When a Lobster Buys a Bathrobe

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

Sure, most of our books take place in a specific place, but When a Lobster Buys a Bathrobe happens wherever lobsters are found! With its bouncing rhymes and colorful illustrations, everyone will love reading this charming story again and again!

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My Grandma Lives in Florida

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

“My grandma lives in Florida, And that is where we go, When daddy says he cannot stand, Another inch of snow.”  In this homage to grandmothers everywhere, young readers join a child on his visit to his grandmother’s house in the Sunshine State.  The book uses Seussian rhymes and rhythms, affectionate humor, and dazzling illustrations to present a child’s-eye view of a grandmother's love. 

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I Met a Moose in Maine One Day

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

"I Met a Moose in Maine One Day, Just how it happened, I can't say." A boy and a moose become fast friends in this Mom's Choice Award-winning charmer from the creators of "The Boston Balloonies," "The Cods of Cape Cod," and "Champ and Me By the Maple Tree." Together, boy and beast play hide-and-seek (not the best game for a moose), walk to the general store, then take a tour of Maine. They fly about in a seaplane, they run the Penobscot River on a raft made of logs, they hang out on a dock in Camden, and they finish off with some "chocolate moose cake" at a cafe in Portland! See why "Moose" has captured the imaginations of thousands of young readers.

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The Bourbon Street Band is Back

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

Join NOLA drummer Bobcat Bob and the Bourbon Street band in the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans, Louisiana! Bob leads a hot band of multi-cultural musicians, featuring a gator on bass, a finger-snapping frog, and a horn section made up of raccoons, a crayfish, and some loons. Bobcat Bob's band is known for miles around - "They played like wind. They played like fire. They raised the roof, and raised it higher. They played all night and weren't done, 'Til morning came and they raised the sun." But one day the music stopped and "the great New Orleans lost its voice." Through months of darkness and sadness the people "wished that things were like before." And with a single drum beat on Bourbon Street, and then another, and another, the music came back to New Orleans, better than ever! Children and parents alike will love this story about the healing power of music. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.

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Champ and Me by the Maple Tree

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

Venture to scenic Vermont and meet one of that state's great legends: Champ, the "Monster" of Lake Champlain (a sort of Loch Ness Monster for the Green Mountain State). Champ is seen through the eyes of a likable tomboy, who sets out from her favorite spot by a maple tree and finds herself by the lakeshore. She meets Champ, who turns out to be a very kid-friendly monster, inviting the girl to ride with him through the Vermont countryside. Together, these unlikely friends dash past farms and mills and over covered bridges, meet some cows, eat some maple syrup-covered cheese, and eventually return to the girl's favorite maple tree. The charming story ends as it began: "If you come to Vermont / Near a lake called Champlain, / And you cut through the woods / On an old country lane, There's a chance you will see / My friend Champ and me / Playing happy and free / By the old maple tree."

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The Cods of Cape Cod

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

Have you ever been to Cape Cod?  Have you ever met a family of codfish and their friends? According to Shankman's rhyming narrative: "The Cods of Cape Cod / Love their summer vacation, / And though they could go / Anywhere in the nation, / They keep coming back / To their favorite location, / 'Cause they know that Cape Cod's / A vacation sensation! The Cods of Cape Cod / Have a house on the beach, / And it's just the right size, / With a fish tank for each. . . ." To this colorful fish-friendly house come the Cods' many fishy friends, shrimp comes from Sandwich, bass from Mashpee, swordfish from Chatham, and so on. And boy, do they know how to have fun! The big question is, can you spot our hidden Moose and Balloonies on the pages?

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The Boston Balloonies

by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill

"The Boston Balloonies", Shankman and O'Neill's first book, takes young readers on a bouncy, fun-filled, floating whirlwind adventure through the sights and sounds of Boston! "The Boston Balloonies float all around town / They whirl and they twirl and the bounce up and down!" From the Common where they perform a Balloony Ballet to a cool music venue where they sing and dance and play every woodwind imaginable, these Balloonies know how to have FUN!

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