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The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read
Irma Simonton Black
Pictures by Seymour Fleishman
An old toymaker never wanted to learn to read until his wife went away on a visit and he had to do the grocery shopping by himself. To be released June 2015.
ISBN 9781930900844, Hardcover, 32 pages. Ages 2-8, $18.95.
Alvin's Secret Code
Clifford B. Hicks
Illustrated by Bill Sokol
The warm, tingly feeling that had been smack in the middle of Alvin Fernald's stomach ever since Miss Peppersmith had closed and neatly lined up her books that Friday afternoon, had grown bigger as he and Shoie walked home from school.
Now, here, in his hand, is the reason why! Alvin's sixth sense tells him that the crumpled note holds a secret message in spy code, which is about to catapult the two secret agents plus Alvin's younger sister Daphne, the Pest, into the intricacies of authentic code detection and the dangers of a newly stirred-up 100-year-old mystery.
Even Alvin's Magnificent Brain is nearly put on overload before the bang-up solution to the code and the mystery carry the three agents to an ending that is satisfying to all...well, to almost all. This classic tale from 1963 includes Alvin's own notes on cryptography in an appendix at the back. To be released April 2015.
ISBN 9781930900851, Trade paperback, 160 pages. Ages 6-12.
by Molly Bang
Catch. Throw. Uh-oh. The yellow ball is forgotten at the edge of the water.
Little by little, so no one notices, the ball floats out to sea.
All alone, it travels and drifts into a storm. Tossed by waves all through the night,
it sails ashore next day to a hug and a home.
Luminous pastels and a rhythmic text tell a story that is exciting and reassuring.
To be released summer 2015.
ISBN 9781930900790, Hardcover, 24 pages. Ages 2 and up.
Forgotten at the water's edge, a ball is pulled into the ocean by the tide and eventually washed up on another shore.
Told in a mere 28 words, this tale could be slight, but in Bang's ( The Paper Crane ; Ten, Nine, Eight ) experienced hands,
it becomes a fully realized drama.
The yellow ball, tiny in a vast, vivid sea, bobs along and is viewed from the perspectives
of a gull and a fish, and from "high" above a bridge. Then a storm arises, but the ball outlasts the gale and is finally
deposited safely on a beach--where it is spotted by a boy. The final illustration depicts the sleeping lad hugging his
newfound treasure. The one-word accompaniment to this gratifying scene at the end of an arduous journey is, simply and
satisfyingly, "Home." Ages 2-up. —Publishers Weekly
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