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more picture books on a sunny and muggy Monday

There was a touch of summer in the air this morning: it was 70 degrees and muggy when I left the house before dawn. Now we must wait for another cool front to make its way to us. Thankfully, I am heading off to Chicago at the end of the week where, I hope, I can wear long sleeves and not regret the decision. Here are a few more picture books for this lovely summer day in October.

THERE'S A TRAIN OUT FOR DREAMLAND uses the lyrics of a Nat King Cole classic (lyrics and music by Heider and Kress) for its simple story of a young girl heading off to sleep. Illustrations by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer (Harper 2010) are a perfect complement with their quiet pastel palette. <460>

TINA COCOLINA, QUEEN OF THE CUPCAKES, is a delicious story of a young cupcake searching for her perfect frosting. Pablo Cartaya and Martin Howard along with illustrator Kirsten Richards (Random House 2010) relate this fanciful tale with sweet words and illustrations. Tina tries many combinations, but none of them stick (literally and figuratively) until she discovers just the right combination to make her queen of the cupcakes. Recipes included. <461>

And finally...

Michael Ian Black and Kevin Hawkes bring us A PIG PARADE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA (Simon and Schuster 2010). I am generally predisposed to stay away from celebrity books, but Black has proven his mettle in CHICKEN CHEEKS and THE PURPLE KANGAROO as well. Pigs attemptiong to fit into majorette costumes and play band instruments might sound fine on the surface, but in reality they are bad ideas. Hawkes' illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the droll story with a lovely surprise ending.<462>
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