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2012-2013 HOLIDAY TOY COLLECTION AND BOOK CATALOG ISSUE!

Dear Friends of San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe,

Please enjoy our 2012-2013 Holiday Toy Collection and Book Catalog! We are happy to celebrate our 38th holiday season with you and thank you for your continued support since 1975. Our gift wrap policy is the same as it was in 1975…complimentary gift wrap with tag for 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 Shoppe. We hope to see you soon!


   
HOLIDAY BOOKS

Ho! Ho! Ho! America’s favorite dinosaurs can’t wait to celebrate Christmas in How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague. From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere. But when the stockings are hung on the chimney, and the cookies are left out for Santa, how can little dinosaurs go to sleep? It’s so exciting! How can they possibly calm down and behave? Children will laugh out loud as dinosaurs secretly lick candy canes, take sneaky peeks at gifts, and disrupt the traditional family feast. How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas? The same way they say Happy Chanukah: With an abundance of love, joy, memory, and gratitude. Ages 3 up; $16.99 



The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas
is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents
quiet,” “Getting caught quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow
day quiet.” In The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah
Underwood and Renata Liwska irresistibly cute, soft colored
pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed. Little kids will not only relate to the anticipation of the big night but also to the little pleasures like making snow angels and enjoying a cup of steaming cocoa. Ages 4 up, $12.99
In this hilarious follow-up to the New York Times bestselling picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog, Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond illustrated by Diane deGroat delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all. Even though Charlie may not have put a kitty on his Christmas list, he learns that if you keep an open heart, new friends can come in unexpected packages. Ages 4 up; $17.99


The Nutcracker is a magical tale beloved by generations of children. Now, Accord’s version by Patrick Regan illustrated by Natasha Kuricheva brings a little magic of its own to this classic Christmas story. Packed with lift-the-flap AniMotion windows, The Nutcracker is a lavishly illustrated adventure with a simple story line that loosely follows Tchaikovsky’ s beloved ballet. Watch all of the familiar characters, from enchanted toys to epic battles and twirling ballerinas, come to life on the page with the magic of publisher Accord’s AniMotion technology. There’s enough excitement here to make everyone’s Christmas wishes come true. Ages 4 up; $19.99  
Join the best-selling team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague in celebrating Chanukah with How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? From the warm glow of holiday candles in the menorah to the fun of family gatherings, little dinosaurs love to celebrate the Festival of Lights. But sometimes the excitement of Chanukah, its treasured rituals, and the tradition of gifts can tempt a youngster to misbehave. . . .Come along on a joyful romp filled with tumbling dreidels and melting gelt as America’s favorite prehistoric pals spread a little mischief this season. Ages 3 up; $16.99


Holiday time at Sadie’s house means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas tree, candy canes hanging on eight menorah branches, voices uniting to sing carols about Macabees and the manger, and latkes on the mantel awaiting Santa’s arrival. Selina Alko’s Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama is a joyous celebration of blended families and will make the perfect holiday gift for the many Americans who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
Ages 4 up, $16.99


NEW PICTURE BOOK ADVENTURES
My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives is the tenth children’s book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell and celebrates the extraordinary, everyday bravery of trying new things for the very first time. Whether Frankie’s learning to ride a bike, love her first dog, make new friends (her very first twins), or help out her dad, she discovers that trying new things is how she grows—and that being brave enough to do so is what growing up is all about. Ages 4 up; $16.99


