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OLIVIA Written and illustrated by Ian Falconer Simon & Schuster Unpaged, $16 Ages 3-7

IT'S RAINING PIGS & NOODLES: By Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by James Stevenson Greenwillow Books 160 pp., $17.95 Ages 5 and up

MADLENKA Written and illustrated by Peter Sis Farrar, Straus & Giroux Unpaged, $17 Ages 4-8

MOO in the morning By Barbara Maitland Illustrated by Andrew Kulman Farrar, Straus & Giroux Unpaged, $16 Ages 4-8

THE HIGH-RISE PRIVATE EYES By Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Greenwillow Books 48 pp., $14.95 ea. Ages 6 and up

MESSENGER, MESSENGER By Robert Burleigh Illustrated by Barry Root Simon & Schuster Unpaged, $16 Ages 5-7

AUTHOR TALK Edited by Leonard S. Marcus Simon & Schuster 104 pp., $22 Ages 8-12

A DINOSAUR NAMED SUE: THE STORY OF THE COLOSSAL FOSSIL By Pat Relf Scholastic 64 pp., $15.95 Ages 7-10

Everyone knows the latest Harry Potter book was the big hit this summer, but is it the only read in town? Far from it! Here are several late-summer arrivals that booksellers will be using to conjure up sales this fall.

Poetry

When kids feel silly, outrageous rhyming poems can be great companions. Poet Jack Prelutsky and illustrator James Stevenson have teamed up again to offer more camaraderie. It's Raining Pigs & Noodles is their fourth volume of funny, clever, and just plain goofy verse. More than 100 poems address topics high on every child's interest meter: pets, siblings, chores, and yucky food. Prelutsky is at his best with puns, and they are tucked in all over the place. Here's a sample from "Is Traffic Jam Delectable?": "I dive into a car pool,/ where I take an onion dip,/ then stand aboard the tape deck/ and sail my penmanship." Stevenson's squiggly, cartoony pen-and-ink illustrations are a welcome and whimsical addition to every page.

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