What's New for Spring 2017?

Disney Beauty and the Beast Grand Romance: Belle and the Beast share a deep bond - and a romantic dance - that brings them close together. But will it be enough to break the spell and return the Beast back to his former self? This set features Belle in a dress inspired by her stunning ball gown, and the Beast in his ballroom attire. Purchase at Toys“R”Us or visit toysrus.ca.

Edwin™ the Smart Duck™: A lovable sidekick for parents of preschoolers, toddlers, and newborns, Edwin is the world’s first Smart Duck: an app-connected toy with personality. Innovative, exclusive SQUACK™ Technology enables Edwin to control animated Edwin within the app through taps, turns, and twists. You can also listen to music and movies through his BLUETOOTH® wireless enabled speaker. Included in the app are interactive stories, songs, and games; a lullaby to stream through Edwin; and by giving his wing a firm tap, he provides a soft glowing night light! Edwin’s iOS Bath Time App allows you to take the temperature of your child’s bath water. Purchase at edwintheduck.com.

Feisty Pets™: These cute and cuddly plush animals turn deadly when just a squeeze of the head reveals their shifty eyes and sharp teeth! Choose from Sammy Suckerpunch (dog), Princess Pottymouth (cat), Grandmaster Funk (monkey), Marky Mischief (lion), Cuddles Von Rumblestrut (guinea pig), Glenda Glitterpoop (unicorn), Karl the Snarl (polar bear), or Sir Growls-a-Lot (bear). Hug with caution, as these are the bad boys of plush! Purchase at amazon.ca.

Wonder Crew® Dolls: Go anywhere. Be anything®. He’s an awesome sidekick and confidant who will go everywhere your child goes. There’s limitless action-packed, loving, imaginative times ahead! This 15” buddy has a smooth vinyl head, arms and legs, and a soft, huggable body! He comes with a superhero outfit, cape and mask, plus a matching cape and mask for your child because it’s “adventure through friendship!” Purchase at wondercrew.com.

Zing® Thumb Chucks: The newest and coolest skill toy for the ultimate finger rollin’ fun! Twirl, flip, and twist them around your fingers to perform awesome tricks. 2 high-bounce plastic ‘Chucks’ are connected with a ‘belt’ and fit right in your pocket. Kids can master a wide range of tricks. Thanks to the built-in motion-sensitive LED lights, the Chucks glow in the dark for the ultimate light show. The free Thumb Chucks app includes over 20 tutorials that teach users a variety of mind-blowing tricks. For more information, visit thumbchucks.toys. Purchase at Toys“R”Us, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, and Amazon.

BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) by Author Dav Pilkey: Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once in a while. Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime? Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.

Canada Year by Year by Author Elizabeth MacLeod: This tour of Canada’s fascinating history highlights a single milestone for every year from the country’s founding in 1867 up to its 150th Anniversary! Divided into 10 distinct eras, coverage ranges from politics, sports, business, and arts and culture, and includes significant events. The perfect read for young Canadian historians! Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.

Labyrinth by Author Théo Guignard: Explore worlds made of plants, giant skyscrapers, wild habitats, and futuristic cities in this book that asks you to trace your way through 14 magical mazes with things to spot along the way. Ideal for family time spent around a printed page. Each maze grows in complexity with every turn of the page! Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.

Underneath the Sidewalk by Author Claire Eamer: In rhythmic verse that begs to be read aloud, this book combines humor, joy, and just the right dose of spine-tingling fear as it explores the age-old childhood question of what would happen if you fell through the cracks in the sidewalk! Delight in this magical story of bravery, adventure, and friendship. Purchase at amazon.ca.

PARENTING AND REFERENCE BOOKS

Of This I’m Sure: A Memoir by Author Nadine Kenney Johnstone: Nadine and her husband begin trying for a baby without knowing how hard that road will become. Nadine soon faces the little-known horrors of IVF. In the difficult year that follows, anxiety and additional failed fertility treatments threaten her new marriage and mental state. By some saving grace, she eventually becomes pregnant naturally, but the horrors are not over: her son is diagnosed with potentially terminal kidney complications. Ultimately, Nadine learns that in an unpredictable life, the only thing she can be sure of is the healing power of hope. Purchase at amazon.ca.

Strong is the New Pretty - A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Author Kate Parker: A celebration, a catalog of spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it’s what’s inside you that counts, this book conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village that it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.

The Swiss Army Knife Book: 63 Outdoor Projects by Author Felix Immier: In this book, woodsman Felix reveals how you can build a comfortable camp in the wilderness using nothing more than a pocket knife! You can even grill a chicken on a self-made, water-driven skewer! This book is full of ideas for exciting and thrilling activities, suitable for families and teens, as well as adult explorers. For more information, visit Felix’s YouTube Channel, youtube.com/user/taschenmesserbuch. Purchase at amazon.ca.

 

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