Holiday 2014  ShoppeTALK
San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe 

2014-2015 HOLIDAY TOY COLLECTION
AND BOOK CATALOG ISSUE


WE'VE MOVED!

Dear Friends of San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe,

Last February San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe moved four doors east to 2476 Huntington Drive. You can find us by the name on the building and the green awning…we LOVE our new home and know you will too. We continue the process of going green and hope you will help with our mission. The Shoppe goal is to send all announcements, sale notices and Catalogs by e-mail. Visit the website at www.toysandbooks.com to let us know your e-mail address and preference for e-mail or USPS mail. The new 2014-2015 Toy Collection is available online by going to our homepage and clicking on Toy Collection Catalog at top of page.

We hope you enjoy our 2014-2015 Holiday Toy Collection and Book Catalog. Please shop early as many items are in short supply…the best time to start (or finish) your holiday shopping is NOW! As we begin our 40th year in San Marino we want thank all of our customers for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon! Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous holiday season from all of us at San Marino Toy and Book.
   


HOLIDAY BOOKS

Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat but now Christmas is coming and Cat has a hunch he’s not on Santa’s “nice” list. Yes, Cat is back in Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood with Claudia Rueda’s illustrations. This time he wants to take over Santa’s job. Why? Cat was worried after he ran his own naughty vs. nice numbers and realized that there was a substantial “nice” deficit in his year-end ledger. This added up to one horrifying possibility: no presents for Cat! So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren’t wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself and receive a holiday surprise of his own. Fans of Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat, and Bad Kitty will delight in this holiday treat.
Ages 3-6, $16.99


Jan Pienkowski’s The First Christmas tells the story of the Nativity with stunning illustrations: black silhouettes and decorative silver ink against brilliant jewel-like colors. The text is selected from the King James Version of the Bible (the Gospels of Luke and Matthew), and the scenes depicted by Pienkowski span various settings, time periods, and moods, making this an imaginative and nuanced interpretation. The First Christmas is a beautiful work of art, a reverent telling of the Nativity story, and a Christmas classic for families to cherish. Originally published in 1984 and now available in a new gift edition. All ages, $15.99



Celebrate Christmas with this beautiful 20th anniversary edition of THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET pop-up alphabet book by award winning author Robert Sabuda. Who can resist opening a door or lifting a flap just to see what’s inside? No one. And that’s why this seasonal, alphabetical pop-up book has become such a Christmas favorite. Beneath each lettered flap is an intricate three-dimensional paper cutout of a holiday-related object that starts with the same letter (A for angel, B for bell, C for candle.) The cutouts emerging from colorful squares are all made of crisp white paper creating an origami elegance. To celebrate the 20th milestone Sabuda has included a collectable gold snowflake ornament which compliments the new gold foiled book cover. Ages 3 (with gentle hands) and up, $29.95
 Beloved children’s author/illustrator Jan Brett celebrates the holiday season with her latest treasure The Animals’ Santa. When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow that the animals’ Santa is coming with presents for everyone, Little Snow wants to know who he is. The animals say they have never seen him. Maybe he’s a badger, a moose, a polar bear, or a wolf, they tell him. But this spunky little rabbit thins they are just fooling him. On Christmas Eve Big Snowshoe figures out a way for them to see Santa. Their first glimpse is unforgettable and never again will Little Snow doubt that there is an animals’ Santa. Young children will pore over magical illustrations of Little Snow and all the forest animals celebrating Christmas in the snowy far north under a brilliant night sky. A must have for Brett lovers everywhere! Ages 3-adult, $17.99


Don’t miss 5 Minute Christmas Stories, a beautifully bound 292 page gift collection often favorite Christmas stories including One Winter’s Night and On This Special Night by Claire Freedman, The Magical Snowman by Catherine Walters, Hurry Santa by Julia Sykes and The Gift of Christmas by Christine Leeson plus 5 more! A charming gift to give and read to your favorite youngsters. Ages 3-7, $14.99
Here is the world, ever changing and new, spinning with joy at the wonder of you!

