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20TH CENTURY BOYS THE PERFECT

20TH CENTURY BOYS THE PERFECT

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A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa's award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction!

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

A deluxe bind-up edition of Naoki Urasawa's award-winning epic of doomsday cults, giant robots and a group of friends trying to save the world from destruction!

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

49 Days

49 Days

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Day 1

Gotta get up. Gotta keep moving. This map - it says I have to cross over here. Wait, what's that...?

And so begins a graphic novel story unlike any other: 49 Days. In Buddhist tradition, a person must travel for forty-nine days after they die, before they can fully cross over. Here in this book, readers travel with one Korean American girl, Kit, on her journey, while also spending time with her family and friends left behind.

Agnes Lee has captivated readers across the world for years with her illustrations for the New York Times Metropolitan Diary. Her debut graphic novel is an unforgettable story of death, grief, love, and how we keep moving forward.


P R A I S E

★ "49 Days is an unusual, profoundly moving graphic novel whose elegance belies its complexity and whose emotional impact only grows upon rereading."
--BookPage (starred)

★ "A gorgeous, resonating, even mystical creation with little text, overflowing with unsaid feelings... Gently, nudgingly, Lee brilliantly intertwines the past, present, and future."
--Booklist (starred)

★ "A moving portrayal of mortality and its aftermath."
--Kirkus (starred)

"Middle and high school readers will relate to the universal experiences of love, loss, and family tradition."
--School Library Journal

"Expressive, fluid...an exemplar of what it means to trust the audience."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A deeply moving exploration of life after death, making peace with regret and life's inevitabilities, and learning how to move on."
--Publishers Weekly

AFTER THE FALL (HOW HUMPTY DUM

AFTER THE FALL (HOW HUMPTY DUM

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A inspiring story of triumph and overcoming fears, perfect for graduations and new beginnings!
This uplifting twist to the beloved classic nursery rhyme is by the New York Times-bestselling creator of Caldecott Medal winner, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend .

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall--that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

Share this book with readers seeking:
- Gentle and inspirational stories about coping with anxiety.
- Themes about new beginnings and overcoming obstacles in life.
- Stories that celebrate accomplishments and triumph.
- Family favorite books that become household classics.
- A graduation story to share with students, teachers, and recent graduates young and old.

2018 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Winner
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2017
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2017
A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Kids
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2017
An NPR Best Book of 2017

BATHE THE CAT

BATHE THE CAT

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Cats + water: What could go wrong? This riotous romp of a picture book follows a frantic family as they try to get some chores done--with no help from the family cat, who keeps scrambling the list of chores to hilarious effect. Get ready for a rollicking read-aloud with a truly purrfect ending.

It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath. So instead of mopping the floor or feeding the fish, the family is soon busy rocking the rug, vacuuming the lawn, and sweeping the dishes. Bouncy rhyme carries the story headlong into the growing hilarity, until finally Dad restores some kind of order--but will the cat avoid getting his whiskers wet?

HILARIOUS READ-ALOUD: Word scrambles are a delight in this silly rhyming picture book! Kids will love the accessible rhyming text, and emerging readers will be able to anticipate words after repeated reads, making for an engaging and interactive read-aloud experience.

CATNIP FOR CAT LOVERS: This sweet and sneaky feline will do anything to get out of having a bath! Ample cat antics and scenes of increasing mischief (and increasing chaos!) around the house will tickle young readers and entice parents--particularly those with a furry feline of their own in the house.

TWO DADS LEAD THE WAY: Dad and Papa are the heads of this large and loving biracial family, mirroring illustrator David Roberts' own orientation and providing picture book readers with a positive depiction of LGBTQ+ characters in a fun and funny family story.

WINNING AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR TEAM: Alice McGinty is a prolific author of books for children, and David Roberts is well-known for his work on the New York Times bestselling Questioneers series. Together, their upbeat text and energetic art with pops of neon color make for a standout picture book, just right for gifting and enjoying together at storytime.

Perfect for:

  • Parents looking for fun stories with cats and good books about diverse families to share with their kids
  • Gifting for children's birthdays, Father's Day for cat dads, or pet adoption congratulations
  • Cat lovers who celebrate the bad and the good of daily life with their feline overlords
  • Readers who love the poetry and playfulness of Sandra Boynton, Emily Winfield Martin, and Shel Silverstein
  • Adding to the family bookshelf alongside funny bath books and cat books like The Cat in the Hat, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, and The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
  • BITCH PLANET V01 EXTRAORDINARY

    BITCH PLANET V01 EXTRAORDINARY

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    "...one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory." - Salon.com

    "Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating - but then, most comics aren't Bitch Panet." - Entertainment Weekly

    Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.

    In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

    Cat from the Kimono

    Cat from the Kimono

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    This surreal and imaginative adult fairy tale follows a beautiful black cat through a fantastical world where he'll survive impossible odds to make his way home... to his mistress' kimono!

