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By Wu Cheng'En. 2013
A Chinese Lord of the Rings and one of the all-time great fantasy novels--which Neil Gaiman has said "is in the DNA…of 1.5 billion people"--now in a thrilling new one-volume translationA Penguin Classics HardcoverA shape-shifting trickster on a kung-fu quest for eternal life, Monkey King is one of the most memorable superheroes in world literature. High-spirited and omni-talented, he amasses dazzling weapons and skills on his journey to immortality: a gold-hooped staff that can grow as tall as the sky and shrink to the size of a needle; the ability to travel 108,000 miles in a single somersault. A master of subterfuge, he can transform himself into whomever or whatever he chooses and turn each of his body's 84,000 hairs into an army of clones. But his penchant for mischief repeatedly gets him into trouble, and when he raids Heaven's Orchard of Immortal Peaches and gorges himself on the elixirs of the gods, the Buddha pins him beneath a mountain, freeing him only five hundred years later for a chance to redeem himself: He is to protect the pious monk Tripitaka on his fourteen-year journey to India in search of precious Buddhist sutras that will bring enlightenment to the Chinese empire.Joined by two other fallen immortals--Pigsy, a rice-loving pig able to fly with its ears, and Sandy, a depressive man-eating river-sand monster--Monkey King undergoes eighty-one trials, doing battle with Red Boy, Princess Jade-Face, the Monstress Dowager, and all manner of dragons, ogres, wizards, and femmes fatales, navigating the perils of Fire-Cloud Cave, the River of Flowing Sand, the Water-Crystal Palace, and Casserole Mountain, and being serially captured, lacquered, sautéed, steamed, and liquefied, but always hatching an ingenious plan to get himself and his fellow pilgrims out of their latest jam.Monkey King: Journey to the West is at once a rollicking adventure, a comic satire of Chinese bureaucracy, and a spring of spiritual insight. With this new translation, the irrepressible rogue hero of one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature has the potential to vault, with his signature cloud-somersault and unerring sense for fun, into the hearts of millions of Americans.
By Daisy Meadows. 2022
Join Rachel and Kirsty as they meet Carmen the Cheerleading fairy and help her to save the Cove City cheerleading…competition!When Kirsty takes part in the Cover City cheerleading competition, everything goes wrong! Cheerleaders forget how to work together, lose their confidence and don't practice their routines safely. Jack Frost has stolen Carmen the Cheerleading Fairies magical objects and caused all this mayhem! Can Rachel and Kirsty help Carmen to get her magical objects back before the competition is ruined? 'These stories are magic; they turn children into readers!' ReadingZone.comIf you like Rainbow Magic, check out Daisy Meadows' other series: Magic Animal Friends and Unicorn Magic!
By Shawna J. Tenney. 2016
Brunhilda the witch loves making trouble. Each morning, she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, puts on…her ugliest dress, eats spider mush for breakfast, and brushes her teeth with candy. Then she looks in the mirror and happily observes, "You are utterly repulsive!” As soon as she leaves the house, she begins to spread her misery. No one is safe from her rainy-day spells or her wart-growing charms!But one night, Brunhilda’s cat makes trouble instead.When Brunhilda wakes up that next morning, she is on the right side of the bed. All she can find to wear is a fluffy pink ball gown. And her spider mush is replaced with oatmeal; her candy replaced by toothpaste! The day has gone completely backwards. What will happen when Brunhilda casts her all-time favorite misery-inducing spells?This is a silly story about how sometimes being nice can be more rewarding than being mean. Brunhilda may decide to keep some of her warts in the end, but she’s a changed witch. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed just doesn’t work for her anymore.A picture book for 3 to 6 year olds, this book teaches kids that being kind and nice to people actually makes you feel better than playing tricks and being mean. A good lesson for young children, teachers and parents will enjoy the message while kids will be enthralled with the bright, colorful illustrations and the silly, warty witch.Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers-picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
By Emily Martin, Mara Shaughnessy. 2013
Downpour is the enchanting story of a rainy day turned magical. A rainy day is usually the time to clomp…around in rubber boots and discover worms and puddles and other such rainy day things. But this is no ordinary rainy day. Embark on a journey of discovery as the rain begins to wash away the color from the bright red poppies in a field. Follow the color red on its journey, page after page, as it infuses myriad quirky and everyday objects with its bright cheerful hue: from the beaks of curious birds to the big wheel at the faraway fair. In a fresh, poetic style, with bright splashes of color on each page, this high contrast book will allow young readers to learn about color and build their vocabulary while stimulating their senses.
