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Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat

 

Charlie Piechart’s second math mystery takes place at school—when a purple, sparkly cone-shapedprincess hat goes missing! Margot needs her hat in time for the school play (today!), so Charlie and his dog companion, Watson, are on the case—finding evidence of sparkles and purple paint and keeping on the lookout for geometric clues that might lead to the missing hat.

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice

 

With a dinnertime mystery and 5 hungry suspects, Charlie Piechart makes fractions fun. Charlie Piechart has a piechart for a belly, and it’s a belly that’s perfect for showing fractions. In his first mystery, perfect for little math enthusiasts, it’s pizza night at the Piecharts’ house.

Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni

 

Picky eaters everywhere will identify with young Tony, who will eat nothing but macaroni. This charming tale about a limited palette that is expanded, step-by-step, on a tour through noodle-dom is told in singsong verse. The importance of a balanced diet is addressed ever so subtly in this engaging story.

Alice from Dallas

 

Bestselling author and illustrator Marilyn Sadler and Ard Hoyt team up to create a rollicking tale of friendship that will have readers dancing the Texas Two-Step and shouting “Yee-haw,” no matter where they’re from. Marilyn Sadler is a children’s television writer and the award-winning author of multiple picture books, including the bestselling P.J. Funnybunny series. She lives in Cleveland. Ohio. Ard Hoyt is the illustrator of many bestselling children’s books, including I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow and Tilly the Trickster by Molly Shannon. He lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Ten Eggs in a Nest

 

Beginning readers can count to ten—and add—while they learn to read with P.J. Funnybunny author Marilyn Sadler's latest, funniest Bright and Early Book! Gwen the hen has laid her eggs, but just how many is anyone's guess. For now, she's quite content to sit and wait for them to hatch. Red Rooster, however, is too excited to wait. As soon as one egg hatches, he struts over to Worm World and buys ONE worm for his ONE new baby chick. Alas, Red returns to find that not ONE new baby chick, but TWO baby chicks have now hatched, requiring a return trip to Worm World. The hijinks continue back and forth until ten eggs have hatched, Red Rooster is ready to plotz, and young readers have learned a thing or two about ONE: counting to ten; TWO: simple addition; THREE: buying and selling; and FOUR: chickens and eggs! With stylized illustrations by Michael Fleming reminiscent of classic Beginner Books, this is a perfect choice for parents looking to teach reading and math to their own little chicks! 

The P.J. Funnybunny Series

P.J. Funnybunny is the star of over a dozen children's books. His very first title, "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny", was the recipient of an International Reading Association Classroom Choice Award and was named one of the Top 100 Children's Books of All-Time!  His books have also been included in the Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Series as well as Random House's Step into Reading Series.

 

It's Not East Being a Bunny

ISBN-978-0-394-86102-9  (ages 3 and up)

"Sick of being a bunny, P.J. Funnybunny takes off to become a bear. Hibernation gets dull, so he tries being a bird.  And so it goes, with beavers, pigs, possums and skunks-till P.J. realizes that bunnyhood is for him.  The short, repeating text is ideal for beginners and the right, humorous cartoons will get immediate attention."
School Library Journal

Honey Bunny Funnybunny

ISBN-978-0-679-88181-0  (ages 3 and up)

It's not easy being Honey Bunny Funnybunny-P.J. Funnybunny's little sister.  Like most big brothers, P.J. loves to tease and play jokes on his little sister. Poor, patient Honey Bunny puts up with almost everything. But the jokes stop short when P.J. paints the sleeping Honey Bunny's face bright green.  Mr. and Mrs. Funnybunny are hopping mad. From now on, things are going to be different in the Funnybunny household! But does Honey Bunny really want something different?

P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out

ISBN-978-0-679-83269-0  (ages 4 and up)

Camping is not for girls, right?  At least that's what P.J. and his pals tell Donna Duck and Honey Bunny when they want to tag along on a camping trip.  But when two mysterious ghosts frighten the boys all the way home, only the girls know the true story.

Honey Bunny's Honey Bear

ISBN-978-0-375-84326-6  (ages 4 and up)

In this delightful story, Honey Bunny Funnybunny likes Eddy Bear even though he never notices her.  She wears her prettiest dress, tries to play ball with him and even makes him a valentine-all to no avail. But Honey Bunny's questions are answered and her heart mended in a surprise ending sure to please children and parents alike!

P.J. Funnybunny's Bag of Tricks

ISBN-978-0-375-82444-9  (ages 4 and up)

P.J. Funnybunny's dad brings him a special present: a magic kit! P.J. studies all the tricks and does them just right.  So why are his family  and friends bored with his tricks?  P.J. decides to show them the best trick of all-by disappearing himself!

