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 Jacket art © Mike Lowery

by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Mike Lowery
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2337-6
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Cow and Owl are best friends. Moo Hoo! They do everything together, like make music. Two Coo! But when a stranger arrives—Roo New!—the two friends must decide whether their group can expand to form a New True Crew.


"'Woo hoo!' A winning display of finding the high ground and paved with particularly sweet verbal compression."—Kirkus Reviews

 "...deftly and delightfully incorporates spare text, simply rendered art, and a supportively portrayed, kid-resonating topic...Overall, this is an enjoyable read (and read-aloud) with a positive, well-conveyed message, which highlights 'the more the merrier' nature of friendship." —Booklist

"Emphasizing simplicity and sound, Ryan and Lowery cover the basics of friendship."—Publishers Weekly

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 Jacket art © Mike Lowery

by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Mike Lowery
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2180-8
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"Frog and Bunny are best friends.
Ribbit Rabbit.  Rabbit Ribbit.

But what happens when they get in a fight?
Ribbit Rabbit.  Yip it, yap it.

You'll have to read the book to find out!
Ribbit Rabbit.  Grip it, grab it."---
From the publisher


"The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you’d sing in the dark to lift your spirits. Equally joyful and engaging—and that’s a tall order—is Lowery’s artwork. It has a childlike, elemental tone, with neat planes of color, but it is wonderfully, touchingly emotive. Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This gentle examination of the ups and downs of friendship offers a thoughtful lesson on admitting error and seeking resolution, and listeners will applaud the twosome’s success in working through their problem.”—BCCB

"What makes Ryan’s text unique is its simplicity... This economy of language makes it ideal for reading aloud or for beginning readers. However, the illustrations marry well with the text, and fill in the narrative where the writing leaves it open."—School Library Journal

Jacket art © Nathan Hale

by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Nathan Hale
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9828-2 
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"Jeremy's teacher, Mrs. Nuddles, thinks he belongs in a zoo- and she isn't far from the truth!  Jeremy lives in an animal house, where he hangs out in his kangaroom, gets his food from the refrigergator, and puts his clothes in a hampster.  When Mrs. Nuddles comes to visit, she finds that everything in Jeremy's home is alive...and sometimes the animals get a little rowdy- especially when they have guests!

Young readers will delight in the silly, imaginative wordplay and the bright, detailed illustrations of this wild story.  And eagle-eyed readers will want to pore over it again and again to find every hidden animal in the animal house."--
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"Ryan has so much fun coming up with increasingly ridiculous wildlife that it’s to Hale’s credit that his fine-tipped acrylics can keep up with the punny pandemonium. This book will stand up to multiple rereadings."
Kirkus Reviews

"...the use of portmanteau is clever, and the large, acrylic illustrations are imaginative, bringing each part of the animal house to life..."
School Library Journal


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