2017 Picture Books/Board Books

2017 Odyssey Bookshop Holiday Newsletter

Picture Books & Board Books
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Accident! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544944800
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 3rd, 2017

When Lola, a small, orange, armadillo, trips and falls, spilling juice all over a pristine white chair, she comes to the logical conclusion that there is no other solution but to run away to the library. Along the way she picks up a posse of other animals who have made tragic mistakes including a bear who broke a swingset and a lamb that snipped a garden hose in two. Emotions running high, the animals continue to make a bigger and bigger mess as they run towards the library, until a little red bird helps them see the way forward. In this catastrophically funny picture book, Tsurumi explores the the world-ending, sky-falling, heart-crushing feelings that can often accompany simple accidents and how we can recover from them. ~Kinsey


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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. He liked to be up there with the birds. Then, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall… he’s kind of famous for that part. Even though the King’s Men are able to put him back together, his newfound fear of heights keeps him from doing all the things he used to love, including sleeping on the top bunk, reaching his favorite cereal in the grocery store, and being near the birds. He begins to build paper birds to bring him closer to the sky he misses, but when the bird he’s spent so much time building gets stuck on the wall, Humpty is forced to walk away or face his fear. Santat’s retelling of a classic explores how surviving hardship transforms us and his illustrations perfectly convey the emotional journey of recovery. ~Kinsey
 


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All the Way to Havana Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627796422
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 29th, 2017

A boy travels with his family to Havana for the zero-year birthday of his baby cousin, riding in Cara Cara,  their 1954 blue chevy that is held together with tape, wire, and love. They see many people, places, and cars throughout the day, but as he tells his father at the end, his favorite is Cara Cara because it has been in their family since his grandfather’s zero-year birthday and will one day be his! Margarita Engle’s poem is an ode to all of the pre-1959 cars in Cuba that have been passed down through the years and the ingenuity of the people there who keep them running. Mike Curato made the same trip that the boy in this book takes to Havana and it shows in his illustrations that bring the story to life and honor the relationship that people in Cuba have to their vehicles. ~Kinsey
 
*Signed copies available*


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Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612128559
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Published: Storey Publishing - September 5th, 2017

Award-winning author Deanna F. Cook presents her irresistible companion to the best-selling Cooking Class. Baking Class features 50 easy-to-follow recipes kids love, including muffins, breads, biscuits, pies, and crackers. The book introduces kids to everything they need to know about baking with pictures of tools, bakery basics, and baking vocabulary. It includes a lesson on measuring and kitchen safety. Each recipe is marked with 1, 2, or 3 rolling pins based on the difficulty and amount of help kids might need to complete each one. There are also many extras included, such as sugar sifting and cookie cutter templates. A great gift for any budding baker, regardless of age! ~Amy 
 
*Signed copies available*
 


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Catch My Breath: Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Cover Image
By Paul Briggs, Paul Briggs (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484728376
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 19th, 2017

This lovely book was almost made into a Disney animation, but became a picture book instead. The result is a charming story about a boy trying to find his breath after his mother tells him to "catch his brath" after playing. Brigg's illustrations are so dynamic they seem alive, and his play on words is delightful. The sparse use of color makes the illustrations stand out, and the last page will make older readers smile ~Kokie


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The Dog Cover Image
By Helen Mixter, Margarita Sada (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771642712
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Published: Greystone Books - November 14th, 2017

The Dog is a wonderful story of how therapy dogs can help children with life-threatening illnesses. Just the presence of a dog can make anyone feel better.
 
“When I felt sad I patted her and she liked it. When I cried she licked my face.”
 