Here Is the World is a joyous celebration of the Jewish holidays throughout the year for young children. Beginning with the weekly observance of Shabbat, readers join a family through the holidays and the corresponding seasons. From sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to lighting the menorah for Chanukah to rattling a grogger for Purim, and on through the Jewish year, the joy and significance of each holiday beautifully come to life. In addition to the narrative text, there is a description of each holiday in the back matter along with an easy craft or recipe. Written by Lesléa Newman with illustrations by Susan Gal. Ages 3-7, $18.95  


NEW PICTURE BOOK FAVORITES

The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don’t they all!) and 112 pages. From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, Once Upon an Alphabet is a creative tour de force from A through Z. Slyly funny in away kids can’t resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way readers of all ages will pour over, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet in a way that will forever raise the bar. In Once Upon an Alphabet, #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers has created a stunning collection of words and artwork that is a story book, alphabet book, and gorgeously designed art book all in one. Ages 3 and up, $26.99
Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in his latest dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder Mix It Up! Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to
Press Here. Ages 3-6, $15.99.
Also available, Press Here Board Game, $19.99  


Following on the heels of a successful abecedary, Christopher Franceschelli's Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. One acorn becomes . . . one oak tree! From snowmen to puddles and eggs to chicks, quantities are illustrated twice: both before and after their “transformations.” As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers 1–100 and associated quantities, but with each numeral’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. Die-cut numerals include 1–10, and 20–100 by tens. Illustrated by hip British design team Peskimo, this fresh take on the 1-2-3s encourages readers to manipulate numbers in a whole new way. Ages 3-6, $16.95

In the grand tradition of “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” comes an uplifting tribute to 100 everyday things worth celebrating. 100 Things That Make Me Happy, is a list, in rhyming couplets, drawn directly from a preschooler’s world—from slippery floors to dinosaurs, from goldfish to a birthday wish. Amy Schwartz weaves a masterful balance between art and text, with each of the 100 items portrayed as its own well-observed and warmly detailed vignette. While the contents provide readers with a frame of reference for the quantity of “100”—a celebratory milestone in preschools and early elementary grades—the oversized pages envelop young children in the wonderful things surrounding them. Ages 3-7, $16.95 



Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright. I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast I feel as if I could take off into the sky. This is when my heart is happy.

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, young book lovers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own feelings. Author Jo Witek’s words combine with illustrator Christine Roussey’s whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread in this unique and gorgeously packaged book. Ages 3-7, $16.95

Most pets are cats and dogs, but what happens when a boy wants a different
kind of pet, one that doesn’t meow or bark? My Pet Book, Bob Staake’s exuberant tale of a little boy and the pet of his dreams, will appeal to anyone whose best friends are . . . books! Books make the perfect pets, the boy decides, and chooses a bright red one. When it goes missing, a lively adventure is in store for readers who love a happy ending. Soon kids everywhere will wish for a pet book of their very own. Ages 3-7, $17.99


A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. A book with no pictures? What could be fun about that? After all, if a book has no pictures there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page. At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight! Ages 5-9, $17.99
Aaron Becker, creator of Journey, a Caldecott Honor book, presents the next chapter in his stunning wordless fantasy with Quest. A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination. Colored markers in hand, they make their own way through the portal, under the sea, through a tropical paradise, over a perilous bridge, and high in the air with the help of a winged friend. Journey lovers will be thrilled to follow its characters on a new adventure threaded with familiar elements, while new fans will be swept into a visually captivating story that is even richer and more exhilarating than the first. We have a few autographed copies of both titles while supplies last…please call to reserve.
Ages 4-9, each $15.99


GREAT NEW READS!


Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality—and an imagination to match! Introducing Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon. As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison (aka time-out), and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for. With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious book about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set. Ages 6-8, $14.99
Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from author Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books. Introducing Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, Tales from Deckawoo Drive illustrated by ChrisVan Dusen. Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse—until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good? Join Leroy, Maybelline, and a cast of familiar characters — Stella, Frank, Mrs. Watson, and everyone’s favorite porcine wonder, Mercy—for some hilarious and heartfelt horsing around on Deckawoo Drive. Ages 6-9, $12.99


Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also The Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black. Ages 5-9, $14.99

Using real science, author Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers with Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor illustrated by Brian Biggs. Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wise cracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s arch-nemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Ages 8-11, $13.95


