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A very funny post-apocalyptic graphic novel, now a New York Times bestseller!
“Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs.”–Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, but normal human kid Jack Sullivan is suspicious. He keeps hearing an eerie shrieking noise that seems to be almost summoning the zombies—but to where, and for what (probably) foul purpose?
Jack, his three best friends (maybe the only people left on Earth), and their pet monster Rover need to get to the bottom of this. Along the way they encounter a lot more than they bargained for, including a giant Wormungulous, a pizza parlor monster hangout, an ancient evil who destroys worlds, and a stereo system that is totally the bomb. Can Jack figure out why the zombies are vanishing . . . before he and his friends are next?
From the Hardcover edition.
Children’s Books > Action & Adventure
Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. Slavery meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time, and that she could be put to work in dangerous places and for abusive people. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she’d be free. Facing enormous danger, Araminta made it, and once free, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman. Tubman spent the rest of her life helping slaves run away like she did, every time taking her life in her hands. Nathan Hale tells her incredible true-life story with the humor and sensitivity he’s shown in every one of the Hazardous Tales—perfect for reluctant readers and classroom discussions.
Children’s Books > History > United States > Civil War Era
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Pippi has no problem living without adults, but when her long-lost father reappears, she decides to sail the seas with him.
Zack Delacruz is unnoticed at his middle school—and that’s just the way he likes it. But a school assembly, a typhoon of spit, and an uncharacteristic moment of bravery are all it takes to change everything. Suddenly Zack is in charge of the class fundraiser. Worse, his partner is the school’s biggest bully! If they don’t sell all the chocolate bars, there will be no dance for the sixth grade. Zack never wanted to be a hero, but with his classmates’ hopes on the line, can he save the day?
Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences
A great read for kids and cats of all ages 🙂
Chicken is a soulful expression of the love between cat and person as it collides with the powerful tide of family, friends, loss, and the invisible forces that connect us.
Double Gold Winner in the 2016 Global E-book Awards for Best Children’s Nonfiction and Best Pet Nonfiction! For anyone who has ever loved a cat, Chicken‘s true story is a graphic novel that touches the heart. From funny to emotional, sweet to silly, thoughtful to mystical, this true cat memoir captures it all in 72 full-color, smile-making illustrations with bonus fun facts about cats and their habits.
“A beautiful, tenderly told story that’s appropriate for both children and adults. If you pay attention to all the little doodles, background decoration and the notes scattered throughout the illustrations, there’s a second story brewing just for adults. Look carefully, there are little gems buried in the details of the illustrations!”
— The Hungry Monster
Children’s Books > Animals > Cats
Mad Scientist Mad Libs features 21 original stories all about mad scientists! Topics include science experiments gone wrong, real life mad scientists, Frankenstein, and much much more! This makes a great Halloween–or anytime!–buy.
Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books
In this royal adventure, Princess Juniper learns what it means to rule a kingdom–at least for the summer.
For her thirteenth nameday all Princess Juniper wants is a country of her own. So when rumblings of unrest start in his kingdom, Juniper’s father decides to grant his daughter’s wish and sends her to a small, idyllic corner of the Hourglass Mountains until trouble blows over. Once there, Juniper discovers that ruling a small country–even just for the summer–is a bit harder than she’d expected, especially when cousin Cyril challenges her rule. Still, the most difficult part is to come. Juniper and her friends discover that her father’s kingdom is at war. The only way to stay safe is to remain in the Hourglass Mountains much longer than planned. Juniper may have her own country after all . . . but what will that mean for the kingdom of Torr?
This book is perfect for fans of Frozen and Brave, who like their princess strong and smart as well as sparkly.
