The Edmond Sun

January 28, 2013

1-29 Good Reads


Family Features
The Edmond Sun



It’s Valentine’s Day and the 10 little neighbors in this book are busy making valentines for their closest friends.

Will everyone get a valentine at the big Valentine’s Day party? You can count on it!

With its fun counting elements, bouncy text and adorable illustrations, this book, newly available in board, is the perfect gift for young lovebugs.

Ages 0-3.



Charming illustrations and the Japanese poetic form are cleverly used to express “I love you” to all manner of favorite things — a favorite teddy bear, a popsicle, a bike, a new friend, a beloved pet and more — in this giftable little picture book.

Award winner Betsy E. Snyder’s enchanting book is something adults will love to give one another as much as they’ll enjoy sharing it with the youngest listeners. Perfect for Valentine’s Day and any day of the year, this book will inspire people to tell one another, “I haiku you!”

Ages 4 and up.



For Joshua Dread, middle school is proving to be, well, awkward. Not only do bullies pick on him, but do you see those supervillains over there trying to flood the world? The ones that everyone, including his best friend Milton, are rooting for Captain Justice to take down?

They’re the Dread Duo, and they just happen to be his parents. As if trying to hide his identity wasn’t hard enough, Joshua has started leaving a trail of exploding pencils and scorched handprints in his wake, and only Sophie, the new girl in town with a mysterious past, seems unsurprised.

When a violent attack at the Vile Fair makes it clear someone is abducting supervillains, and that his parents may very well be next, Joshua must enlist both Sophie and Milton’s help to save them.

It’s a fast-paced read for boys and girls, especially reluctant readers, who will love the concept of a good kid with villains for parents.

Ages 9-12.



“Big Girl Panties!” features a light, positive approach to motivate toddlers to become toilet trained.

What could be more rewarding for a little girl than wearing big girl panties, just like mommy?

Adult caregivers and toddlers alike will love the snappy, rhyming text and colorful, hip illustrations.

Fran Manushkin has written more than 50 books for children, including the popular Katie Woo series.

Ages 0-4.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “10 Valentine Friends” and/or “I Haiku You “ and/or “Joshua Dread.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Feb. 4. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.