Best Literature & Fiction Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 literature & fiction books for 4 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. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Classic Seuss)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Feb 10, 1990
Number of Pages: 56
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Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

2. Little Blue Truck

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Dec 06, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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“Neigh!” said a horse.

“Quack!” said a duck.

“Beep!” said the friendly

Little Blue Truck.

Little Blue Truck is a joyful cacophony of animal and truck sounds that will have youngsters beeping and quacking—and begging for one more go-round! Along the way, readers see that it pays to be kind to our animal friends . . . if we show a friendly respect to others, we’re more likely to get help when we’re, say, stuck in the muck in a truck. Jill McElmurry’s gouache illustrations of wild-eyed farm animals and country roads are warm and wonderful, suiting the cheerfully rhyming text to a T. Beep!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

3. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Feb 14, 2017
Number of Pages: 30
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An unabridged board book version of the bestselling, best-beloved hardcover, perfect for small hands! Even the roughest, toughest readers will want to turn off their engines, rest their wheels, and drift to sleep with this sweet and soothing story. Vibrant illustrations and gentle rhyming text make this a surefire bedtime favorite for truck-crazy kids everywhere.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

4. One

by: Kathryn Otoshi
Release date: Oct 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other’s differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.
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5. Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Arnold LobelArnold Lobel
Release date: Dec 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 256
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Celebrate the power of friendship with all four of the beloved Frog and Toad I Can Read stories by Arnold Lobel—now in one volume! This treasury includes the complete art and text from four classics: Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad. Share the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad as they fly a kite, resist the temptation of cookies, and search for a lost button. No matter what kind of situation they find themselves in, one thing is certain: Frog and Toad will always be together. This reading collection is a Level Two I Can Read, geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Frogs & Toads

6. A Bucket of Blessings

by: Kabir SehgalSurishtha SehgalJing Jing TsongMaya Angelou
Release date: Apr 29, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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A beautiful myth from India comes to life in this enchanting, New York Times bestselling picture book.

Near a majestic mountain in a vast jungle with many mango trees, it has not rained for weeks and weeks. The village well and pond are dry. Monkey and his friends look everywhere for water, but they have no luck. And then Monkey remembers a story his mama used to tell him, a story about how peacocks can make it rain by dancing. So he sets out to see if the story is true…

This little-known legend, told with dramatic rhythm and illustrated with the colors and textures of India, is sure to delight and inspire.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

7. I Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Jun 03, 2008
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.


In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other-but the biggest surprise is the one they least expect.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

8. The Adventures of Taxi Dog

by: Debra BarraccaSal BarraccaMark Buehner
Release date: May 07, 1990
Number of Pages: 32
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Maxi, a homeless mutt in New York City, has always fended for himself. Then one day a kind taxi driver named Jim offers him friendship, a home, and a place in the front seat! From that moment on, Maxi and Jim revel in the sights and sounds of the city, and share all sorts of wild adventures-from rushing two clowns and a chimp to the circus, to singing duets with an opera diva! These and other adventures are brilliantly depicted in Mark Buehner’s witty, detail-packed oil paintings.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

9. Different is Awesome

by: Ryan Haack
Release date: Jul 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 38
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Confession…I am a huge Ryan Haack fan. Long before reading this book, I have admired all he has done to help people see past perceived disabilities and limitations. With Different is Awesome!, Ryan beautifully captures his amazing spirit in the form of questions asked by children in a classroom. Simply written, but with a very powerful message, I was reminded of many similar experiences and questions from my youth. I hope you can read this book with members of your family. There are inspirational lessons for people of any ability.”””” – Jim Abbott, Professional Baseball Player
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Self-Esteem & Self-Respect

10. Nancy Tillman’s YOU ARE LOVED Collection: On the Night You Were Born; Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You; and The Crown on Your Head

by: Nancy TillmanNancy Tillman
Release date: Oct 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 96
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You can now get Nancy Tillman’s greatest hits — On the Night You Were Born; Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You; and The Crown on Your Head – all packaged together in a beautiful gift box with a bonus picture frame featuring Nancy’s signature message, “You are loved.”

Perfect for the holidays, baby showers, or just because; this is a gift that will keep on giving.

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Children’s Books > Classics

11. Little Brute Family (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Sunburst Books)

by: Russell HobanLillian Hoban
Release date: Sep 25, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The Little Brute Family members never say “”please”” or “”thank you”” and kick, yell, punch, and shove. But one day everything changes when Baby Brute finds a “”lost good feeling”” wandering around in a field of daisies and brings it home.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Manners

12. We All Went On Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Laurie KrebsJulia Cairns
Release date: Sep 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Follows a Tanzanian family through the African grasslands as they count the animals they see, from one leopard to ten elephants; includes information about Tanzania and Swahili names and numbers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

13. Wolf Story

by: William McCleeryWarren Chappell
Release date: Dec 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 88
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A young father tells his five-year-old son humorous variations on the theme of a hen escaping the clutches of a wily wolf.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

14. Freddy the Firefly Shines His Light

by: Leslie TierneyJustin Canha
Release date: Oct 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 21
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About The Book

Freddy the Firefly lives in a comfortable, old tree house with his mom, dad, and his baby sister, Gloria Glowworm. Freddy’s best friend, Frankie, swoops by every night and invites Freddy to play by the lake. One night, Freddy decides to ignore his mom’s flash dance, which signals him it’s time to fly home. The next day, Freddy must deal with a series of unfortunate incidents at school and at home.