By Lisa Maggiore, Ross Felten. 2015
Don’t underestimate Ava just because she’s "cute” and wears "adorable glasses”--she’s really a fierce monster slayer. And when her beloved…Piggy is left in the dryer in the basement, Ava knows she’ll have to face the ferocious monsters lurking in the dark if she wants to rescue her favorite stuffed animal. So she puts on her brother’s superhero cape, grips his sword tight, puts on her pink rain boots and sparkly princess crown, and creeps downstairs. Not even the roar of the greenest and hairiest monster is going to stop this spunky girl. Even though she’s scared and the monsters smell terrible, Ava is determined to rescue Piggy. Ross Feltan’s brisk, sketch-like illustrations help bring energy and humor to this story of bravery and loyalty. Young readers will relate to Ava’s mission and delight in her victory over the monsters. Ava the Monster Slayer is sure to appeal to children worried about monsters in their own homes and kids devoted to their own stuffed animals.
By Jonathan Rosen. 2018
Twelve-year-old Devin Dexter has a problem. Well, actually, many of them. His cousin, Tommy, sees conspiracies behind every corner. And…Tommy thinks Devin’s new neighbor, Herb, is a warlock . . . but nobody believes him. Even Devin’s skeptical. But soon strange things start happening. Things like the hot new Christmas toy, the Cuddle Bunny, coming to life. That would be great, because, after all, who doesn’t love a cute bunny? But these aren’t the kind of bunnies you can cuddle with. These bunnies are dangerous. Devin and Tommy set out to prove Herb is a warlock and to stop the mob of bunnies, but will they have enough time before the whole town of Gravesend is overrun by the cutest little monsters ever? This is a very funny “scary” book for kids, in the same vein as the My Teacher books or Goosebumps.
Meet Lucy--twelve years old, missing her best friend, and just waiting for an adventure to come her way. When Lucy…discovers a mysterious package at her front door, she’s certain it’s meant for her. Never mind to whom it’s addressed. She unties the green string and tears open the simple brown paper to reveal a loom--a golden magic loom. The magic loom leads her to a dusty bookcase and through a secret passageway, into an enchanted world. This new world is filled with fantastic creatures, castles, and vast, colorful landscapes. Lucy quickly encounters several challenges that she can only overcome with the help of her loom. She’ll need to build a bridge, distract a giant beast, fly above an entire forest, and rescue a girl trapped in a castle. Lucy will have to use her imagination and a lot of creativity to come up with solutions that will work. She must focus on her mission and never give up, even when things seem impossible. This story rewards kindness and generosity, and emphasizes the importance of friendship and helping others. And for any young reader who loves the Rainbow Loom, this is a story to get them excited about reading, too! Discover a new adventure series with Rainbow Looms!
By Kate Ormand. 2017
Shifters are unknown to the human world, with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters…capture and kill. Some shifters are taken to labs for testing—a place they will never leave—others are deemed useless, a danger to society, and are killed. Shifters travel in packs, constantly moving, and keep themselves hidden to avoid discovery.Horse shifter Flo now travels in a wild pack with what remains of the shape-shifter circus she once performed in. She, bear shifter Jett, and the others seek a new home—somewhere they can feel safe and protected—and a fresh start. As they grow closer to this goal, someone who betrayed them in the past returns to ruin their best hope of finding a secure future.With no memory of life before the circus, Flo, an orphan like the others, is unsure how to live in this new world. But then she’s presented with news: one of her relatives is alive. The discovery comes at a cost, but Flo and her friends will do anything to rescue family, even if it means facing the hunters again.
