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Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Kate DiCamillo has two books this year – so far, anyway….Raymie Nightingale and now the latest one 518Ukr+t+nL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_from Deckawoo Drive. When I crack open one of DiCamillo’s books I can’t wait to find out what wild and wonderful names she has created for her characters. She doesn’t disappoint this time – the latest name of note is Calaband Darsh. I love it! But there’s more to this transitional novel then another great name. In this one, Baby Lincoln finally leaves her overbearing sister Eugenia behind and sets out into the world on her own. But is Baby really ready? I hadn’t thought of it as a coming of age story because, well, Baby Lincoln is no spring chicken.:-)  But it is, isn’t it?  Baby has set off to discover herself and widen her world and darned if she doesn’t do it. The art, as always, helps create the unusual world of  Deckawoo Drive – a place I hope we will be visiting again soon!

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A Child’s First Book of Trump

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When I first saw the publisher of this book holding it up for all to see on Facebook I had a very scary moment when I thought perhaps Justin Chanda had gone over to the dark side. Thankfully his feet are fully on the side of the light and this book is priceless. Written by the actor/comedian Michael Ian Black in a Seuss-like rhyme pattern, the Trump is a rare species out in the wild. This book, then, is the field guide to tracking the wild Trump. Of course, it’s not terribly difficult because the Trump will run towards any TV camera he happens to see. This is a hilarious parody. An excerpt:

“The beasty is called an American Trump.

It’s skin is bright orange, its figure is plump;

Its fur so complex, you might get enveloped.

Its hands are, sadly, underdeveloped.”

And just look at that cover illustration – a perfect match for the topic and tone. Remember, this is a parody and, as such, is aimed at adults for the most part. You have got to check it out!

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