Little Ones

Exclamation Mark

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal/Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Scholastic Press

  • March 2013
  • $17.99
  • Ages 4-8

From the bestselling creators of DUCK! RABBIT!, an exciting tale of self-discovery.

He stood out here.

He stood out there.

He tried everything to be more like them.

It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU.

Sometimes we squish ourselves to fit in. We shrink. Twist. Bend. Until--!--a friend shows the way to endless possibilities.In this bold and highly visual book, an emphatic but misplaced exclamation point learns that being different can be very exciting! Period.

The Three Questions

Written and Illustrated by Jon J Muth

  • April 2002
  • $17.99
  • Ages: 4-8

With his stunning watercolors -- and text that resounds with universal truths, award-winning artist Jon J Muth has transformed a story by Tolstoy into a timeless fable for young readers. What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Nikolai knows that he wants to be the best person he can be, but often he is unsure if he is doing the right thing. So he goes to ask Leo, the wise turtle. When he arrives, the turtle is struggling to dig in his garden, and Nikolai rushes to help him. As he finishes work, a violent storm rolls in. Nikolai runs for Leo's cottage, but on his way, he hears cries for help from an injured panda. Nikolai brings her in from the cold, and then rushes back outside to rescue her baby too.

Middle Grade

The Inker's Shadow

By Allen Say
Scholastic Press

  • October 2015
  • $19.99
  • Ages 12 and up

Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a companion to his award-winning Drawing From Memory--the story of his coming-of-age at a military academy and the discovery of what it means to be American.

For Allen Say, life as a teen in Southern California was a cold existence. His father, one of the leading hamburger salesmen in Japan, ran a booming burger business, much like McDonald's, and sent Allen to an American military academy, so that his son could learn English and "become a success in life."

As the school's first and only Japanese student, he experienced immediate racism among his fellow cadets and his teachers. The other kids' parents complained about Allen's presence at the all-white school. As a result, he was relegated to a toolshed behind the mess hall. Determined to free himself from this oppression, Allen saved enough money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50--then escaped to find the America of his dreams!

In this follow-up to Drawing From Memory, Allen continues to reinvent himself as an author and illustrator. Melding his paintings with cartoon images and archival photos, Allen Say delivers an accessible book that will appeal to any reader in search of himself.

Encyclopedia of Immaturity Volume 2

  • $19.95
  • Ages 8 and up

When we published The Encyclopedia of Immaturity in 2007, we knew it would make a great gift for someone's nephew. And, sure enough, people gave it to their nephews - but also to their grandparents, brothers-in-law and accountants. Soon we were flooded with letters, e-mails and calls sharing one common theme - ""More! More! More!"" So here's a second helping of skills, activities, and secret knowledge - suitable only for those whose maturity stopped developing around the age of 12. In addition to thought-provoking topics like What We Talk About When We Talk About Wedgies, the book includes detailed directions for how to: fake a cold, slide down a banister, balance a ping pong ball on your nose, send a toiletgram, throw a sloshie, and more. It's all new and all hopelessly goofy. You can imagine our delight as we looked over the sales figures for the first volume of this encyclopedia. For years we've felt like the only kids at the grown-up table. Now it turns out the world is populated by a lot more people who are lot less mature than they look. Well, duh!

Encyclopedia of MY Immaturity: Your Own Personal Diary-ah

  • $16.99
  • Ages 8-12

Announcing the last thing you'd expect from the The Encyclopedia of Immaturity people: a diary. This is a wise-cracking collection of write-in-the-book activities immortalizing the triumphs of a smart-aleck youth. Entries include the "How immature are you, really?" test and teh "What will you barely grow up to be?" fortune teller.