books monthly march 2017

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Andrea Beaty: Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers

Published by Abrams Books For Young Readers 4th April 2017


Embark on an adventure of personal creativity with fan favourite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of success and something to be celebrated rather than feared. Created by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, the same New York Times bestselling team who brought us Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, this activity book will be perfect for old and new fans alike!


This is the perfect book for young primary school-age children to amuse them at quiet moments after school - plenty of scope for Mum and Dad to get involved with the suggested projects, and a brilliant way for the children to learn about science and engineering. Superb!


New York City Skyline Playset

Published by Abrams & Chronicle Books 11th April 2017


This charming set consists of a box that transforms into a New York City block. Inside are eight cards featuring famous landmarks from the Big Apple. Punch out favorite buildings, taxis, and other scenic elements of the city that never sleeps and arrange them into slots on the surface of the box. Or, punch out the included stands to display favorite New York icons wherever you like: playroom, desk, coffee table you name it! This fun kit appeals to all lovers of New York City from ages 3 to 93!


A small box containing so much! 20+ pieces with which you and your child can create a New York City block! Based on the My Little City board book series, not really a book as such, but who cares! Really, really good fun!


Jared Chapman: Fruits In Suits

Published by Abrams & Chronicle Books 11th April 2017


Have you ever seen a banana in a bikini? Or a tangerine in trunks? What about grapes in goggles? In this uproarious follow-up to Vegetables in Underwear, kids will learn that there are many kinds of suits--including suits for swimming, surfing, sunbathing and scuba diving. But can you wear a business suit to the beach? Fruits in Suits has the same irreverent silliness as Vegetables in Underwear and shows just how much fun swimsuits can be--and how important it is to hold on to them when you jump into the water!


Whacky, strange, and funny! Very colourful and imaginative stuff from author Jared Chapman...


David J Robertson: In The Doghouse!

Published by Matador 28th January 2017


Rascal is an enormous German Shepherd dog. Despite being intimidating to look at, Rascal is actually a scaredy-cat and rather cowardly. He has also outgrown his kennel, and now his three friends, Misty, Bertie and One-Eyed Rose use it as their den. All this changes on the day it rains and rains and rains! Poor Rascal is soaked, so to stop him from catching a cold, his companions decide to find him a new home. One-Eyed Rose takes the gang to the other side of town, where she knows of a 'kennel shop'. Unfortunately the yard, which actually sells sheds and summerhouses, is closed. The friends decide to return the next day, but Rose has already wriggled her way inside through a hole cut in the fence. Also inside are two men busily loading some of the wooden shacks onto a lorry parked outside, using a forklift truck. Unaware that the men are robbers, the dogs are spotted. One-Eyed Rose is lifted into the air on the forklift, which crashes and breaks the summerhouses! The friends are chased away, three of them back outside and cowardly Rascal deeper into the compound. Realising he is missing, the gang go back to rescue him, but the alarm is triggered as they try to escape once more! Have the friends got themselves into deep trouble yet again, and will Rascal ever have a kennel to call his own? In the Doghouse! is a hilarious tale that will appeal to children aged 7-9.




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Laurent de Brunhof: Babar's Guide To Paris

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers 14th March 2017


Who better to guide anyone around Paris than Babar, that beloved Francophile elephant? His youngest daughter, Isabelle, is going to Paris alone for the first time, and he tells her how to feel at home there. He explains that to enjoy Paris to the fullest, it's as important to go to cafes and street markets as it is to see the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Readers young and old will benefit from the inside advice he offers in Babar's Guide to Paris. Laurent de Brunhoff's glorious paintings of the City of Light are the culmination of his long career of chronicling the life and opinions of Babar, who has been called 'the most famous Frenchman in the world.'


Laurent de Brunhof takes on the task of continuing his father's brilliant series about the little bear and his family and friends and succeeds beyond anyone's wildest dreams! This superb book is a story, a travel guide to Paris, and a celebration of one of the most iconic and popular children's characters in the whole history of children's fiction. The paintings are sublime, and the whole package is glorious! We were lending Babar books from the trailer library back in the 1960s, he has certainly stood the test of time - brilliant!


Rod Campbell: Dear Zoo

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 23rd February 2017


Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. Young children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent - a monkey, a lion and even an elephant! But will they ever manage to send the perfect pet? With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain and a whole host of favourite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf - and the thick card pages, chunky cased cover and sturdy flaps make it perfect for small hands.