Freddy’s teacher, Mrs. Flutterby, has a sparkly personality with a special glow. She not only teaches her fireflies about science, but imparts valuable character lessons as well. Mrs. Flutterby encourages her fireflies to share their positive traits—their glow—with everyone they meet. Freddy finally takes this lesson to heart. The power of a simple, kind gesture to his friend, Fiona, creates a chain reaction that causes a magical glow in the classroom. Until one day, Mrs. Flutterby isn’t her usual sparkly self.

In Freddy the Firefly Shines His Light, by author Leslie Tierney and illustrator Justin Canha, children learn that, just like Freddy, they have a positive glow to share with the world and make it a better place.

A whimsical story that teaches children about consequences, outcomes and the joy of helping one another. This book is destined to become a favorite; children will revisit Freddy over and over again.

Lauren P. Murphy, PhD, LPC, NCC

Educator and Licensed Professional Counselor

Freddy The Firefly Shines His Light is the delightful tale of how Freddy learns the gift of encouraging others. The story is beautifully written…the descriptive words and phrases make this story come to life. While the main point of the story is the lesson Freddy learns about kindness, the author also weaves in some interesting facts about fireflies. The character of Freddy is one with whom children will connect. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. Reading this story gave me a special glow! I look forward to reading this to my students and my seven year old son.

Lisa Walter, First Grade Teacher, 20 years

Reading Specialist, Grades K – 2

Freddy The Firefly Shines His Light is perfect for a school author visit or as part of a character education program. Young children ages four through nine will be captivated by Freddy the Firefly and learn valuable lessons as well.

Trish Fagan,

School Librarian

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15. The Great Adventures of Nina Puppalina and Lizzy Lou: Nina Finds Her Home

by: Danielle Wilkinson SteinerDamaris HerlihySarah Ashmun
Release date: Mar 09, 2016
Number of Pages: 34
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Nina Puppalina is a rescue puppy looking for a family to love her. From the farm to the big city, Nina is full of hope as she plays with her brothers and sisters on the way to be adopted. Her excitement mounts as she looks at the kind faces and feels the warm touches of families looking for puppies just like her. But is there a family here that will love her? Will she find a new best friend?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

16. The Dog and the Dolphin

by: James B. DworkinMichael Chelich
Release date: Jun 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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What happens when a red Irish Setter becomes very bored one day on the beach? He might just find a new playmate in the most unexpected place! The Dog and the Dolphin is the captivating children’s book for kids prekindergarten through third grade that may just give them an altogether different perspective on the unlimited potential for making friends.

Inspired by actual events observed by author James B. Dworkin at Sanibel Island, Florida, this spirited story about two unlikely beach buddies follows a red Irish Setter, who is lazing on shore one beautiful day. However, instead of enjoying his surroundings, the dog is absolutely bored. While he takes in all the fun things happening on the beach and in the water, he is still sad because he is all alone. Finally, he spies something in the water that changes his entire day. It’s a playful dolphin!

Easy-to-grasp and engaging for children and parents alike, this charming tale of two companions illustrates how two individuals can come together to have a wonderful time, no matter how different they might be.

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Children’s Books > Animals

17. Charge Of The Lightning Bugs (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Notebook of Doom)

by: Troy Cummings
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 96
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Stermont’s latest monster is SHOCKING! In this 8th book, there’s trouble at Alexander’s brand-new school. Lights are flickering, students are getting zapped, and escalators are running at super-speeds! When the sky fills with green lightning, Alexander, Rip, and Nikki know monsters must be to blame. Can the S.S.M.P. turn out the lights on these shocking monsters?
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books

18. Love is You & Me.

by: Monica SheehanMonica Sheehan
Release date: Dec 03, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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Playful and fun, constant and everywhere, love fills the pages of this buoyant picture book for adorers of all ages.

Love is me, and love is you.
You see, when you smile I smile too.
When you’re around, the skies are blue.
It’s like being happy…times two!

This adorable book by bestselling author Monica Sheehan helps us to remember that love—whether between a parent and child, best friends, or even a dog and a mouse—is the most wonderful offering of all. Love Is You & Me. is a vibrant, uplifting title that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year.

An ideal gift for loved ones, this jacketed hardcover edition contains the same text as the board book, along with a bookplate and two additional spreads of artwork.

