March 20th marked the official start of spring, and that means that here at Cameron Kids we are eagerly gearing up for our Spring 2018 releases. With warm, sunny weather finally on its way to Petaluma, what better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than to grab a new book, head for a sunny spot, and start from page one?
All out on April 24, the following Cameron Kids titles have spring and summer in mind, and are sure to put young readers in the mood for brighter days.
The Great Chicken Escape by Nikki McClure
First in our lineup, The Great Chicken Escape is a mostly-true story from well-known cut-paper artist Nikki McClure. It features a group of rogue chickens loose in the Alaskan wilderness, and is sure to bring to mind images of spring chicks. Bright colors, bold illustrations, and creative cutouts complement this fun tale of poultry-on-the-loose!
Kirkus has already awarded the book a starred review, writing, “Immensely charming and surprisingly moving, this satisfying adventure story honors nature, freedom, and the ringing bells inside us that steer us home.”
Magnolia’s Magnificent Map, written by Lauren Bradshaw and illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
Magnolia’s Magnificent Map is the second book in the Walnut Animal Society series, where a group of creative, curious animals gathers each month to celebrate their Society Soirée. Everyone is excited for the party. Everyone but Magnolia, that is. Her magnificent map is still missing a spot. Will she find a way to finish in time? Don’t forget to check out Magnolia’s Map, hidden on the reverse side of the removable dust jacket!
And if you missed the first installment, catch up with Henry’s Bright Idea, the first book in the series.
Los Angeles is… written by Elisa Parhad and illustrated by Alexander Vidal
Los Angeles is… is the first in a series of regional board books, and features the sights and delights of LA. The cool, retro color palate brings to mind summer in California, and the images highlight the many seasonal activities just around the corner in this vibrant city.
Rhyming pages lend a fun cadence to the book, and remind readers that Los Angeles is… “days of fun, in sand and sun.”
Red by Jed Alexander
And last but not least, Jed Alexander’s beautifully rendered Red rounds out our Cameron Kids spring release list. Alexander’s wordless take on the classic fairy tale features beautiful two-color illustrations, and offers readers an unexpected twist on a familiar tale.
And for those concerned about the Big Bad Wolf, worry not. Kirkus Reviews says of Red, “A nod to “Little Red Riding Hood,” yes, but also a not-so-scary, sweet treat on its own.”
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So mark your calendars for April 24, pick up a new book (or two!), and head to your favorite sunny spot. This lineup is just too good to be read indoors.