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Recommended by: sweet pea
Mr. Wuffles! (Caldecott Medal - Honors Winning Title(s)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618756612
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Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2013

Oh, Mr. Wuffles! Mr. Wuffles is unamused by your toys. Unless it's a tiny spaceship! The tiny aliens must band together with ants and a ladybug to escape. Filled with a language to decode, it's terribly fun!

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

This collection of web comics has the awe-inspiring ability to tackle very ridiculous & very serious subjects (ranging from cake-induced sugar frenzies to intense experiences with depression) 
in a way that's both humorous and insightful. These perfectly
illustrated stories are full of candor, mayhem, and swear words -- a lot
like life.

Recommended by: sweet pea
Battling Boy Cover Image
By Paul Pope, Paul Pope (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596431454
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Published: First Second - October 8th, 2013

When hero Haggard West is killed by a plasma bolt, Arcopolis is plagued by monsters of all stripes. Enter the somewhat haphazard demigod Battling Boy on his first mission. With his T-Rex T-Shirt, how can any foe stand in his way?

Recommended by: Raissa
Battle Bunny Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

This clever picture book gives kids a lot to explore, both in the graphic storytelling and busy pictures. The two-stories-in-one storytelling also gives parents an opportunity to talk about feelings with young children.

Recommended by: sweet pea
The Best American Infographics 2013 Cover Image
By Gareth Cook (Editor), David Byrne (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780547973371
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2013

I am geekily ecstatic that the Best American series has finally collected infographics! From a beautiful Wind Map of the US to a Periodic Table of Death for Breaking Bad to pie charts of colors 10 famous artists (from Monet to Matisse)used over 10 years. Factual fun!

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Open This Little Book Cover Image
By Jesse Klausmeier, Suzy Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811867832
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - January 1st, 2013

If you're a lover of both literature and matryoshka dolls, this is the book for you. Each page is its own book-within-a-book, with each book introducing a new character. A great gift for anyone ever tempted to wrap something in increasingly tiny boxes.

Recommended by: sweet pea
Matilda and Hans Cover Image
By Yokococo, Yokococo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763664343
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Published: Templar Books - May 14th, 2013

I'm a little obsessed with this picture book. Matilda is so good! Hans is so naughty! Cute, big illustrations are highly appealing. A surprising plot twist adds flavor. Every kid has a little Matilda and a little Hans in them! 

Recommended by: sweet pea
Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives, and How to Find Them Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604693379
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - August 27th, 2013

This informative guide focuses on 85 species, their habits, and where to find them. From the shore (Black Oystercatcher!) to the woods (Pileated Woodpecker!), you can find known favorites and new friends.

Recommended by: sweet pea
Love Is Power, or Something Like That: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976408
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 7th, 2013

I am
trying to train myself to like short stories and this collection
definitely advances my cause.I love the diversity of stories told, with
different types of people and situations. It's a multifaceted view of
contemporary Nigeria. Barrett is great at giving a sense of place and
fully fleshing out his characters. I'm looking forward for more to come from him.

Recommended by: sweet pea
The Shining Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316216852
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mulholland Books - June 4th, 2013

I'm a fan of Lauren Beukes after the awesome Zoo City. I love that this novel tackles different genres: serial killer, time
travel, and haunted house. The story is constantly being told in
different times about different people. I can see how this could be
frustrating, but i loved it. The worst parts, and this isn't really a
spoiler, were the demises of the shining girls. I want whole novels
about them as living womyn. This is a challenging read that should
appeal to a wide swath of readers.