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In LITTLE OWL'S NIGHT by Divya Srinivasan (Viking 2011), Little Owl comes awake as the other animals are seeking a place to sleep for the evening. He watches other animals who are still active in the fading light as skunk hunts for food and a mother possum walks with her family. The colors glow against the black backdrop of the double page spreads, making the illustrations seem almost three dimensional. <509>

Mary Quattlebaum and illustrator Patricia Castelao give readers a Casper meets Ratatoiuille in THE HUNGRY GHOST OF RUE ORLEANS (Random House 2011). Fred enjoys his old house but is disturbed when new residents open a restaurant. Things are too clean and neat for his taste. How can these diametrically opposed residents find peace? <510>
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