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1. Gift Guide: TOON Books gift sets and sale

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It’s gifting time, and the Beat team is showcasing some suitable gifts for everyone in your family.

Among those are theseTOON Books gift sets which are now 33% off. Toon Books, the line of comics for young readers edited by Francoise Mouly, offers a whole rage of books at different reading levels—the set shown above, Level 2, is for beginning readers, but other sets target pre-readers and middle grade level kids. The new Toon Graphics line is for all ages. The books are all comics so they instill comics reading at an impressionable age. Best of all, the stories and art are by some of the best in the business: Jeff Smith, Eleanor Davis, Rutu Modan, Jeffrey Hayes, Liniers, R. Kikuo Johnson, Lorenzo Mattotti, Jay Lynch and many more.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these books as a gift for a young reader (or even just a comics art fan) of your acquaintance. Among those books suitable for the latter, we’d suggest Frank Viola’s gorgeous A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and of course the Gaiman/MattottiHansel and Gretel, which is a suitable gift for just about anyone.

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2. Cast Away on the Letter A : A Philemon Adventure by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner, RL: 3

Cast Away on the Letter A by Fred, the pseudonym of Frédéric Aristidès, creator of one of the most famous graphic novel series in France (did you know that the French have long been huge graphic novel fans?) was originally published in 1972. This is the first time it has been translated in English, thanks to the amazing François Mouly and the fantastic people at TOON Books who are

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3. Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti

Hansel & Gretel, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Lorenzo Mattiotti is the newest release from TOON Graphics, a line of graphic novels for kids reading at 3rd grade level and above, launched by the superb François Mouly and the fantastic people at TOON Books. What Gaiman and Mattotti do with a very familiar fairy tale in their rendition is amazing, both for the spare starkness of

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4. Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!, by Philippe Coudray, RL 1.5

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - BENJAMIN BEAR IN BRIGHT IDEAS -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> When Philippe Courdray's Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking was released in August of 2011, it was a big hit in my home, one of the first books my

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5. Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, written and illustrated by Philippe Coudray, 31 pp, RL 1.5

BENJAMIN BEAR in Fuzzy Thinking  is NOW IN PAPERBACK!!! TOON BOOKS hits another home run with their latest offering, Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray. This book had me and my son in stitches when read it together. If you can imagine a little bit of the zaniness of Elephant & Piggie rubbing off on the bear from I Want My Hat Back who has chosen to befriend rabbits, not

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6. Barry's Best Buddy by Renée French

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7. Love TOON

TOON Books offers 11 of their titles for FREE online viewing.  AWESOME for young readers, these books have a Read to Me option for younger kids, too.   I love TOON.



The TOON library is all part of Professor Garfield's website.  (That's Garfield, as in the orange cat?)  Check it out.  It looks like fun.

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8. Two Ways to Win TOON BOOKS! CONTESTS END MARCH 30!!!

TWO TIPPY AND THE NIGHT PARADE  CONTESTS @ TOON BOOKS!! In February, I reviewed the fantastic new book from TOON, Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carré. You can read my review here. But, you don't have to had read Tippy and the Night Parade to enter either of these contests! FOLLOW THIS LINK TO ENTER BOTH CONTESTS! Contest #1 Tippy wakes up in the morning to find her

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9. Toon Books' Hansel & Gretel

Check out a beautiful, new children's book, 'Hansel & Gretel' by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti, published by Toon Books and (New Yorker art editor) Francoise Mouly…




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10. Chick and Chickie: A Toon Book by Claude Ponti, RL 1

TOON Books has done it again, maybe even giving Elephant and Piggie a bit of (much needed) competition. I mean, there is room for two more slightly subversive buddies in the world of emerging reader books, right? Chick & Chickie: Play All Day introduces us to the French author and illustrator of over sixty children's books Claude Ponti. As much as I love Mo Willems and what he has done for the

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11. The Shark King: A Toon Book by R Kikuo Johnson, 39 pp, RL 1.5

When I write a review, I try to be professional and refrain from gushing, but sometimes a book is so spectacular that I can't help myself. The Shark King by R Kikuo Johnson, the newest title from TOON Books is one of those. The Shark King, which I hope might become a series, has action, adventure, mythology, exotic (to me) locales, and a playfully curious, brave protagonist in Nanaue (pronounced

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13. Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012)

You’ve got your big-time fancy pants New York publishers on the one hand, and then you have your big-time fancy pants Boston publishers on the other.  A perusal of Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus provides a pretty good explanation for why Boston is, in its way, a small children’s book enclave of its own.  Within its borders you have publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Candlewick holding court.  The only time I have ever been to Boston was when ALA last had a convention there.  It was nice, though cold and there are duckling statues.

So it was that the good people of Candlewick came to New York to show off some of their finest Fall 2012 wares.  Now the last time they came here they were hosted by SLJ.  This time they secured space in the Bank Street College of Education.  Better location, less good food (no cookies, but then I have the nutritional demands of a five-year-old child).  We were given little signs on which to write our names.  I took an extra long time on mine for what I can only assume was an attempt to “win” the write-your-name part of the day.  After that, we were off!

