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Give & Take

by Lucie Félix

This ingenious, sturdy board book by French author-illustrator Lucie Félix (Apples and Robins) not only looks like it belongs in a modern art-museum bookstore, it will also appeal to toddlers' curious fingers and creative minds. Readers pry out shapes as suggested on each page: "TAKE" (a red circle floats on a white background, with a divot for a tiny finger). Turn the page, shape still in hand, for another instruction: "GIVE." Press the shape into a just-right indent, creating a new picture, in this

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If I Was a Banana

by Alexandra Tylee, illus. by Kieran Rynhart

Not every boy daydreams about what kind of banana he would be, but this boy does. He also imagines being a cow: "If I was a cow I would want to be the one standing over there. That cow makes you feel like there is nothing more important than being a black cow standing on green grass." At first he thinks if he were a cloud, he'd be "a big black storm cloud" shooting lightning, thunder and hail, "[b]ut then, maybe a much smaller,/ lighter, fluffy sort of cloud/ would be a better sort of cloud to be." Debut author

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Wild Animals of the North

by Dieter Braun

Big, beautiful and biologically accurate, this compendium of 80 wild creatures from the Northern Hemisphere will impress animal and art lovers of all ages. In three sections (North America, Europe and Asia), German illustrator and children's book author Dieter Braun brings polar bears, rattlesnakes, sperm whales and golden pheasants to life with his stylized, geometrically patterned, up-close artwork in nature's loveliest hues of green, purple, orange, gray, gold and brown. Playful text reveals intriguing

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Super Cool Tech

by DK Publishing

With stunning images and astonishing facts about cutting-edge technology, Super Cool Tech is the How Things Work for post-millennials.

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by Rachel Williams, illus. by Carnovsky

Wildlife and habitat in 10 remarkable environments are illuminated by a three-colored lens in this visually arresting, oversized picture book.

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Christmas in the Barn

by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Anna Dewdney

Margaret Wise Brown's 1952 picture book, Christmas in the Barn, is reissued anew with winning illustrations by the late Anna Dewdney of Llama Llama fame.

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Simon & Schuster: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Media Heat

Monday, December 5, 2016

The View: Steve Harvey, author of Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance (Amistad, $25.99, 9780062220356).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michael Lewis, author of The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Norton, $28.95, 9780393254594).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Peter Orner, author of Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live (Catapult, $16.95, 9781936787258).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Diane Rehm: Brian Fishman, author of The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory (Yale University Press, $30, 9780300221497).

Conan: Nick Offerman, author of Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop (Dutton, $35, 9781101984659).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fresh Air: Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (Hachette Books, $27, 9780316315432).

Diane Rehm: Dinah Miller, co-author of Committed: The Battle over Involuntary Psychiatric Care (Johns Hopkins University Press, $22.95, 9781421420783).

Conan: Senator Bernie Sanders, author of Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Thomas Dunne, $27, 9781250132925).

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fresh Air: Carrie Fisher, author of The Princess Diarist (Blue Rider Press, $26, 9780399173592). She will also appear tomorrow on Ellen.

Diane Rehm: Haider Warraich, author of Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250104588).

Daily Show: Ryan Speedo Green, the subject of Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner (Lee Boudreaux, $28, 9780316300674).
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