Spring comes early here at EBYR. Our spring 2017 books will be arriving soon—in fact, our first few books of the season are in stock now—and we’re delighted to introduce them to you. Check out our spring catalog, and read about this season’s new books below.
Mrs. White Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Gilles Bachelet
A hilarious twist on a classic tale
Alice in Wonderland is one of the great classics of children’s literature, but what does anyone actually know about Wonderland? Through the diary of the White Rabbit’s extremely busy wife, readers finally get to see what happens in the background during Alice’s adventures.
Mrs. White Rabbit loves her husband and their many children, but with an invisible housecat from Cheshire and a young female visitor who frequently changes size, living in Wonderland comes with a number of challenges.
With an abundance of wit and charm, Mrs. White Rabbit gives Lewis Carroll’s famous tale a refreshingly modern twist.
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The Blue Hour
Written and Illustrated by Isabelle Simler
A lovely and tranquil celebration of nature
The sun has set, the day has ended, but the night hasn’t quite arrived yet. This magical twilight is known as the blue hour. Everything in nature—sky, water, flowers, birds, foxes—comes together in a symphony of blue to celebrate the merging of night and day.
With its soothing text and radiant artwork, this elegant picture book displays the majesty of nature and reminds readers that beauty is fleeting but also worth savoring.
Learn more about Isabelle Simler, and see more of her stunning art, here on her website.
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I Like, I Don’t Like
Written by Anna Baccelliere
Illustrated by Ale + Ale
An eye-opening introduction to an important issue
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child in the world has the right to play. Unfortunately, that universal right is not always respected. I Like, I Don’t Like presents this reality to readers by showing how children in varying circumstances can see the same object very differently.
With stark illustrations that perfectly capture the tone of the book, I Like, I Don’t Like will inspire meaningful discussions about privilege and poverty.
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The Queen of the Frogs
Written by Davide Cali
Illustrated by Marco Somà
An enchanting modern fable
The frogs enjoy their life at the pond, filling their days with fly brunches and night music. But one day a little frog finds a crown at the bottom of the pond and is instantly pronounced a queen. She starts doing what queens do: making demands and expecting others to serve her. But when her royal subjects start to question her authority, she must prove she’s fit to rule—if she can.
Reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to start a discussion about the concept of leadership and the importance of humility.
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Sam in Winter
Written by Edward van de Vendel
Illustrated by Philip Hopman
The compelling sequel to A Dog Like Sam
Sam, the mysterious dog Kix met last summer, is now a part of the family. But Sam has been acting strange lately, and even Kix can’t ignore the fact that his beloved dog is getting old. Still, Kix isn’t worried—until the day Sam disappears and doesn’t return.
As winter sets in, Kix becomes desperate to find Sam, so desperate that he decides to turn to an old enemy for help. Will they be able to rescue Sam before it’s too late?
Edward van de Vendel once again delivers a deeply affecting story that will stay with readers long after they turn the final page.
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This spring we’re also launching Trade Winds, a new series—designed especially for the classroom—that introduces young readers to global economy and culture through engaging stories.
Written by Ji-yun Jang
Illustrated by Tan Jun
Wong Chung is thrilled when he has the chance to join his father’s caravan and embark on a journey along the Silk Road. But with the harsh terrain, brutal sandstorms, and marauding bandits, the journey is not an easy one. With so many obstacles will they ever be able to reach the magnificent markets in Constantinople?
This book in the new Trade Winds series presents historical information about the most well-known trade route in a fun, accessible way.
Leather Shoe Charlie
Written by Gyeong-hwa Kim
Illustrated by Anna & Elena Balbusso
An appealing and educational story about the Industrial Revolution
Charlie’s most prized possession is the pair of shoes his grandfather made for him. The shoes bring him comfort as he and his family leave their small village and move to Manchester. But the pollution from the city’s many factories soon takes its toll on Charlie’s mother. Unfortunately, the medicine she needs is too expensive, unless Charlie can make an exceptional sacrifice.
This fascinating Trade Winds book presents readers with an engrossing story while also teaching them about Britain’s Industrial Revolution.
Grandfather Whisker’s Table
Written by Eun-jeong Jo
Illustrated by Bimba Landmann
An engaging story about the world’s first bank
Enzo and his father are excited to be in Italy for the Palio di Siena festival. Enzo buys a toy woodpecker for his little brother, but the piazza is so crowded that Enzo worries he will lose it. Luckily, an old man named Grandfather Whisker is loaning and exchanging money at the festival. He agrees to keep the toy safe and gives Enzo a receipt so he can collect it later. But now Enzo must be careful not to lose his receipt amidst all the festivities.
This latest installment in the Trade Winds series offers readers a relatable story while providing historical information about the first known bank.
Lion, King, and Coin
Written by Jeong-hee Nam
Illustrated by Lucia Sforza
A fascinating story about the invention of currency
Laos enjoys his life in ancient Turkey. His father and grandfather are blacksmiths, famous for melting gold into beautiful objects. Laos helps by working in his grandfather’s market stall, bartering their gold for food and livestock.
But exchanging such different goods and quantities is complicated. What they need is something to represent the value of their goods, something durable and lightweight. And so the king comes to Laos’s family with a very important task: to create something that will make the market accessible to everyone.
This Trade Winds book introduces readers to the world’s first coin and gives them an appreciation for modern-day currency.
What a terrific lineup. Congratulations!