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HOLIDAY BOOKS

The cat’s out of the bag and holiday adventure awaits! When Slipper the cat finds Mr. Furry Boots in her house she does what any cat would do and investigates. But curiosity gets the best of her when she finds herself on a trip she hadn’t planned on taking . . . Join Slipper as she discovers that there’s no place like home—especially for Christmas.

Stowaway in a Sleigh by C. Roger Mader. Ages 4-7, $17.99


Stowaway in a Sleigh

Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn’t have proper shoes on her cold feet. “Glory be! I only wish I had your mate,” she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! More wishes bring even better gifts—but the best is still to come: A visitor arrives at her door—a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit and only one boot. Who could this magical visitor be? Santa Claus, of course! And he has one more surprise in store for Hannah: She wakes up the next morning to find a new puppy waiting for her!

The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Ages 4-8, $17.99


It’s Christmas Eve, and Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. When he does, a gift tumbles out of his sleigh, landing in the woods. The friends find the gift and read the tag: “For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa.” And so, in spite of Squirrel’s grumbling—“It’s not our baby”—they set off on a long journey to deliver it. Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year at Christmastime.

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin.

Ages 4-8, $17.99




When the Gingerbread Baby hears about the Christmas Festival he wants to rush down to the village with his band. The only trouble is he doesn’t have a band! Quickly Matti figures out a way to make gingerbread instruments and off they go. The band’s music is a hit until a little girl smells the delicious aroma of gingerbread wafting down from the bandstand. The Gingerbread Baby knows it’s time to run away but he keeps on singing while the gingerbread instruments dash off to find Matti who is waiting to disguise them. The Gingerbread Baby backflips into the snow and races for the giant Christmas tree with hungry children and excited animals chasing after him. When they get to the tree there is no sign of the Gingerbread Baby. Where can he be? Join the fun and celebrate with writer/illustrator Jan Brett’s third Gingerbread Baby story!

Gingerbread Christmas. Ages 3-7, $18.99


The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius Petipa’s sets for the original production of the ballet, Niroot Puttapipat’s delicate silhouette illustrations dance across pale, watercolor-washed backgrounds in a unique interpretation. Starkly beautiful, this keepsake edition evokes all the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve as Clara and the prince waltz between worlds— and culminates in a 3-D spread bringing the dreamlike Land of Sweets to life.

The Nutcracker, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat. Ages 4 up, $19.99




Also new this year is the stunning new heirloom edition of the holiday story that inspired the classic Christmastime ballet, reimagined for children with lavish illustrations by Christina Hess. This beloved children’s classic promises to be the must-read bedtime book for your family this holiday season. Featuring whimsical artwork by Christina Hess, fantastical characters will dance across the pages as you read along, and a breath-taking gatefold awaits! Create new traditions together as you read and reread this stunning tale every night! Children, parents and grandparents alike will love this new addition to the family bookshelves!

The Nutcracker: The Classic Edition with story by E.T.A. Hoffman, illustrated by Christina Hess. Ages 4 up, $19.95.

Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the Son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family. Pop-up art created by Robert Sabuda.

The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda. Ages 5 up, $35.00




The Year of the Rooster: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is the last adventure in Oliver Chin’s popular 12 volume zodiac series for children. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to Chinese mythology. In this twelfth and final adventure, the reader joins Ray the rooster as an adventuresome young chick whose father wakes the town each day. When others spot the mythical phoenix, Ray tries to locate this legendary creature and learns about himself during the journey. An ideal storybook to launch the Lunar New Year.

The Year of the Rooster by Oliver Chin, illustrated by Juan Calle. Ages 3 and up, $15.95. Prior titles are available at the Shoppe for all children to learn about the zodiac animal associated with their birth year!




NEW PICTURE BOOK FAVORITES

Today is the day Nanette gets to bring home the baguette for Mom! Is she set? YOU BET! Mo Willems’ hilarious new picture book, Nanette’s Baguette, follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a meticulously handcrafted-papermodeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette’s Baguette may be Mo’s best creation yet. Get set to krack into an irresistible tale you won’t soon forget! Written and illustrated by Mo Willems.

Nanette’s Baguette Ages 4-8, $17.99

It begins with an octopus who plays the ukulele. Since this is a story, the octopus has to want something—maybe to travel to faraway galaxies in a totally awesome purple spaceship. Then the octopus sets out to build a spaceship out of soda cans, glue, umbrellas, glitter, and waffles. OK, maybe the octopus needs some help, like from an adorable bunny friend, and maybe that bunny turns out to be . . . a rocket scientist? (Probably not.) But could something even more amazing come to pass? Debut author Maggie Tokuda-Hall, with the help of illustrator Benji Davies, sets up an endearingly funny story, then hands the baton to readers, who will be more than primed to take it away.

