Holiday 2011  ShoppeTALK
San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe 


To our many San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe Friends:

Please enjoy our 2011-2012 Holiday Toy Collection and Book Catalog! We are happy to celebrate our 37th holiday season with you with gratitude for your continued support since 1975. Remember that we still provide complimentary gift wrap and tag with any purchase over $5. Email, telephone, fax and snail mail orders always welcome…shop early as many items are in short supply. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season from your friends at San Marino Toy and Book! We hope to see you soon!


THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS illustrated by Jade Fang. On the first day of Christmas… watch as a partridge roosts in a pear tree, while swans swim and drummers drum. All of this happens right before your eyes on the pages of this whimsical book featuring color illustrations “in motion”!

With the magic of Accord Publishing's AniMotion technology, this beloved English carol springs to life as the pages are turned. The festive procession builds with every verse ending with a huge Christmas celebration in the village square. It’s the perfect holiday gift for all your true loves. Ages 3 up, $17.99
LISTEN TO THE SILENT NIGHT by Dandi Daley Mackall, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. It was not such a silent night when Baby Jesus was born. From the baa, baa, baa of nearby sheep and the flut-flutflutter of angel wings the sounds must have been extraordinary. Reverent and
rhythmic, this book invites you to hear those sounds and imagine that miraculous night while gorgeous paintings set the Nativity scene and capture the splendor of the first Christmas. Ages 3 up, $16.99

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS  by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Charles Santore. Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, the poem “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children for generations with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year and now there is an elegant edition to treasure. The poem is faithfully reproduced and accompanied by Santore’s lavish illustrations. Ages 3 up, $18.95
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Jan Brett. Rollo the mischievous troll is tired of doing his chores at home and decides to run away. Beloved artist storyteller Jan Brett takes Rollo on a rollicking journey across a glorious Scandinavian landscape as the leaves change color and snow falls in early winter. Appealing woodland animals fill the pages and Jan’s signature borders depict the troll family at home missing Rollo. Brett creates a warm loving story for families to share and love and laugh over together in any season of the year but especially at Christmas. Ages 5-8, $17.99

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BOOK AND DVD by Jan Brett. Brett’s New York Times-bestselling edition of Clement C. Moore’s classic Christmas poem is now available with a DVD with music by the Boston Pops Orchestra accompanying Grammy Award-winning actor Jim Dale as he narrates this beloved holiday treat. A fabulous gift for any family on your shopping list! Ages 3 up, $20
CHANUKAH LIGHTS  by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Robert Sabuda. From a pop-up master and an acclaimed poet and author comes a glorious pop-up celebration of the true spirit of Chanukah. Open this beautiful gift book and follow the Festival of the Lights through place and time. Sure to be a treasured family heirloom.
Ages 5 up, $34.99


TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney. As a curious little chipmunk leaves his nest to greet the twilight he gazes at the glittering sky above him. He can’t help but notice the sparkling dewdrops on a spider's web, the lights of the fireflies and the shimmers of moonlight on the water. “How I wonder what you are!” marvels the tiny creature launching a dreamlike quest to reach for the stars. Perfect for easing little ones into dreamland! Ages 3-6, $16.99
TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS  by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big world! You never know what you might find! A butterfly perhaps? This visually stunning counting and natural history picture book is just perfect for reading aloud and comes with a glossary filled with intriguing information about all ten of the caterpillar characters. Ages 2-6, $17.99

MOO by Matthew Van Fleet, photography by Brian Stanton. Oink, cluck, squeak, moo and cock-adoodle-doo! Ingeniously designed flaps and pull tabs accompanied by pettable textures offer a flock of interactive fun in this innovative introduction to the habits and distinctive voices of seven different barnyard residents. Toddlers will delight in identifying and imitating each critter! Ages 2-5, $16.99
PRESS HERE by Herve Tullet. Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages and who knows what will happen next! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple printed page powered solely by imagination! Ages 3-6, $14.99  

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. As the sun sets behind the big construction site all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest so  they'llbe ready for another day of tough construction play! Ages 4-8, $16.99
THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED A BLUE HORSE  by Eric Carle. Every child has an artist inside him or herself and the artist in this book paints the world as he sees it - just like a child.  There'sa red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything else there's imagination! This tribute to the creative life from a beloved illustrator and storyteller celebrates the power of art. Ages 3-5, $17.99

STARS. A star is how you know it’s almost night. As soon as you see one there's another and another. And the dark that comes doesn't feel so dark. What if you could have a star? Acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee offer this tender, evocative and profound exploration of stars both near and far. Ages 4-8, $16.99
A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS: AN ALPHABET OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS  from Woop Studios. An embarrassment of pandas, a galaxy of starfish, a shiver of sharks…all are collective nouns used to describe animal groups. Woop Studios has illustrated these quirky phrases creating a series of extraordinary beautiful art that has been collected here for the first time. Ages 4-8, $17.99

THE WIZARD OF OZ: A SCANIMATION BOOK by Rufus Butler Seder. We’re off to see the Wizard! The magic of Scanimation meets the wonderful Wizard of Oz bringing to life 10 memorable scenes from the movie that has enchanted generations of viewers. Naturally the cover is glittering and ruby red! All ages, $14.95

EXPLORE TITANIC by Peter Chrisp, illustrated by Somchitch Vongraprachanh. Readers of all ages are sure to be enthralled by this dramatic pictorial history of the great ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic and its fateful sinking. Approximately 125 photos and illustrations including 12 astonishing 3D-rendered graphics tell Titanic’s story. This amazing book includes a CD-ROM that walks viewers through the ship’s interior from stem to stern showing hundreds of details. Ages 9 up, $17.99

TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY: CLASSIC STORIES OF THE GODS, GODDESSES, HEROES & MONSTERS by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit. With stunning artwork and lively strong story-telling, this incredible title from National Geographic presents Greek myths in a most accessible manner making it a must-have addition to the family library…a sure hit for all those intrigued with tales of gods and goddesses.
Ages 9+, $24.95
FRIENDS: TRUE STORIES OF EXTRAORDINARY ANIMAL FRIENDSHIPS by Catherine Thimmesh. What makes a camel befriend a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? Featuring true stories of unusual friendships captured by photographers from countries ranging from Siberia to Japan, Friends challenges the reader’s preconceived notions about compatibility in both the animal and the human world.
Ages 4-8, $16.99

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ULTIMATE WEIRD BUT TRUE from National Geographic. Did you know that some sharks weigh as much as 15 gorillas, that it can really rain frogs or that some people can hear their eyeballs moving? Ultimate Weird But True is packed with wacky facts and snack-size stories that prove that truth can be stranger than fiction. Ages 8-12, $19.95

THE LEGO IDEAS BOOK features all-new LEGO building projects, tips to supplement and enhance LEGO creations, inspirational builds, and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders. Inside its pages you will find medieval castles, intergalactic spaceships, dastardly pirate ships, soaring jet planes and much, much more! Ages 7-15, $24.99

LEGO STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA. This illustrated encyclopedia features in-depth profiles showing interesting and never before seen elements of everyone’s favorite LEGO Star Wars minifigures. Includes more than 400 full-color images and a LEGO minifigure. Ages 7-15, $18.99

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: INCREDIBLE VEHICLES. Featuring astonishing detail of the spacecraft, aircraft and landcraft seen in the Cartoon Network series, this collection of 10 cross-sections allows readers to peel away the outer panels to reveal the inner components, the weapons systems, and the construction secrets of this wider world of vehicles. Ages 7 up, $19.99


WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick. Set 50 years apart, two independent stories weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, Caldecott Medalist Selznick once again sails into unchartered territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Ages 9+, $29.99
DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK: AN ORIGAMI YODA BOOK by Tom Angleberger. It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoga-related humiliations, Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet manage to get Dwight suspended from school for being a “troublemaker” and scheme to make that suspension permanent. This is a hilarious, clever and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda!
Ages 9-12, $12.95

LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver. Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice – until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po who helps Liesl feel less alone. This is a magical novel of ghostly wonders and a true friendship that brings light to even the darkest of places. Ages 9-12, $16.99
MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT COMPANION by Trenton Lee Stewart, illustrated by Dian Sudyka. This exclusive companion to the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series is a mind-bending collection that will put YOU to the test! With full-color artwork throughout, this volume features ingenious new puzzles, riddles and brainteasers. Think you have what it takes to join the Mysterious Benedict Society? Open this book and find out! Ages 9-12, $12.99  

MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE by James Patterson. Rafe Khatchadorian has an ace plan for the best year ever. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points Rafe tries to break every rule in the school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum – 5,000 points! But when Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him he’ll have to decide if winning is all that matters. Ages 10+, $15.99
THE APOTHECARY by Maile Meloy, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr. It’s 1952 and 14 year old Janie Scott has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here she meets a mysterious apothecary and his son Benjamin Burrows – a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and who dreams of international espionage. Breathtaking illustrations accompany their adventures hot on the trail of Russian spies! Ages 10+, $16.99

THE CHRONICLES OF HARRIS BURDICK by Chris Van Allsburg – an update on the pictures that have inspired thousands! For more than twenty-five years the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Many have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. This updated collection features an all-star cast of best-selling authors including M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Lois Lowry and many more including Chris Van Allsburg himself. Ages 10+, $24.99
INHERITANCE  by Christopher Paolini. In this much-anticipated astonishing conclusion to the bestselling Inheritance cycle, the fate of an entire civilization rests on the shoulders of Eragon Shadeslayer and his dragon Saphira. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope but can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaesia? And if so at what cost?
Ages 12+, $27.99

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, annotated by Leonard S. Marcus. It has been 50 years since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason. A perfect gift for longstanding fans and lucky new readers, The Phantom Tollbooth is a book to cherish. Ages 8+, $24.00
THE FAMILY STORYBOOK TREASURY from Houghton Mifflin is a collection of beloved picture books and poetry presented in a beautiful keepsake volume with a read-along CD. Each picture book and poem has been selected to create a reading-together experience to enjoy today and for generations to come. Included in this beautiful 292 page volume are Curious George and the Firefighters, Lyle Walks the Dogs, Martha Speaks, Sheep in a Jeep, Tacky the Penguin, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and much more. Ages 3+, $18.99

EVERY THING ON IT by Shel Silverstein. This new poetry book chock full of whimsical, unpublished poems and artwork by the beloved Silverstein, joins the ranks of the New York Times-bestselling poetry collections Where The Sidewalk Ends and A Light In The Attic. The perfect gift for kids of all ages! $16.99
TREASURED CLASSICS by Michael Hague. Acclaimed illustrator Michael Hague brings his hallmark artistry to fourteen classic stories no child should be without. From Jack in the Beanstalk to The Gingerbread Man and Cinderella to The Sleeping Beauty, each story is lush with detail and loaded with magic. A wealth of fable and fantasy to be treasured!
Ages 5+, $19.99

*Don’t miss the latest Christmas tradition!*

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

Recommendations include those by independent booksellers from across the nation.