Money Money  Honey Bunny

ISBN-978-0-375-83370-0  (ages 2 and up)

Honey Bunny Funnybunny has lots and lots and lots of money.  Some she saves, some she spends on herself and some she spends on her friends.  In this delightful rhyming book about spending and saving, the bear gets a chair, the fly gets some pie and, of course, the fox gets some socks.

The Parakeet Girl

 

The language is simple, but the pet story takes lots of unexpected twists and turns in this Step into Reading book with exuberant cartoon illustrations. Emma wants a pet, but the puppy prefers Emma's mom, the kitten makes Emma sneeze and the goldfish doesn't seem happy to see her. Henry, the parakeet, turns out to be the perfect pet until Emma's brother gets a parakeet too, and everything changes.  New readers will see that a story can surprise you, and they will appreciate the expressive pictures that show Emma's bond with her pet (perched on top of her head, he is a great hit when she takes him to school) and Emma's sadness when things don't go right.

ISBN-0-679-87289-2  (ages 6 and up)

Zenon Kar Series

Zenon Kar is the live-action star of three Disney Channel Original Movies.  She is also the stellar star of her own series of chapter books with Random House!

 

Zenon Kar, Spaceball Star 

She's a typical 21st century elementary school kid-who lives on a space station high above Earth!  Zenon is so excited!  She made the spaceball team! Spaceball is a kind of zero-gravity volleyball. Players wear jet-packs to zoom around the court. Unfortunately, Zenon's not so good at it.  Game after game, she sits on the bench.  Her only hope is Grebba Kahn, who offers to help Zenon with her moves.  But Zenon's friends don't like Grebba. They call her "the Hulk".  Now Zenon worries, If I start hanging out with Grebba, what will my friends call ME! 

The Kindle Edition (Grades 2-4)

 
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Bobo Crazy

This chipper chapter book imagines life in the year 2049, chronicling the adventures of high-energy fifth-grader Zenon Kar. This is the latest in a series begun with the author-illustrator team's 1996 picture book Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, which led to a Disney Channel movie. Zenon lives on a space station high above earth where live pets are not allowed. She longs for a Tobo brand robotic dog, the hottest toy in the galaxy, but her frugal father buys her a Bobo, a cheaper knock-off, instead. However, something happens to make her appreciate her Bobo for what it is, and to understand her father's attitudes. Ages 6-9.

 

Stuck on Earth

To Zenon, Earth is just another planet.  Sure, she's learned about it in galactic geography, but she hasn't actually lived there since she was a baby.  That's why she's so excited about  the big school trip.  Her teacher is taking Zenon's entire Quantum Elementary class to Earth for a week!  But when Zenon gets there, it's not at all what she expected.  And to make matters worse, she gets separated from her group. Now Zee's about to find out what it's like to be stuck on Earth!

The Kindle Edition (Grades 2-4)

 

The Trouble With Fun

When an important Earth scientist visits Space Station 9, Zenon agrees to entertain his daughter, Teena.  At first Zee's job is easy.  Teena seems polite and well-behaved.  But when the adults turn their backs, she changes completely.  All Teena cares about is having fun, even if it means breaking all sorts of space station rules!  Zenon wants to be a good hostess.  And she like to have fun.  But the trouble with fun is knowing which kinds will get you into trouble!

The Kindle Edition (Grades 2-4)

Pass It On

 

Sadler gives cockamamie treatment to this barnyard variant on the game of telephone.  "Cow is stuck in the fence." Or was it "Cow and Hen had good luck"? No matter: "Pass it on!" Now it’s "A good duck gave cow a penny." The game is one of those deeply amusing exposés of the corruption of information as it is passed along. Sadler’s approach to the game is humorous and artful: She twists and fractures the words in delightful fashion, sometimes from what appears to be mishearing, sometimes from embroidery or exaggeration. The cumulative errors result in a fine and farcical ending. Without putting a heavy hand on the proceedings, Sadler illustrates just how inaccuracies in communication can lead to utter balderdash, as they might in gossip and rumormongering. Slack’s accompanying artwork crackles with energy and color, and the barnyard creatures have a high degree of personality. Each instance of passing it on has at least two windows of activity, one depicting the act itself and the other what the corruption would look like. Though it is supposed to be a silent game—and here it is anything but that—this rendering of the childhood favorite captures the essence of its illuminating comedy.

– Kirkus Review

Who knew pigs were such telephone fanatics? Or bees, cows and dogs for that matter — all of them equally apt to get everything wrong. In this rendition of barnyard telephone, events are spurred into motion when a cow gets stuck on a fence (by her rump; it’s that kind of book). When Bee tells Frog to pass the news along, the frog senselessly alters the message: “Cow put a duck in the tent. Pass it on!” he tells a bewildered pig. Each message is escalated into greater heights — or depths — of absurdity, gleefully depicted in Slack’s retro Tibor Gergely-style illustrations. In the end, Pig helps set things right.
— The New York Times