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Melanie is a real book nerd. We mean that as a compliment of the highest order. Because even in a company of book nerds, Melanie has made her mark as a distinguished book nerd, who's nerdity is particularly strong in the arena of children's literature. So if you need help finding a book for a kid, don't ask an amateur: ask a nerd. This nerd.

Famed illustrator and animator (and favorite at Books Inc.) Tony Fucile teaches us how to draw at Oh My Gosh Stories
 
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The Egypt Game starts from the perspective of April Hall, a little girl who's just moved to a new neighborhood so that she can live with her grandmother while her mother runs around Hollywood. Despite the fact that April finds the new town far too provincial for her tastes, she soon makes friends with the decidedly less precocious Melanie Ross, and by proxy, Melanie's very serious little brother, Marshall (who never goes anywhere without his safety octopus, aptly named Safety). The three begin playfully reenacting ancient Egyptian rituals, and are soon joined by two boys, Ken and Toby. With five players in the Egypt game, all bringing their own ideas and research to the table, the game becomes more serious, and when strange things start happening, the kids can't help but wonder if they are making it happen. Meanwhile, a child murderer is in the neighborhood, and everyone suspects the Professor, the strange old man whose backyard is the secret location for the Egypt game. Though the cast of characters is racially diverse, Snyder never devolves into sanctimonious preaching about difference. All these varied characters and elements create a wonderful story about imagination, learning and the joy of play.


It may be impossible to throw a rock at an elementary school without hitting a third or fourth grader who's curious about ancient Egypt. So throw a rock, hit a kid and then buy them a copy of this book. The parents will totally drop charges when they see how awesome the book is. Or you'll go to jail with a funny story about bad advice an excellent kids book. For ages 8-12.

A bear has lost his hat, and it’s quite tragic, indeed. Though he politely asks everyone in the forest if they have seen his hat, he is met with little to no help. However, a simple question from a deer jogs something most suspicious in his memory… perhaps finding his hat was easier than he’d feared!

It’s hard to find repetitious, simple stories that appeal to grownups as much as they do to kids… and since it’s Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, or Nanny McPhee who’s going to have to read that book (over and over and over and over and over and over again) it’s not just nice to find one with ageless appeal; it’s a blessed reprieve. And I Want My Hat Back is just that. With a sly, mischievous sense of humor reminiscent of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s work, Klassen gives a wink to readers in this hilarious tale of forest animals and missing hats. For ages 3+

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