Praise for Princess Juniper of the Hourglass:
“I absolutely loved Princess Juniper of the Hourglass! It’s fantastically delightful, delicious, and satisfying. You’ll want to follow Juniper to her kingdom — or even better, start your own!”–Sarah Beth Durst, author of Enchanted Ivy and Ice
“I adored Princess Juniper! Readers will cheer as she leads and defends her hidden kingdom in this deliciously charming fantasy.”–Julie Berry, author of Secondhand Charm and The Amaranth Enchantment
“Princess Juniper proves that you can love your silk dresses and still be a hero. This is a smart, feisty kid with a thirst for experiences, and I loved watching her learn to lead. A fun and insightful coming-of-age tale.”—Ellen Booraem, author of Small Persons with Wings
“A gently adventurous and luxuriously detailed romp.”–Kirkus Reviews
“With elements from William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies and Paul Fleischman’s Weslandia, this story can be enjoyed by those who love princess stories and adventure tales….A rollicking tale that will please a wide range of readers.”–School Library Journal
“This…dramatic and humorous novel…involves some entertaining twists and paves the way for more lighthearted intrigue ahead.”–Publishers Weekly
“Paquette takes young readers gently by the hand into the adult world of responsibility, danger, and the unknown. The fully developed cast of characters is engaging, and readers will cheer the conclusion and happily await Juniper’s further adventures.”–Booklist
Ammi-Joan Paquette Awards and Reviews:
Ghost in the House
A Huffington Post “Best Halloween Books of 2013,” School Library Journal “Great Books for Halloween” pick; and Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books for Kids & Teens” 2014 pick
Petey & Pru and the Hullabaloo
Starred review, Kirkus
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies
A “Best Books for Children 2009” choice by the Association of Booksellers for Children
Featured in Scholastic: Parent & Child magazine’s “Fun Finds”
From the Hardcover edition.
Children’s Books > Action & Adventure
The beloved characters of Earl and Mooch are back in a collection of a year’s worth of color Sunday and black-and-white daily cartoons.
Enjoy the day-to-day adventures of two animal buddies, a small mutt with a big heart named Earl, and Mooch, a cat with his own way of thinking and talking (yesh!).
Mutts explores the special bond between animals and their guardians, and the endearing friendship of Earl and Mooch. It strikes a delicate balance between joy and fun and responsible social commentary. Mutts has been recognized for its distinctive style, heartwarming humor, and compassionate advocacy for animal issues.
In this 16th chronological collection of Mutts strips, a year’s worth of color Sunday strips and black-and-white daily strips are included, along with pop-art splash pages that highlight McDonnell’s imaginative artwork and distinctive style.
NOMINATED FOR 2013 CYBIL AWARD!
Ancient trolls have woken up and are living under suburbia!
When Colin Colbeck’s grandmother goes missing, it’s up to him to find her. Followed by a reckless little brother and his ex-best friend, Colin stumbles into an ancient city of trolls trying to catch up to the 21st century. But old grudges die hard and an out-of-date troll war is about to pick up where it left off two hundred years ago. It’s a contest of brains against brawn in this perilous adventure of friendship, courage, and bringing home the ones you love.
Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Norse
In the tradition of Post Secret
and Other People’s Love Letters,
a crowdsourced compilation of letters, stories, and art work about the modern state of love and relationships, edited by rising filmmaker and beloved YouTube vlogger Will Darbyshire.
“What would you say to your ex, without judgment?”
This is the question filmmaker and vlogger Will Darbyshire posed to hundreds of thousands of his closest friends on YouTube. Seeking closure after a tough break-up, Will was driven to strike up an intimate conversation with his online audience, and to get at the heart of one of life’s unknowable yet universal mysteries: love.
Over a period of six months, Will posed a series of questions to his audience and asked them to reveal their innermost feelings about their own romantic experiences in the form of hand-written letters, poems, photographs, and emails.
The result is a curated collection of responses that are, at turns, funny, dark, confessional, awkward, comforting, and uplifting. This Modern Love is a compelling portrait of individual desires, fantasies, resentments, and fears that reminds us that, whether we’re in or out of love, we’re not alone.
Self-Help > Relationships > Love & Romance
FILL ‘ER UP
Garfield believes in living life to the fullest. No easy task for a cat with a bottomless stomach. In this latest collection of comics, the fat cat with the legendary appetite treats himself to seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths and proves that anything worth eating is worth overeating.