Lift the flap books are brilliant, and help to engage young minds in discovering the wonderful world of books and stories. Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo has rarely been out of print since it was first published in 1982, and this magnificent slipcased hardback commemorative edition from Macmillan is just what the toddler ordered!


Paul Stickland: Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 29th December 2016


Ten terrible dinosaurs standing in a line, soon began to mess about until there were... nine. This lively counting book, first published in 1997 and now reissued as a new edition, is based on the characters from Dinosaur Roar!, a picture book that is now recognised as a modern classic. The rhyming text encourages children to join in, helping them to learn their numbers as they count down from 10 to 1, ending with a wonderful loud ROAR!


...and this twentieth anniversary edition of Ten Terrible Dinosaurs is also a welcome addition to the wonderful world of children's literature - dinosaurs are a guaranteed favoruite with most children of most ages up to secondary school age, and Paul Stickland's book is both colourful and entertaining!


Catherine Rayner; Solomon and Mortimer

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 26th January 20176


Solomon Crocodile and his friend Mortimer are bored. They want to find some fun, but what can they do? Tree-climbing is tricky, chasing lizards doesn't end well and flying turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. But then they spot the biggest hippo in the river. Just imagine the splash he'd make if two naughty crocodiles were to surprise him! But Solomon and Mortimer are about to get a whole lot more than they bargained for . . . Sure to delight fans of the original Solomon Crocodile, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, Solomon and Mortimer is a warm, funny and charming tale from the Kate Greenaway Medal winning Catherine Rayner, which young children will ask for again and again.


This is absolutely hilarious - you have to set aside the notion that the two crocodiles would, in real life, be looking for prey, and accept that this is a fantasy, and that Solomon and Mortimer are sentient beings with a sense of fun that they unleash on the unsuspecting denizens of the jungle where they live. Superb!


Morag Hood: When Grandad Was A Penguin

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 26th January 20176


A hilarious and touching swapping places story from the creator of Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, Morag Hood. What do you do when your Grandad starts acting VERY much like a penguin? Find out in this brilliantly funny and heartwarming story from talented author and illustrator, Morag Hood. Boys and girls alike will love Morag's witty, sweet and brilliantly surreal depiction of everyday settings and situations in this fish-out-of-water story with a difference. Morag's lino cut artwork is gorgeously bold and stylish and her illustrative talent and keen eye for design won her a place as runner up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration. When Grandad was a Penguin is perfect for sharing with children (and grandads) young and old, and its beautifully debossed hardback cover and extra-special high quality paper make this an excellent gift for penguin lovers.


Minimalist illustrations but a top-notch story! Made me laugh out loud.


Lane Smith: A Perfect Day

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 9th February 20176


A warm, funny picture book about a group of animals and their (not so) perfect day in the garden, from beloved author and illustrator Lane Smith. Whether basking in the warmth of the sun, nibbling on a fresh yellow corn-on-the-cob, or cooling off in a clear pool of water, it is a truly beautiful afternoon for all... what could possible go wrong? In this follow up to the beautiful There Is a Tribe of Kids, Lane Smith's bright and fresh artwork combines with his sharp wit and enormously appealing characters to create a story full of playful chaos. Inspired by Lane Smith's real life encounter with a marauding bear, A Perfect Day is a perfect picture book for story time.


Beautiful, colourful illustrations illustrate a day in the life of a select group of animals enjoying a perfect day in their garden. Great story for reading aloud to your little children.


Julia Donaldson: The Everywhere Bear

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 9th February 20176


The Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf
But he doesn't spend very much time by himself,
For each boy and girl in the class is a friend
And he goes home with one of them every weekend.

The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He's washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One? The Everywhere Bear is a warm and engaging story from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the creators of The Paper Dolls, which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal.


Julia Donaldson can't really do anything wrong, can she? This charming story of a school class's bear having his own extraordunary adventures is simply first class. Rebecca Cobb's fantastic illustrations compliment a perfect story.