Shrek meets Wimpy Kid in this epically funny tale of a troll trying to figure out how to be more popular. It’s not easy being Zarf. As a troll, he’s stuck at the bottom of the middle school hierarchy, way below the prince and knights (populars), ogres and giants (jocks), and even the lowly minstrels (band geeks.) Plus, trolls aren’t exactly known for their brainpower or cool demeanor. But it gets worse. When the king disappears and Zarf’s archenemy, the prince, ascends the throne, he makes Zarf’s life even more miserable. And so it is that Zarf and his two sidekicks (a neurotic, mutton-obsessed pig and the not-funny son of the court jester) set out to find the missing king as well as their way to middle school heroism. (Okay, the heroism part might be wishful thinking.) Life of Zarf, the first book in this brilliant new illustrated series from comics creator Rob Harrell has the perfect mix of real world and fairy tale. Ages 9-12, $14.99
Inspired by the unforgettable#1 New York Times best selling novel Wonder, author R.J. Palacio has gathered 365 precepts—principles to live by—into 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, his latest title that will enlighten, engage, inspire, comfort, and challenge readers every day of the year. There’s something for everyone here with words of wisdom drawn from popular songs, great works of literature, inscriptions on Egyptian tombs, fortune cookies, as well as from such noteworthy people including Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucius, Goethe, Sappho and over 100 readers of Wonder who also sent Palacio their own precepts. This beautifully designed keepsake is a celebration of kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the power of people’s wills, and the strength of people’s hearts.

365 Days of Wonder, Ages 8 and up, $14.99.
Also available 365 Days of Wonder and Wonder Boxed Gift Set edition, $31.98

This is the perfect gift for the million plus readers who have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman and his teacher Mr. Browne and for readers who have yet to be introduced to the wonder of Wonder.


“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.” Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary-including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny. Doctor Who meets Sherlock in a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre. Ages 11+, 16.95
From Katherine Rundell author of the “witty, inventively poetic” Rooftoppers comes Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms an utterly beautiful story that’s sure to be treasured. Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can’t prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this lovely and lyrical novel. Wilhelmina Silver’s world is golden. Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey, and her best friend, every day is beautiful. But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult. Lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of vicious schoolgirls. Where can a girl run to in London? And will she have the courage to survive? Rundell has written an astonishing novel about embracing what makes you different and finding friendship in unexpected places.
Ages 8-12, $16.99.
Also available Rooftoppers, $7.99 paperback


A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd introduces an extraordinary debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten...and your heart sing. Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart. But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere — shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster. Grades 5+, $16.99
The #1 New York Times best selling author Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink—No Surrender. Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators. Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.  Ages 12 and up, $18.99


Hijinks, heists, and high-octane action in Jude Watson’s new middle-grade blockbuster Loot: How to Steal a Fortune! On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It’s Archibald McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he’s dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Archie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: “Find jewels.” But March learns that his father is not talking about hidden loot. He’s talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they’re picked up by the police and sent to the world’s worst orphanage. It’s not hard time, but it feels like it. March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father’s business inside and out, and they’re tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they’ll live the life of riches and freedom that most kids only dream about...Hold onto your pearls…the world’s youngest criminal masterminds are coming for you. Grades 4-7, $16.99
From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance in her latest book Belzhar. “Wolitzer has imagined a world for young readers that celebrates the sacred, transcendent power of reading and writing.” —The New York Times Book Review. There’s a place also where the lost go to be found. If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, signed up for an exclusive, supposedly life-changing class called Special Topics in English that focuses—only and entirely—on the works of Sylvia Plath. But life isn’t fair. Reeve has been gone for almost a year and Jam is still mourning. When a journal-writing assignment leads Jam into a mysterious other world she and her classmates call Belzhar, she discovers a realm where the untainted past is restored, and she can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But, as the pages of her journal begin to fill up, Jam must confront hidden truths and ultimately decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to reclaim her loss.
Ages 14 and up, $17.99


MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT
OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.” When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.
Young Readers Edition Grade 5 and up, $17.00


GREAT GIFT TITLES FOR ALL 

Among our favorite new gift ideas are the Original Fold-Your-Own Book Sculptures from ArtFolds. Make your own eye-catching book sculpture! A bold palette of color and beautifully patterned art paper frames the sculpture in each Color Edition. These stunning and unique crafts are so easy that kids and adults alike love to fold the beautiful shapes. Plus, phrases and quotes before and after the folded sculpture add meaning and extra fun to these colorful displays.

Color Editions include Christmas Memories with Christmas Tree sculpture, Random Acts of Caring with Heart, and the Wisdom of Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse. Each title/sculpture in this series is $14.00, Ages 8-adult.