Monday, September 18 In the morning time as the buses came in everybody was talking about what they did that weekend. As usual I sat at my desk working on the handwriting worksheets that Mrs. Baker gave me. I learned a long time ago when I was just a little kid that I have to work harder on some things than the other students. Z in cursive is really hard to do and it looks strange to me. Steven was walking around handing out invitations to his birthday party to all of the boys in the class. Bobby was really excited because Steven said the party was at a club in the country that his family belongs to and there is an indoor pool with a slide. Mitchell said he has been there before and that it is really fun. Even Jimmy got invited and he is a bad boy. I did not get invited. I know I am different in some ways, but really, I like all the same things as the other boys too. I love pizza, ice cream, swimming and recess, just like everybody else. I pretended that I did not hear them talking about it. I wish I could go. It sounds like it will be fun. Gerald is just like every other kid. Yet he’s different . . . and he has a little trouble fitting in because of his disability. Over time, his traits of kindness, compassion and honesty pair with his great sense of humor, and his differences disappear behind his delightful personality. Gerald is truly the kind of hero we should all aspire to be. “You’re going to love Gerald and his journal! You’ll discover that when it comes to life and love – we are all very much alike. Highly recommended.” – Anita Higman, Bestselling, Award winning author of 40 Books “Gerald’s Journal proves that beneath our differences – as large or small as they might seem at first glance – we’re all human. A touching, fun book for readers of all ages.” – Garrett Calcaterra, author of The Dreamwielder Chronicles “Moms and Dads should read Gerald’s Journal with their children and talk about his thoughts and feelings. I think everyone will see something about themselves in Gerald’s words.” – Karen Gaffney, public speaker and celebrated endurance athlete who swam the English channel among her many swimming accolades. She also has Down syndrome. “Gerald’s Journal shows us that a little kindness and goodness can go a long way. Gerald is the person we should all aspire to be.” – Jerry Clark, North Journal editor “McElhinny’s gift for storytelling and descriptive prose shines through in his portrayal of Gerald, a student who reaps the benefits of classroom inclusion. The writing style is humorous, colorful and compellingly accurate. McElhinny’s book is an inspirational learning tool for readers of all ages.” – Chris Scarnati, 5th- Grade English Teacher and Sports Illustrated correspondent “Gerald is 100% pure superhero. He’s real. He’s genuine. And he’s not afraid to be exactly who he is – which is a pretty great guy. David McElhinny’s honest, heartwarming depiction of a boy who just wants to fit in will bring a smile to even the most stoic reader, and offers valuable life lessons for us all. This book should be required reading for every school, everywhere.” – Renae Brumbaugh, former teacher and bestselling author of Christmas Stories for Bedtime and Mystery at Discovery Lake
Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Special Needs
A stunning box set, combining Volume 4 with the previous Volume 3, complete with slipcase, available at a bargain price.
A boy who takes his reading very seriously. A cat that is also a best friend. The return of an arch enemy. An epic space battle in a living room.
Jett is a normal young man. He goes to school, has a baby sister and loves to read. He really loves to read about space and droids. Jett has a special relationship with his pet cat Milo, who loves to listen and live Jetts space adventures. Jett’s world is turned upside down when his dad brings home a package. What that package contains will change things in Jetts house. Maybe forever. A battle flares up. The outcome of this battle could change Jett, Milo and Jetts family forever. Indeed, the fate of a whole planet hangs in the balance.
This is book one of “The Jett and Milo Adventure Series” or JAMAS. If you like Star Wars, Calvin and Hobbs, a strong family with a great story, you’ll love this series that combines all of those traits in a fast-paced, action packed series.
Buy this book to start reading about Jett and Milos exciting adventures today!
Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books
Banishment from his life’s calling can’t keep a comically overconfident detective down in the latest episode by New York Times bestseller Stephan Pastis.
This book was never meant to exist. No one needs to know the details. Just know this: there’s a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth, and a teachers’ strike that is crippling Timmy Failure’s academic future. Worst of all, Timmy is banned from detective work. It’s a conspiracy of buffoons. He recorded everything in his private notebook, but then the manuscript was stolen. If this book gets out, he will be grounded for life. Or maybe longer. And will Timmy’s mom really marry Doorman Dave?
