Best Action & Adventure Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 action & adventure books for 3 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad

by: Liz Climo
Release date: May 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Meet Rory, the dinosaur. He loves spending time with his dad, but today he wants to go on his own adventure and explore his island home. He can’t wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind. There’s nothing Rory’s dad won’t do for his intrepid son–he’ll even let him think he’s made the journey all by himself.
Comic artist Liz Climo celebrates the bond between father and child with her adorable, deceptively simple illustrations and her timeless story of a child’s quest for independence.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

2. The Paper Princess (Picture Puffin Books (Prebound))

by: Elisa Kleven
Release date: May 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 40
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When a little girl makes a paper doll, she calls her the Paper Princess. But before she has time to draw on her hair, the wind blows her doll away. It is not long before the Paper Princess discovers that the most important thing to her is the love of the little girl, and so begins her journey home.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

3. Princess Truly in I Am Truly

by: Kelly GreenawaltAmariah Rauscher
Release date: Mar 28, 2017
Number of Pages: 40
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Princess Truly is strong and confident, beautiful and brave, bright and brilliant. She can do anything she sets her mind to…

I can fly to the moon
And dance on the stars.
I can tame wild lions…
And race fast cars.

Brimming with warmth and color, Princess Truly’s rhythmic rhyming adventures are a celebration of individuality, girl power, and diversity. Her heartfelt story is a reminder to young girls everywhere that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it…and dream big!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

4. Heavy Metal Mater and Other Tall Tales (Disney/Pixar Cars) (Pictureback Favorites)

by: Frank BerriosRH Disney
Release date: Jul 13, 2010
Number of Pages: 80
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Mater is up to his old tricks again, with three new tall tales in one fantastic hardcover storybook for boys ages 3 to 7! Mater tells Lightning McQueen how he started a heavy metal band, became a hot-rod racer in Tokyo, and had a close encounter with a UFO! This follow-up to Mater’s Tall Tales is a must-have for all fans of Disney•Pixar’s Cars and Cars Toons.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

5. Carl’s Snowy Afternoon

by: Alexandra DayAlexandra Day
Release date: Nov 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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When Madeleine’s parents go to the Pond Party, they leave Carl and the baby at home for a cozy winter afternoon with a babysitter. But Carl and Madeleine have plans of their own? they want to play in the snow! After getting all bundled up, they sneak off to go sledding, build a snowman, and even make an appearance at the party and try sliding on the ice at the pond. Of course, resourceful Carl gets the baby home before her parents return?and the babysitter is never the wiser.

Everyone’s favorite Rottweiler appears here in a wintertime romp.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

6. I Love My Pirate Papa

by: Laura LeuckKyle M. Stone
Release date: Sep 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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It’s a yar vessel that can carry this crew of burly pirates, the captain, and his scrappy little son. From the crow’s nest to the hold, from the high seas to the island of buried treasure, this boy hangs out with the most rough-and-tumble of rogues. And at the end of each day, he gets tucked in by the fiercest pirate of them all: his loving and tender dad.    
    
This lyrical picture book is brimming with delightful pirate antics and just the right dose of father and son love.
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Children’s Books > Animals

7. Into the Unknown (The Adventures of Ta and Boddington Book 1)

by: James ZwernemanJames Zwerneman
Release date: Oct 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 34
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Ta is a gentle caveman living in the Great Green Forest. He loves playing his drum and eating blueberries drizzled in honey. But there is something he lacks – a friend. So one day he marches out into the dangerous Unknown to look for one. He will end up finding much more than he bargained for.

THE ADVENTURES OF TA AND BODDINGTON is a series of whimsical children’s books set a long, long time ago, when cavemen were just learning to live together in society for the first time. Readers of all ages will delight in Ta, the kind-hearted caveman, and Boddington, his unpredictable best friend, as they form a tribe, experiment with inventions, and negotiate a world of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and rambunctious neighbors – all captured in gorgeous original watercolor.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

8. Stick & Move

by: U. KnucklesTitus V. ThomasAndre F. Jones
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 32
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Hooray! The Holla Kids have landed with some emotional intelligence tools in their backpacks!

Social emotional learning is essential to child development and performance. The book, song and dance – Stick & Move, provides a catchy and culturally relevant framework for practicing emotional savvy.

