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From the rocky coast of 1960's Italy to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, a dazzling story of flawed yet fascinating people clinging to improbable dreams.  "A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling," says NYT Book Review.   

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Upcoming Events

Thurs May 1, 4:00-5:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing: FREE!

CINDER (-ella) is a cyborg? Yes, in this best-selling, perfect mash-up of fairy tale and science fiction, with an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world. 

SCARLET continues the Lunar Chronicle series, adding street fighter Wolf to the mix with cyborg mechanic Cinder, and Scarlet, who has secrets of her own.

“this futuristic twist... retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But... Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension,” says a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

 “a feminist fairytale for modern teens,” says Shelf Awareness

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Fri May 2, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
WRI charges $5 members, $10 non-members

Sat May 3 from 1 to 3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Join "accidental naturalist" Maria Mudd Ruth for a slide presentation illuminating the secret life of the Marbled Murrelet, an endangered seabird that depends on our PNW old-growth forests for its survival. 

Amazingly, it took naturalists 185 years to discover any murrelet nest--find out why in this part naturalist detective story, part environmental inquiry. Ruth makes a compelling case for the search for meaning in our changeable world. 

Maria Mudd Ruth is the author of more than a dozen books on natural history topics for general audiences, young readers, and accidental naturalists like herself. 


Sat May 10, 1 to 3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

'Icicle Falls,' you may find yourself thinking, looks quite a bit like Leavenworth!

Enjoy Sheila Robert’s latest heart-warming romance set in 'Icicle Falls:' The Cottage on Juniper Ridge. 

All kinds of changes are set in motion by one woman's guide to living simply. Jen Heath is inspired to leave her stressful, over-committed life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. Here she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord. 

As Jen, her sister, and others try to  return to a simpler way of life, they work to unload excess stuff and responsibilities. But as they discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!

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Fri May 16, 7:00 PM 
Wenatchee Community Center 
504 S Chelan Ave, Wenatchee 


Jess Walter is "as talented a natural storyteller as is working in American fiction these days," says the Washington Post

Award-winning, #1 New York Times Bestselling Jess Walter will deliver the keynote address of Wenatchee’s annual Write on the River Conference. The keynote, open to the public, is the culmination of our community’s 2014 Regional Read of Walter’s Beautiful Ruins

Walter is renowned as a witty, engaging speaker. His fiction too is sharp, clear, inventive, and constantly surprising, The author of eight books, he is a National Book Award and PEN/USA Literary finalist. 

Please join us at the Wenatchee Community Center. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for drinks and socializing. Walter speaks at 7:00 PM with a book signing afterward. Don’t miss your chance for an evening with a true rock star in the writing world! 

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May 16-18 in Wenatchee
Registration Required

Twelve workshops, award-winning authors and fuel to keep your writing fire alive. Join us on the banks of the mighty Columbia and keep the words flowing. 

Two-and-a-half days of content-packed workshops, world-class faculty, agent and editor pitch appointments, and a year’s worth of inspiration. No matter what or why you write, the Write On The River Conference will bring you to the next level. To register, visit


Sat May 17, 1 to 3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Books for young adults -- set in Eastern WA Apple Country!

Award-winning young-adult writer Dia Calhoun shares her latest book, After the River the Sun, set in an eastern Washington apple orchard, in which the demands, beauty, and perils of living close to nature restore a grieving boy’s spirit. 

After the River the Sun and its companion volume Eva of the Farm were inspired by Dia’s love of her father-in-law’s commercial apple orchard in the Methow Valley. 

Several of Dia’s books, including Aria of the Sea, Firegold, and White Midnight, have won the ALA Best Book For Young Adults Award. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband, two cats, and two ghost cats.

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Sun May 18, 11 AM to 1 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Join authors Sarah Swanson and Max Smith for a signing of Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. This lively, practical guide helps readers discover 85 of the region's most extraordinary birds. 

Filled with stunning color photographs, this is an accessible guide for casual birders, weekend warriors, and families looking for an outdoor experience. Eight easy-going birding weekends, including stops in Puget Sound, the Central Washington wine country, and the Klamath Basin, offer wonderful getaway ideas and make this a must-have guide for locals and visitors alike. 


Fri May 23, 7:00 PM, Wenatchee River Institute: slide program
$5 WRI members, $10 non-members

Sat May 24, 1 to 3 PM, A Book For All Seasons: book-signing

Join author/photgrapher Tami Asars as she presents an interactive slideshow of hike suggestions from her brand-new book Day Hiking Mount Adams & Goat Rocks Wilderness -- the perfect backpack companion for the summer hiking season. 

