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NEW in JUNE 2014

Goatilocks and the Three Bears

Goatilocks gobbles mor than porridge in this fractured fairy tale that puts a hilarious twist on a favorite story.
She lived down the road from a family of bears...
Goatilocks can’t resist sampling first Papa Bear’s porridge, then Mama Bear’s porridge, then Baby Bear’s porridge—and his bowl and spoon, too. And it turns out Goatilocks has a taste for chairs and beds as well. Has Goatilocks devoured her way to disaster? What will happen when the Bear family returns home from their walk?

This playful adaptation of a favorite fairy tale is full of tummy-rumbling fun.

Once upon a time, there was a kid named Goatilocks.


"Goldilocks as a goat? It’s unlikely casting, but Perl (Chicken Butt!) and Howard (Mr. Putter and Tabby) pull it off with abundant good humor.... The story’s colloquial tone (“Hey, where’s my chair?” complains Baby Bear) and Howard’s...freewheeling watercolors create a rollicking atmosphere." (Publishers Weekly, April 2014)

"Events in Perl's humorous and fresh retelling of the traditional tale unfold at a quick pace. Howard's cheery and detailed watercolors infuse extra doses of charm into the story. . . . Howard adds humorous tidbits that will even evoke chuckles from adults. . . . Perl and Howard's work provides an entertaining alternative to more traditional versions of the story. Teachers can successfully use it in compare-and-contrast lessons with other versions of the tale. Families, too, should find this picture book to be a bedtime read-aloud treat." (School Library Journal, June 2014)

"[T]his fractured nursery tale...makes good use of page turns for dramatic and comic effect. Brightened with watercolor washes, Howard's cartoonlike line drawings add expressive characterizations and witty visual touches. The precisely worded text retains the satisfying structure of the original tale while adding some amusing twists and a couple of enjoyable puns. Fun for reading aloud to groups of children, this Goldilocks spoof offers a good narrative, plenty of laughs, and a happy ending." (Booklist, June 2014)



King of the Zoo

They say the lion is king of the jungle, but who's the king of the zoo?

Meet Carlos the Chameleon, the true king of the zoo...or so he thought!

When his friends point out that he's not the zoo's only king, Carlos must defend his kingdom! The kangaroo makes Carlos hopping mad. The monkey has Carlos scratching his head in disbelief. The elephant, too? Who knew?  Will Carlos regain his rightful place on the throne or is he just being a royal pain? ... more >>

From the hilarious Erica S. Perl and the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Illustrator, Jackie Urbanovic, KING OF THE ZOO is a read-aloud riot that will have everyone cheering for the little Chameleon on his king-sized quest. Buy this book!



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Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early

The definitive answer (also in verse) to the all-important question: “Why do I have to go to bed so early when everyone else gets to stay up late?” As you’ll learn from the animals (many of whom are not chickens, by the way) in this book, “sooner or later, we all need to sleep.” ... more ››









Chicken Butt!

When a little boy successfully uses "fowl" play and ridiculous rhymes to get his distracted dad's attention, he gets so excited he keeps going and going. Dad wants to stop the silliness, but he's no match for . . . CHICKEN BUTT! A laugh-out-loud, read-it-again delight for the whole family.  ... more ››







Chicken Butt's Back

In this cheeky (sorry!) sequel to the wildly fun Chicken Butt!, the young jokester and his chicken muse are back, but this time they're trying to trick Mom. She thinks she has caught on to the gag, but as she distractedly does the grocery shopping, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophones—words such as "dear" and "deer," and "which" and "witch." Wordplay has never been so much fun.
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Ninety-Three In My Family

What would life be like if you shared a house with your mom, dad, two sisters, a gerbil ... and 87 other animals? A close look (in verse) at a furry, fuzzy, feathery and very funny family.  ... more ››