Arlo's Book Club: Fresh Pickings for Spring

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Brand new books are blooming all around, and we are excited to present you with another edition of ARLO’S BOOK CLUB! This time around, we are looking at fresh pickings for Spring, and focusing on character. Character is perhaps the most important element in children’s storytelling. It teaches kids about the world and people around them, how to make good decisions and how to be brave and silly. We picked a few books that exemplify how creating a great character can really take the reader soaring. Take a look, and happy reading!

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TRIANGLE
by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
The newest collaboration from MAC BARNETT and our own Red Cap artist, JON KLASSEN, is about a mischievous little triangle and the lengths he’ll go for a laugh. We also meet his foil, a Square, who teaches kids a valuable lesson about going with the flow. Of course, we’re in love with the illustration–classic Klassen, conveying depth and expression with darker, shaded colors, plus a few pops of icy blue that refreshes the page. Pick this one up right away!

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DU IZ TAK?
by Carson Ellis
We could go on and on about the merits of Du Is Tak? by CARSON ELLIS. The story is centered on a group of insects who live in a colorful and intricate outdoor world. The real character in this book, however, is the language. The little bugs speak no human language, and we as the reader are tasked with using the illustration to decode their speech, like a child might learn to decode ours. By the end of the story, we are fluent in their language. A brilliant, fantastical story.

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ANTOINETTE (GASTON & FRIENDS)
by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
It’s finally here! The “sequel” to GASTON by Kelly DiPucchio and Red Cap Cards artist, CHRISTIAN ROBINSON, is entitled Antoinette, and tells the story of Gaston’s future spouse and her quest to find herself. We get to see more of the city of Paris (fun!) and follow Antoinette as she finds out that everyone has a talent, and that hers is very important. We’re so glad to see these sweet faces again.

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NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST
by Margaret Wise Brown with illustration by Greg Pizzoli
It’s difficult for Margaret Wise Brown to do wrong in our eyes, and we were delighted to see that her story was recently refreshed and reprinted with illustration by our pal, GREG PIZZOLI. North, South, East, West tells the story of a sweet little bird who leaves the nest for adventure and then finds her way back home. This one is for anyone with a wandering soul.

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MY DAD USED TO BE SO COOL
by Keith Negley
A little boy is suspicious that his dad used to be cool. How do we know? We get a glimpse of a few hints: a motorcycle collecting leaves in the driveway, a drum kit hidden away in the closet, sleeve tattoos and loud music. Bursting with color and sweet-as-can-be, this story allows the reader in on a secret that little boy never does figure out: that his dad used to be “cool” but would give it all up for love. We adore this one from author/illustrator, KEITH NEGLEY.

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