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A beautiful, inspiring story about mural painting bringing beauty to a drab neighborhood. The back matter tells the true story of East Village near downtown San Diego transformed due to the artist's and his wife's efforts to bring people together to create art. June Krell. Up to Seven.
When GW, 2nd grade class hamster, decides it's time to break out of the joint and go back to the woods, he hunts for his pals, Billy and Biter. Before they can organize a Rube Goldbergian escape, they have a run in with Harriet the mouse and her crew. Jokes and adventure abound in this hilarious graphic novel for younger readers. (7-10)
A drab, brown town takes on shape, color, and interest--becoming a community--when a mysterious gardener comes to town. A young orphan works with him, learning how to form amazing topiaries--and so much more. The skillful graphite and digital compositions effectively display the emotional content. Wendy Lukehart
Poetic text and lush, dreamlike illustrations, convey the mysteries of the nocturnal landscape, and connect two children who sleep on opposite sides of the ocean. A lovely bedtime tale with universal themes. Up to Seven.
An alphabet driven tale with as many twists and turns as the spare, energetic illustrations on white space depicting a dog and mouse in a game of chase -- and catch. The concept is not lost in all of the activity, though, as each letter is highlighted in bright colors. Up to Seven.
Tina, a tree climbing cow, pushes her three grass munching sisters to step (or fly) outside their comfort zone. Magical and humorously expressive mixed-media illustrations further the sense of adventure. Up to Seven.
This simple rhyming text tells a powerful story about slavery in language suitable for a young audience. Weatherford never shies away from the harshness of slavery as the enslaved people of New Orleans count down to their one day of relaxation and self expression. Christie's fluid illustrations and color palette complement the text. Seven to Ten. Deborah Taylor