Alexander McCall Smith: Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

Published by Bloomsbury 9th March 2017


Roll up, roll up for a sensational circus story from the bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun, energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley throughout. Join Freddie Mole as he tumbles through the air, flies around the big tent and tames four growling lions! Freddie is an ordinary boy who joins the circus one day. He can't believe his luck as he is asked to understudy some of the acts. But is he brave enough to go into the lions' cage? A joyful, exciting tale of bravery and showbusiness glamour by a much loved author.


Dinosaurs, pirates and circuses - young children of a certain age will always be captivated by at least one if not all three premises - in this case Alexander McCall Smith brings us the exquisite story of Freedie Mole and his adventures in circus-land. Extraordinarily good!


Jon Milton: The Super-Intelligent High-Tec Robot Book

Published by Macmillan Children's Books 12th January 2017


The Super-Intelligent, High-tech Robot Book sits alongside the new blockbuster Science Museum Robots exhibition, and because it is being written by the Science Museum it contains all the very latest robot information communicated in an accessible humorous way. Opening in February 2017, the exhibition will explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots. The Super-Intelligent, High-tech Robot Book will look at the history of animatronics, computing and robots from their beginnings to the present day, and contains quizzes and instructions for experiments to do at home. It is illustrated with black-and-white photos and line art.


A I've never been that interested in robots except for the brilliant SF stories of Isaac Asimov, so I'm not really qualified to judge this one. The illustrations look better than the actual information about robots - that's all I'm saying.

Gerard Siggins: Rugby Runner

Published by O'Brien 13th February 2017


Schools rugby star Eoin Madden has never been busier – he’s captain of the Junior Cup team, he’s training with Leinster and hoping to be chosen for the Ireland team for the first-ever Under 16 World Cup. But it’s not all fun and games, as Eoin also has to deal with grumpy friends, teachers piling on the homework – AND a ghost on a mission that goes back to the very origins of the game of rugby. But what does the restless spirit need, and can Eoin help him? Books, crooks and rucks - it’s all to play for this term!


I have an intense hatred of rugby, so I couldn't read a book about it when there are a million other worthwhile books about other more worthy subjects to read first...

Cassandra Clare: Lady Midnight

Published by Simon and Schuster 23rd February 2017


The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare's newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel. It's been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn't lead her in treacherous directions... Making things even more complicated, Julian's brother Mark-who was captured by the faeries five years ago-has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind-and they need the Shadowhunters' help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn't recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it? Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices series.


A serious rival for the Twilight series - great characters and atmosphere!


Jeff Giles: The Edge of Everything

Published by Amulet 7th March 2017


Tourmaline Harris's life hit pause at fifteen, when her Mum went to prison because of Tourmaline's unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker game known as the Wardens. Virginia Campbell's life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mum "sold" her into the services of the district attorney: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When DA Hazzard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling the club--and Tourmaline--out. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.


I think the best character in this teen yarn is Virginia - and the book reminds me of the sort of thing I was reading fifty-five years ago - excellent debut, a cracking story and brilliant characters!


T Nat Fuller: A Good Day For a Hat

Published by Abrams & Chronicle 14th March 2017


Mr. Brown loves hats and can't leave the house without wearing just the right one. But on this day, every time he opens the door to leave, the situation changes, and Mr. Brown must change his hat accordingly. At last, wearing every hat he owns, Mr. Brown is on his way. When he finally arrives at his destination, we find that it's Mr. Brown's birthday, and his friends have just the right hat for that.


A wonderful, funny, heartwarming story concerning hats...


Andrea Prior: A Parcel of Pigs and Other Funny Tails

Published by Matador 28th February 2017


Andrea Prior's illustrated children's book A Parcel of Pigs is a collection of quirky and appealing children's rhymes with colourful illustrations by the author. Great to read aloud, the rhymes are written to provide an interactive and memorable reading experience between parent and child, as well as being a fun and engaging way to help children with their reading skills. Aimed at 5 - 8 year olds, the rhymes are intertwined with humour and are full of word patterns and wordplay; a perfect way to help children with their linguistic development, pronunciation skills, spelling and memory recall. There is also a selection of engaging questions at the end of each rhyme, so that children can test their memory of what they have seen in the illustration, listened to, or read. Each poem has a different character that children can easily engage with - they will meet the scariest mother they have ever seen, find out why Barnaby was so very bothered, how the red-skinned onion is so very tasty, how Humphrey the Hippo got so very lost, and how the naughty mouse outwitted the smart ginger cat. Beautifully illustrated, A Parcel of Pigs will appeal to parents and children who love reading together and enjoy interactive books with funny animal and people characters. This book is original, appealing and a fun and engaging way to help children to learn!


