2016 Picture Books/Early Readers

2016 odyssey bookshop holiday newsletter


Music Is . . . Cover Image
By Brandon Stosuy, Amy Martin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481477024
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Published: Little Simon - October 4th, 2016

Music is everywhere and for everyone, and this sweet new board-book introduces our youngest ones to a lifelong love of listening.  With musical contrasts on opposite pages (Music Is… old/new, moving/calm, acoustic/electric, lo-fi/ hi-fi...) and dynamic illustrations on each page, this book will be loved for many years.  Bonus: Bjork (fantastic musician & artist) endorses this book! ~Batya

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Cover Image
By Steve Goetz, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452132600
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2016

The elderly MacDonald couple undertake a construction project--with each construction equipment vehicle/equipment featured in lieu of an animal in the classic "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" tune around which this book is based. With onomatopoeia a plenty in the song and the farm construction ongoing, the farm animal pit crew helps convert the red truck into a monster truck in time for the construction project's results and a big finish! The illustrations are as energetic as the song, making this picture book a winner for all kids who like music, heavy machinery, or both! ~Ann

Real Cowboys Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544148925
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

Written like a pretty cowboy song, this new picture book takes the rough and tough cowboy image to a different and deeper level.  Exquisite illustrations and heartfelt poetic messages are found on every page.  “Real Cowboys are gentle.  They know all the songs that keep cattle calm… Real cowboys cry… Real cowboys are as many different colors as the earth… Real cowboys are artists.  They create.  They dream. They make up stories….”  This stand-out book is a perfect gift for all genders as well as the horse-adventure-poet-nature lover in all of us. I can't read it too many times. ~Batya

Return Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677305
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 2nd, 2016

This beautifully conceived conclusion to Becker’s wordless picture book trilogy is astonishing, where the nameless girl from the series returns to the world drawn from her imagination and then makes her final return home.  Wondrous and intricately crafted illustrations invite the viewer to observe closely, to see how the smallest detail can inform a story. This book provides everything you’d want in a picture book: stunning illustrations, fantastic story, adventure, action, and above all, magic. I never expected that a wordless book could move me to tears, but Becker’s skill in evoking emotion is unparalleled. For ages 3 and up.  ~Emily *SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE*

Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

This is a marvelous collaboration between writer and artist. Beaty’s rhyming story about a spunky and curious little girl named Ada Twist is a treat to read. Illustrator David Roberts creates amazing and detailed drawings to enhance the text. Girl Power Rocks! ~Joan

The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Leuyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665128
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 8th, 2016

One of the most popular early chapter book characters—proper Princess Magnolia, who moonlights as the monster-fighting Princess in Black—returns for another adventure! But this time, she’s just plain exhausted from so much monster fighting. Duff the Goat Boy convinces her to take a vacation, and while she’s gone he becomes the long-awaited Goat Avenger, and gets in a nutty situation! Meanwhile, the Princess’s vacation goes awry when a sea monster attacks the beach, leading to the most energetic sleepy fight scene in perhaps all of children’s books’ history! Gentle, funny, and always a crowd-pleaser. (Ages 5-8)  ~Ann

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Cover Image
By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016


Readers, of all ages, will be taken back to Harlem 1958 through poems and portraits of more than fifty jazz musicians who convened for a unique, historic photograph, by graphic designer Art Kane for Esquire magazine, that preserves this group’s undying influence and talents generations later.  It’s magical when you eventually open a foldout page to see the photograph, including such jazz legends as Thelonius Monk, Count Basie and Mary Lou Williams and children surrounding them on a front stoop of a brownstone. Vallejo’s acrylic and pastel images transport the reader into the beehive of activity on that hot summer’s day of August, 12, 1958.  (Ages 8-12) ~Mark

We Found a Hat Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763656003
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 11th, 2016

What happens when two turtles find a hat and it looks good on both of them? Naturally, because they’re nice turtles who like to keep things fair, they decide that no one should get the hat. But one of them just can’t keep his mind off it. And therein lies the conflict of Klassen’s latest. With a subtly hilarious plot conveyed mostly through the turtles’ eyes, and gorgeous desert-toned illustrations, this book is sure to become a laugh-out-loud classic for kids of all ages. There are also lots of good lessons to be learned about sharing and friendship. ~Margaret

I Am Jane Goodall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525428497
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Published: Dial Books - September 6th, 2016

“All of us- living things- share so much… When we realize that and look out for each other… That’s the most beautiful way to live.” This inspiring newest picture book/ graphic novel in the series Ordinary People Change the World captures Jane Goodall’s critical message.  Readers are brought along from the young animal-loving Jane to one of the world’s leading voices that she is today on the issue of climate change, a renowned primatologist, best known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees and baboons, and a proud vegetarian.  The end of the book includes photographs and a timeline of her life- showing she is not only a character in a story, but real.  Ages 5-8+ ~Batya

Toby Cover Image
By Hazel Mitchell, Hazel Mitchell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763680930
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016

An adorable white doggy is adopted from the animal shelter by a little boy, but it’s not all smooth sailing for the shy pup. Toby is a combination of timidity and untrained unruliness that overwhelms the little boy’s father, but the little boy refuses to give up on Toby, and trains Toby into the good dog that he could always be. The gentle artwork reflects the softness of the characters and the stories, and depicts Toby’s fear (and the boy’s fear of losing Toby) in a way that won’t disturb young readers. A doggone adorable book about patience for puppy lovers. (Ages 2-6) ~Ann *SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE*

The Dead Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060289317
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Published: HarperCollins - March 1st, 2016

Treasured children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown’s heartwarming story, from 1938, of a group of kids who find a dead bird in the woods and give it a proper burial, is beautifully re-illustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.  He moves the setting to a city park, giving one child fairy wings and another a fox costume.  The children dig a hole for the bird, covering it with warm sweet ferns and flowers, and then sing sweet songs to send the bird on its way.  This timeless story is rendered anew for a new generation through the illustrator’s simple brushwork and ingenious compositions. A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016.  (Ages 4-8) ~Mark