1) 'Journey' by Aaron Becker. Just look at it! Look at that castle! Using a marker, a girl creates a magical portal into another realm, wherein she is apparently soon captured by a sinister emperor. If the cover of this book is any indication of what's inside...well sign me up. For ages 4-8.
2) 'Flora & Ulysses - The Illuminated Adventures' by Kate DiCamillo (author of 'The Tale of Despereaux') has written a new tale about a squirrel named Ulysses. A squirrel sucked into a vacuum. A squirrel saved by a young girl. A squirrel who becomes a superhero! This is a novel with comic-book style art and full page illustrations for ages 8+.
3) 'The Big Wet Balloon' by world renowned cartoonist Liniers. This picturebook for beginning readers looks just amazing! Two sisters, Clemmie and Matilda, navigate their way through a rainy day, and of course, learn a little something about being sisters in the process. For ages 4-8.
4) 'Patrick Eats His Peas' by Geoffrey Hayes. I'm most excited about this one! I wrote a post about the first Patrick book a couple of years ago. It is the sweetest book and Julia carried it around with her for two weeks straight. It was the first book she attempted to read on her own. Patrick is the cutest bear you will ever, ever see. And he has the most darling and adorable and wee adventures, which are Very Big in his mind. I LOVE PATRICK!
5) 'The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas' by David Almond and illustrated by the genius Oliver Jeffers. This is a story about a boy with a mean uncle who has a fish canning obsession, causing the boy to run away. Strange adventures at a carnival ensue, which include swimming with piranhas. It sounds bizarre, but I have the utmost faith in anything to which Oliver Jeffers attaches his name. For ages 9+.
6) 'Dinosaur Kisses' by David Ezra Stein (of 'Interrupting Chicken' fame) has a new one coming about a little dino who has to learn who to give gentle kisses without chomping and biting. Dino crazed toddlers everywhere will probably love this! When Julia was two, she referred to herself as "Julia T-Rex."
See anything you like? Having things to look forward to is a Fine and Wonderful Thing! It keeps one going, the promise of fabulous books. I'm already excited for fall. I'm always a season or so ahead in my mind. Always. Which is weird and strange, but I think blogging makes one be on the lookout for what's ahead.