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the walkabout orchestra

The orchestra is set to perform in one week and everyone—from the bassoon player to the violinists—seems to be missing.  Or should we say, out traveling.  A postcard from each musician gives us clues to their whereabouts as we search for them in busy, bustling landscapes from Reykjavik to Rio.  The little yellow bird in each scene is also on the lookout for a few special things, too, if you wouldn’t mind lending him a hand as well/ ;)

The Walkabout Orchestra: Postcards From Around the World was written and illustrated by Chloé Perarnau and published by Wide Eyed Editions.  Out soon on March 1.


destination: planet earth

We are taken on an incredible journey through Earth, “places even the most daring explorers can’t reach” — from the depths of the Earth’s crust to the heights of its atmosphere.  It’s mind-boggling to think that we share this planet with over two million different species of living things, and to consider how utterly different each terrain is from the other.  How so many forms of life coexist and depend on each other — how everything seemingly “just works.”  A stunning book about the wonders of our vast planet, and a compelling invitation to go out and explore our diverse world.

Destination: Planet Earth was written by Jo Nelson, illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole and published by Wide Eyed Editions.  Out soon on March 1.  And don’t miss its equally impressive predecessor — Destination: Space.


look for ladybug in plant city

Joining Daisy and Basil the detective on their hunt for Daisy’s missing pet ladybug (who’s a bit mischievous), we search for the things listed in capital letters all over verdant Plant City, “where plants grow and ladybugs hide.” An extra set of challenges awaits readers in each of their stops.  You’ll find us noshing on noodle bites and root pizza in our favorite part of Plant City—the restaurants. ;)  A fresh, inventive and all-around fun look-and-find.

Look for Ladybug in Plant City was written and illustrated by Katherina Manolessou and published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.


kate, who tamed the wind

The wind is getting to be a problem for a man who lives atop an extremely blustery hill.  Kate, a little girl living in the town at the bottom of the hill, hears his cry for help and gets to work on a plan to solve his problem.  She knows she can’t tame the wild wind—she’ll have to find a clever way to work with it.  We love the wonderfully rhythmic text and ruddy autumnal palette in this story about friendship, innovation and science.

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind was written by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Lee White and published by Schwartz & Wade.


search-and-find alphabet of alphabets

This is neither your average search-and-find nor is it your run-of-the-mill abecedarian primer.  It’s a complete A to Z filled to the brim with things to find from birds to creepy-crawlies to inventions.  Yellow things is the penultimate group before readers’ last stop at the zoo.  On certain pages, look out for the extra things you’re asked to spot—with a few more surprises in store throughout.  heaps of new words to learn—including unusual ones—make this book a really engaging one.  This one would be a hit with little alphabetarians learning those 26 all-important symbols of the English language.  Categorically clever. 

Search-and-Find Alphabet of Alphabets was written and illustrated by Allan Sanders and published by Wide Eyed Editions.  Out soon on March 1!