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This article was published 16/4/2016 (1155 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Going for a Sea Bath by Quebec author Andrée Poulin (Pajama Press, 32 pages, $18, hardcover) is a delightful romp for youngest readers. Translated from French by Erin Woods, Leanne is encouraged to bathe by her father, introducing an aquarium full of sea creatures into her bath water. From one sea turtle to 10 octopi, Leanne’s tub is soon overflowing, and she heads for the ocean instead.

One of the most charming features of this book is the illustrations by Quebec City artist Anne-Claire Delisle. With bold colours and humorous expressions, each page is a new delight.

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In another intriguing book by Pajama Press for two- to six-year-olds, Sky Pig by Nova Scotia teacher and writer Jan L. Coates (32 pages, $20, hardcover) celebrates perseverance by anyone with an impossible dream. How do you make a pig fly? With a kite? With umbrellas? Homemade wings? Pick up the book to find out.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/4/2016 (1155 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Going for a Sea Bath by Quebec author Andrée Poulin (Pajama Press, 32 pages, $18, hardcover) is a delightful romp for youngest readers. Translated from French by Erin Woods, Leanne is encouraged to bathe by her father, introducing an aquarium full of sea creatures into her bath water. From one sea turtle to 10 octopi, Leanne’s tub is soon overflowing, and she heads for the ocean instead.

One of the most charming features of this book is the illustrations by Quebec City artist Anne-Claire Delisle. With bold colours and humorous expressions, each page is a new delight.

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In another intriguing book by Pajama Press for two- to six-year-olds, Sky Pig by Nova Scotia teacher and writer Jan L. Coates (32 pages, $20, hardcover) celebrates perseverance by anyone with an impossible dream. How do you make a pig fly? With a kite? With umbrellas? Homemade wings? Pick up the book to find out.

The illustrations here are spectacular. "Rendered with plasticine, polymer clay, paper collage, milkweed fluff, watch gears and other doodads," says Oakville, Ont., artist Suzanne Del Rizzo in the book, they give pages a three-dimensional effect.

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With an irrepressible heroine whose 10-year-old friend Beverley is clever, funny and compassionate, readers ages seven to 10 will love Kabungo by Regina author Rolli (Groundwood, 173 pages, $15, hardcover).

When Beverley meets Kabungo she is living in a cave on Main Street. Beverley tries to introduce her cave-girl friend to modern customs such as knives and forks, reading and Halloween. But Kabungo’s unpredictable, and her reactions are often negative and always hilarious.

This also a story about friendship — no matter what misunderstandings happen, Kabungo and Beverley always make up. The black and white drawings by Milo Pavlovic, a widely published graphic artist living in Toronto, enliven the humorous text.

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The Hill by Karen Bass (Pajama Press, 256 pages, $15, paperback) appears at first to be simply a survival story. A plane crashes into a northern lake; the only passenger, 15-year-old Jared, survives the crash but the pilot is injured and unconscious. When he meets Kyle, a 15-year-old Cree boy, Jared discovers he’s in a different world — one without cellphones, emergency services or pretensions.

It’s after Jared insists on climbing a forbidden hill that things change, as Bass introduces indigenous spirituality and mythology. The boys are pursued by Wihtiko, a man-eating mythical beast, and helped by Wesakechak, a good spirit in the shape of a whiskey jack.

Jared seems a little too arrogant (pointing out the brand of his runners), and Kyle a bit too knowledgeable for someone living far from urban life. But there’s plenty of suspense and action here from this Alberta author.

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Will to Survive (Penguin, 320 pages, $21, hardcover) is the third book in Eric Walters’ The Rule of 3 series. It’s in a post-apocalyptic state rendered immobile by a universal power failure, where Adam Daley, 15, takes desperate measures to protect the neighbourhood that stands between him and the insanity of the outer world.

Some plot elements seem unbelievable. Would a teenage pilot without a final licence be chosen to fly one of the neighbourhood’s two precious airplanes? How does it have an unlimited gas supply? The final solution is also suspect, as Adam has a convenient revelation that ensures his success. However, fans of action-adventure will enjoy this latest offering from this well-known Mississauga author.

Helen Norrie is a former teacher / librarian whose column appears on the third Saturday of the month.

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Updated on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 12:39 PM CDT: Tweaks wording.

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