By Terry Jones, Richard Fairgray, Tara Black. 2017
The day the Turner family gets their very own monster is a momentous event in the neighborhood. Everyone gathers for…the occasion. The monster can roar louder than a lion, leap down the stairs better than any Slinky, and eat grass so no one needs to mow. Based on the Turners’ experience, investing in a monster seems like a great idea!Except, the monster that shows up isn’t the monster they ordered at all. Their monster likes to pull pranks and paint murals, and when he eats grass, he gets gas! He isn’t a good baker and he smells! Will the family return their defective monster? Or will the monster find a way to win their love?That’s Not the Monster We Ordered is a fun twist on household pets but full of enough silly antics to warrant rereads. As in Gorillas in Our Midst and My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur, Fairgray and Jones have blended imagination into the real world, creating an entertaining story everyone will enjoy.Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers-picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
By Jane Hillenbrand. 2018
Mole has a new shovel and he is digging for buried treasure. But what he finds are treasures for everyone…else! He finds a stick and gives it to Bird for his nest. He finds a shell and gives it to Snail for a home. An acorn he gives to Squirrel for his dinner. Finally, he finds a treasure for himself, a friend. For grades 2-4
By Olivia Brook. 2022
A brand-new fairy school series about helping animals and looking after nature, from the home of Rainbow Magic!Poppy Merrymoss is…so excited to start at Oakwings Academy, a beautiful fairy school in the trunk of an old oak tree. There she'll learn about all the different types of magic that fairies use to help nature, and she'll discover what type of fairy she'll be when she grows up! But when evil Lady Nightshade puts a curse on the forest, stopping the adult fairies from making the magic seeds that create fairy dust, it's up to Poppy and her friends to save the forest! Can Poppy and her friends Ninad Cleardrop and Rose Seedpip stop Lady Nightshade and rescue a little lost otter?Look out for Poppy Merrymoss's next adventure, Fairy Forest School: Baby Bunny Magic.
By Elise Gravel. 2020
By Lucy A. McLaren. 2022
The Kingdom of Septima is ruled in all but name by the Commune, a ruthless cult that seeks control of…an ancient power that has taken root in unsuspecting children in Septima. To maintain their hold on the kingdom, the Commune will stop at nothing to capture children who show signs of this power, to be weaponised or eliminated. 18-year-old Evelyn Folksman is in hiding. Taken in by a tavern-owner, she is haunted by the horrific events that drove her from her home years before. Evelyn is forced to face her past when two wayward children, Raif and Rose Huntsman, arrive at the tavern, pursued by Commune soldiers. The children fall under Evelyn's reluctant care as the trio narrowly escape a raid. Relentlessly hunted by Commander Jonah Sulemon and Commune agent Lord Eirik Torrant, Evelyn and Raif cannot fathom why they pose such a threat to the Commune, until six-year-old Rose unwittingly reveals a terrible secret: she possesses powers more fearsome than any the Commune has unearthed in decades. There are only two options: to be captured and imprisoned, or to run for the rest of their lives. They hurtle feverishly through the countryside, barely evading Commune attacks, and inadvertently finding themselves in the middle of a growing rebellion against the Commune's oppressive regime. Evelyn, Raif, and Rose must learn who to trust and who to fight as they evade the deadly grasp of the Commune in the first chapter of this exciting new trilogy...
By Willow Evans. 2022
Filled with magic, friendship and fun, this is a charming story about joining in and always trying your very best.…Mason is a little worried about the Big Summer Sports Day. What if he trips and falls? What if he loses at everything? But Gran has just the thing to help him find the confidence to join in... magical laces!Before they can work their magic, Mason must learn to tie them himself. With the help of his favourite toy, Billy Bunny, he learns to tie his laces, and is soon ready to win some races!But will the laces REALLY help him to win on sports day? Or will they help him to realise that there's more to sports than winning?Sure to get little ones wiggling, shimmying, bouncing and balancing... and tying their own laces!Includes a step-by-step guide to tying your shoelaces.
By Jon-Erik Lappano, Byron Eggenschwiler. 2021