Also an Octopus, Ages 3-7, $16.99




The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation— but there’s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

Ages 4-8, $17.99


Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers’ hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along. Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy!

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, Ages 3-5, $17.99



When Bruce the bear gets home from a southern migration trip with his adopted goslings, he is tired. He is grumpy. And he is definitely not in the mood to share his home with the trio of mice who have turned his den into a hotel. There’s a possum pillow fight wreaking havoc in one room, a fox luring guests into a stew in the kitchen, and a snuggly crew of critters hogging the bed. Bruce growls and grumbles and tries to throw them all out, but the entrepreneurial mice just can’t take a hint. Bruce is in a little over his head, especially once the goslings join the staff. Will this grumpy bear ever get his quiet, peaceful den back to himself?

Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins. Ages 5-8, $17.99


Mouse is back in this ninth picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give a Mouse series! If you give a mouse a brownie, he’s going to ask for some ice cream to go with it. When you give him the ice cream, he’ll probably ask you for a spoon. He’ll start drumming on the table. Drumming will get him so excited he’ll want to start a band. . . . The beloved mouse who first appeared in the bestseller If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back. If You Give a Mouse a Brownie is another winner from the acclaimed team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Ages 4-8, $17.99.



Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they? Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you. Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . . Author Jory John and illustrator Lane Smith let us decide. This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.

Penguin Problems, Ages 3-7, $17.99


Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated Hat Trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen who gives this deadpan finale a surprising new twist. Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Evoking hilarity and sympathy, shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

We Found A Hat, Ages 4-8, $17.99


Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists while bringing welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink from Dad’s cabbage stew but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should. The first two titles in the series, Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters and have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.

Ada Twist, Scientist by author Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts. Ages 5-8, $17.95



GREAT NEW READS!

Twelve-year-old Addison Cooke just wishes that something exciting would happen to him. His aunt and uncle, both world-famous researchers, travel to the ends of the earth searching for hidden treasure, dodging dangerous robbers along the way, while Addison is stuck in school all day. Luckily for Addison, adventure has a way of finding the Cookes. After his uncle unearths the first ancient Incan clue needed to find a vast trove of lost treasure, he is kidnapped by members of a shadowy organization intent on stealing the riches. Addison’s uncle is the bandits’ key to deciphering the ancient clues and looting the treasure . . . unless Addison and his friends can outsmart the kidnappers and crack the code first. So it’s off to South America, where the excitement, danger, gold, booby traps, and car chases are never-ending! Full of laugh-out-loud moments and nonstop action, and perfect for fans of Indiana Jones or James Patterson’s Treasure Hunters series, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas is sure to strike gold with kid readers

.Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes. Ages 8-12, $16.99 




Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the “Luminous Stone That Lights the Night”. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother- -before it’s too late. A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Newbery Honor author Grace Lin. Ages 9-12, $18.99

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood, he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him, she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Furthermore by Tahereh Nafi. Ages 9-12, $17.99




On a dark night in 1242, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together. Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first “new world” since the hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout and filled with Adam’s trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor’s Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed.

The Inquisitors Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illuminated by Hatem Aly. Ages 10-14, $17.99

When a BIG, lovable, does-it-her-way dog wiggles her way into the heart of a loudmouth pipsqueak of a boy, wonderful things happen that help him become a bigger, better person. With its diverse cast, authentic narrator, and perfect blend of spot-on middle-grade humor, drama, and wisdom, this powerful debut is relatable, funny, bittersweet, and full of heart. Timminy knows that moving to a new town just in time to start middle school when you are perfect bully bait is less than ideal. But he gets a great consolation prize in Maxi—a gentle giant of a dog who the family quickly discovers is deaf. Timminy is determined to do all he can to help Maxi—after all, his parents didn’t return him because he was a runt. But when the going gets rough for Timminy, who spends a little too much time getting shoved into lockers at school, Maxi ends up being the one to help him—along with their neighbor, Abby, who doesn’t let her blindness define her and bristles at Timminy’s “poor-me” attitude. It turns out there’s more to everyone than what’s on the surface, whether it comes to Abby, Maxi, or even Timminy himself.

Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn from a Dog) by Lynn Plourde. Ages 10 and up, $16.99




There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital—the mirrors that reflect the elegant rooms once home to a princess, now filled with sick children. Only Emmaline can see the creatures. It is her secret. One morning Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers something incredible: a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own. The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray? Written in starkly beautiful prose by Megan Shepherd, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill will be cherished as a beloved classic for years to come.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd, Ages 10 and up, $16.99

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. Ages 10 and up, $16.99



Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible. With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader (Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold) is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent. Written by Traci Chee. Ages 12 and up, $19.99

The town of Eden Grove has a legend: In the center of a pine forest there is an aspen grove, and in the center of the aspen grove is an ancient, magnificent tree. A tree that grants wishes. Mayberry and Marshall have heard the stories about the Wishing Tree but they know nothing like that could really exist near their dreary town. Misunderstood and restless, the teenagers wish for a lot of things including being on another planet altogether. Somewhere with magic and adventure—someplace where they can be heroes. And then the unlikeliest thing happens: On a hike through the forest, they find the Wishing Tree. The pair make their wish, fall asleep . . . and wake up on Nith, a world that is exactly what they asked for. The alien landscape is beautiful but it’s also full of dangerous and fantastic creatures, and almost without exception the creatures are hungry. Soon Mayberry and Marshall learn two very important facts about their wish: First, that magic comes at a very steep cost; second, that they can only be heroes if they can survive. The journey that follows will test the limits of their courage and strength . . . and change them in ways they haven’t begun to imagine. This epic work brings fantasy to life, first by inviting readers into another world, then by using cutting-edge augmented reality technology to bring the world alive in interactive 3D.

Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham. Ages 12 and up, $18.99



GREAT GIFT TITLES FOR ALL!

This is the second of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books to be presented in a lavishly illustrated full-color edition. Kate Greenaway award- winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child as for the dedicated fan. The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself? This second in the illustrated editions is a must-have for Harry Potter fans of all ages! $39.99

Featuring all eight Harry Potter movies and the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this magical book is the ultimate insider’s guide to the films from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World for young fans. From the gilded halls of Gringotts and Hogwarts to the New York City of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, each page of this book delivers a fun, interactive experience for young readers as they discover how the extraordinary places and fascinating characters of the wizarding world took shape onscreen. Filled with lift-the-flaps, stickers, and other engaging inserts, this engrossing book overflows with captivating facts about the movie magic used to create a world fit for witches and wizards. Including insights from the actors who played Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore, Newt Scamander, and many more, this book is a must-have for young fans of the Wizarding World.

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume 1: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jody Revenson Ages 9 and up $29.99



“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White’s granddaughter.

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet. Ages 12 to adult, $18.99

2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter, making it the perfect time to pay tribute to the beloved author/illustrator with A Celebration of Beatrix Potter! With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children’s literature. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter’s characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter. With work from over 30 of today’s best-known children’s illustrators, including Jon Agee, Jen Corace, Pat Cummings, Tomie dePaola, Tony DiTerlizzi, Matthew Forsythe, Stephanie Graegin, Chuck Groenink, Chris Haughton, Brian Karas, Jarrett Krosoczka, Betsy Lewin, E. B. Lewis, Renata Liwska, Wendell Minor, Kelly Murphy, Brian Pinkney, Peggy Rathmann, Chris Raschka, Peter Reynolds, Dan Santat, Judy Schachner, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, David Soman, David Ezra Stein, Melissa Sweet, Rosemary Wells, Brendan Wenzel, David Wiesner, Pamela Zagarenski, and Paul Zelinsky.

A Celebration of Beatrix Potter. Ages 12 to adult, $25.00.   




National Geographic Kids presents 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything) 3. Perfect for the inquisitive 8-12 year old on your holiday gift list! More fun than a barrel of monkeys and more interesting than reality TV-- this brain candy-filled book is an explosion of information about sensational topics kids love: royalty, gravity, bioluminescence, sloths, wildfires, bubblegum, cars, breakfast, aliens, you name it! It’s a fantastic, fact-filled edition with all-new info on hundreds of topics, and the same great design that captures kids’ attention and keeps them yearning for more.

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3. Ages 8-12, $19.99

DK’s Smithsonian Animal! Explore the wonders of the Animal Kingdom. Using the latest digital imaging technology, DK’s Animal! brings the animal kingdom to life in breathtaking detail. Stare into the piercing eyes of an eagle owl, peer inside the open mouth of a great white shark, and come face to face with a snow leopard. Stunning computer generated images reveal every type of animal life, from lobsters to lemurs, penguins to piranhas, and stingrays to skunks. With incredible images and the latest zoological research Animal! is an unforgettable encounter with Earth’s most amazing inhabitants.

Ages 7-10, $29.99



In Rocks, Minerals, and Gems, readers will learn about hundreds of rocks, minerals, crystals, and gems that were forged by the most powerful events in prehistory. Explore what specimens look like and how they’re used today--readers can use the information to identify rocks and minerals themselves and open up a spectacular new world. Find out all about star stones and cat’s eyes, megagems, and phantom quartz. Discover which rocks fluoresce, which mineral once poisoned an emperor, and which gems are the rarest in the world! The photography is beautiful, the layouts are inviting, and there are layers of fascinating facts to enthrall everyone from the beginner to the most avid rock collector.

