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Marsupial Sue
John Lithgow
0689843941
September 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Being a kangaroo certainly looks like a lot of fun, what with all the hopping and the hay eating. But who knew all that jumping around could cause such problems? Marsupial Sue, that's who, a smartly dressed young 'roo who can't abide by all the bouncing: "It rattled her brain. It gave her migraine. A backache, sideache, tummyache too."

So John Lithgow recounts in 4/4 time--along with the jaunty, waltzy music and score on the CD that's included--in his second foray into children's books (The Remarkable Farkle McBride being the first). Probably best known as Dick Solomon on TV's 3rd Rock from the Sun, Lithgow brings his comic knack to this Down Under story about the importance of being yourself. Marsupial Sue might be intrigued by the idea of being a climbing koala or prawn-slurping platypus, but with Lithgow's...



Moose Tracks!
Karma Wilson
0689834373
February 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-A narrator whose identity is not revealed until story's end describes a none-too-clean house and yard, and is puzzled by the vast number of moose tracks covering almost every surface. Other messes are easy to attribute to various visitors. A bear left hair on the lawn chair, a chipmunk scattered shells on the counter, and a beaver sprayed wood chips from the bedpost all over the guest room after a midnight snack. The moose prints remain a mystery until the final spread reveals who the culprit is. Wilson's rhyming text will keep youngsters laughing at the animal friends and their antics. Davis's goggle-eyed cartoon style adds fun to the tale, highlighting the house's eclectic appearance, cozy untidiness, and the noise and energy of its inhabitants. The creatures are packed with...


Sweet Tooth
Margie Palatini
0689851596
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Stewart is an "average, everyday kid" with a talking molar that inevitably lures him into trouble. At his cousin's wedding, the tooth demands a large chunk of cake, and when the boy crams it into his mouth, his parents deny that he's their son. At school, its clamoring for candy causes the boy's teacher to send him to the principal's office yet again. He foists off blame with the predictable phrase, "It's The Tooth!" The illustration adds to the hilarity as the molar peeks out of the boy's mouth with an impish and belligerent smirk, its fist raised in apparent anger. Throughout, the mixed-media cartoon artwork extends the comedy of Palatini's text and enriches her characterization of Stewart. In one spread, readers look down on him as he lies on the floor with a stomachache after...


Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake"
John Lithgow
0689878478
August 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Marsupial Sue and her friends are presenting their version of The Gingerbread Man. Sue has the role of Auntie May, who cooks a pancake in the oven. As soon as it is done, it jumps out of the pan and rolls away, singing as it goes. It meets a variety of animals until it is finally outsmarted by a fox. Because the story is set as a play, Davis has the challenge of depicting animals dressed as other creatures. Some of them are hard to decipher and could be confusing to children. Also confusing is the fact that as the play begins, the colored-pencil, acrylic, dye, and ink illustrations depict a stage with an audience, but as it progresses, the setting changes to the countryside. The text is printed on top of the bright, full-page cartoon art, an effect that is busy but readable. The book...


Zack Files 03
J. Holub
0448412616
Aug 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5. Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much "cooler" than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!?Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the...


How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography
Jack Davis
0321357507
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Wouldn't it be great if you could have two of the world’s most sought-after Photoshop teachers sitting next to you at your computer as you navigate through the infinite possibilities of your digital photographic darkroom? How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, second edition, is the next best thing. It’s the brainchild of two Photoshop powerhouses---Jack Davis and Ben Willmore, both world-renowned authors and educators, who have developed an effective way to help you reach your full creative potential. Jack and Ben guide you step-by-step through real-world projects, with an emphasis on uncompromising quality, last-minute flexibility, and go-home-at-night speed! You'll receive tips and techniques on everything from streamlining your workflow to solarizing without chemicals to balancing out skin...


Zack Files 02
J. Holub
0448412624
Aug 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5. Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much "cooler" than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!?Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the...


The Picture of Morty & Ray
Daniel Pinkwater
0641673191

Hardcover
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Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-Click Wow! with CDROM
Jack Davis
0321246446
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

If you're interested in taking advantage of the powerful new layer capabilities in Photoshop CS--including support for nested layers (up to five levels deep!), a Layer Comp feature that lets you store multiple designs within a single document, and the ability to work with layers in 16-bit images--you've come to the right place! This powerful book/CD combo is chock-full of one-click makeovers guaranteed to transform images instantly and easily, helping you employ layers effectively and creatively in the process. Better than filters--not to mention cheaper, more efficient, and easier to use--the CD's myriad Layer Styles transform photos into paintings, and type and graphics into metal, gems, glass, and just about anything you can conceive. In the book itself, veteran author Jack Davis ...