Two adorably floppy dogs confront unexpected change in Boot & Shoe - an endearing picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. Boot and Shoe were born into the same litter, and now they live in the same house. They eat out of the same bowl and sleep in the same bed. But they spend their days apart—Boot on the back porch because he’s a back porch kind of dog, and Shoe on the front porch because he’s a front porch kind of dog. This is exactly perfect for them. But then a crazy neighborhood squirrel arrives . . . and everything goes topsy-turvy! Ages 4 up; $16.99
The tree kangaroo at the zoo would like nothing more than a baby of her own. So, when a new egg arrives via the endangered species van, the ‘roo jumps at the chance to take care of it, even when no one else wants it. Soon, out comes a penguin and all the animals chip in to help because, as the tree kangaroo says, “Penguins eat fishes.” Told in Judy Sierra’s classic rollicking rhyme, and paired with Marc Brown’s breathtaking folk-art style paintings, Wild About You! is a heartfelt and accessible story about adoption and an appealing reminder that it takes a whole community to raise a baby, be it furry or fuzzy, scaly or human. Ages 4 up; $17.99


From Caldecott Medalist Stephen Gammell and beloved writer Tony Johnston, Laugh-Out-Loud Baby is a joyous picture book celebrating the sound of a baby’s laughter. The family gathers round to hear the sweet sound of the new baby’s sweet laugh! But just because everyone has gathered doesn’t mean the baby’s ready. When the moment finally comes, the sound makes everyone else laugh too—aunts, uncles, cousins, and even great-grandma. It seems no one can resist the sound of baby’s laugh. And who would want to? With simple, endearing text and Stephen Gammell’s unmistakable art, this tribute to the joy of a young child’s laughter will quickly become a family favorite. Ages 4 up; $16.99
In Olivia and the Fairy Princess starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them! Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won’t find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!
Ages 3 up, $17.99


Sam McBratney author of the best-selling classic Guess How Much I Love You continues his storytelling in the new The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare. In these four stories, Little Nutbrown Hare discoveries some exciting places. He climbs the Hiding Tree, escapes from the mists on Cloudy Mountain, and ventures to the Far Field on his own. And he finds that coming home is best of all because Big Nutbrown Hare is there. Anita Jeram’s exquisite watercolors highlight McBratney’s latest classic. Ages 3 up; $16.99
Everyone will enjoy Rosemary Wells new Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt. Oh no! A thunderstorm has ruined the picnic that Max and Ruby and their friends, Louise and Lily, have planned. Now the four friends have nothing to do. But Grandma saves the day with an ingenious treasure hunt. The clues are Mother Goose rhymes and jump-rope rhymes, and a missing word in each one leads the bunnies to the next clue, until they reach the prize, a treasure chest of gold-foil-wrapped chocolate coins. This interactive picture book with lift-the-flap clues will keep fans of the bunny siblings entertained for many readings. Ages 3 up; $17.99


Rocket and his little teacher, the little yellow bird, are back in Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills. Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of s story. Encouraged by the litle yellow bird to look closely at the world around him forinspiration. Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an ides for a story. This book is sure to appeal to kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. Ages 4 up; $17.99
Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Valeria Docampo tells us not all princesses are made of sugar and spice--some are made of funnier, fiercer stuff. Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants-that’s her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . . . until she sees their glorious thorns! Now she must have rose seeds of her own. But when huge, honking noses grow instead, what is a princess with a taste for danger to do? For readers seeking a princess with pluck comes an independent heroine who tackles obstacles with a bouquet of sniffling noses. At once lovely and delightfully absurd, here’s a story to show how elastic ideas of beauty and princesses can be. Ages 5 up; $16.99


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not! This new take on a fairy-tale classic is so funny and so original it could only come from the brilliant mind of author Mo Willems. Ages 4 up; $17.99
Express yourself with Peter Reynolds'
Creatrilogy Boxed Set (Dot, Ish, and Sky Color)!