First up, it’s our old friend and Caldecott Honor winner (I bet that never gets old for him) David Ezra Stein.  The fellow’s been toiling away with his paints n’ such for years, so it’s little wonder he wanted to ratchet up his style a notch with something different.  And “something different” is a pretty good explanation of what you’ll find with Because Amelia Smiled.  This is sort of a take on the old nursery rhyme that talks about “For Want of a Nail”, except with a happy pay-it-forward kind of spin.  Because a little girl smiles a woman remembers to send a care package.  Because the care package is received someone else does something good.  You get the picture.  Stein actually wrote this book as a Senior in art school but has only gotten to writing it officially now.  It’s sort of the literary opposite of Russell Hoban’s A Sorely Trying Day or Barbara Bottner’s An Annoying ABC.  As for the art itself, the author/illustrator has created a whole new form which he’s named Stein-lining.  To create it you must apply crayons to wax paper and then turn it over.  I don’t quite get the logistics but I’ll be interested in seeing the results.  Finally, the book continues the massive trend of naming girls in works of children’s fiction “Amelia”.  Between Amelia Bedelia, Amelia’s Notebook, and Amelia Rules I think the children’s literary populace is well-stocked in Amelias ah-plenty.

Next up, a title that may well earn the moniker of Most Anticipated Picture Book of the Fall 2012 Season.  This Is Not My Hat isn’t a sequel to 4 Comments on Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012), last added: 4/25/2012

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14. Maya Makes a Mess: Messy Eater Contest!

Later this month, Toon Books releases the above easy-to-read comic reader Maya Makes a Mess. Written and illustrated by Rutu Modan, this is something I would have loved to read as an emerging reader.
I love this dynamic spread (and that flowing line of spaghetti!) Rutu Modan is masterful at capturing so many big expressions with spare lines and flat color.

Pop on over to the Maya Makes a Mess Messy Eater contest page for a chance to win your own copy. Just submit a picture of YOUR messy eater. That's my messy little one, on a typical morning I might add - I think Maya would approve of her methods.

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15. Maya Makes a Mess, written and illustrated by Rutu Modan, 32 pp, RL 1

Maya Makes a Mess by Rutu Modan is my favorite new TOON Book. Honestly, though, every new book that TOON publishes is my favorite. However, Maya Makes a Mess has one of my all-time favorite things in it - spaghetti. The colophon has all the production notes printed on a giant pasta pot overflowing with spaghetti, à la Curious George and his kitchen job. From this pot, a tangle of pasta makes

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16. Benny and Penny in LIGHTS OUT! by Geoffrey Hayes, 32 pp, RL 1.5

Benny and Penny in LIGHTS OUT! is Geoffrey Hayes's fourth Benny and Penny titles and his fifth TOON Book. And I still love these little mice as much as I did when I read and reviewed their first book back in 2010. As many parents know, including François Mouly, who founded TOON Books as a response to the dearth of good primers, it is very hard to write an engaging beginning readers title.

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17. The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra, 80 pp, RL 1.5

The Secret of the Stone Frog marks a new direction for the peerless TOON Books, publishers of easy to read comics for emerging readers. While the TOON comic books that have come before are 32 pages long, The Secret of the Stone Frog is 80 pages long, making it graphic novel length. For their first graphic novel (220 Lexile) they have gone all out. This book is absolutely beautiful from cover

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18. TOON BOOKS New in Paperback AND a Chance to Win a FREE BOOK!!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am a HUGE fan of TOON BOOKS. If you don't please read TOON BOOKS: Why I Love Them and Why You Should Too!, which explores the interesting background of the creator of the series, her inspiration (the boring books available when her son was learning to read) and all the other fantastic things about this great new series - including the

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19. TOON BOOKS: Why I Love Them and Why You Should, Too!

  200 - 300 Easy Sight Words, Short Sentences Often One Character, Single Time Frame or Theme, 1 -2 Panels per Page I realize that I am often going on about the lack of high quality, beginning to read books that have appealing content both visually and texturally, and believe me, every title published by TOON Books meets all my criteria for a great beginning reader book, but

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20. Thanks to My Readers for Sharing Pictures of YOUR Readers! And thanks to TOON for all the amazing books!!!

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21. Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas

TOON Books offers some of the liveliest picture books out there.   Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas by Philippe Coudray is just one of the colorful comic style books put out by TOON.  Each page is divided into several panels and tells a complete story.  Watch above to see how easily the stories can fit in with Common Core standards.  (Warning: Since this video is "educational", the presentation is much more static than the book.) 

Benjamin's adventures are sometimes funny, sometimes head-scratching, but all delightfully illustrated with a slightly retro vibe.  The stories are designed for early readers and budding logicians ages 4 and up.


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22. Free TOON iPhone apps


  • Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, by Agnès Rosenstiehl

  • Jack and the Box, by art spiegelman

  • Little Mouse Gets Ready, by Jeff Smith
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    23. TOON BOOKS: Why I Love Them and Why You Should, Too!

    LEVEL 1 :200 - 300 Easy Sight Words, Short SentencesOften One Character, Single Time Frame or Theme, 1 -2 Panels per Page I realize that I am often going on about the lack of high quality, beginning to read books that have appealing content both visually and texturally, and believe me, every title published by TOON Books meets all my criteria for a great beginning reader book, but really, above

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    24. A New Zig and Wikki Adventure from Nadja Spiegelman & Trade Loeffler

    There are three types of dung beetles! Thanks to ZIG AND WIKKI in THE COW I now know this along with many other facts about dung, soil, and cow patties. (My kind of science lesson!)  The duo from outer-space, once again, explore Earth in all its exotic splendor. 


    Want to read the first Zig and Wikki adventure? See it HERE!

    Want to know more about dung beetles? See Dung Beetle TV  and watch this video from National Geographic:

    Thank you to Leigh Stein.

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    25. More great artists making more great books for kids? I’m...





    More great artists making more great books for kids? I’m all for it! This upcoming book from R. Kikuo Johnson looks fabulous!

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    More sneak previews from R. Kikuo Johnson’s Shark King, coming out from TOON books this April. 





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