Keaton's Kids Book Recommendations

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ISBN: 9781423125983
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 7th, 2015

“YOU ARE FOOD!” This helpful reminder kicks off a rollicking battle against evil, straight out of the powerhouse imagination of Guillermo Del Toro, director of visionary films like PAN’S LABYRINTH and HELLBOY! Jim and Tub are your usual high school misfits, spending the days dodging the local bully and trying not to embarrass themselves in front of the coolest girl in class. But when Jim starts seeing odd things--things that can’t possibly be real--it soon becomes apparent that something monstrous lies beneath them, an entire underworld of creatures beyond imagining. And they are very VERY hungry! Frightening, hilarious and full of adventure, TROLLHUNTERS is the most fun I’ve had reading all year! And check out Del Toro’s amazing full-color illustrated plates!

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The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394865805
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 1984

This lesser-known work by Theodor S. Geisel is an incredible, thought-provoking children's book and the perfect introduction to socially-engaged fiction for kids. Written during the Cold War, THE BUTTER BATTLE BOOK is an anti-war parable about an arms race between two countries that can't agree over how to properly butter their bread. Yes, it's a trivial difference, and that's the point. No other children's book is better at highlighting the absurdity of war. Along with THE SNEETCHES (about discrimination) and THE LORAX (about environmentalism), this is a book I recommend to all parents starting a child's library.

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By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060266684
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Published: HarperCollins - January 19th, 1996

IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN is my all-time favorite title by the late, great Maurice Sendak. And now I'm happy to say it's my son's favorite too! This whimsical dream tale is an incredibly fun bedtime story to share with your little one and is full of Sendak's beautiful, endearing illustrations. It's also a companion piece in the three-book cycle, including WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and OUTSIDE OVER THERE. A classic!

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By Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061960307
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: HarperCollins - April 27th, 2010

Neil Gaiman's INSTRUCTIONS is a delightful little fairy tale adventure that parents can enjoy along with their kids! Written in the second person as a set of instructions for a journey to the farthest reaches of an imaginary realm, INSTRUCTIONS also doubles as a list of helpful hints on how to lead a kind, bold and fulfilling life. It's fun and touching in equal amounts, and Charles Vess' wonderful illustrations will capture your heart as well as your imagination! On a personal note, ever since I got my one-year-old son INSTRUCTIONS for Christmas, it's become an indispensable addition to our bedtime story rotation! The perfect read for adventurers of all ages!

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ISBN: 9780547608389
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2011

Chris Van Allsburg’s JUMANJI was a personal favorite of mine growing up. And its beautifully detailed drawings and imaginative adventure story are still captivating even after all these years! JUMANJI is the perfect bridge for young readers who want more of a story than a typical picture book can provide, but who aren’t quite ready for chapter books yet. Full of adventure, JUMANJI is great for read-alongs, and this anniversary edition comes with a CD narration by Robin Williams!

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A Rule Is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy (Wee Rebel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933149257
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Published: Manic D Press - November 20th, 2012

This is the perfect book for the little radical in your life! It's a cool, playful and heartfelt manifesto that empowers kids to be themselves, even (and especially) when society tells you to do the opposite. While more conservative parents may have an initially adverse reaction to some of the advice given (i.e., staying up all night!), more than anything A RULE IS TO BREAK teaches children the importance of self-education, self-determination, self-expression, and democratic justice. You won't find another children's book like it!

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