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

19. Monster Trouble!

by: Lane FredricksonMichael Robertson
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON’T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What’s a girl to do? (Hint: Monsters HATE kisses!) The delightfully sweet ending will have every kid—and little monster—begging for an encore.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

20. The Whingdingdilly

by: Bill Peet
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 64
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Scamp learns to be content with his dog’s life when Zildy the kooky witch turns him into a whing-dingdilly.
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Children’s Books > Humor

21. No Sleep for the Sheep!

by: Karen BeaumontJackie Urbanovic
Release date: Mar 07, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night’s sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat? A pig? A cow? A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

22. Biscuit’s Christmas Storybook Collection

by: Alyssa Satin CapucilliPat Schories
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 192
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Merry Christmas, Biscuit! This storybook collection brings nine of your favorite Biscuit titles together for the first time ever! The collection includes Biscuit’s Snowy Day, Biscuit Gives a Gift, Biscuit’s Christmas Eve, Biscuit’s Show and Share Day, Biscuit Wants to Play, Biscuit Visits the Big City, Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear, Biscuit’s Christmas, and Biscuit Goes to School. With full-color illustrations and delightful stories, this Christmas collection is the perfect holiday gift.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

23. 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

24. Be the Grapes

by: Tami FitzkoffKathlene Linehan
Release date: Sep 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 14
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Be true to yourself! That’s the message of this charming book for kids of all ages.
At a Halloween party, a spirited young child wears something different than the others. When someone makes fun of the costume, our hero’s confidence is shaken. This is a story that celebrates being unique and trusting your instincts.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Self-Esteem & Self-Respect

25. God Bless My Boo Boo

by: Hannah HallSteve Whitlow
Release date: Feb 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 20
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God Bless My Boo Boo is the perfect remedy for healing little hurts with a healthy dose of love!

Even the smallest scratches, bumps, and scrapes can sometimes be traumatic for children. When simple injuries happen, God Bless My Boo Boo is like a warm hug that helps ease the pain. Comforting, sweet, and sometimes silly rhymes guide readers through adorable scenes of baby animals and their boo boos and remind children that God is there to help. Just like Mommy Zebra makes a scraped knee better or Mommy Walrus helps tend a toothache, real moms will be able to use this book to make their little ones’ boo boos all better too!

A perfect gift for new parents and a great addition to every mom’s first-aid kit!

Trim Size: 7.75 x 7.75

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Children’s Books > Animals > Baby Animals

26. The A in Autism Stands for Awesome

by: Lindsay JamesJamie Wolenter
Release date: Mar 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 42
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Summie, a charismatic seven year old girl living in Hoboken, New Jersey, learns very quickly that true friendships are defined by the words left unspoken that can be felt with the heart. The A in Autism Stands for Awesome is an uplifting story of two friends who embrace each other’s differences and individuality. Summie and Monroe’s first grade friendship evolves into an uplifting spiral of lessons learned. There seems to be no stopping the duo when it comes to the effect they have on each other. The two friends become closer than ever despite the fact one friend has autism which hinders his ability to communicate. Summie discovers that there’s a lot more to a person than a label, and true friendships blossom when one understands and the other is understood.
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27. Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (Sidman, Joyce)

by: Joyce SidmanPamela Zagarenski
Release date: Apr 06, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman’s poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. In this Caldecott Honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski’s interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature

28. Virgil & Owen Stick Together

by: Paulette BoganPaulette Bogan
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Virgil and Owen are best friends! They love playing together at home and at school. But sometimes even best friends can be very different. Virgil loves to be the first one to school. Owen likes to take his time. Virgil always raises his hand the fastest. Owen likes to think things through. One day Virgil hurries Owen a bit too much, and their friendship is suddenly on thin ice. Will Virgil be able to see that a little patience goes a long way between friends?

In a new adventure for this lovable duo, Virgil and Owen show that even if friends don’t agree, they can always find a way to have fun.

Virgil & Owen Stick Together is a “Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient” Gold Medal for Picture Books!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

29. A Story for Bear

by: Dennis HaseleyJim LaMarche
Release date: Apr 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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When a young bear finds a scrap of an old letter, he is so curious about the mysterious marks that he searches out their source–a cabin in the woods. There he meets a young woman and is mesmerized by the sound of her voice. Though he cannot understand her words, he returns every day to hear the woman’s stories of sailors, goddesses, and far-off lands.
Dennis Haseley’s magical fantasy and Jim LaMarche’s luminous illustrations together celebrate the joy of reading. A book sure to delight any child who has ever been read to.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

30. Diary of an Angry Alex: Book 10 – Prison Break [An Unofficial Minecraft Book] (Minecraft Tales 79)

by: Crafty Nichole
Release date: Mar 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 95
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NOW WITH PICTURES!!

Angry Alex is Back and Steve is Going to Prison!

Steve gets caught for doing what he did in the last book and is send to prison. Alex and Herobrine find this extremely funny since they do bad stuff all the time and never get caught. But because laughing at him isn’t as fun when he’s not there, they have to find a way to break Steve out of prison. Will they be able to? Or will they all get caught and will this be the end of their adventures? Find out what happens in the Diary of an Angry Alex 10!

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