The book also includes hikes in the scenic outskirts of Yakima, trails in the Gifford Pinchot N. F., Indian Heaven Wilderness and the stunning William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. 

Learn details about must-see hiking spots of spectacular grandeur and mind-blowing vistas, as well as those less travelled, for times when you want to escape it all. 

Asars is also the author of Hiking the Wonderland Trail, a regional correspondent / columnist for Washington Trails Magazine, and contributor to hiking blogs and outdoor publications.

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Thurs May 29, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library
Presentation: FREE!

  Erica Bauermeister      Kevin O'Brien         Carol Cassella    

How We Write, Why We Write: three successful writers share tips and answer questions at Wenatchee Library Thursday. An informal, lively look at writing with bestselling members of the Seattle 7 Writers. Bring your questions! 

Kevin O'Brien is the New York Times Bestselling author of 14 thrillers, including Unspeakable. His page-turning books will chill your blood, but in person his witty comments will set you laughing.

Carol Cassella’s newest release, Gemini, is already an Indie Next and Library Reads top pick. Both of her previous novels, Healer and Oxygen, were Washington State Book Award Finalists. 

Erica Bauermeister, who has been said to write “prose delicious enough to devour,” shares her latest Lost Art of Mixing, sequel to her luminous School of Essential Ingredients

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Fri May 30, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library
Presentation: FREE!

Sat May 31, 11 to 1 at A Book For All Seasons
Book Buzz: FREE!

                           Erica Bauermeister & Kevin O'Brien     

An informal, lively look at writing with bestselling members of the Seattle 7 Writers. Witty, kind, and insightful, these are pros you can trust. The Seattle 7 are all about literary citizenship, giving back to the world of writers and readers.  Bring your questions! 

And on Saturday, the book buzz format you love, with prizes, good cheer and great fun.

Kevin O'Brien is the New York Times Bestselling author of 14 thrillers, including Unspeakable. His page-turning books will chill your blood, but in person he's friendly, witty, and engaging.

Erica Bauermeister, who has been said to write “prose delicious enough to devour,” shares her latest Lost Art of Mixing, sequel to her luminous School of Essential Ingredients

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Sat June 7, 1:00-3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Buzz: FREE!

Anjali Banerjee            Kate Breslin           Janine Donoho 

Innovative authors Banerjee, Breslin and Donoho open doors to unexpected worlds with warm, fun, thought-provoking fiction. 

Anjali Banerjee is the author of five novels for youngsters and four for adults. Her latest, Enchanting Lily, received a top rating from Romantic Times Magazine: “a wonderful story with lovable characters... Readers will fall head over heels...” 

Kate Breslin's For Such a Time is a modern re-telling of the biblical story of Esther—set in WW2 under the Nazis.  “The story is gripping, compelling, and I dare anyone to close the cover before the last suspenseful page,” writes New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber. 

Janine Donoho says she writes with one foot in fuzzy science and one in fantastic realms.  “We are never-ending and our lives boundless. Recognize in the essence of every living being that you meet a part of yourself,” says a Mage in Donoho’s Mistborn Chronicles trilogy. 

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Thurs June 12, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library

Wenatchee author Jon Magnus shares inspirational S.H.I.N.E.: Life Lessons Revealed, a distillation of wisdom from exceptional encounters on a round-the-world journey. 

Eleven years ago, Wenatchee High School teacher Jon Magnus undertook an around-the-world journey. His goal: to meet and interview 14 inspirational people, to discover what made them exceptional, and then bring back their stories to inspire his Wenatchee High School students. 

In  S.H.I.N.E.: Life Lessons Revealed, Jon has gathered the wisdom of these exceptional people into 5 universal life lessons that we all can use in everyday life.


Fri June 13, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
Slide Presentation, $5 WRI members, $10 non-members

Sun June 15, 11 am - noon at Pybus Market: FREE
Sample Wild Mushrooms with  L. Cook & Chef Tony Davis 

Sun June 15, 3-5 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing: FREE

The uncultivated, uncontrollable wild mushroom stars in an evening slide presentation (Fri), cooking demonstration (Sun), and book signing (Sun) by wild forager and culinary adventurer Langdon Cook. 

 Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi—from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini—The Mushroom Hunters, a 2014 PNBA award-winner, is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American.

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SatJune 14, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Stories that warm the heart and feed the soul. 
Kimberly Rose Johnson writes Christian romance set in LEAVENWORTH, WA. 

In just-released A Romance Rekindled, Susan will never forgive Blake for leaving with no explanation. But then the ruggedly handsome writer returns to Leavenworth, evoking conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter. 