Stick & Move is a de-escalation strategy to help children respond to emotions with greater skill and flexibility. Symbolized by the pogo stick, Stick & Move means balance yourself. The moment we get upset, we get out of balance. In order to regain balance we: (1) stop, (2) relax and (3) move on to a solution.

Nervous about their first day of School, Holla Kids Tyler and Nile use the Stick & Move strategy to bounce into action. Underwater pogo stick races and intergalactic wrestling matches punctuate this motivational story about self-realization.

You can practice the Stick & Move strategy as a family, learn the Stick & Move song and dance together, and encourage each other to Stick & Move in real time. The strategy is relevant and meaningful for both children and adults alike.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Multiculturalism

9. Lisa’s Airplane Trip

by: Anne GutmanGeorg Hallensleben
Release date: Mar 13, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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Lisa’s Airplane Trip is one of two titles launching the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series. Lisa experiences for the first time in her life what it is like to travel on an airplane when she flies by herself to meet her uncle in the United States. The meal, movie, and other passengers provide endless amusement for Lisa–until an unfortunate accident with her orange juice. Fortunately, a very nice flight attendant makes everything better with a quick wash in the bathroom, followed by a special trip to the cockpit.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

10. Zip and Zap Take a Nap (MJ Kids)

by: Christine Ann GoweyAndi KleinmanBrandie Gowey
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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Everyone knows that adults can have changes in hormones, but does everyone know that this can also affect children?  Dr. Gowey estimates that millions of children annually are misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, depressed, anxious or as having behavioral problems when really it may be hormones made by the adrenals that are off and creating symptoms. This book explores Adrenal Fatigue in a way that both kids and parents can easily understand and discuss in the format of a fun story. The illustrations capture the child’s imagination and make it easy to relate to the characters in the story, Zip and Zap.  After reading this story, we will all want to Take a Nap!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health

11. Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue (The Adventures of Benjamin and Bumper)

by: Molly CoxeOlivier Toppin
Release date: Jun 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 40
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A thrilling story of rescue and adventure featuring fuzzy young Benjamin Middlemouse and his wooly friend Bumper the elephant as the unlikely heroes, each page of this children’s picture book features a cinematic photo of charming handmade mice and other creatures that inhabit a richly textured, three-dimensional world. When Benjamin’s mother does not return to the antique armoire they call home, Benjamin recruits his friend Bumper, a stuffed animal who lives on the nearby bed, to help with the search. Benjamin loads Bumper’s back with a treasure-trove of scrounged objects—a jumble of ropes, needles and thread, a ladder made from string and matchsticks, and a homemade slingshot with a basket of popcorn for ammunition—and they follow clues that lead into the garden, where they must storm the stone tower of Sir Pouncelot the cat and rescue Mrs. Middlemouse before she becomes his tasty dinner. Just right for a first adventure story, this magical storybook is an ideal blend of suspense, bravery, friendship, humor, loyalty, and a happy ending for all.
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Children’s Books > Animals

12. Fight For The Light

by: Pat HattArnel Millos
Release date: Nov 13, 2013
Number of Pages: 42
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Captain Pat and his spotted cat want to get some treasure and then scat. They attack Captain Red Shoes for his map. But it turns out to be a trap. There they find Truedessa and her light. Together the three quickly take flight.

They get washed up on a beach with the other just in reach. But Captain Red Shoes will not let them get away. He wants to drown Captain Pat and his spotted cat in the bay. He wants Truedessa’s light for his own. He will never leave the three alone.

Can our heroes get away or will Captain Red Shoes drown them in the bay? Find out all of that and more with another book from Pat Hatt for you to explore.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

13. Floater

by: Rick GoldsberryRyan Goldsberry
Release date: Jul 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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This book is specially designed in Amazon’s fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read.What if you woke up one morning and you were floating? What was supposed to be an ordinary school field trip turns out to be a real adventure filled with monkeys, elephants, kites, balloons, and a great big airplane, all of them leaving one little boy wondering if he’ll ever come down.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

14. Legend of the NeverBeast Read-Along Storybook & CD (Read-Along Storybook and CD)

by: Disney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Feb 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Disney Fairies fans can relive the sixth film in the successful Fairies direct-to-DVD franchise in this enchanting Read-Along Storybook & CD set, complete with word-for-word narration, character voices, and sound effects! Readers can follow along with the story as Tinker Bell and her animal-talent friend Fawn work to save Pixie Hollow from the mysterious NeverBeast!
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Children’s Books > Animals

15. Take a Peek with Peek-a-Bear (Peek and Play)

by: Jill Weisfeld
Release date: Aug 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 12
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Take a Peek with Peek-a-Bear”” is cleverly designed children’s book filled with colorful imagery and playful poetry that takes you on a exciting interactive adventure with the character Peek-a-Bear. It is the first of a series of “”Peek & Play”” books.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

16. Follow Carl!

by: Alexandra DayAlexandra Day
Release date: Sep 11, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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Carl is back in his ninth adventure!