    Once upon a time in Japan lived a beautiful young woman. The beloved daughter of a silk mill owner, she was lavished with gorgeous kimonos from across the province, but her favorite was the first one he gave her. It was a deep crimson painted with soft, purring black cats, and was crafted by the finest weaver in the mill. The weaver, besotted with her beauty, professed his love to the maiden. Indifferent to his advances, she preferred the warmth of her feline finery to his, leading him down a dark path that separates the woman from one of her beloved black cats! Thus, the cat begins a fantastic voyage, from the bottom of the sea to the smokey markets of London, sometimes in the company of Sherlock Holmes himself, as he becomes a figure of myth and legend.

    Travel the world on this surreal journey through the imagination of renowned artist Nancy Peña (Madame Cat), whose gorgeous style is inspired by Japanese painting.

    DUCKS: TWO YEARS IN THE OIL SA

    DUCKS: TWO YEARS IN THE OIL SA

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    A New York Times Notable book! One of Barack Obama's favorite books of 2022! Winner of Canada Reads 2023!

    "An exceptionally beautiful book about loneliness, labor, and survival."--Carmen Maria Machado

    Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there was Katie Beaton of the Cape Breton Beaton, specifically Mabou, a tight-knit seaside community where the lobster is as abundant as beaches, fiddles, and Gaelic folk songs. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, Katie heads out west to take advantage of Alberta's oil rush--part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can't find it in the homeland they love so much. Katie encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.

    Beaton's natural cartooning prowess is on full display as she draws colossal machinery and mammoth vehicles set against a sublime Albertan backdrop of wildlife, northern lights, and boreal forest. Her first full length graphic narrative, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both the riches of its land and the humanity of its people.

    GOOD NIGHT GORILLA-BOARD

    GOOD NIGHT GORILLA-BOARD

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    A must-have board book for all baby bedtimes and gifting occasions.

    Good night, Gorilla.
    Good night, Elephant.

    It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

    Good night, Giraffe.
    Good night, Hyena.

    Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

    Also available in Spanish as Buenos noches, Gorila. Look for Peggy Rathmann's other lively favorites 10 Minutes Till Bedtime and The Day the Babies Crawled Away.

    I Can Open It for You

    I Can Open It for You

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    From acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake comes a humorous picture book about the empowering possibilities of growing up and a child's imagination!

    Akira has a problem: He is too small to open packages by himself. He still needs grown-ups to help him.

    But one day, perhaps one day soon, he'll be able to open so many things without anyone's help--and not just packages. When that time comes, he'll make amazing discoveries and maybe even save the day with his new skills. There is so much to look forward to!

    With humor and wit, acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake explores a child's feelings about growing up: the push and pull of relying on parents while striving to learn and do things by oneself. The youngest of readers will relate, while discovering the many ways that they can open up exciting new experiences at this very moment!

    CELEBRATES THE PARENT-CHILD CONNECTION: Growing up means embracing so many exciting opportunities! Parents will appreciate the reassuring messages of love and support as they seek to open new doors for their children, just as kids learn to do so for themselves!

    PROMOTES CURIOSITY AND CREATIVE THINKING: Laugh-out-loud and imaginative scenarios will inspire young readers to think about their own futures, dream up big ideas, and embrace the promise of tomorrow.

    ENGAGING STORY: With a comic-like style, unique narrative approach, and fast pacing, kids will find humor and surprises on every page.

    GO-TO READ-ALOUD: Smart, comedic pacing, imaginative scenarios, and a compelling voice will make this a favorite picture book.

    Perfect for:

  • Fans of award-winning author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake
  • Parents seeking humorous children's books about growing up
  • Gift givers seeking a laugh-out-loud picture book
  • Fans of picture books from Japan
  • Teachers, grandparents, and caregivers looking for a compelling read-aloud
  • Readers who enjoy smart, funny story books by Oliver Jeffers, Andrea Beaty, Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, and Dan Santat
  • LAST DELIVERY

    LAST DELIVERY

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    "Turns with the unpredictable intensity of a dream." -- FOREWORD (Starred Review)

    "An offbeat quest wrapped up in dark fantasy." -- BOOKLIST

    An anonymous parcel delivery boy arrives at a sprawling, chaotic mansion, in search of The Resident, who must sign for the package he bears, but this isn't nearly as simple a task as it should be. The mansion hosts an endless, frenzied party, and the partygoers impede his every step. As the quest takes him further into the dripping, black bowels of the labyrinthine house, his mission galvanizes into his single purpose for existence, and his determination to find The Resident may well prove his undoing.

    A phantasmagoric dark fantasy unlike anything you've ever explored before, from the wild imagination behind RICE BOY and THE HARROWING OF HELL.

    Little Shrew

    Little Shrew

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    Akiko Miyakoshi returns with a beguiling, quietly magical appreciation of life's little pleasures.