Blake, struggling with his parents' death and raising his little sister on his own, has never forgotten the woman he left behind. He can't undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.


Fri June 20, 6:15 - 8:00 PM at Leavenworth Library

Sat June 21, 11 am - noon at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing: FREE

Abbe Rolnick’s interactive writing workshop breaks down the process of writing --- the inspiration, the research, the development, and the joy of creating a story. 

In Rolnick’s latest release, Color of Lies, victims of a toxic waste cover-up in the Skagit Valley must face their own "white lies" to stop the ongoing destruction. Color of Lies exposes the weaknesses and strengths of individuals who wisely come together to restore the balance of their lives and that of the community.

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ABFAS Recommends-- For Mom

By Julien Merceron, Jean Cazals, Sophie Pechaud

Wish you could take Mom to Paris? There's more than one way to skin a bon-bon...  

"À La Mère de Famille is a treat to be savored by anyone who loves sweets, Paris, or both." - Saveur

Beloved À la Mère de Famille confectioneries are a venerable Parisian institution. This, their first cookbook after more than 250 years in business, is as tempting and gorgeous as the shop's bewitching displays. Each classic confection recipe has been lovingly photographed. 

For the home candymaker always looking for new and better formulas—and for bakers of all skill levels—this is a complete collection of recipes for À la Mère de Famille favorites, from cakes to marshmallows to ice creams and more. 

Principal author Julien Merceron is the Paris-based chief chocolatier for À la Mère de Famille.

By Donna Tartt

FC9780316055437Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Lonely and bewildered, Theo clings to the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. 

"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

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ABFAS Recommends: Autographed Copies

Autographed By Paulo Coelho!

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world.

FC9780062315007This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. 

Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts

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Autographed By Brad Halm

Brad Halm has a message for you: no matter your skills, no matter your home, YOU can start gardening TODAY.

Brad Halm, co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company, has heard it all: My backyard is too small; how can I make space for a garden? Do I really need to buy fertilizer? What on earth is that creature crawling on the tomatoes? 

Food Grown Right, in Your Backyard is a primer for these questions and more. In response to the rising interest in homegrown foods, the Seattle Urban Farm Co. builds vegetable gardens for everyone from busy families to restaurants. Colin and Brad teach beginner growers from all walks of life the techniques of organic food production in this full color, beautifully photographed guide.

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By Peter Start
Autographed Copies Available May 18

Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, looked west, to the mouth of the Columbia River. 

Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. 

Astor backed this ambitious enterprise with the vast fortune he'd made in the fur trade and in New York real estate since arriving in the United States as a near-penniless immigrant. He dispatched two groups of men west: one by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies. 

The Overland Party, led by the gentlemanly American businessman Wilson Price Hunt, combined French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish fur traders, American woodsmen, and an extraordinary Native American woman with two toddlers. The Seagoing Party, sailing aboard the ship Tonquin, likewise was a volatile microcosm of contemporary North America. 

Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey.

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For Autographed YA-- fun, feisty, and feminist-- scroll down to our YA recommendations

ABFAS Recommends: New Fiction

By Anthony Doerr

Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. 

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. 

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. 

Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. 

Anthony Doerr's books have been honored as a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and Book of the Year in the Washington Post. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and shared the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. 

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By Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

FC9780804139021This taut, cerebral debut thriller introduces readers to a dangerous alien: ourselves. 

"Astronaut Mark Watney is mistakenly left for dead on Mars when his mission companions flee a violent wind storm. His mental and physical struggles to survive are a crash course in botany, mechanics, and the will to endure. This is the compelling space saga that you didn't know you had been waiting for!" -- Zack Ruskin, Book Passage

“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”--Wall Street Journal

"You will not be able to put this book down. My favorite book of 2014." -- Raven Dawson, ABFAS groupie


ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

By Derek Miller

An Indie Next Pick, Crime Writers Association Award Winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Crime Novel of the Year, Guardian Best Crime and Thriller of the Year, Financial Times Best Book of the Year, and Economist Top Fiction Title of the Year.

FC9780544292666 "A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel." -- Gary Shteyngart, author 

Sheldon Horowitz--widowed, impatient, impertinent--has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway--a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway. 

Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor's young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth. 

"This is one of the best books of the season, of any genre." -- Buffalo News

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By Rachel Weaver
An ABA Indies Introduce Pick

FC9781935439912Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for one another, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse --uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. 

What seems the perfect adventure quickly unravels, as an uncertain danger lurking in the surrounding waters, as well as painful secrets from their pasts, threatens to end their relationship . . . and maybe even their lives.

