New releases: October 2016 – childen’s books

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On the last Wednesday of October, I’ve decided to delve deeper into the new releases of children’s books. A book about magical dresses and the adventures a young girl experiences in them, a story about a brownie-eating, drumming mouse, an adventure inspired by Chinese folklore, a fantasy-tinged story about Quicksilver the thief and finally a crayon book that’ll teach children about colours.

  1. If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid (100 Dresses #1)
    Publication date: October 25th 2016
    Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.
  2. If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Joffe Numeroff (If You Give…)
    Publication date: October 18th 2016
    Mouse is back in this ninth picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give… series! If you give a mouse a brownie, he’s going to ask for some ice cream to go with it. When you give him the ice cream, he’ll probably ask you for a spoon. He’ll start drumming on the table. Drumming will get him so excited he’ll want to start a band… Mouse makes his long-anticipated return to the spotlight in this winning picture book from the acclaimed team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.
  3. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
    Publication date: October 4th 2016
    Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late. A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.
  4. Foxheart by Claire Legrand
    Publication date: October 4th 2016
    Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner-in-crime Fox, she’s well on her way—even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you. Then one day a strange old woman and her scruffy dog arrive in Quicksilver’s town and perform extraordinary magic. Real magic—forbidden and dangerous. Magic Quicksilver is desperate to learn. With magic like that, she could steal anything her heart desires. She could even find her parents. But the old woman is not what she seems, and soon Quicksilver has to decide—will she stay at home and remain a thief? Or will she embark upon the adventure of a lifetime and become a legend?
  5. The Crayons’ Book of Colors by Drew Daywalt
    Publication date: October 18th 2016
    It’s Duncan’s birthday, and all the crayons want to make him a card! With their fun and quirky illustrations of firetrucks, dragons, and (dare we say?) wheat, these creative crayons each have something different to contribute. When they come together, they can make something truly spectacular to celebrate Duncan’s birthday!
    From the creative minds behind the “The Day the Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” comes a fun board book introducing young readers to colors.

I especially like the first one and I might check it out to see if my little niece would like it. Are you inspired to give any of these to your children/nephews/neighbour kids/… ? Other new releases of November 2016 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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