Children barking at a squirrel in a tree? Carrying sticks in their mouths? Begging for food? Who could be responsible for such silly shenanigans except everybody’s favorite baby-sitter, Carl, who takes a group of neighborhood children on a lively game of Follow the Leader. Readers will want to follow Carl’s exploits through town and country again and again, and Alexandra Day’s lush autumnal landscapes are the perfect setting for the funny goings-on in the game.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

17. Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime

by: Marcie WesselsTim Bowers
Release date: Aug 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Yo, ho, ho! It’s bedtime! But this little swashbuckler will do anything to avoid going to sleep. Read along as he stalls for time—searching for peg-legged Captain Teddy, stowing his toys in the ship’s treasure chest, and even playing a game of walk-the-plank! Snuggle up with your own little pirate for a fun and delightful high-seas adventure as you wind down your exciting day together.

“The rhyming text is filled with pirate dialect, which adds whimsy and fun to the story.”—School Library Journal

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

18. Life with Lou: A Swimming Adventure to the Island of Taboo

by: Kim ShultsBarbie Larimore
Release date: Feb 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 23
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Lou the ant is looking to make it big. He hopes bringing home a legendary pirates’ treasure chest stuffed full of yummy chocolate coins will do the trick. Too bad that treasure is far across the lagoon, hidden on the spooky Island of Taboo – because… Lou can’t swim! Luckily, Sam the turtle and some other special sea creatures may be able to help. Brave Lou is on his way to much more than just a chocolate treat! Follow Lou to the Island of Taboo!

Life with Lou is more than just a fun adventure story. It also introduces you to basic swim skills and inspires confidence in the water. Each book includes a summary of ten basic swimming and water safety skills to use as a teaching tool for reinforcing swimming lessons and water safety education.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

19. Dark, Dark Night

by: M. Christina Butler
Release date: May 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 28
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Woo-woo! the wind blew in the trees. Squeak-squeak! went the lanterns. And the dark was all around. After a long winter sleep, Frog can’t wait to get back to his pond. But just before jumping into the water, something startles him-then sends him running back to the woods. A HUGE Pond Monster with enormous claws! Will Frog ever get a chance to swim in his pond again? And will he and his friends figure out who the Pond Monster really is? With a vibrant text and atmospheric artwork, this book illustrates perfectly how some things are not as scary as they seem.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Frogs & Toads

20. Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors

by: Danna SmithValeria Petrone
Release date: Nov 14, 2011
Number of Pages: 40
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What better place for naptime than a grand pirate ship on the high seas? Two boys use their imaginations to turn everyday objects, from a white bandanna to yellow coins to a red blanket, into colorful pirate treasure as they prepare for naptime. With a bouncy rhymed text and fun illustrations, this charming book teaches little ones their colors while making a great read-aloud. Even the youngest readers and listeners will want to be a part of the fun as they get ready to sail off to sleep!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

21. Big Black Horse (Picture Book)

by: Walter Farley
Release date: Apr 24, 2007
Number of Pages: 64
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Available again after almost 50 years is the picture book version of The Black Stallion. With stunning retro illustrations and Farley’s fast-paced text, this gorgeous book will appeal to the nostalgic and adventurous alike. As the sole human survivor of a devastating shipwreck, Alec finds himself alone on a small island with a magnificent stallion, black as night and dangerous as fire. Together they each realize that the other is the key to survival. Thus begins the most famous relationship in horse fiction.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