Children’s Books > Humor
a darned good read” – The Comics Journal
In 1939, Vincent Trout Hamlin had been writing and drawing the successful Alley Oop for more than five years. In Alley Oop, Hamlin created a unique concept, marrying his fascination with dinosaurs and prehistoric times to a rollicking style of storytelling and drawing that was simultaneously serious, fantastic, and loaded with slapstick. The series was set in the kingdom of Moo and starred Alley Oop, the club-wielding caveman, his girlfriend Ooola, friends Dinny the dinosaur and Foozy (who speaks in rhyme), plus Oop’s rival, King Guz, and Guz’s Queen Umpateedle. Yet Hamlin knew that the strip’s horizons in Moo were limited. So it was, in early 1939, that Alley Oop and Ooola see a mysterious box and, to the utter amazement of Guz and his minions, promptly fade from view, followed by the caption: “Dear Reader: you must now say goodbye to Moo…if you are to follow Alley Oop in this strangest of many strange adventures. — V. T. Hamlin”. Oop and Ooola had entered a time machine and were now living in the modern day 20th Century! Their host was the inventor of the time machine, Dr. Elbert Wonmug! No change of such magnitude had ever occurred in a continuing newspaper strip, and readers responded enthusiastically. With every time period in history available as a backdrop, Alley Oop became even more popular.
This volume features Oop’s final Moo adventure, followed by his trips to the 20th Century and ancient Greece, where he and Ooola share adventures with brave Ulysses, the lovely Helen of Troy, and the mighty Hercules. V.T. Hamlin would send his characters everywhere and everywhen — but the classic Alley Oop begins with the stories contained in this volume. The book is introduced by Michael T. Price, who first met V. T. Hamlin in the 1960s and remained friendly with him for the rest of the cartoonist’s life. Price also composed the musical score for Hip Pocket Theatre’s production, Alley Oop.
Wages Creek is meant to be read while listening to the audio book, which
is available for download from audible.com. The author does all the
voices, and wrote all the music. His wife, Karen Kiser, does all the
There was once a campground on the Northern California coast where a fresh, bubbling stream met the vast Pacific Ocean. The sandy beach was large, the grasses were tall and soft, three ducks had a problem, one man had a cold, and a horseshoe pit was in the middle of the solution. This is the story of a trip my family took to Wages Creek.
Children’s Books > Humor
There are sea monsters, millionaires, spies, and more in the latest volume of Carl Barks’s internationally beloved Donald Duck comics.
When Donald and the boys wind up in Old California, the rush is on ? for the gold in them thar hills! Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of outrageous hijinks, preposterous situations, bamboozlement, befuddlement, and all-around cartooning brilliance. Full color illustrations throughout
An accident on the road. An unexpected marriage.
A slew of long-term, noisy wedding guests from Wisconsin who prefer sports to romance. A new friend who isn’t what she seems, and another one who is more than April Grace could hope for. The summer of 1987 at the Reilly home is off to a rousing, hilarious start to the further and continuing Confessions of April Grace!
Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives
A few days after the election of Barack Obama, kids around the country were asked to provide advice and guidance to their new president. In this collection, there’s loads advice for the president, often hilarious, sometimes heartfelt, and occasionally downright practical. Students from all over the country reach out to the 44th president, speaking to the issues closest to their hearts, relating their life stories, and asking for help. Topics include the economy, education, war, global warming, race relations in America and immigration. The book also includes letters about snow cones, puppies, microwavable burritos, dinosaur projects, multiplication and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, reportedly haunting a White House bedroom.
Proceeds benefit 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers around the country.
365 hilarious family-friendly jokes!
FREE on Kindle Unlimited
Keep your kids laughing and entertaining their friends with this book of funny and family friendly jokes. Help them entertain their friends at school, make those long car trips more fun, and get a giggle for yourself along the way! These funny jokes, knock knocks, and riddles will entertain the entire family. And for those budding magicians in the house, there are 5 magic tricks they’ll be excited to try.
With artist illustrations showing just how funny these jokes for kids can be, this joke book will never be far out of reach.
They say laughter is the best medicine so this book is perfect for:
A long car trip
The waiting room at the doctor’s office
The first day of school
Birthday gifts that are sure to please
An opening joke for the big presentation at school
Encouraging your child to read
Cheering you up after a hard day at work
Download now and always be ready to crack a smile!
Creepy, crawly, slimy, and awesome! Welcome to the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio.
A curious young scientist and comic book fan, Lio is the defender of the defenseless and the inventor of a legion of zombie bunnies. Lio is joined in his day-to-day exploits by his exasperated and sleep-deprived father, a pet snake named Frank, a squid named Ishmael, and various imaginary robots and creepy, crawly monsters. Within this humorously macabre framework of sarcasm, parody, and high jinks, sidesplitting laughter abounds—all without so much as a word.
Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books
Book Three In the Award Winning Nate Rocks Series
Nate Rocks Is At It Again . . .
According to Nathan Rockledge, fifth grade has plenty of perks. Oh sure, there’s more work and that know-it-all, Lisa Crane, is still around – but, there’s a lot to look forward to as well: a laser tag birthday party, baseball at recess, and even a cool Halloween dance. Of course, all of that means nothing without the biggest perk of all . . . the class trip to New York City in the spring. If Nathan’s class can raise enough money to go, that is.
Give Nathan paper and a pencil and watch as his imagination turns him into Nate Rocks, hero and fifth grade super star. With adventures abound, Nate saves the day time and again. But will Nate be able to save the fifth grade trip?
Join Nathan, his hilarious family, and his friends, as he rocks the school in another fun Nate Rocks adventure.
Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men
Perfect for the fan who can’t get enough Gumball!
This hilarious yearbook mimics an actual junior high yearbook featuring information on students, clubs, sports, etc., as well as plenty of handwritten comments by Gumball and friends! It also includes pages for readers to fill in with their own school stories and memories.
Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School
- Samm Schwartz was one of the main Archie artists in the 1950s and 1960s. He worked on all the major Archie characters, but is most remembered for his portrayal of Jughead. Jughead in particular was a highpoint for Schwartz. Samm’s greatest talents were his storytelling ability, depicting facial expressions and body language. But the key ingredient along with his talent, was his keen sense of humor that brought the characters to life.
Children’s Books > Humor
My aunt is dead…
Julie Ann is no stranger to death, having endured the death of her parents, but that didn’t prepare her for finding that her beloved Aunt Cynth is now a ghost. Cynth, a famous mystery writer, was murdered by one of her own story lines—a poisoned potato. She stayed behind to help solve her own murder, but this has added its own set of challenges as they must keep Cynth’s death a secret.
Julie Ann and her aunt have a crew of unusual suspects to sift through to find the determined killer who keeps trying to murder Cynth and pin it on Julie Ann. Can the two of them solve the murder and keep Julie Ann from being the next victim?
Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives
This second volume of a 4-book series collecting the entire run of the Tarzan newspaper strip by Russ Manning presents five complete daily storylines and five complete Sundays adventures. In the dailies from October 29, 1969 through March 31, 1971, Tarzan meets the Stone Pharaoh while his son, Korak, encounters the Gryf Worshippers. In the Sundays from May 18, 1969 through January 17, 1971, Tarzan embarks on a safari to Opar and we learn the backstory on how he met his wife and life partner Jane. The more than 600 daily and Sunday strips are reproduced from the Edgar Rice Burroughs file copies.
Optional: In 1967 Manning was selected by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate to take over the strip and bring it back to the original Burroughs vision. With assists by Bill Stout, Mike Royer, and Dave Stevens, Manning created a modern classic.
In this third installment of THE WIG books, Sofie has high hopes for the upcoming holiday season but Mother Nature has different plans…
An unexpected invasion, a new family pet, a Christmas non-miracle, and other mishaps await Sofie, the queen of not-so-great luck.
Will Sofie’s family make it back to Oak Park, IL, in time for Christmas? Maybe. Will this holiday season be memorable? DEFINITELY!
Don’t forget to visit the website thewigbooks.com
and read Izzy’s Diary to get HER version of the story.
NO ORDINARY BIRD . . .
For a small guy, Woodstock makes a big impression. True, he gets a tad jumpy around Thanksgiving and tends to have a bit of a temper, but Woodstock can type and take shorthand, and he’s a great friend and confidant to Snoopy–even though the little bird is often the butt of the beagle’s practical jokes. Whether flying erratically around the baseball field or embarking on adventures with his best pal, Woodstock is loved by one and all. So join this famous yellow bird and the rest of the Peanuts gang in a comic strip collection full of fun . . . and flight.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Love is in the air–but not for Greg. He needs a date for the Valentine’s dance. Miraculously he finds someone to go with him, making Rowley the third wheel. You never know, though, who will be lucky in love and who won’t on such a special evening.
Children’s Books > Humor
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