Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz - Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark

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Fans of The Wizard of Oz, rejoice: Michael Morpurgo has used his inimitable talent to retell L. Frank Baum’s classic tale from a dog’s-eye view. In Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Tale of the Wizard of Oz (HarperCollins, $17.99), Dorothy’s famous pet tells his puppies what really happened on the journey down the yellow brick road. Toto’s perceptive nose sniffs out all sorts of useful information along the way to the Emerald City, from the trustworthiness of the Good Witch of the North to the location of the rusted Tin Man. Emma Chichester Clark adds her own fresh perspective with charming, full-color illustrations that combine with Morpurgo’s text to create a fitting tribute to a masterpiece of children’s literature. Ages 8-11.


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ISBN: 9780008252564
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Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - September 12th, 2017

Greatest Animal Stories - Michael Morpurgo

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Former British Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo collects 17 animal fables from around the world in his Greatest Animal Stories (Barron’s, $16.99). Morpurgo prefaces each tale by comparing and contrasting it to others in the collection, making connections between cultures and thus providing a global context. In the spirit of Aesop’s Fables, Morpurgo also ends each chapter by identifying the moral of the story. His choice to use several writers and illustrators conveys a sense of many voices speaking to the reader with every turn of the page. Ages 8-11.


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ISBN: 9781438050034
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 21st, 2017

The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

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When their plane crashes, Fred, Con, Lila, and Max must make their way through the Amazon jungle in order to find help. Each child assumes the role of The Explorer (Simon & Schuster, $16.99), moving determinedly ahead and wresting survival from a perilous environment. As they face challenges that range from eating a tarantula to caring for a sick friend, the children must draw upon strengths they never knew they had. Drawing inspiration from classic adventure stories, Katherine Rundell creates a captivating narrative within a richly detailed world. Ages 8-12.


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ISBN: 9781481419451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017