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Judy Sierra's What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? (0152164456, $16.00) is a recommended pick for ages 3-7, telling of monkeys who continually thwart Mr. Crocodile's plans. They are being bad neighbors--and it's time for Mr. Croc's revenge in this zany story which enjoys the pairing of veteran writer Sierra with also-veteran-illustrator Doug Cushman. The creator of the award-winning Stellaluna Janell Cannon returns with Pinduli (1152046682, $16.00), reaching ages 5-8 with a fine detailed story of a hyena who is teased by her friends for her big ears, fuzzy mane, and stripes. Pinduli wants to disappear, but is stuck with her ill looks in this engaging story of a hyena's surprising actions. Alison McGhee's Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth (0152049312, $16.00) will reach ages 4-7 with a report card on a girl who dreads first grade: her new teacher looks harmless but is actually an alien who steals the teeth of earthling kids--but nobody will believe her. A rumor passed down from grade to grade fuels classroom terror in this whimsical tale. Vivian Walsh's award-winning character Olive from Christmas picturebook fame returns in Olive My Love (0152047204, $15.00), receiving J. Otto Seibold's fine drawings along with a rollicking rhyme telling of a singing dog's involvement with a love package. Betsy R. Rosenthal's poems in My House Is Singing (0152162933, $16.00) pair with Margaret Chodos-Irvine's simple drawings to create a poetry collection with kids in mind, celebrating the people and places which make a home. From a 'kitchen's perfume' ("Cookies baking,/hot dogs roasting/onions frying/buns are toasting") to 'Mom's Piano Rule' about banging on the ivories, very simple rhymes provide a wide range of celebrations. In time for Halloween mention is Carolyn Crimi's Boris And Bella (0152-025286, $15.00): telling of the messiest monster in Booville, Bella Legrossi, in a face-off with the tidiest vampire Boris Kleanitoff. Kids ages 4-7 will find this a zany story of monstrous neighborly relations spiced with Gris Grimley's hilarios drawings. Leslea Newman and Valeri Gorbachev's Where Is Bear? (0152049363, $16.00) will reach the very young 2-5 year old reader, telling of forest animals who enjoy playing hide-and-seek. Bear's friends can't figure out where such a large animal has hidden in this book packed with unexpected surprise. Last but not least is Coleen Salley's Why Epossumondas Has No Hair On His Tail (0152-049355, $16.00), a highly recommended whimsical story with veteran Janet Stevens providing her usual very zany drawings. The reason why epossumondas has no hair on her tail creates a zany legend passed down in a possum family in this whimsical and fun hair-raising tale.
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