22. Pete’s Dragon: Elliot Gets Lost

by: David LoweryToby HalbrooksBenjamin Lowery
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Elliot the puppy is lost in the forest, and needs to find a new home. Will it be with a family of sheep, or a questioning owl, or maybe some playful fox cubs? Or will his search lead him somewhere else? From the screen to the page, Elliot Gets Lost will bring the fun and heartwarming story of a lost puppy to readers of all ages. Seen in the 2016 movie Pete’s Dragon as one of Pete’s prized possessions, the picture book was brought to the page by the film’s creative team, and features never-before-seen illustrations. Fans of the movie and picture books alike will love this story of a young puppy’s journey.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

23. Peg Leg Peke

by: Brie Spangler
Release date: May 29, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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PEKE, AN ADORABLE little Pekingnese, has a boo-boo. But when he uses his imagination, he’s no longer a pup with a broken leg, he’s a pirate with a peg leg on the high seas! Can he find the buried treasure? In her picture book debut, Brie Spangler celebrates the power of imagination and introduces a lovable Pekingnese puppy who refuses to let his boo-boo keep him from having fun.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

24. Beauty and the Beast: The Story of Belle

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 112
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When Belle’s father is captured, she takes his place as the fearsome Beast’s prisoner. But life in the enchanted castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines. She makes friends and sees a kinder side of the Beast. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and be loved in return. But can this be done before the last rose petal falls? This collectible storybook includes beautiful full-color art in the style of the beloved film, Beauty and the Beast.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

25. Boddington and the Bicycle (The Adventures of Ta and Boddington Book 3)

by: James ZwernemanJames Zwerneman
Release date: Oct 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 38
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All is well in the Great Green Forest, and Ta and Boddington are happy. Sally, the tribe’s inventor, has even come up with a new invention! But when Boddington sees how wonderful it is, his emotions get the best of him, and soon the three friends find themselves caught up in their most exciting adventure yet…

THE ADVENTURES OF TA AND BODDINGTON is a series of whimsical children’s books set a long, long time ago, when cavemen were just learning to live together in society for the first time. Readers of all ages will delight in Ta, the kind-hearted caveman, and Boddington, his unpredictable best friend, as they form a tribe, experiment with inventions, and negotiate a world of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and rambunctious neighbors – all captured in gorgeous original watercolor.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

26. Cinderella: The Story of Cinderella (Digital Picture Book)

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 112
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When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother forbids her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets unexpected help from her mice friends and her Fairy Godmother. Cinderella attends the ball as a mysterious guest and dances with the prince. At the stroke of the midnight, she loses one of her glass slippers and transforms back into a maid. Will the prince ever find her now? This storybook includes beautiful, full color art in the style of the beloved film, Cinderella.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

27. Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom (Nick Jr. Dora the Explorer (Prebound Numbered))

by: Michael TeitelbaumArtful DoodlersValerie Walsh
Release date: Sep 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 22
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A mean octopus has dumped garbage all over Mermaid Kingdom! The only way to save the mermaids is to find the magic crown! Come along with everyone’s favorite explorer, Dora, as she crosses the Seashell Bridge, goes through Pirate Island, and then goes to the Silly Sea. Will Dora be able to save her ocean friends?
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

28. Dora’s Magical Adventures: A Carry-Along Boxed Set (Nick JR. Carry-Along Boxed Set)

by: Various
Release date: Nov 04, 2008
Number of Pages: 144
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Now young readers can bring Dora’s fantastic journeys with them wherever they go! Included in this great package are six beloved Dora storybooks.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

29. Here Comes Bubble Bunny! (Bubble Guppies) (Hologramatic Sticker Book)

by: Golden BooksMJ Illustrations
Release date: Jan 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Egg-citement is in the air as Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies celebrate Easter! Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will enjoy this egg-cellent coloring book with over 30 shiny stickers.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

30. How LoneStar Got His Name (Happy Tales and Adventures from The Legend of LoneStar Bear Book 1)

by: Remi KramerRemi Kramer
Release date: Jul 27, 2012
Number of Pages: 57
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Willy is just a simple North Idaho bear who wants to do one thing– go fishing!

But when a letter arrives from his Cousin Travis in Texas, he travels to the Lone Star State and soon finds himself in a mystery that involves visitors from outer space!

With the help of his friend Barney the Raccoon, Willy is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of the “Green Critters” who have been terrorizing Texas.

What they discover earns Willy the nickname of LoneStar Bear and makes him the most famous bear in Idaho.

This lavishly illustrated book is written with an advanced vocabulary, helping to challenge younger readers and to familiarize advanced readers with new words. Nearly 40 full-color watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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