Rocks, Minerals, and Gems by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith. Photos by Gary Ombler. Ages 8 and up, $19.99




Dense and humid and filled with secrets, the rain forest is home to more than half the world’s plants and animals. Using unique Photicular technology, Jungle parts the mysterious veil of this sun-dappled land and reveals—in fluid 3-D motion—the living exuberance within. Watch a tarantula scuttle across the forest floor. A dancing whipsnake flick its tongue. A Bengal tiger on the prowl, and a brilliant green and red macaw soar above the canopy. It’s magical! In a world saturated with video, Photicular technology weaves a very special spell, capturing intimate, moving moments of life on earth, and tapping deeply into the reader’s imagination. With three books published—Safari, Ocean, and Polar— the bestselling series has over 1.3 million copies in print. Experience it for yourself. Jungle, created by Dan Kainen and written by Kathy Wollard. Fun for all ages, $25.95


This cutting-edge guide explores how incredible new technologies are shaping the modern world and its future, from familiar smartwatches to intelligent, driverless cars. Packed with more than 250 full-color images, X-rays, thermal imaging, digital artworks, cross-sections, and cutaways, Super Cool Tech reveals the secrets behind the latest gadgets and gizmos, state-of-the-art buildings, and life-changing technologies. From 3-D-printed cars to robot vacuum cleaners, Super Cool Tech reveals today’s amazing inventions and looks ahead to the future of technology, including hologram traffic lights and the Galactic Suite Hotel in space. Perfect for STEAM education initiatives, Super Cool Tech makes technology easy to understand, following the history of each invention and how they impact our everyday lives, and “How It Works” panels explain the design and function of each item using clear explanations and images. Designed in DK’s signature style, this is the ultimate guide to exploring and understanding the latest gadgets and inventions while looking ahead to the future of technology.

Super Cool Tech. Ages 8 to adult, $24.99. Perfect gift idea for bewildered grandparents or anyone who feels technology has left them behind!




The newest book in the LEGO nonfiction line, Factastic, takes on the biggest subject of all: our world and everything in it! There’s a whole world of information inside on almost every subject under the sun, from science to technology, from history to geography to popular culture. Each spread contains a LEGO scene to facilitate the learning journey: a vignette, mini story, or icon featuring LEGO models, characters, and sensibility. Graphic design combines the LEGO illustration with real-world photography and facts for an immersive experience. Factastic arrives just in time for the holiday season, and makes a fantastic gift for boys and girls of all ages!

Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World. Ages 9-12, $19.99




365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours. Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt. Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.

365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks by Hugo Simon with Alice Finch, contributor. Ages 6-9, $24.99

Find the sticker, peel the sticker, place the sticker. And sticker by sticker, a koala appears! Or an elephant, frog, red panda, puffin, peacock, snake, giraffe, tiger, or gorilla. (And no mess to clean up!) Designed for children ages 5 and up, Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals uses low-poly art—a computer style that renders 3-D images out of polygon shapes— and removable color stickers so that kids can create 10 vibrant works of art. The stickers are larger, as befits the younger audience, and the card stock pages are perforated for easy removal, making them suitable for displaying.

Ages 5 and up, $9.95. Also available for ages 12-adult. See details below.



Paint by Sticker: Masterpieces is a compelling new activity for crafters and artists, doodlers and coloring book enthusiasts of all ages. Masterpieces encourages everyone to channel their inner Da Vinci and create twelve iconic works of art. Book includes everything you need to create twelve vibrant, full-color “paintings”—the stickers, the templates, the intuitive directions. The works include The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo, Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer, Napoleon at Saint- Bernard Pass, by Jacques-Louis David, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai and more. The cardstock pages are perforated for easy removal, making it easy to frame the completed images.

Paint by Sticker Masterpieces. Ages 12-adult, $14.95


Featuring charming illustrations, quality paper, and perforated pages, this adult coloring book has thirty-eight full-page images of Pasadena. Users can add their own artistic details to everything from the iconic city hall and the famous Rose Parade and Rose Bowl to such beloved local landmarks as the Del Mar jacarandas, Huntington Library, Old Town, Arlington Garden, the Norton Simon, a bungalow court, Caltech, and the city’s best food. As appealing to residents as it is to Rose Parade visitors (the perfect activity while camped out for the parade!),

Color Pasadena will inspire Pasadena lovers of ALL AGES. By Ali Zigerelli, $16.95





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