The words are very simple and the illustrations clearly capture how illness affects the children and their families. Inspired by Poppy the therapy dog at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, Canada, partial proceeds from sales of The Dog will benefit that program. ~Amy
 


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Maurice the Unbeastly Cover Image
By Amy Dixon, Karl James Mountford (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454919537
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 5th, 2017

As the title suggests, Maurice is a beast who’s not quite beastly enough. His despairing parents send him to the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts to mend his ways, but his roar is too musical, he’s ridiculously photogenic and can’t make a scary face to save his life, and he’s always sneaking alfalfa fritters into the lunchroom! His colorfully drawn classmates don’t know what to make of him, but when a terrifying creature (actually a tiny dog) invades the school, Maurice is the only beast who is brave enough to tame him. This silly story is a joy to read and reinforces the importance of finding strength in your differences. ~Kinsey


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Nothing Rhymes with Orange Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452154435
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

If you were to make song about, fruit let’s say, through some stretch of the imagination, you could make a rhyme for almost any piece of fruit in the produce aisle - peach and banana are easy, but even kumquat gets his shot. The only one left out is our poor protagonist, Orange. As the rhymes get progressively weirder - a pearwolf (a pear bitten by a werewolf) and Nietzsche both make a brief appearance - the Orange becomes more and more distraught, only to realize that perhaps there is a word that rhymes with orange, and perhap it’s the best rhyme of al. This book weird and awesome and the roll-on-the-floor-laughing kind of funny, but it’s also a beautiful story about celebrating difference. (If you choose to do so by making an epic music video, all the better.)  ~Kinsey


The Peace Book Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316510776
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Published: LB Kids - October 31st, 2017

Every page opens our hearts, delights our eyes and inspires us to expand our own meaning of peace!  “Peace is Helping your neighbor…Peace is everyone having a home…Peace is wishing on a star.”  Bold and colorful, in signature Todd Parr style, “The Peace Book” gives our littlest ones (and all of us) not only hope, but also many ways to practice making peace.  A board book, Ages 1-5. ~Batya


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Red and Lulu Cover Image
By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677336
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 19th, 2017

Author-illustrator Matt Tavares brings us what is destined to become a new Christmas classic. Based on the love shared by two cardinals, this beautiful book follows that love from their home in the evergreen tree to Rockefeller Center in New York City. When their beautiful tree disappears with Lulu in it, Red is determined to find her. It will take a miracle, but luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. ~Amy 
 
*Signed copies available*


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I Wanna Be a Cowgirl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481452991
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 14th, 2017

“Way out west, the warm winds blow,
The grass grows high, the sun hangs low.
I’ll find a ranch, there I’ll go…
And I’ll become a cowgirl.”
 
Angela DiTerlizzi captures every little girl’s dream in a beautifully imaginative and illustrated picture book about pretend play and all of the places it can take us. This little girl transforms her world with her pompom spurs and jump rope lasso, all with her trusty pup by her side. ~Amy
 
*Signed copies available*
 
 


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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

Our story begins when a mouse is swallowed by a wolf. ‘“Oh woe!’ said the mouse. ‘Oh me!’ Here I am, caught in the belly of the beast. I fear this is the end.” But his fears are in vain for inside the wolf’s belly is a duck! His outlook on life is thus: “I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten!”. Safe from predators, the two dance and dine on cheese and wine. But when the wolf is threatened by a hunter, will they brave the forest to defend their home? A wonderful read-aloud and a perfect allegory for making the best of a bad situation. ~Kinsey
 
*Signed copies available*
 


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Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter Cover Image
By Mark Gonzales, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481489362
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - August 29th, 2017

My favorite picture book this season, the one that sticks in my mind the most, a book that speaks to everyone, comes in the form of a father’s beautiful letter to his daughter.  “Dear little one.. know you are wondrous, a child of crescent moons, a builder of mosques, a descendent of brilliance, an ancestor in training.”  Poetry flows off the page both in the exquisite verse and in the illustration. It is a book about loving self, family and community, about the diversity of and being proud to be Muslim, to be indigenous, and it’s simply a book about dreaming.  Ages 4-8. ~Batya


You're All Kinds of Wonderful Cover Image
By Nancy Tillman, Nancy Tillman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250113764
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of On the Night You Were Born comes a book about what it means to be you. Her illustrations depict many different children paired with different animals and doing the things that they do best. It encourages children to try their own “bells and whistles” until they find “The amazing astonishing story of you.” ~Amy