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The Little Reindeer

On Christmas Eve, Ollie, who wears reindeer pajamas, has just gone to sleep when jingle bells wake her up. She grabs her sled and follows the sound. She finds a collar of bells on a tree branch and wonders who could it belong to. Next, she hears the crunch of a reindeer in the snow. Ollie fastens the collar on to the reindeer. Ollie and the reindeer go for a ride through the night sky. They have to stop because Ollie has to go back to bed and someone very special needs the reindeer that night. A double-page spread shows Santa and his reindeer flying through the night sky. This enchanting Christmas story has die cuts pages, silver foil, and splashes of red.. mjw
Title: The Little Reindeer
Author: Nicola Killen
Illustrator
: Nicola Killen
Publisher
: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original title: Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer

ISBN
: 978-1-4814-8686-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book 
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Cambridge, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Cambridge
Subjects
: Adventure, Christmas, Fantasy and magic, Holidays and celebrations, Reindeer

The Wind In The Willows

Sebastian Meschenmoser’s expressive artwork brings a new look to Kenneth Grahame’s classic story about Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger. More than one hundred watercolor vignettes and twelve full-page oil paintings bring life to the adventures of the lovable characters in pastoral Edwardian England. mjw
Title: The Wind In The Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
Illustrator
: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Publisher
: North South
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag. Zürich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2017 (1908)
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4295-3
Hardcover pages
: 220
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Illustrated Fiction
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Subjects
: Automobiles, Badgers, Boats, Folktales, Moles, Rats, Toads

Jamal’s Journey

Jamal is a little camel that has to walk, walk, walk through the desert to keep up with his friend, the boy, and the other camels in the caravan. A sandstorm separates them. He meets different desert animals, but none can help him. A wise falcon reunites Jamal with his family. Eventually they reach Dubai and the colorful marketplace. Rich watercolor paintings show the sights of the desert and the city. An author’s note tells that the story was inspired by Foreman’s visit to Dubai and that the word jamal means beauty and camel. mjw
Title: Jamal’s Journey
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator
: Michael Foreman
Publisher
: Andersen Press.  USA
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Andersen Press Ltd. London
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-1-5124-3949-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Dubai
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: Author/illustrator has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice
Subjects
: Adventure, Camels, Cities, Deserts, Friendship

Grandfather Whisker’s Table

Young Enzo lives in Siena, Italy, during the Renaissance. He and his father attend the festival for the Palio di Siena horse race, where Enzo buys a toy woodpecker for his little brother. The piazza is so crowded that Enzo is afraid he will lose the toy. An old man named Grandfather Whiskers who loans and exchanges money at the festival agrees to keep the toy safe. He gives Enzo a receipt that Enzo must be careful not to lose. Stylized artwork enhances the story set in this period in the history of economy and culture. This installment in the Trade Winds series offers readers historical information about the first known bank. Back matter provides further information about the first banks, the city of Siena, and different currencies. A map, key terms and concepts, and a timeline are also included.  mjw
Title: Grandfather Whisker’s Table
Author: Eun-jeong Jo
Illustrator
: Bimba Landmann
Publisher
: Eerdman”s Publishing Co.  Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Korean
Editor:  Joy Cowley
Original Publisher
: Yeowon Media Co. Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5474-2
Paperback pages
: 36
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture book, Historical fiction
Book setting
: Siena, Italy
Author’s ethnicity
: Korean
Author’s residence
: South Korea
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Milan, Italy
Subjects
: Banks and banking, History 15th century, Lost and found, Possessions

Imagine

One little pigeon sets out on a journey to spread the message of peace to other birds of all shapes and sizes. John Lennon’s song is illustrated with brush and ink drawings colored digitally. The book has a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon and an afterword by Amnesty International. All royalties from sales of the book go directly to the charity. mjw
Title: Imagine
Author: John Lennon 1940-1980), with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon
Illustrator
: Jean Jullien
Publisher
: Clarion Books
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-328-80865-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: London and Los Angeles
Subjects
: Birds, Peace, Pigeons, Song lyrics, Tolerance

The Treasure Of Barracuda

the-treasure-of-barracudaEleven-year-old Sparks is a deck hand on the Southern Cross, a pirate ship led by Captain Barracuda. Sparks and the crew discover a book left by the infamous pirate, Phineas Johnson Krane, but they cannot read. The fifty-three zany pirates learn to read and decipher the book’s contents so they can go in search of Krane’s real hidden treasure. In this laugh-aloud story, the pirates learn that the most valuable treasures are reading, writing, and family. An extensive Barracuda’s Glossary is included. mjw
Title: The Treasure Of Barracuda
Author: Llanos Campos
Illustrator
: Julia Sarda
Publisher
: Little Pickle Press, Inc. California
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Lawrence Schimel
Original Title
: El Tesoro de Barracuda
Original Publisher
: Ediciones SM
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-939775-14-6
Hardcover pages
: 156
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: The Caribbean
Author’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Author’s residence
: Spain
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Awards
: 2014 Barco de Vapor Award for Children’s Literature in Spain
Subjects
: Books, Pirates, Reading

A Well-Mannered Young Wolf

a-well-mannered-young-wolfA young wolf, whose parents taught him good manners, goes on his first hunting trip in search of his next meal. He offers his prey their last wishes. As he tries to fulfill each wish, his meals escape. The poor wolf finds himself very hungry. The surprise ending will delight young readers. Cartoon style illustrations in earth tones add visual humor. mjw
Title: A Well-Mannered Young Wolf
Author: Jean Leroy
Illustrator
: Matthieu Maudet
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Un jeune loup bien eduque
Original Publisher
: L’ecole des loisirs
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5479-7
Hardcover pages
: 30
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Chickens, Humor, Manners, Rabbits, Wolves