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Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (Audiobook Read-Along)

Age: 4-8 | Grade: Grades Pre-K-3
Summary: A dog laments his fate at obedience school through a series of hilarious letters home.

FORMAT: Paperback Book & CD

NARRATOR: TBA

When Ike Larue is "imprisoned" at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home - weepy letters to his owner, even illness. In reality, Brotweiler is more like camp than prison, but still, Ike's not cut out for life without Mrs. LaRue & his creature comforts. Finally, he runs away only to find himself back in Snort City - just in time to save Mrs. LaRue's life.




Biography:

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author/illustrator whose books include the How Do Dinosaurs series, his Dear Mrs. LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, and recently his first novel, THE DOOM MACHINE, which received excellent reviews. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.

Available Formats:

Audio CD & Paperback: $6.99

Pigsty (Audiobook Read-Along)

Age: 3-8 | Grade: Grade Pre-K
Summary: Wendell Flutz's room isn't a mess. It's a total pigsty. But Wendell's mother can't get him to clean it up. Wendell doesn't think the mess is so awful. In fact, he doesn't even mind it when one day he discovers a real pig sitting on his bed!

Available Formats:

Audio CD: $6.97

Paperback - Spanish: $5.59

Los tres cerditos y el lobo no tan feroz

Age: 3-5 | Grade: Grades Pre-K-K
Summary: Your little piggies will squeal in delight at this twist on a favorite classic!

Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. It comes as no surprise that a wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs' houses. When the wolf can't blow down the third pig's brick house, everyone comes together and the fun begins. The first two pigs give him potato chips and sody-pop, and the third pig makes everyone a healthy meal. Since only one pig has a house left, the other two pigs and the wolf move in with her. The somewhat bad wolf is no longer hungry.

Contributors:

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.

Available Formats:

Hardcover: $11.89

Paperback - Spanish: $5.59

Firehouse!

Age: 2-4 | Grade: Grade Pre-K
Summary: Join Edward and his cousin Judy as they spend a fun-filled day learning how to be firefighters. From a fire drill that leads to a slippery slide down a fire pole, to a hysterical battle with an out-of-control fire hose, Edward is in for an action-packed adventure. And when faced with a real emergency, it's Edward who saves the day!

Contributors:

Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of his own bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series as well as FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. In addition to his prized art for the How Do Dinosaurs books, his recent illustrated novel, THE DOOM MACHINE, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

Available Formats:

Board Book: $5.59

Detective LaRue: Letters From the Investigation

Age: 4-8 | Grade: Grades Pre-K-3
Summary: Ike LaRue -- the devilish dog hero of Mark Teague's runaway hit, Dear Mrs. LaRue -- goes from obedience school dropout to shrewd sleuth in this exceedingly funny sequel!

As if obedience school wasn't bad enough, Ike is now in prison! The Hibbins' cats are missing, and Ike is being blamed. With Mrs. LaRue vacationing in France, and the Snort City Police Department stalled by a string of canary burglaries, he must take matters into his own paws and mount an investigation to prove his innocence. Will Ike be able to solve the crime and preserve his spotless reputation?

Expect more madcap comedy in Ike's daring escapades (both real and imagined), as well as ingenious split-screen visuals from the incomparable Mark Teague.

Available Formats:

Hardcover: $11.16

The Doom Machine

Age: 9-12 | Grade: Grade 4
Summary: When a spaceship lands in Vern Hollow, Jack's hometown, he and his no-account inventor-uncle Bud are busy trying to fix a car driven by Dr. Shumway and her daughter, Isadora. Although Uncle Bud secretly knows the aliens are after one of his inventions, everyone is surprised when the space aliens capture seven of Vern Hollow's residents and take them into outer space on a wild adventure. After a series of twists and turns, all of them are taken to Skreepia, the aliens' planet, where they have to defeat the Skreep queen before she can use Uncle Bud's invention to take over planet Earth. Filled with wonderful detail, humor, inventive dialog, and irresistible black-and-white spot art, THE DOOM MACHINE is a tour de force by one of America's most beloved storytellers. Readers will be caught up in the page-turning action, while at the same time they will love Mark's beautifully drawn evil space aliens--and an unlikely friendship between Jack and Isadora, who seem to have nothing in common at the beginning of the tale. As with the best science fiction, this novel speeds along without a hitch, and carries readers off into a brand-new world. A fantastic and accessible read for middle graders.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review - Picture book author/illustrator Teague (Dear Mrs. LaRue) has produced a madcap, heavily illustrated tale chockfull of malevolent aliens and superscience as well as a fair share of silliness. The year is 1956 and young Jack Creedle is a good-natured juvenile delinquent who can work wonders with engines, while his disreputable Uncle Bud may just be the world's greatest inventor. Equally brilliant are Isadora and her straitlaced mother, Dr. Shumway ('A lady scientist!' remarks the mayor of Jack's town after the Shumways are stranded there. 'That's something you don't see every day'). When alien skreeps, led by Commander Xaafuun (who hates 'ooman bings'), invade in search of Bud's most recent invention, Jack and Isadora are caught up in a rollicking interstellar adventure, replete with a crew of space pirates, a deposed princess, a wide variety of monsters and a pugnacious rooster named Milo ('Growing up had made the chicken mean. He was a typical Creedle in that way'). Borrowing wildly from pulp fiction, bad movies and even Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Teague has a wonderful time with this occasionally disjointed but endlessly inventive first novel.

Available Formats:

Hardcover: $12.59

The Pirate Jamboree

Age: 3-5 | Grade: Grades Pre-K-K
Summary: Ahoy! Your little mateys will shout and "aargh" along with the pirate jamboree!

A fun, rhyming, swashbuckling read-aloud from Mark Teague!

Join Blackbeard Johnson, Eyepatch Sue, Cap'n Gunderboom, Peg Leg Jones, and more as they set their sails for a rousing pirate adventure! They arrive on their pirate ships, plunder treasure, topple a table, and fire cannons during the pirate jamboree.

The pirate adventures come to a close when the S.S. CLEAN YOUR ROOM arrives and playtime is over, but ahoy -- tomorrow will bring another day, another tale, another pirate jamboree!

Contributor:

Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of his own bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series, as well as The Sky Is Falling, The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg, and many other humorous picture books. In addition to his prized art for the How Do Dinosaurs . . . series, his illustrated novel, The Doom Machine, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

Available Formats:

Hardcover: $12.59

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