The three best-selling, award-winning picture books in the Creatrilogy by Peter H. Reynolds celebrating the power of original thinking are now available in a beautiful boxed set just in time for the holidays! The enchanting invitation to self-expression trio includes The Dot -A friendly call to bravery… Don’t worry, just make a mark — and see where it takes you. Ish - An invitation to keep it loose… Thinking ish-ly is far more wonderful than getting it “right.” Sky Color – A playful reminder to open your eyes and think more creatively…Allow yourself the freedom to truly see.
Ages 5 up, $40


 
NEW ADVENTURES FOR EARLY READERS


The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
by Patricia MacLachlan

Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm. Although times are hard, they’re happy”the best family of all,” Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a car is stranded on the road near their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the lives of the Alden children. Newbery-Award winning author Patricia MacLachlan pays loving tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children’s origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar adventures. Ages 7 up, $16.99
Winter According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

A hamsterific celebration of the best time of the year. Room 26 is abuzz. The students are making costumes and practicing their special songs for the Winter Wonderland program and Humphrey is fascinated by all the ways his classmates celebrate the holidays (especially the yummy food). He also has problems to solve like how to get Do-It-Now-Daniel to stop procrastinating, convince Helpful-Holly to stop stressing over presents, and come up with the perfect gift for Og the frog. Of course he manages to do all that while adding delightful heart and humor to the holiday season. Ages 7 up, $14.99


Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams
by Laura Joy Rennert and Melanie Florian

She’s sporty, funny, and brave -- meet the one-ofa-kind Princess Emma! Emma is not your typical princess. She dislikes pink, would rather play soccer than go dancing, and secretly dreams of being a dragon rider. And so, when she hears the news that dragons in the kingdom are becoming ill, does Emma quietly wait around for her fairy godmother to save the day? Of course not! She makes a plan to solve the dragon mystery herself. With a helping hand from her best friend, Rapunzel, and a surprising new pal, Emma might actually manage to save her favorite mythic creatures...and possibly even the whole kingdom. Ages 6 up, $16.99
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
by Dav Pilkey

In this ninth epic novel, Dav Pilkey takes readers back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the worst thing George and Harold had to face was NOT evil mad scientists or alien cafeteria ladies but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp, the nephew of their clueless school principal. And because George and Harold don’t actually invent Captain Underpants until fourth grade, the two clever kindergartners are on their own -- using their brains to beat the bully. Hold on to your UNDERPANTS -- the Captain is back! Ages 7 up, $9.99


Dragonbreath #7: When Fairies Go Bad by Ursula Vernon

NOT your little sister’s glittery fairy story! Everyone knows rule #1 in the dragon world: Never, ever mess with a dragon’s mama. So when Danny Dragonbreath’s mom gets kidnapped by fairies, Danny, his best friend Wendell, and know-it-all Christiana hop the first bus to the Faerie realm to show those fairies who’s boss. But these are not the sparkly Tinkerbell kind of fairies. These guys play dirty, and escaping fairyland with Danny’s mom is no easy task, even for a sort-of-fire-breathing dragon. The seventh book in this laugh-until-smoke-comes-out-ofyour-nose series is perfect for Wimpy Kid and Dork Diary fans everywhere. Ages 8 up, $12.99
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #4:
The Dragon Prophecy by Geronimo Stilton

I, Geronimo Stilton, was astonished to find myself in the Kingdom of Fantasy for the fourth time. Sterling, the Princess of the Silver Dragons, needed my help! The last existing dragon egg had been stolen from Sterling. If that egg was destroyed, dragons would become extinct forever! I couldn’t let that happen. So my friends and I set out across enchanted lands to find the egg and restore peace to the Kingdom of Fantasy. It was a truly amazing adventure! Ages 7 up, $14.99



  NONFICTION

Optical Illusions from DK Publishing

With the dynamic interactive Optical Illusions, each time readers turn the page, lift the flaps, or pull the tabs, they’ll be confronted with an even more amazing optical illusion! This guide to the world of eye-tricks is fun for the entire family — providing new and gasp-inducing moments on each page. Along with the illusions, which include a spinning thaumatrope, a stereoscope, and an entrancing 3D sculpture that “follows” you around the room, readers will welcome learning the latest theories about why illusions fool us.
Ages 7 up, $19.99

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia:
2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More!