ArtFolds Classic Editions are elegant hardcover volumes containing the entirety of a classic work of literature, printed on quality paper stock in traditional black ink. When folded, color along the page edges creates a visually powerful pattern that pays homage to the printed book. Classic Editions often feature more elaborate sculptures, and are perfect for crafters and people who truly cherish the printed book.

Classic Editions include Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility with Love sculpture, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and Other Tales
with Snowflake, and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables with Joy. Each title/sculpture in the Classic Editions is $20.00, Ages 12+ to adults.

Please come by the Shoppe and see our display of already assembled ArtFolds sculptures!




Utterly Amazing Science is a fascinating look at the core principles of science. With the help of fun, interactive elements including pop-ups, pull outs, and flaps, each spread in the book features colorful illustrations and fun activities that help illustrate key science topics such as force and motion, light and color, elements and matter, and magnets and electricity.
Age-appropriate, engaging text is integrated with the photographs, illustrations, and interactive elements to provide clear explanations of scientific concepts. Packed with incredible facts, Utterly Amazing Science makes discovering what makes the world go round interactive and fun. Perfect gift for any inquisitive child. Ages 8-12. $19.99
Take the guess work out of problem solving with Number Crunch: The Math Calculator Book—a new book for elementary school students who want to sharpen their math skills and boost their brain power. Complete with a fully-functioning calculator built into the book to check answers, Number Crunch contains practical problems, puzzles, games, and activities to build the essential math skills needed in school including seeing patterns, checking estimates, and solving the types of math problems encountered in everyday life — all while making learning math fun. Ideal for developing reasoning skills, as well as encouraging growth in numeracy, the kid-friendly visuals complete with infographics, and themed spreads in Number Crunch all add up to fun. Ages 8-10, $14.99


Magic has always captivated and amazed children, but learning the secrets behind this mysterious art has never been easy—until now. Introducing Children’s Book of Magic, an introduction to the world’s most amazing illusionists, magic tricks and magicians. Tracing the history of magic from its origins in Ancient Egypt to the rise of stage performance in the 1900s and up to and including magic of the present day, Magic also includes 20 tricks for kids to put on their own show by learning from the 8 schools of magic: production, vanishing, transformation, restoration, teleportation, escaping, levitation, and prediction. Card tricks, coin tricks, escapology, and more are presented in step-by-step sequences, while biography spreads highlight the great works of history’s greatest magicians including Hieronymus Bosch, Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, and modern day performers such as David Blaine and Dynamo. With Children’s Book of Magic kids can dive in and discover the secrets of sleight of hand, the power of performance, and the mysteries of misdirection needed to perfect their skills. Ages 7-11, $19.99
For the first time ever, Minecraft’s four bestselling handbooks are available in a stunning, gold-foiled boxed set! This ultimate collection includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook. Minecraft--the indie sandbox video game that took the world by storm--has been hailed as one of the greatest phenomena amongst gamers and educators for both its simplicity and its brilliance. Allowing players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive, Minecraft has created a brave new world of game play. Each handbook contains helpful tips and information from the creators themselves, all of which will prove vital to your survival and creativity as you learn to mine, craft, and build in a world that you control. If you know a Minecraft fan this collection is a must! Mindcraft: The Complete Handbook Collection, Ages 8-12, $31.96




Relive the most dramatic and iconic moments from the epic six-part saga, Star Wars, one spread at a time in DK’s Star Wars in 100 Scenes. Presented in chronological movie order, every handpicked scene is explored and explained. Learn in-depth facts about the key characters, droids, vehicles, and locations of each scene. Bits of real-world information are scattered throughout to give insight into the behind-the scenes world of the Star Wars saga. A perfect way to prepare for the highly anticipated Episode VII, Star Wars in 100 Scenes is the ideal go-to resource for fans who just want to brush-up on their Star Wars knowledge or for the new generation of kids eager to start their journey into a galaxy far, far away…. Ages 7-15, $18.99


