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2017 Young Readers' Summer Roundup 

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LADYBUG GIRL AND HER PAPA

LADYBUG GIRL'S DAY OUT WITH GRANDPA

David Soman and Jacky Davis

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017, $6 & $17.99

The latest two books in the Ladybug Girl series by Rosendale-based husband and wife duo, David Soman and Jacky Davis, Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa and Ladybug Girl and Her Papa follow Lulu on her adventures with two influential men in her life. On her day at the American Museum of Natural History with her grandpa, Ladybug Girl wants to see and do it all. By the end of the day, after feeling disappointed in not learning everything, Lulu's grandpa delivers her the quintessential reminder: "You learn new things your entire life." Although meant for toddlers, board book Ladybug Girl and Her Papa is filled with just as much sentimentality—a perfect gift for the upcoming Father's Day.

IF I WERE A KANGAROO

Mylisa Larson, Illustrated by Anna Raff

Viking, 2017, $17.99

This Goodnight Moon-esque picture book is packed with melodic rhymes that will lull children to sleep. Filled with colorful illustrations depicting nine animals and their kin including giraffes, gorillas, and whales, adult animal lovers will enjoy this tale as well. Ending with a mother tucking her son in the last stanza "I'll count your fingers and your toes / And kiss you gently on your nose, / Then tuck you in and hold you tight / And whisper, "I love...Goodnight" will make your stomach churn in awe. The final four pages "Sleepy Animal Notes" provide factual descriptions of the resting habits of the animals mentioned, for an educational twist on a charming story.

CHARLOTTE AND THE ROCK

Stephen W. Martin, Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017, $16.99

Like most children Charlotte is eager for a pet—a cat, dog, or even a pig. But when her parents surprise her with a gigantic rock, although not quite what she wanted, she learns to love it anyway. Her rock Dennis proves to be great listener, but if only he could convey emotions. One day Dennis cracks open, becoming a magnificent dinosaur. In a turn of events, Charlotte's parents must learn to love a pet that triumphs their expectations

MAMA LION WINS THE RACE

Written and Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Scholastic, August 2017, $17.99

Drawing inspiration from his children's toy animals New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jon J. Muth's upcoming adventure book follows Mama Lion and her son Tigey on a madcap race. While Tigey has a clear goal to win, on their journey to the finish line their wheel falls off and the Flying Pandinis stop to help them. Later on in the race, moments from the finish line, Mama Lion pulls her emergency brake up, letting the Flying Pandinis slide into first place—teaching Tigey the importance of fostering good friendships.

TO BUILD A BETTER MOUSE

Dr. Allan Sachs, Illustrated by David Wenzel

Dog Ear Publshing, 2017, $15

Red Hook Dr. Alan Sachs' latest book brings identical mice twins Millet and Walnut. Although used to a healthy scavenging lifestyle, once Millet, Candy, and their offspring Azure are exposed to junk food, their lives take a turn for the worse. Feeling the lethargy and negative effects of human food, Millet seeks the help of Walnut to cure his ailments and healing herbs and healthier food are brought to him and his family. Based on Sachs' previous history of being unwell until consciously changing the quality of food he ate, and now working with others to do the same, this book is fitting for both nutritionally curious kids and adults.

BLACK BELT BUNNY

Jacky Davis Illustrated by Jay Fleck

Dial Books for Young Readers, July 2017, $16.99

Black Belt Bunny is extremely fast and excellent at karate. He can do front kicks, side kicks, back flips, punches and more. But when his master asks him to learn to make a salad, since that's what bunnies eat, he is not-so pleased and apprehensive about trying something new. Until he karate chops the cabbage, side-kicks the carrots, and punches the eggplant and pepper—discovering that exposing himself to new things and trying different foods is actually quite fun.

HUGO THE HUGUENOT

Jennifer DuBois Bruntil, Illustrated by Matthew Kelly

Jennifer DuBois, 2017, $25

Local history is portrayed in this beautifully illustrated book (by the program coordinator for Historic Huguenot Street) which follows Hugo's journey from France, to Germany and eventually to Kingston. While searching for freedom to practice Protestantism, he feels uncomfortable with the Dutch in Wiltwyck and eventually comes across present-day New Paltz. Agreeing to purchase the land from the Esopus Indians, Hugo and the Huguenots finally have a home of their own. Complete with a map displaying the "Purchase of the Paltz" and glossary of terms to know, this narrative offers children the chance to learn about an important aspect of Hudson Valley history.

FEEL THE BEAT

Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Kristi Valiant

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017, $17.99

Each rhythmic poem in this collection is centered around a different style of dance. With energetic illustrations of Swing Dance, Foxtrot, Hip Hop, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Square Dance, Hora, Samba, Two-Step, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Conga, Waltz, Bhangra, and Polka poems accompanying all these dance styles are featured. The book includes a CD of writer Marilyn Singer reading each poem with original music.

LITTLE PLANE LEARNING TO WRITE

Stephen Savage

Roaring Book Press, 2017, $16.99

Little Plane is committed to learning to write in the sky. While terrific at some aspects, he can't seem to nail the loopity-loop. Even with his constant tries and persistence, he can't get it right. Until the moon appears and he flies around it again and again doing perfect loopity-loops. Teaching kids to never give up and relax when trying to learn, this short tale offers astounding advice.

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