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Jun 02 2020

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill

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Spot the Dog. Puffin, 2020. ISBN: 9780241446850. Board book.
(Age: 0+) Highly recommended. With a gorgeous ruby cover to celebrate 40 years since the publication of this classic picture book, young and old alike will delight in the simple story of Sally trying to find Spot the little puppy. She looks in all sorts of places, under the stairs, in a box, under the rug, but Spot is not there. Instead she finds an array of smiling creatures, a crocodile, a snake, a bear, and a hippopotamus until she finally finds him and gives him his dinner.
The gentle refrain of "Is he in the . . . "; "Is he under the . . . " will be one that children can repeat along with the reader and then shout out a resounding "No." There will be opportunities for children to play hide and seek themselves and peek-a-boo after reading the story. The simple repetition and large print will also help emerging readers as they repeat familiar pages.
The pages are sturdy and the lift-the-flaps are big enough for little fingers to handle. What makes it so special are the big images of Sally the dog, outlined in black and the vivid colours that children are sure to enjoy.
This is a lovely book that will bring back memories to the generations who have read it aloud to children. Now their children have the opportunity to read it to their children as a board book and grandparents will be overjoyed to bring back memories with this gift to their young grandchildren as well.
Pat Pledger



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HarperCollins, 2020. ISBN: 9781529036084. 293pp.
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May 26 2020

In the time of foxes by Jo Lennan

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Scribner, 2020. ISBN: 9781760855697.
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May 26 2020

The Van Apfel girls are gone by Felicity McLean

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HarperCollins, 2019. ISBN: 9781460755068.
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May 26 2020

The giant and the sea by Trent Jamieson

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Illus. by Rovina Cai. Hachette, 2020. ISBN: 9780734418876.
(Age: All) Highly recommended. This eye-catching large format picture book will not be left long on the shelves. A giant peers down at the young girl in the bottom right hand corner of the cover, watching what she will do. She is...
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May 22 2020

Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope

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Mantle, 2020. ISBN: 9781529003390. 336pp.
(Age: Adolescent - Adult) This is a story that carries a deep-rooted sense of loss when a family is separated by distance, and indeed by tension. When the parents of grown-up children announced one day that they intended to leave England to live...
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May 22 2020

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

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Red Rising Saga. Hachette, 2020. ISBN: 9781473646759.
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May 22 2020

The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold

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An Ekaterin Vorkosigan novella. Subterranean Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781596068926. 73 pages.
(Age: Adult - Senior secondary) Highly recommended. What a thought provoking and stylish novella from Bujold, an award winning author who never fails to deliver a book that lingers in the...
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