember bygone days trying to peek at hidden gift packages, writing scrolls of wish lists to Santa, and struggling to behave at formal Christmas dinner parties. Always in the background we know Santa is watching trying to decide if sometimes naughty David deserves a shiny new fire truck or a lump of coal under the tree. This surefire hit is destined to become an annual classic. Ages 3 up, $16.99

DEWEY'S CHRISTMAS AT THE LIBRARY by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter finds the holiday season in full swing -- the lights are twinkling, the wreaths are hung, and Christmas bells are ringing. Inside the library, our favorite cat Dewey longs to be part of the holiday fun and after a series of silly misadventures, Dewey finds a way to add his own special touch to his beloved Christmas tree -- the results are Dew-rific! A
joyful follow-up to the best selling DEWEY: THERE'S A CAT IN THE LIBRARY inspired by the beloved true story.
Ages 4-8, $16.99
Just reprinted, RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST CHRISTMAS BOOK EVER! is back in time to share with a whole new generation of Scarry readers. Christmas is coming and where better to celebrate
than in Busytown? Firefighters are stringing lights, stores are crowded, and everyone is in a merry mood. Richard Scarry captures
holiday cheer in a series of delightful and brightly illustrated stories featuring his most popular characters, including Huckle Cat and lovable Lowly Worm. Each small tale sparkles with joy and kindness. There are also songs, games, a list of Christmas words, and instructions for making a great gift for Grandma! Ages 4-8, $12.95


LEGO STAR WARS BRICKMASTER makes 8 exclusive LEGO models. Create your own adventures with this amazing set containing bricks, minifigures, and an instruction book. Books and building bricks come together like never before! With this kit kids can create incredible spacecraft from the world of Star Wars or build their own unique warp-speed ships. Dynamic full-color photos combine with clearly labeled instructions, trivia, and a compelling story to make the Brickmaster kits perfect for all LEGO fans!  Ages 7 up, $29.99
(Pirates and Castle Brickmaster themes for 5+ also available!)
STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON: A 3-D OWNER'S GUIDE – Take the fastest ship in the galaxy for a spin! The 3-D Owner’s Guide provides a pilot’s view of the Millennium Falcon, from her armaments and defense to her life support and propulsion. Each page details the technology of a different system with a meticulously illustrated cutout.
Ages 8-12, $21.99  


Hot off the press is Ingrid Law’s SCUMBLE the companion to her Newbery Honor Winners SAVVY. Ledger Kale always dreamed of the awesome magical power he’d get when he turned thirteen – the day when folks in his family inherit an extraordinary talent called a savvy. But Ledge’s dreams are soon in pieces. And so are the toaster, the television, and the wipers on the family minivan. Starting nine years after his cousin Mib’s SAVVY journey, Ledge’s story brings characters both fresh and familiar to the legendary Wild West for another rollicking, riveting, fantastical adventure.
Ages 9-12, $16.99
It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School in Rob Buyea’s BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT. There’s Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.
Ages 9-12, $16.99

ON THE BLUE COMET by Rosemary Wells treats the reader to an engaging story of the magic of trains and time travel. Oscar Ogilvie, 11, is living with his dad in Cairo, Illinois when world events change his life forever. The great stock market crash has rippled across the country and the bank takes over their home along with all their cherished model trains. Oscar’s dad is forced to head west in search of work and Oscar must move in with his no-nonsense Aunt Carmen. Only a mysterious drifter who stops by each day for food after school helps alleviate Oscar’s loneliness until Oscar witnesses a crime so stunning that it catapults him into a miraculous time-hopping train journey. Filled with suspense and peppered with witty encounters with Hollywood stars and other bigwigs of history, this captivating novel resonates with imagination, humor, and the magic of a timeless adventure story.
Ages 10 up, $16.99

Embark on an astonishing adventure in Matthew Kirby’s THE CLOCKWORK THREE. Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician who sees no way to escape from
his ruthless master until the day he finds an enchanted green violin. Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker with a past he cannot remember who secretly works to build the most magnificent clockwork man the world has ever seen. Hannah is a maid in a grand hotel whose life is one of endless drudgery until she discovers a
mystifying new guest and learns of hidden treasure. As mysterious circumstances bring them together the lives of these three children interlock and they realize
that each holds the key to the others’ puzzles. Kirby’s stunning novel brings this remarkable story to life with a dose of fantasy, a hint of magic, and a sense of
wonder that will stay with the reader long after the last line is read.
Ages 10 up, $17.99

Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around. In Brian Falkner’s BRAIN JACK, technology has leapt forward once again, and neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset and it’s the Internet at the speed of thought. For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he becomes familiar with the new technology, he has a terrifying realization. If anything on his computer is vulnerable to a hack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? Could consciousness itself be hijacked? Before he realizes what’s happened, Sam’s incursion against the world’s largest telecommunications company leads him to the heart of the nation’s cyber defense network and brings him face to face with a terrifying and unforeseen threat. Brian Falkner, author of THE TOMORROW CODE, has created an action-packed and thought-provoking science fiction adventure in which a brilliant young computer hacker fights to prevent the human race from being deleted. Ages 10 up, $17.99

Have you ever wondered how fish breathe underwater, how caterpillars transform into butterflies, why stags grow huge, cumbersome antlers every year, or how snakes slither? HOW ANIMALS WORK: WHY AND HOW ANIMALS DO THE THINGS THEY DO from DK compares and contrasts the wonders of the animal world, exploring the anatomy and behavior of animals in an irresistibly engaging way. Astonishing action photography reveals wild animals interacting in their native habitats. Animal lovers young and old will be delighted, inspired, and informed by this lavish visual celebration of the natural world.
Ages 8-adult, $24.99  

Brush up on your know-how by doing, making, and exploring just about everything! Activities come in all shapes and sizes, and this book shows you
an incredible variety of them, from panning for gold to doing the Moonwalk. Ever wanted to fold origami, tie-dye a T-shirt, or slam-dunk a basketball like a pro? Interested in creating a homemade bird feeder or a flashlight that runs on candy? THIS BOOK MADE ME DO IT written by John Woodward shows you how to do all of this and more! Perfect for budding artists, scientists, sports stars, and chefs, these step-by-step projects
will provide hours of educational fun, whether you’re looking for a long-term hobby, scout activity, or just a way to spend a day.
Ages 9 up, $19.99
LOOK NOW presents a spellbinding picture of our world and its people conveyed through info-graphics. The five exciting chapters include-Earth, People, Power, Industry, and Connections which examine the physical world and different spheres of human activity. Facts, figures, graphics, illustrations, and photographs are in a way that tells the interconnected stories of the modern world. Which nations are the happiest and why? Why do populations rise and fall? How much cash is there in the world? What do families around the world eat? What are the chances of being killed by a coconut? If you’ve got a question this book has an answer.
Ages 9 up, $24.99

There is an incredible diversity of life on Earth, from microscopic, single-celled organisms to giant redwoods and blue whales. With more than 1,000 breathtaking photographs and illustrations, THE KINGFISHER NATURE ENCYCLOPEDIA by David Burnie is an authoritative, beautifully illustrated guide to the living world and its flora and fauna. This stunning introduction to the planet, its inhabitants
and wildlife habitats, explores every major plant and animal group and includes a glossary and general index. With over 300 pages to illuminate
and inform, this is a book to treasure. Ages 9-adult, $27.99
Author/photographer Theodore Gray and photographer Nick Mann present an eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table with THE ELEMENTS: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF EVERY KNOWN ATOM IN THE UNIVERSE. The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? THE ELEMENTS provides this rare opportunity. Based on five years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation
available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183°C, oxygen turns from
a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid.
Ages 11-adult, $29.95

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011 continues to build on the intriguing, informative, inspiring and instructional records and superlatives that have made Guinness World Records one of the most famous brands and an annual best-seller around the world.

What’s New in GWR 2011...
More US specific content including spreads dedicated to “American Heroes” “North American Wildlife”, “Route 66” and extended US sports pages!

New unique design - new decade, new look. A fun, poster-style design reminiscent of the circus, the old Wild West and letter pressed WANTED ads!  

Records GPS - starting at Greenwich, London - the home of time - we go around the world city by city revealing fascinating records set along the way.
Glossary - improve your vocabulary by learning the meaning of new and unusual words.   Ages 9 up, $28.95

*Don’t miss the latest Christmas tradition!*
The Elf on the Shelf
Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who’s been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. Touted as “The best thing since The Night Before Christmas…”this gift set includes a North Pole pixie-elf, hardbound children’s book and keepsake box. Children can register their elf online and receive a special response from Santa. We have a limited number of this gift set, so please shop early.  $31.99

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