A psychological thriller set against the cold, rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, Point of Direction is an exquisite and striking literary debut.

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ABFAS Recommends: New Non-Fiction

By Alan Lightman

FC9780307908582Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.

 “elegantly provocative ‘universe’ essays. . . .  Lightman celebrates our grand quest for knowledge and takes measures of the challenges our discoveries deliver.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist

Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT. 
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ABFAS Recommends: For Teens and Middle Grades

Autographed Copies by Marissa Meyers

meyer_marissaCINDER (-ella) is a cyborg? Yes, in this best-selling, perfect mash-up of fairy tale and science fiction, with an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world. 

SCARLET continues the Lunar Chronicle series, adding street fighter Wolf to the mix with cyborg mechanic Cinder, and Scarlet, who has secrets of her own.

In CRESS, Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite where she has been trapped since childhood with only her netscreens as company. An excellent hacker, Cress has been ordered to track Cinder, Scarlet, and the other fugitives down. A daring rescue goes awry, the group is splintered... and freedom may come at a higher price than any of them could have guessed. 

 “a feminist fairytale for modern teens,” says Shelf Awareness

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Fascinating, detailed research -- beautifully illustrated -- a steal at just $9.99!

FC9780763669928Ready to relive some of the most daring voyages of all time? Unfold these spectacular cross sections and explore fourteen historic journeys. 

Discover how great explorers, from Marco Polo to Neil Armstrong, plunged into the unknown. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, immerse yourself in such expeditions as:

 —Leif Eriksson’s voyage to North America (11th century) 
—Zheng He’s travels from China to East Africa (15th century) 
—Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe (16th century)
 —Tenzing Norgay’s and Edmund Hillary’s scaling of Mt. Everest 
—Plus ten more exciting journeys.

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By Mark Carwardine

Here are the achievers and the unique from the animal world: not only familiar records like highest, fastest, largest, these are the unusual, such as slowest growth (the deep sea clam), most pecks in a day (black woodpecker), and noisiest bird (booming Kakapo). 

There are fascinating stories, like the two "dead" specimens of desert snail were glued onto a museum display tablet only to come out of hibernation four years later. There is a lot of the bizarre (horned lizards can squirt blood from their eyes) and the ingenious (humpback whales use bubbles as fishing nets).

Includes almost 900 records that show the diversity and wonder of the animal kingdom. A fascinating sampling of amazing discoveries.

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ABFAS Recommends: For The Younger Crowd

A wonderfully global look at that age-old kid fascination: things that go... and it's full of flaps, tabs and pop-ups!

FC9782848019420Vehicles, vehicles, vehicles—nearly 100 of them—in all shapes and sizes! A giant crane hovers over a construction site, a space ship roars into space. . . . 

Supersized spreads feature marvelously detailed illustrations that just beg to be pored over again and again. Best of all, lots of flaps, popups, pull-tabs, and rotating wheels bring the various vehicles to life. 

Readers will poke into a ship's hold, explore the innards of a garbage truck, help demolish a house, and ride in a rickshaw.

Any child who's ever been intrigued by the roar of an engine will adore this extraordinary collection of things on the go, from the everyday to the nearly outrageous—yes, there's even a pooper-scooper scooter!

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Written and illustrated by  Édouard Manceau

Here you'll find a magic book 
Where all's not what it seems. 
For when you turn each object round 
PRESTO CHANGE-O The unexpected will be seen. 

See the raccoon hiding in a magic cauldron? The owl pretending to be a clock? The lion masquerading as a flower? A rabbit hiding in a hot-air balloon?

Kids will love working magic with just a few simple turns—and a few rhyming verses—that transform everyday objects into familiar creatures. Simple manipulations for little hands make this a literal page turner. 

"A delightful game of transformation."--Publishers Weekly starred review
"Your little one will love this book."--Redbook Magazine's Mamarama Blog 
"Preschoolers. will enjoy giving this one a whirl, literally."-Kirkus Reviews 

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Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the queasy monkey? And can you spot the scaredy-cat? 

Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye. Each spread features fun rhyming couplets, beautiful and complexly patterned artwork, and a hidden surprise. 

"Surely the trendiest creatures in children’s books this year... Teckentrup’s multimedia illustrations have the look of silk-screen prints, with color overlays to create a sense of texture. ... Looking carefully takes patience and persistence, and children will feel a pleasurable sense of reward when, in the case of those lemurs, they at last locate the one — among its hundred-or-so friends — with its eyes crossed. —The New York Times Online 

A fun seek-and-find book featuring animals of all kinds" —School Library Journal 

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A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. 
--Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. 

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