Hey, why is that funny-looking monkey on TV hanging upside down? Is that fuzzy, chubby guy in the back yard a woodchuck or a groundhog? Now you can find answers to these and hundreds more questions and curiosities right at your fingertips! Featuring 2,500 species and packed with stunning color photographs, amazing animal facts, maps, and more, the new National Geographic Kids Animal Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive on the market today, amazing and entertaining readers, while providing them with 304 pages of authoritative information about the animal kingdom. Ages 8 up, $24.95


5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) by National Geographic

Kids Lively and information-packed, this book is literally busting its covers with fascinating, fun-tastic facts on super, sensational topics that kids love. Who knew that there were so many sweet things to learn about chocolate or that a dozen delicious details about peanut butter would show up on a page with a few splotches of jelly to whet our appetites? Keep turning and a terrifyingly toothy shark tells you all about himself, while other spreads lay out tons of tips on toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies, wacky words, and so much more! A visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.
Ages 8 up, $19.95

Legendary Journeys: Space
by Mike Goldsmith


Starting with man’s first experiments 700 years ago, and progressing through the most up-to-date developments in space technology and exploration, Legendary Journeys: Space is the ultimate interactive guide to the quest to explore beyond our planet. From the basics on our solar system, to Moon exploration, satellite communications, living in space, the Space Station, the Space Shuttle, Mars exploration, and contemporary experiments like space tourism—the entire history of space travel magically unfolds in the pages of this book. Ten two-stage sliders with die-cuts and flaps make dramatic features that pull out to reveal amazing details of the world’s iconic spacecraft and their inner workings. Ages 8 up, $19.95


LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing

Contains an EXCLUSIVE minifigure for you to put together! Sensei Wu’s ninjas may work together, but they are actually all very different and unique. Little ninjas everywhere can now learn everything there is to know about their favorite Masters of Spinjitzu in DK’s LEGO® Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia. Each beautifully illustrated spread features tons of fun facts on the different characters, variants of each minifigure, and the various vehicles, weapons, and locations that make up the LEGO Ninjago world. Additional pages will be included featuring special events from the new animated series on Cartoon Network, making this book the perfect addition to every LEGO lover’s collection! Ages 6 up, $18.99
The LEGO Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

Beautiful pages reveal, explore, and celebrate the fascinating story of LEGO® bricks and the history behind them in this newly updated edition of The LEGO® Book. Along with 56 new pages, a timeline highlights key moments in LEGO history, and special features spotlight numerous groundbreaking and momentous achievements. Includes new and updated information about LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, and much more. Explore all the main LEGO toy systems, the LEGOLAND® theme parks with their amazing animated models, and the LEGO Group’s spectacular diversification into films, video games, and the visual arts. Incorporating clear instruction panels on how to create great models from just a few simple bricks, The LEGO® Book is truly a treasure perfect for any LEGO fan!
Ages 8 up, $24.99


Guinness World Records 2013 by Guinness World Records

Discover the answers to the world’s most intriguing questions… Who’s smaller -the new shortest man or the heaviest baby? What weighs more -the largest donkey or the heaves hot dog? What’s the biggest killer - the largest shark or the most dangerous road? Who’d win in a race - the world’s fastest man or the new fastest sheep? Plus, new for 2013: Download the FREE Augmented Reality app to see records come to life in amazing 3D. Guinness World Records 2013… it’s OFFICIALLY AMAZING!
Ages 8-adult, $28.95
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away....Star Wars® Origami by Chris Alexander

Kids love origami—and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2? And not just any paper, but custom-designed paper illustrated with art from the movies. marries the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars. Like The Joy of Origami and Origami on the Go, this book puts an original spin on an ancient art.
Ages 7 up, $16.95



  MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS

The Fire Chronicle (Books of Beginning) by John Stephens

After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is. Exciting, suspenseful, and brimming with humor and heart, the next installment of the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy will lead Kate, Michael, and Emma closer to their family—and to the magic that could save, or destroy, them all.
Ages 8 up, $17.99
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal book When You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer’s first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend? Like the dazzling When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy will keep readers guessing until the end. Ages 9 up, $15.99


Island of Silence (Unwanteds) by Lisa McMann

In Artime, Alex Stowe and his friends continue to hone their artistic magical spells while welcoming newcomers, wondering how long this peace between Quill and Artime will last. Alex is stunned when Mr. Today comes to him with a very special request—one Alex questions his readiness for, until circumstances offer a dramatic answer. And back in Quill, Aaron Stowe, Alex’s twin, faces a very different path. Devastated by his loss of status after Justine’s defeat and seething with rage toward Alex, Aaron is stealthily planning his revenge and return to power. Alex and Aaron’s separate stories proceed with suspenseful pacing, colliding in a stunning climax that elevates sibling rivalry to epic proportions and leaves the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance. Ages 8 up, $16.99
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a New York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Ages 8 up, $15.99


The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)
by Jeff Kinney

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation. Ages 8 up, $13.99 – available November 13…order now.
“Who Could That Be at This Hour?” (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket and Seth

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume. Ages 8 up, $15.99


Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss.

When Mira receives a cryptic postcard from her missing mother, she sets off with her father and brother to find her in Paris. Only Mira doesn’t know she’s looking in the wrong century. With an innocent touch to a gargoyle sculpture on the roof of Notre Dame, Mira is whisked into the past. There she learns her mother isn’t just avoiding the family, she’s in serious trouble. Following her mother’s clues, Mira travels through time to help change history and bring her mother home.  Ages 9 up, $12.99


  TEEN NOVELS
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . . Ages 11 up, $19.99


Son by Lois Lowry

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
Ages 12 up, $17.99
Every Day by David Levithan

A wakes up every day in a different person’s body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. Ages 12 up, $16.99


Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh

Fate: Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born? Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands? Jepp of Astraveld needs to know. He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp’s heart to see his friend Lia suffer. Ages 12 up, $16.99  
The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam)
by Jasper Fforde


In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic. Ages 12 up, $16.99



  OUR FAVORITE GIFTS FOR ALL AGES


Safari: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufmann

Once before Workman Publishing introduced a brand-new idea with a challenge: You won’t believe your eyes. The book was Gallop!, the technology was Scanimation®, and the result was a bestseller. Now they’re back with another dazzling idea, and this time for the whole family: The book is Safari, it uses never-before-seen Photicular technology, and the result is breathtaking.

Safari is a magical journey. Readers, as if on safari, encounter eight wild animals that come alive. Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. It’s mesmerizing, as visually immediate as a National Geographic or Animal Planet special. Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It’s the romance of being on safari—and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion— in a book unlike any other. All ages, $24.95

Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart and Lucasfilm

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular popup book for George Lucas’s epic STAR WARS movies! The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling pop-up artist and engineer has created a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working lightsabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. This new look at STARS WARS explores the characters, stories, vehicles, droids, and more in the three prequel movies and the Clone Wars. It’s a stunning book that will impress all fans of STAR WARS and gives a whole new perspective to the universe. This is the most amazing pop-up we’ve ever seen…with over 25 amazing pops and a working lightsaber that changes colors this will be one of the most talked about gifts this season!

(Not for very young hands as it is a work of paper art to be handled with care.) $36.99




  San Marino: A Centennial History


Just in time for the city’s 2013 centennial, San Marino Historical Society proudly presents

San Marino: A Centennial History

Many years in the making, author Elizabeth Pomeroy has done a magnificent job of tracing San Marino’s history from the days of the San Gabriel Mission lands into the twenty-first century. Filled with photos and maps, this 204 page history is the perfect family gift for current and former residents as well as anyone who seeks to understand this slice of Southern California. All ages, $55

Recommendations include those by independent booksellers from across the nation.