Six-year-old Dory can’t convince her older brother and sister to let her play with them, or answer her questions, or have any respect for her imaginary friend/under-the-bed monster, Mary. Instead, they call Dory “Rascal” and try to scare her out of acting like a baby by telling her about Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who is five hundred and seven years old, has sharp teeth, and robs baby girls. When Mrs. Gobble Gracker walks into the house, Dory uses her wits, bravery, and Mary to defend herself. Abby Hanlon’s charming, heavily illustrated Dory Fantasmagory (Dial, $14.99) will draw new readers in with its charm and humor, or delight the whole family as a read-aloud.  Ages 6-8.  EAE

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780803740884
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - October 9th, 2014

What if your mom went back to work, and hired a nanny to watch you? What if she was no ordinary nanny, but someone who made peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches (yuck!), and talked into diapers (weird!), and—it turns out—is part of the little-known covert agency NAP: Nanny Action Patrol. Well, if you’re anything like Jake and Ali and your nanny is like Nanny X (Holiday House, $16.95), your life would be about to get a lot more exciting! Local author Madelyn Rosenberg has written a thrilling and hilarious chapter book, enlivened by illustrator Karen Donnely’s off-the-wall illustrations, about a couple of Northern Virginia kids whose home life starts to resemble the double life of a secret agent.  Ages 7-10.  EAE

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780823431663
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2014

Each of King Neptune’s fifty daughters has a special gift, except for “useless” Minnow, who has only questions. Where do the bubbles go? Why don’t crabs have fins? And, one exciting day, what is that thing floating down into the underwater kingdom? Minnow leaves her gifted but scornful mermaid sisters behind and explores beyond the edges of the kingdom, where she makes some perplexing discoveries. K.G. Campbell, illustrator of the 2014 Newbery Medal winner Flora & Ulysses, creates an enchanting but relatable tale of a mermaid full of character and grit in The Mermaid and the Shoe (Kids Can, $16.95). Ages 4-8. Emily Ellerbe

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By Keith Campbell, Keith Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554537716
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Kids Can Press - April 2014

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