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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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Thursday, December 8, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Mitch Sisskind, author of Do Not Be a Gentleman When You Say Goodnight (The Song Cave, $17.95, 9780996778640).

Daily Show: DJ Khaled, author of The Keys (Crown Archetype, $18, 9780451497574).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fresh Air: Megyn Kelly, author of Settle for More (Harper, $29.99, 9780062494603).

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fresh Air: Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316403436).

Diane Rehm: Charles Johnson, author of The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling (Scribner, $16, 9781501147227).

Conan: Joe Buck, author of Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV (Dutton, $28, 9781101984567).

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).
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