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"What Does the Fox Say?" by Ylvis

'What Does the Fox Say?' by Ylvis

★★★★★ Dog goes woof and cat goes meow, but what does the fox say? If you loved the YouTube sensation "What Does the Fox Say?" you will love the children's picture book version! The book is filled with the zany lyrics to the popular song and kooky illustrations of the animals mentioned. Recommended for children and adults who are fans of the song, or anyone curious about what noise the fox makes. ...

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"Superworm" by Julia Donaldson

'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson

★★★★★ “Hip, hip hooray for SUPERWORM”, repeatedly chant the animals and insects in the forest as their hero Superworm saves them from many disasters. But in the midst of their happiness the evil wizard lizard captures Superworm with his servant crow and puts an evil spell on him, forcing him to find treasure in the soil. Will his friends rescue him, break the evil spell, and restore their happy life? With its unlikely, admirable hero and ...

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"Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)" by Patricia MacLachlan

'Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)' by Patricia MacLachlan

The novel is set in the midwestern United States (Kansas) during the late 19th century. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife several years earlier, giving birth to Caleb, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah, from Maine, answers his ad and travels out to become his w ...

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"The BFG" by Roald Dahl

'The BFG' by Roald Dahl

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must ...

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"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)" by Judy Blume

'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)' by Judy Blume

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter ha ...

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"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien

'Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH' by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. ...

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"The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1)" by Beverly Cleary

'The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1)' by Beverly Cleary

"Pb-pb-b-b-b. Pb-pb-b-b-b." With these magic vocables, Ralph the mouse revs up a dream come true--his very own motorcycle. Living in a knothole in a hotel room, young Ralph has seen plenty of families come and go, some more generous with their crumbs than others. But when young Keith and his parents check in to the hotel, Ralph gets his first chance to check out. He has always fantasized about venturing beyond the second floor, maybe even outside ...

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"A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1)" by Michael Bond

'A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1)' by Michael Bond

Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington, a most endearing bear from Darkest Peruon a railway platform in London. A sign hanging around his neck said, "Please look after this bear. Thank you" So that is just what they did.From the very first night when he attempted his first bath and ended up nearly flooding the house, Paddington was seldom far from imminent disaster. Jonathan and Judy were delighted with this havoc and even Mr. and Mrs. Brown had ...

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"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White

★★★★★ "I don't want to die!Save me, somebody!Save me!"The tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.(From Puffin Books)An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and mir ...

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"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)" by C.S. Lewis

'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)' by C.S. Lewis

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.This stunning version of the classic The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, illustrated by Christian Burningham, comes with a special recording of the story ...

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"Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)" by Laura Ingalls Wilder

'Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)' by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a fire. Includes a detailed account of how the novel was written and published. ...

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"The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real" by Margery Williams

'The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real' by Margery Williams

In this extraordinary new edition, Donna Greens' beautiful and evocative paintings bring poignant meaning to a classic tale that remains as compelling today as when it was first published in 1922.Margery Williams' famous story tells of a young boy and his treasured favorite toy, a splendid "fat and bunchy" rabbit, whose ears are lined with a pink sateen.For this new edition Green has created superb oil-on-canvas works that are fresh and innocent, ...

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