Parents need to know that Elise Parsley's "If Your Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!" is a silly picture book that offers readers a warning directly from its young narrator, Magnolia, not to make the mistake she did, which landed her in the principal's office. The art is hilarious and captures not only the mayhem the alligator causes in the classroom when Magnolia brings him in for show-and-tell, but also the changing emotions on the faces of the teachers, students, and toothy green beast as the day goes on. A rollicking read-aloud that's accessible for preschoolers, but kindergartners and grade school kids will more easily relate to the classroom setting and threat of being sent to the principal's office.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" told a tale of a young girl growing up with the issue of racism as a side story. However, Harper Lee changes things up in "Go Set a Watchman," as she combines prejudice with the tale of a young woman trying to find herself into the main plot.
Sales dropped sharply for Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" in its second week of publication. But it remained the best-selling book in the country for the week ending July 26, according to Nielsen BookScan.
When Laura Lee Huttenbach decided to backpack up the eastern coast of Africa, from Johannesburg to Cairo, she was only 23 years old, fresh off a year of teaching English in Brazil and hoping for adventure on a budget. She never expected to meet a freedom fighter-turned-tea farmer along the way, never expected a great-grandfather from a vastly different culture to forever change her life.
On Friday, "Paper Towns" premiered in theaters. In it, a teenage boy (played by Nat Wolff) goes on a road trip to find popular girl Margo (Cara Delevingne), who mysteriously disappears with only a few cryptic clues as to where she's gone. It's based on the YA novel by John Green, who also wrote the book that spawned last year's hit "The Fault in Our Stars."
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