Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts

written by Stephanie Shaw

Apprenticed to a famous wizard, young Schnitzel is not known for his hard work. In fact, it's just the opposite. He's lazy and lacks motivation. So late one night, when a door-to-door salesman selling vacuum cleaners offers to help, Schnitzel sees an answer to his housecleaning woes. Little does he know, however, that this is no ordinary salesman and the vacuum is no ordinary dust-buster. In this retelling of the classic tale The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Schnitzel is about to find out why it's never a good idea to invite a cape-wearing, fang-toothed stranger in after dark. Fortunately for him, there's magical help ready to lend a hand.

"Large-scale illustrations and rhythmic text make this cautionary tale an entertaining read-aloud." - Booklist

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Halfway Wild​ written by Laura Freudig

On some days, there s just not a good word for the way you feel. If your socks are sagging and your pants are wrinkled, what do you call it? Maybe you re feeling like a turtle. Maybe you re feeling halfway wild. Writer Laura Freudig describes those feelings in this poetic and playful picture book that connects children, not just to feelings and emotions, but also to animals and the quirks and patterns of the natural world. We follow a family throughout a day as they march through meadows like ants, dive to the depths like seals, play hide and seek like fireflies, and chatter like raccoons, until, at last, when the house is still and all we can hear are the soft, slow breaths of the ones we love, we re a family of bears. Illustrator Kevin Barry blends the real with the fantastic in illustrations that will make young readers marvel, dream, and lean in for a closer look.

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Kevin Barry Illustration