13. THEO AND THE BLUE NOTE
by Peter Kuper (Viking).
Theo wants to play the saxophone, but no matter how much he practices, he can only play one blue note. One night, he looks out in his yard and sees a rocket ship! When he climbs aboard, he finds a jukebox, a theater, and a band of famous musicians. See how Theo and his blue note fit in perfectly with the group.
14. THE YEAR OF THE DOG
by Grace Lin (Little, Brown and Company).
It’s the Chinese Year of the Dog, which Pacy’s mom tells her is good for friends, family and finding herself. Pacy wonders what that means for herself - what should she be when she grows up? What are her special talents? What else is to come in the Year of the Dog?
15. PICKLE AND PENGUI by Lawrence David (Dutton).
Pickle is the only talking pickle in the entire world. He has his own TV talk show, but he’s lonely. On a trip to Antarctica, he meets Penguin, who is tired of the cold and ice. Pickle brings Penguin to his home in New York City, but the two friends lose each other! Will Pickle and Penguin be able to find each other in the big city?