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DARK DAYS AND BLOOD REBELLIONS
by Thea James

What is it about the clever blend of magic and classic aristocracy that is so pleasing to read? The mix of enchantment, romance, and classism is a tried and true bouquet, from books like Sherwood Smith’s much beloved YA duology Crown Duel/Court Duel to movies like the newest iteration of Beauty and the Beast.

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LITTLE MOUSE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Youngsters will clamor for more as they climb into a lap and ask to also be called their mommy's little mouse. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murray captures a young girl's changing moods—from feeling big and bold to little and cuddly—in this playful, empathetic story. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH THE HORSES by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Very well done indeed. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Aussie Lester crafts a believable wartime adventure loosely based on the World War II rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School. Read full book review >

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CAT AMONG THE CABBAGES by Alison  Bartlett
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a persistent momentum and punctuated by flaps that add mystery and drama, this is robust preschooler fare; the yarn-bright explosions of color in the illustrations only add to the frolic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This fold-out book—from the illustrator of Vivian French's Oliver's Vegetables (1995)—is notable for a number of reasons, not the least for its gorgeous, color-drenched illustrations. Read full book review >

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TESSA SNAPS SNAKES by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A concept book that is as entertaining as it is instructive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The seven kids in Rosie Sips Spiders (1989) are back, each behaving in his or her unique way: different things make them laugh; they have seven secrets and seven fears, and each has a special way to earn pocket money and to send messages. Read full book review >

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FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >

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EDDIE AND DOG by Alison Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A sweet choice for dog lovers, active children or anyone searching for a friend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This effervescent boy-and-dog tale is worth making some room on the shelf. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE BLUE by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"A beautiful if rather sprawling beach book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jay's distinctive media and style combine to present a wordless, fantastic beach story of adventure and compassion. Read full book review >

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ME AND MY DAD! by Alison Ritchie
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"More and more titles are emerging that celebrate the special bond between fathers and their children; this one adds beautifully to that genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A playful and loving father and son spend a delightful day bonding together, from a wake-up nose tickle to a final nighttime cuddle. Read full book review >

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THE CROW by Alison Paul
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"Younger and more timorous audiences will appreciate the take-it-or-leave-it quality of the suspense. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Riffing on "The Raven" for her debut, Paul demonstrates that she's no Poe (yet, at least) when it comes to verse—but her shadowy, skewed-perspective paper-collage illustrations do create a properly brooding atmosphere. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO THE ZOO by Alison Jay
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Children will delight in visiting this magical place, where the wacky animals are the well-deserved premier attraction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This whimsical zoo is a wonder. Read full book review >