Tell a Lie and Your Butt Will Grow (Zack Files Series 28)
Dan Greenburg
044842682X
December 2002
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-Zack's science-fair partner is the school's worst liar. No matter what yarn anyone tells, Andrew has to top it-in spades. Suddenly, in the midst of one of his whoppers, Zack notices that his friend's pants seem to be getting tighter- and tighter- and r-r-rip! Like Pinocchio, Andrew is showing physical reactions to fibbing. However, instead of his nose, it's his hind end that is growing. Before long, the boys' project-a bicycle-powered electrical generator-is in jeopardy. Andrew's seat can't fit on it! Zack must get his friend back to normal-and convince him to stick to the facts in the future. Amusing cartoon drawings illustrate Andrew's posterior problem without slipping over into gross details. Adults may find the preoccupation with backsides just a tad distasteful, but fans of the series expect...


Halfway Hank
Joe Fallon
0066236363
April 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Hank, a red-haired, freckle-faced boy, does everything halfway. He wears one skate and makes a "figure four" instead of a figure eight, his hair is combed on just one side, and he washes his face but always misses his feet. He gets along just fine until the games begin at the county barbecue, where he joins his sister's team and jeopardizes its success in several competitions. Eggs fall off the half spoon he brings to the spoon-and-egg race, his half canoe sinks, and he performs only half the steps in the square dance, causing quite a mess. By the time they reach the 100-meter dash, Demi has had it with her brother. Instead of giving up, Hank tricks himself into going the full distance by pretending he's in a 200-meter run ("…when he reached the halfway mark,/Hank passed it...


Chicken Soup for the African American Soul: Celebrating and Sharing Our Culture One Story at a Time
Jack Canfield
0757301428
September 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This newest addition to the bestselling series features Chicken Soup's trademark stories in a "tribute to a culture that prides itself on survival, resiliency, healing, prayer and perseverance." This collection hits all those notes, with inspiring contributions from familiar names, including Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou, as well as heartfelt vignettes from everyday folks. While the writing quality varies, most essays are moving. Stories of helping others, of gifts received from strangers and of pursuing one's dreams speak to our common humanity. Yet the struggle of being black in America pervades this collection; many contributors discuss issues of identity, discrimination and injustice. Writers describe the difficulty of becoming comfortable in one's skin; of not being "a Black girl...


Zack Files 06
J. Holub
0448413396
Feb 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-4?Zack is back! And, weird things are still happening to him. He goes to a new orthodontist, Dr. Jekyll, who insists that he drink rather then swish the "Miracle Mouthwash." As his teeth grow more crooked, Zack begins to think that the mouthwash might be the problem. Sneaking into the orthodontist's back room, he discovers that the dentist is experimenting with this potion on beavers. All ends well with this advice to readers, "I never never drink mouthwash at the dentist's office. I don't think you should, either." In I'm Out of My Body, Zack and a friend experiment with astral travel following the directions in an old book. After several adventures, the boys realize that they forgot to read the directions for returning to their bodies. In a trite ending, Zack's father picks up the book and puts it...


Bedhead
Margie Palatini
0689860021
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
"In a gunkless corner of the soapy silver soap dish... in a fogless smidgen of his father's foggy shaving mirror... right there on the hot-water faucet, for heaven's sake... he saw it!"

Big, bad, BEDHEAD! Oliver's hair is "way out of control." Hair is going every which way, and in the back there's a clump that looks just like a cat's coughed-up fur ball. Drastic measures are in order. Oliver's very helpful family pushes, pulls, waters, spritzes, mousses, and hair-pins the recalcitrant locks, all to no avail. Finally, they remember the one true answer to bedhead: a baseball cap. Off to school Oliver goes, everything fine and dandy until he makes a horrible discovery: today is class picture day, and hats are not allowed.

Margie Palatini's hilarious story will ring painfully true for bedheadites of all ages. Her...



Monster Goose
Judy Sierra
0152054170
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Something has happened to good old Mother Goose--she's not the same kindly storyteller she once was. In fact, that isn't Mother Goose tapping away at her laptop computer at all. It's Monster Goose! With a diabolical grin beneath her granny glasses and fangs peeking out from her beak, this twisted matriarch wreaks marvelously evil havoc on 25 favorite nursery rhymes. Now featuring ghouls, vampire bats, and cannibals, these verses appeal to the perverse corner in every reader's mind. Just a taste: There was an old zombie who lived in a shoe.
She had so many maggots, she didn't know what to do.
So she soaked them in soapsuds and painted them green.
She'll be giving them out next Halloween.
Not for the faint of heart, Judy Sierra's grisly rhymes are accompanied by such fabulously...


Great-Grandpa's in the Litter Box (Zack Files Series #1)
Dan Greenburg
0448412608
July 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5. Zack is a normal 10-year-old boy with a knack for getting into weird situations. In Wanda, he attempts to rid his apartment of a rude eight-year-old poltergeist who communicates by spelling out words with peanut M&Ms. In Litter Box, he plans to adopt a kitten but instead acquires a cantankerous talking cat that claims to be the reincarnation of his great-grandfather. He sees his reflection in the Medicine Cabinet mirror and falls through into a skewed world that its inhabitants consider much "cooler" than ours. An electrical accident occurs at school and Zap!?Zack can hear thoughts, including a bloodthirsty voice expressing an eagerness to kill. The stories have a whacked-out, off-the-wall humor that is reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pinkwater. At the same time, they neatly poke fun at the...

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