Bookmarks: Recently released books for young readers

Published: Saturday, Feb. 18 2012 4:00 p.m. MST

"Isabella: Girl on the Go" is by Jennfer Forberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin

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Here is a list of books that have recently crossed our desks.

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PICTURE BOOKS

"MY BUMBLEBEE FRIEND," by Brooke N. Davie, Tate Publishing (ages 4-8)(f)

Miss Eddy learns to share her garden with a certain bumblebee. Audio book download available.

"ISABELLA: Girl on the Go," by Jennfer Forberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99 (ages 4 and up)

Isabella insists that she is not a little girl, but rather uses her imagination to travel around the world as she pretends in her backyard.

"CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY POP-UP BOOK," by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Puffin, $29.99, 24 pages (ages 4 and up)

This retelling of the well-known story of a boy who wins one of a handful of golden tickets visit to the local candy factory and the adventure inside. Although it has a lot of text for younger readers, each page has either a pop-up or pull tabs for an interactive experience.

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More picture books recently released:

"LITTLE DOG LOST: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic," by Monica Carnesi (ages 3-5): This is a delightful retelling of a how a dog was trapped on a piece of ice and was rescued by the crew of the ship Baltic.

"THE CONSTRUCTION CREW," by Lynn Meltzer, illustrated by Carrie Eko-Burgess (ages 3-5): With bold colors and illustrations, this book simply goes through what construction equipment, from back hoes to drills, do to help build things.

"SEA OF DREAMS," by Dennis Nolan (ages 3-7): A girl builds a sandcastle on a beach and when the tide comes in swamping the castle, the adventure for tiny family inside is only beginning in this wordless book.

"MAX's CASTLE," by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulivkov (ages 4-8): What some see as just blocks, Max sees a potential castle and with his friends, their imagination runs wild.

"JACKHAMMER SAM," by Peter Mandel, illustrated by David Catrow (ages 4-7): With rhymes and mimics of jackhammer sounds, Jackhammer Sam gives an entertaining description of what he does.

"CASSANDRA's ANGEL," by Gina Otto, illustrations by Trudy Joost (ages 5-8): Cassandra wants to please, but is told — among other things — she is a mess and has the wrong color hair. She is downcast until she discovers an angel is helping her. This a 10th anniversary reprint.

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MIDDLE READER

"GALAXY GAMES: The Challengers," by Greg R. Fishbone, Lee & Low Books, $15.95, 352 pages (ages 10-15)

On his 11th birthday, Ty Sato gets a star named for him by his Japanese cousins, and is recruited by aliens from the planet Mrendaria to help save them from galactic humiliation in the Galaxy Games.

"PIE," by Sarah Weeks, Scholastic Press, $16.99, 192 pages (ages 10-14)

A middle-grade novel about Alice whose aunt, upon her passing, takes the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe with her. Or does she?

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More middle reader books recently released:

"AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK," by Don Brown, 64 pages (ages 6-12): The events of September, 11, 2001 is explained for young readers.

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