Indestructibles by Kaaren Pixton. Leave it to a Northwest mom to come up with a great new concept in “first” picture books! Made from a flexible, high-density fiber, Indestructibles are washable, lushly illustrated, richly textured and — you guessed it! — virtually indestructible. Babies can chew, pull, bend and otherwise adore ‘em, without eating little bits of paper. Great price, too! Workman; $4.95.
Supersweet leggings for your little action figure! Zupers include hidden, removable knee pads to cushion the blow for tender knees, and a tiny treasure pocket, too. Flat seams, no tags — nothing to slow ‘em down! Made by a Seattle mom, of chic and playful patterns in poly/Lycra blend for sizes 6 months–6x. $34-$36.
Flanimals Pop-Up by Ricky Gervais. Yes, that Ricky Gervais! Have you met his wacky, weird collection of alien critters? Now you can do it in 3-D! Get to know the ape-like Clunge Ambler, which hugs everything in sight; the Offledermis, which is born inside-out to avoid its own smell; and the puddle-like Gum Spudlet. Prepare to be disgusted. As Gervais says, “Even though they’ve sold millions, won awards and are currently being made into a Hollywood blockbuster, I’ve always thought that Flanimals lacked a certain poppy-upness. That is not a problem anymore.” Ages 4–8. Candlewick; $19.99. To be released on March 9.
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper. A charming book about a plain little vanilla cupcake who pales next to his blinged-out friends. Can his new friend help him feel better? A sweet story for kids in the cupcake-obsessed Northwest by the author of the adorable “Fashion Kitty” books. Ages 3–6. $14.99; Hyperion.
Judy Moody Goes to College by Megan McDonald. Little girls just love big girls, and Judy Moody is no exception. When a sick-awesome college girl becomes her math tutor, Judy gets an education beyond academics. First, she starts to like math. Then, she starts to own it, along with some rad slang (glossary included). Ages 9–12. $15.99; Candlewick. Released on Feb. 9.
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Pooh is worried about Christopher Robin — has he been bitten by a love bug? Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You features three gentle stories just in time for Valentine’s Day. $29.99; Disney. We have copies to give away!
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