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FIVE GO ADVENTURING AGAIN

by Enid Blyton

There's a thief at Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five think they know who it is, but they need to prove it! Where can they find evidence? The discovery of an old map and very unusual hiding place is all they need to get to the bottom of this mystery and uncover the true culprit!



FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND

by Enid Blyton

The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?



THE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN & JAMES

by Elise Broach

James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble-even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! But more importantly, will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will he have found a new best friend?
(It includes interesting information for young children about beetles. The article includes: fun facts about beetles, the life cycle of a beetle, and beetle vocabulary.)

BEDTIME for Sweet Creatures                      

Written by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Grimes and Zunon capture the time-for-bed dance with verve, imagination and empathy in this tale of a not-sleepy child and her creative appeals to stay up longer.

The affectionate mom evokes a range of animals to help her cause. Zunon collages realistic images of the family alongside fanciful, mythical-looking animals. This one has the feel of an all-time great bedtime picture book.


THE OLD TRUCK                                                                       By Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey

This charming debut is by brothers who divide the writing and the art, which mixes ink-stamping and digital techniques in a glorious sunshine-washed palette. It's a simple, beautifully constructed story about continuity and ingenuity: A beloved truck works hard for a family of farmers, including a girl who dreams of the truck as an airplane and a rocket ship. As the truck ages, it's left to languish next to the barn. The girl grows up, takes over the farm and restores the truck, putting it back into service: a sustainable choice! The Pumphreys have created a book that's both timeless and au courant.


HONEYBEE: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera                                       Written by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Fleming and Rohmann, the team behind "Giant Squid," offer a fascinating up-close view of the stages of a honeybee's life. We see our little worker bee go from tiny and gray to full grown and - in a spectacular four-page gatefold - flying for the first time, all the way to the moment on her 35th day when she "drops to the ground" and "stills." The drama and suspense are positively riveting.