    Little Shrew is diligent in all parts of life. He's a hard worker and follows a strict schedule from morning to night. But even a life that runs like clockwork can be filled with unexpected pockets of joy, such as solving a puzzle for the very first time, enjoying the scent of freshly baked bread, seeing the vast beauty of a shimmering blue ocean or delighting in a visit with friends.

    This collection of three short stories -- perfect for emerging readers -- is illustrated in Miyakoshi's signature soft monochrome palette with pops of color. The charming tales celebrate enduring friendships, dreams for the future and the little pleasures that make everyday life more meaningful.

    ONWARD TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATH

    ONWARD TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATH

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    The book that brought pre-eminent Manga-ka Shigeru Mizuki to the English-speaking world

    Kokopo, 1943. A platoon of soldiers is ordered into battle. The objective is death. The alternative is certain execution as a consequence of survival. Inspired by Eisner Award-winning author Shigeru Mizuki's own mandatory tour of duty as an active combatant in the Imperial Japanese Army, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths portrays a flailing infantry unit on its last legs near the end of the Second World War.

    This deeply personal and landmark anti-war work could only have been made by a pacifist. The desperation and moral depravity on display is devastating. Mizuki's fanciful characters must make do against a photo-realistic backdrop teeming with tropical life that remains inhospitable. Indeed, commanding officers prove even more ferocious than the wild unknown of Papua New Guinea. And yet the human instinct endures, seeing through the absurdity of such a rigid and outdated command structure with gallows humor.

    Phoebe's Diary

    Phoebe's Diary

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    INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

    Take a peek inside Phoebe's Diary into a bracingly honest illustrated account of the explosive turmoil and joy of adolescence, based on the author's actual teenage journals.​

    Meet Phoebe. She is cool and insecure, talented and vulnerable, sexy and awkward, driven and confused, ecstatic and tragic.

    Like you.

    And here is her diary, packed full of invaluable friends and heartbreaking crushes, spectacular playlists and vintage outfits, drama nerds and art kids, old wounds and new love. Based on her own teenage diary, Phoebe Wahl has melded truth with fiction and art with text, casting a spell that brings readers deep into the experience of growing up.

    SKULL: A TYROLEAN FOLKTALE

    SKULL: A TYROLEAN FOLKTALE

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    A #1 New York Times bestseller!
    A Kirkus Book Prize Finalist!
    A New York Times Best Children's Chapter Book the Year
    A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year

    Caldecott Medalist and New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Jon Klassen delivers a deliciously macabre treat for folktale fans.

    Jon Klassen's signature wry humor takes a turn for the ghostly in this thrilling retelling of a traditional Tyrolean folktale. In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. Can brave Otilla save them both? Steeped in shadows and threaded with subtle wit--with rich, monochromatic artwork and an illuminating author's note--The Skull is as empowering as it is mysterious and foreboding.

    SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY

    SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY

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    Unrequited love, underage drinking, and teen angst rule at a high school for mutants and witches

    The New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer--moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.
    Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki's jokes are precise and devastating.
    SuperMutant Magic Academy
    has won two Ignatz Awards. This volume combines the most popular content from the webcomic with a selection of all-new, never-before-seen strips that conclude Tamaki's account of life at the academy.

    USAGI YOJIMBO

    USAGI YOJIMBO

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    With over fifty graphic novels in print, the samurai rabbit is more popular than ever! This is the seminal Usagi book collecting all the classic original Usagi stories from Albedo, Critters, Doomsday Squad, and the Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special. This is one of Fantagraphics' very best sellers, and is also where Usagi started--don't miss out! The setting is 17th century Japan, when the age of civil wars has barely ended and the Shogun has established power. The samurai is the ruling class throughout the land, following a warrior's code of honor known as Bushido. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 chronicles this time of settling unrest and political intrigue, told through the story of a wandering and masterless samurai named Miyamoto Usagi, aka Usagi Yojimbo! One of the great classics of the last 20 years, perfect for all ages.
    WELL

    WELL

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    A 2023 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection

    A fantasy graphic novel about Lizzy, a girl who gets cursed by a wishing well, and her adventure to grant three wishes in order to break free.

    Li-Zhen's life on the archipelago is simple. Known to friends and family as Lizzy, she takes care of her grandfather and their goats, she flirts with the woman who helps row the ferry, and she stays away from the fog that comes in the night--and the monsters hiding within it.
    But Lizzy's life comes apart when she steals a handful of coins from a sacred well to cover a debt. The well requires repayment, but it doesn't deal in coins. It needs wishes, and its minions will drown Lizzy in its depths if she doesn't grant them. Lizzy finds herself on a quest to uncover hidden memories, bestow great wealth, and face the magical secrets that nearly destroyed her family--and are now returning to threaten everything she has ever known.

    In this breathtaking graphic novel, Jake Wyatt and Choo have created a modern fable based on magic and family secrets, exploring the power--and limits--of wishes.