Candlewick Presents Books for Summer Reading
Peppa Pig and the Great Vacation
9780763669867 ? May 2014 ? Hardcover ? $12.99 ? 32 pages ? Ages 2-5
Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Peppa, and George are off to the warm, sunny seaside. It's too bad Goldie the goldfish can't come along, but Granny Pig and Grandpa Pig will look after Peppa's beloved pet. There's lots to do on vacation -- send postcards, have pizza for lunch, take a nature walk, and of course go to the beach. It's a great vacation indeed, and Granny Pig and Grandpa Pig have taken very good care of Goldie. Maybe too good! Will this be Peppa's greatest vacation ever?
Picnic by John Burningham
9780763669454 ? May 2014 ? Hardcover ? $16.99 ? 32 pages ? Ages 2-5
One day, Boy and Girl head down the hill with a picnic basket and meet a fancily dressed Sheep, Pig, and Duck. They all set off to find the perfect place to sit outside -- until they see Bull coming! A short-lived chase segues into a gentle interactive text as the friends wend their way from an idyllic outdoor world to a welcoming house on a hill. In a charmingly understated tale with child-friendly illustrations and a hint of sly humor, John Burningham evokes a perfect summer day with a fresh new picture book. The renowned John Burningham is in classic form with a simple story of a boy, a girl, and some animal friends that invites the child listener to join in.
«"Burningham's trademark sketchy insouciance, with broken black outlines and dappled marker coloring, establishes a playful, sunny tone that's perfect for a day in the spring-green countryside."- Booklist (starred review)
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald; illustrated by Erwin Madrid
9780763670276 ? February 2014 ? Paperback ? $4.99 ? 64 pages ? Ages 4-6
With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends. But Judy Moody is acting like a pig-head, and Jessica UN-invites her from the party. To make matters worse, Jessica has snooped around the house and has found zero sign of a pig present. Could her birthday be any more of a disaster? Geared to newly independent readers, this story will have Judy Moody fans in pig heaven.
"McDonald gives emerging readers their own series that offers the same realism and zany humor as her previous "Judy Moody" books." - School Library Journal
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis
9780763660512 ? February 2014 ? Hardcover ? $14.99 ? 288 pages ? Ages 8-12
He doesn't like to pull rank. To reveal that he's this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, perhaps the nation. But he is. And he's about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It's his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game the system. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it's up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar-bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice. If he can only get his entry form in on time.
"Pastis has a knack for comic timing, and the interplay between cartoon, text, and the absurdities of the story should continue to attract readers who wish they could shake their fists at the world with such inept panache." - Booklist
Three Bird Summer by Sara St. Antoine