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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day in San Diego

Event date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Bring a child in your life to Mysterious Galaxy for the second annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Founder Jenni Milchman says, “"Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 3rd, 2011, take the child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow."  Check out our display of select titles from the "ABC Best Books for Children" catalogs. We will also be reading from some of our favorite books for young people, and have some fun treats and give-aways for parents and young readers!

It's a Book Cover Image
By Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436060
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 10th, 2010

Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane
Smith, IT’S A BOOK is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the
digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has
something to say to readers of all stripes and all ages.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375864353
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2011

It's the literary equivalant of buried
treasure! Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen has hunted down seven
rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines
between 1950 and 1951, they include "The Bear, the Rabbit, and the
Zinniga-Zanniga " (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single
eyelash!); "Gustav the Goldfish" (an early, rhymed version of the
Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water);  "Tadd and Todd" (a tale passed down
via photocopy to generations of twins); "Steak for Supper" (about
fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak
dinner); "The Bippolo Seed" (in which a scheming feline leads an
innocent duck to make a bad decision); "The Strange Shirt Spot" (the
inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes
Back); and "The Great Henry McBride" (about a boy whose far-flung career
fantasies are only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).

In an introduction to the collection, Cohen explains the significance
these seven stories have, not only as lost treasures, but as
transitional stories in Dr. Seuss's career.  With a color palette that
has been enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines in
which they appeared, this is a collection of stories that no Seuss fan
(whether scholar or second-grader) will want to miss!

Wonderstruck Cover Image
By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545027892
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 13th, 2011

From Brian Selznick, the creator of the
Caldecott Medal winner THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, comes another
breathtaking tour de force.

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The
Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into
uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for
the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose
life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue
in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the
newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what
they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in
words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing
symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you,
challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex,
affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original
artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted
artist and visionary.

The Night Before Christmas: Book & DVD Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator), Jim Dale (Read by), Clement Clarke Moore
ISBN: 9780399256707
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2011

Experience this Jan Brett visual masterpiece like never before!

One of Jan Brett's all-time bestselling Christmas classics comes to
life with this deluxe package that includes a DVD featuring Brett's
gorgeous, digitally rendered artwork paired with original music
performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, and text read by award-winning
narrator Jim Dale.

"Another holiday keepsake from a master." - Publishers Weekly, starred review for The Night Before Christmas

The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442430419
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2011

Up there in the sky.

Don’t you see him?

No, not the moon.

The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.

Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.

Like you.

Until a battle,

a shooting star,

and a lost balloon

sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.

MiM, the Man in the Moon.

Blackout Cover Image
By John Rocco, John Rocco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423121909
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2011

One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts
off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone,
Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner.
What's a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat,
they find the lights--in stars that can be seen for a change--and so
many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky! On the street below,
people are having just as much fun--talking, rollerblading, and eating
ice cream before it melts. The boy and his family enjoy being not so
busy for once. They even have time to play a board game together. When
the electricity is restored, everything can go back to normal . . . but
not everyone likes normal. The boy switches off the lights, and out
comes the board game again. Using a combination of panels and full bleed
illustrations that move from color to black-and-white and back to
color, John Rocco shows that if we are willing to put our cares aside
for a while, there is party potential in a summer blackout.

Stars Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442422490
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 4th, 2011

A star is how you know it’s almost night.

As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another.

And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark.

What if you could have a star?

acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla
Frazee comes this tender, evocative—and profound—exploration of stars
both near and far.

A Bad Kitty Christmas: Includes Three Ready-to-Hang Ornaments! Cover Image
By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436688
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 13th, 2011

FELINE "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a
creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY." A greedy Bad Kitty
didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes
on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she
makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of
Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's first picture book about Bad Kitty since
the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

Nimpentoad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781466463042
Published: Nimpentoad Publications - November 23rd, 2011

In this picture book for elementary school children, the courageous and
resourceful little Nimpentoad leads his tribe of Niblings through the
perilous Grunwald forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange
creatures along the way. Kids enjoy the adventure and illustrations.
Parents appreciate a story that emphasizes teamwork, creativity, and
leadership. Nimpentoad features stunning illustrations that make the
reader want to climb in and explore this fantastic setting.

Mustache! Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423116714
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2011

King Duncan is terribly handsome, but a terrible king. His kingdom is in
ruins, and when his subjects appeal for help, he only builds more
tributes to his handsome face. His subjects are finally ready to stand
up for themselves, and they have just the plan to get out of this hairy