An excellent way to introduce young children to the delights of rhyming...


Andrew Guile: Skinny Finny and Super Spy Wobblebottom

Published by Matador 28th January 2017


Ten-year-old Skinny Finny and his twin brother, Tubby, are beginning a new life in London when their arch enemy, the evil Dr Buttscratcher, and his shadowy sidekick begin terrorising unsuspecting joggers and the elderly. Skinny Finny's hopes for a 'normal' life are shattered as he is set on a collision course with Dr Buttscratcher and his crazy plans for world domination. Will Skinny Finny join forces once again with the British Agent, Super Spy Wobblebottom? And who is the dastardly doctor's mysterious new apprentice? With over 150 black and white illustrations throughout, The Amazing Adventures of Skinny Finny and Super Spy Wobblebottom is a funny, enthralling and humorous tale for children aged 7 and over. This explosive children's book guarantees high adventure and hilarious mayhem for the enjoyment of all young readers.


Brigid Kemmerer: Letters To The Lost

Published by Bloomsbury 6th April 2017


Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope. Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.


There's an overriding wistfulness throughout this lovely tale - many people write letters to their dead relatives and friends, so it's not something that's weird, but rather something that has a poignancy and reveals more about the surviving relative, really. A gentle, fascinating story of friendship and more.


Janet Kelly: Doris Morris And The Invasion of the Neighbours

Published by Bobaloo Books 28th May 2017


Doris Morris is a very old cat. When her home gets invaded by neighbouring cats, she gets the blame for the mayhem. That is, until Amy and Ted - aged four and eight - find out what is going on. With underlying messages about family values this is an excellent book for explaining bullying and the importance of telling family what is happening. Beautifully illustrated and filled with humour for four to six year olds, this first in a series is an ideal gift.


Carol Ann Duffy & Lydia Monks: Queen Munch and Queen Nibble

Published by Two Hoots 6th October 2016


Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and beloved illustrator Lydia Monks team up for a wonderfully imaginative and delightfully funny 64-page story about an unlikely friendship between two very different royals. Bold, bouncy Queen Munch loves nothing more than eating delicious cakes and enormous breakfasts, whereas Queen Nibble is pale, quiet, and likes making necklaces out of raindrops. So when Queen Munch decides to invite Queen Nibble for a visit and win her friendship, the mission seems doomed to fail. But there is more to each Queen than meets the eye and soon a friendship begins to blossom. Author of The Lost Happy Endings, The Princess Blankets and The Tear Thief Carol Ann Duffy brings these loveable characters to life with her uniquely evocative voice - paired brilliantly with the bold and colourful artwork of the illustrator of Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard, Lydia Monks. With full colour artwork and a longer story than most picture books, Queen Munch and Queen Nibble is the perfect gift for new readers, and a journey into a captivating and fantastical world that will delight young readers over and over again. The sumptuous real cloth quarter binding, bright ribbon and shining foil details to the front and back cover make this an ideal gift for any child.


At last! A story by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy... Or am I being unkind? It's a strange story, and the illustrations are a little gharish, but the overall package is one that will appeal to young readers and children who enjoy being read to.


Lucy Saxon: The City Bleeds Gold

Published by Bloomsbury 9th March 2017


In this twist-filled fantasy adventure set in the world of Take Back the Skies and The Almost King, a young man must choose between two faces: dangerous master of shadows or beloved of the future queen. Noah is the finest mask-maker in all of Erova. He is responsible and loyal, and has won the heart and hand of the future queen. Daniel is dangerous and daring. Infamous. He prowls the filthy rooftops of the maze-like lower city in search of secrets and crime. Its people, hungry and forgotten, have come to need him. Noah and Daniel are the same person, and Daniel's life is beginning to tangle with Noah's, ensnaring the people he loves in a complex web of deception and heartbreak that will become deadly unless Noah can decide once and for all who he really wants to be.


A brilliant foray into the world of fantasy for young adults - I wish there had been books like this around when I was growing up!


