Parents need to know that"Chu's Day at the Beach"is a continuation of theNeil Gaimanseries that includes"Chu's Day"and"Chu's First Day of School." Here, Chu the panda unleashes a big sneeze that causes some mayhem at the beach. His anxiety about this outsize trait is quickly remedied when he's given some help to fix things, a perfect corollary for preschoolers who know what it's like to feel embarrassed or different.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast takes an unflinching look at aging, dying and death in her illustrated memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Bloomsbury, $28). The book deals with the care of her parents and their things before and after they died. The 60-year-old grew up in Brooklyn, the only child of older parents.
To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books - by, say, author Rainbow Rowell - can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr, where the author herself might see and share it with her followers.
James O. Born has always been fascinated with K-9 units. One memory stands out: It happened in January 1995, after a prison break at Glades Correctional Institute (the event inspired Elmore Leonard's "Out of Sight" and later prompted the Miami Herald headline "I slept with a murderer"). Born, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement agent, was on the task force to track down the escapees.
I read "Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog" by Tom Watson (Harper) that was about five silly dogs that love food. They also like playing games and making plans to get food. "Stick Dog" lives in a pipe under Highway 18, and sleeps on an old mattress.
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