In her heartwarming New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships and last year’s Unlikely Loves, Jennifer Holland revealed the surprising emotional bonds that exist between animals of different species. Her books spent dozens of weeks on bestseller lists and caught the attention of major media from CBS This Morning to USA Today. Why? Because she opened our eyes to the rich inner lives of animals, showing us that the power of love and friendship is not for humans only. In Unlikely Heroes, Ms. Holland uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk. These 37 inspiring true tales show animals whose quick acts have saved lives, like the pod of dolphins that protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark by forming a screen around them. There are stories of animals who simply and unselfishly give, like Rojo the llama, which shines his very special light of loving kindness on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center. And there are compelling stories of heroic resilience: like Naki’o, the abandoned puppy who lost all four paws to frostbite but found the grit not only to overcome that terrible hardship but to reclaim the joy of life—that’s him, smiling on the cover of the book.
Ages 10 to Adult, $13.95
 Playful spaniels completely covered with snow—“There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ weather.” Two happy dogs sleeping, one on top of the other— “Sometimes you need a pillow. Sometimes you are the pillow.” The bulldog who’s headfirst in her bowl—“Every meal is THE BEST MEAL EVER.” Cynthia L. Copeland has a gift for discovering those sorts of simple, timeless lessons. She did it when her children were younger with Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me. Now she distills all-new wisdom from her lifelong love of dogs. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me is tender, funny, warm, and utterly inspiring. Pairing an irresistible photograph with just the right sentiment, every page delivers a life lesson that appeals as much to our hearts as our minds. It reminds us again and again of what’s important, like love: “Be there when others need you.” Compassion: “Even the smallest act of kindness matters.” Perseverance: “Keep going until you find your way home.” A healthy sense of self: “Make it squeak until someone pays attention.” Living in the present moment: “Scratch where it itches, when it itches.” And that happiness is a choice: “Leap higher than you have to.” All  Ages, $12.95


In its extraordinary debut, Safari, introduced the world to Photicular technology. The cheetah bounded, the African elephant flapped its ears—and readers could not believe their eyes. Now the creators of Safari
take their work a step further. Ocean offers not only a refinement of inventor Dan Kainen’s Photicular technology, but a subject
—undulating creatures of the deep—perfectly suited to the immersive visual pleasure of the process. Ocean is like being on a dive. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an under water world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed. The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin, the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics—size, habitat, range, diet, and more. The Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery. The result is like a movie in your hands—the dance of life in a book. All Ages, $25.95
Children are astounded at the human body and are eager to learn about the processes that are going on inside them. Super Human Encyclopedia offers a new perspective on the human body for kids by highlighting the truly extraordinary processes behind the body’s everyday functions. Packed with interesting facts, from how we keep cool and how memories are made to how we fight infections and how many muscles we use to smile, Super Human Encyclopedia reveals the extraordinary facts about the human body from the strength and flexibility of the human skeleton to the incredible way the brain works. Featuring real “superhumans”, including memory champions, contortionists and free divers, the book features the characteristics that take them to human extremes and showcases their remarkable records of speed, power, acceleration, heart rate and a host of other fascinating facts. With artwork and text appropriate for children 10 and older, Super Human Encyclopedia showcases from head to toe how extraordinary the human body is. Ages 10 and up, $24.99


Featuring all-new 3D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency, The Planets is an awe-inspiring journey through the Solar System, from Earth to Mars and beyond. Viewed layer by layer, planets and other objects in the Solar System are taken out of the night sky and presented on a white background, revealing every detail of their surface and internal anatomy in astonishing detail. Looking at planets, the Sun, hundreds of moons and thousands of asteroids and comets, The Planets includes timelines that chronicle all major Space missions, right up to the latest Mars rovers, and infographics that present fascinating facts about all planets and the Solar System in a fresh new way. Teen to Adult, $30.00
In his highly anticipated sequel to The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world. Everything physical is made up of the elements and the infinite variety of molecules they form when they combine with each other. In Molecules, Theodore Gray takes the next step in the grand story that began with the periodic table in his best-selling book, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Here, he explores through fascinating stories and trademark stunning photography the most interesting, essential, useful, and beautiful of the millions of chemical structures that make up every material in the world. Gray begins with an explanation of how atoms bond to form molecules and compounds, as well as the difference between organic and inorganic chemistry. He then goes on to explore the vast array of materials molecules can create, including: soaps and solvents; goops and oils; rocks and ores; ropes and fibers; painkillers and dangerous drugs; sweeteners; perfumes and stink bombs; colors and pigments; and controversial compounds including asbestos, CFCs, and thimerosal. Big, gorgeous photographs, as well as diagrams of the compounds and their chemical bonds, rendered with never before seen beauty, fill the pages and capture molecules in their various states. As he did in The Elements, Gray shows us molecules as we’ve never seen them before. It’s the perfect book for his loyal fans who’ve been eager for more and for anyone fascinated with the mysteries of the material world. Teen to Adult, $29.95. Also available The Elements, $19.95 paperback.



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