L Zelering & M Gadil: Goldilock and The Three Bears

Published by Booklee 28th February 2017


The classic tale of Goldilocks and the three bears is brought to life in a modern format combining the book with an app to provide an interactive reading experience for children.

Goldilocks and the three bears tells the story of a young girl who enters the home of three bears whilst they are away. She sits in their chairs, eats some of their oatmeal, trying to find the perfect temperature, and falls asleep in one of their beds. When the bears return and discover her, they all become friends.

The book can be read as a standalone story, or combined with the use of the Booklee app for an enhanced reading experience. The app adds an interactive dimension to storytelling, inspired by children's love of playing with mobiles and tablets. Children download the app, choose to play the stories with or without narration and place their mobile devices on the page to interact with the story.

The books will delight tech-savvy children aged 1-6 who love classic fairytales.


Suzanne Barton: The Butterfly Dance

Published by Bloomsbury 9th March 2017


Caterpillars Dotty and Stripe do everything together. They play, they eat leaves and do all sorts of caterpiller-y things, and then one day, after spinning themselves into snuggly cocoons, they wake up as beautiful butterflies! But soon they realise that, for the first time ever, they look different. Should Dotty only play with butterflies that look like her? And Stripe only play with butterflies that look like him? A stunningly illustrated story about friendship and and being happy with who you are, from the author/illustrator of Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted The Dawn Chorus.


Reminiscent of stories by classic children's writers like Hans Christian Andersen... lovely!


Russell Ayto: Henry and the Yeti

Published by Bloomsbury 23rd February 2017


Henry is sure yetis do exist, and he sets off on an expedition to find one. He has packed everything he needs, including a camera to take photos for evidence. But can he find a yeti? And will anyone believe him when he returns home? A funny story about believing in yourself (and yetis) from a bestselling illustrator who has turned author too. (Titles include The Witch's Children and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.) Children will love the twist ending in particular.


I love the story but I'm not sure about the illustrations, which seem a little stark to me...


Mark Sperring & David Tazzyman: The Naughty Naughty Baddies

Published by Bloomsbury 9th March 2017


Once there were four Naughty, Naughty Baddies. And each one was as naughty as the next. They liked nothing more than being diabolically dreadful. But best of all, they loved creeping ... When Four suggests a cunning plan to STEAL all the spots off the Queen's Little Doggy Woof-Woof, they all grin fiendishly and chuckle evilly as they creep, creep, creep ... WHAT will the Queen do when she sees her spotless Little Doggy Woof-Woof?
WHERE is the King sitting as they creep, creep past? (Clue: a throne of sorts.)
WILL the Naughty, Naughty Baddies get away with it? A very funny, deliciously naughty story that will have children and adults alike laughing with glee. From the bestselling pen of Mark Sperring and the bestselling brush of David Tazzyman.


Whacky, strange, extraordinary goings-on... not sure about this one - how would you go about stealing the spots off a dog?


Xavier Deneux: Fly!

Published by Chronicle Books 7th March 2017


A bird arrives, alights on a tree, finds a mate, and builds a nest. Soon its eggs will hatch and one brave hatchling will emabark on its first flight. A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable and movable characters and scenery to the best-selling touchthinklearn format.


Goes one better than lift the flap - this time little hands can hold the sturdy pieces as though they were completing a jigsaw! A brilliant little board book!


Michelle Markel: Balderdash - John Newbery and the Boisterour Birth of Children's Books

Published by Chronicle Books 4th April 2017


A picture book biography about John Newbery, pioneering author and publisher--for whom the prestigious Newbery medal is named--and the revolution in children's books that he led.


Jaw-dropping illustrations make this a must-read about the man after whom the Newbery Medal is named - a pioneer in children's books. Newbery's vision of children's books overflowing with illustrations and sheer entertainment was revolutionary, coming as it did in the 18th century. An amazing piece of social history.


Sherri Duskey Rinker: Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

Published by Chronicle Books 14th February 2017


At last here from the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, goodnight Construction Site. All of our favourite trucks are back on the construction site - this time with a focus on team-building, friendship and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do! The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction SIte are in for a mighty good time!


Tom Lichtenheld's fantastic illustrations are part of the key to this series' amazing success, but Sherri's words also play their part. Toddlers like nothing more than stories about vehicles with personalities, and this wonderful new book in the best-selling series contains so much for them to love and admire. Compelling!




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