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10 to Note: Fall Preview 2016


Here’s how these previews work:

  1. I look at all the books.
  2. I pick 10 that jump out to me.
  3. I share them with you.

Here we go – this batch will all arrive in September, October, and November.

Picture Books


A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet

October 3, 2016 | Eerdmans Books | Grades K-2

A sweet book with a dark end, I Want My Hat Back fans take note of this French import.


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The Fix-It Man by Susan Hood, illustrated by Arree Chung

November 8, 2016 | HarperCollins | Grades PreK-2

An excellent example of illustrations (which show step-by-step Rube Goldberg machines) taking a story about a tinkering tot to greater heights.

Early Reader



The Great Antonio by Elise Gravel

October 11, 2016 | TOON Books | Grades K-2

Elise Gravel tells the true (and unusual) story of Montreal strongman Antonio Barichievich with her customary verbal and visual wit.

Chapter Book


Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon

September 20, 2016 | Dial Books (Penguin) | Grades 1-3

What can I say? It is my duty to alert you when a new book in my favorite chapter book series arrives. If you haven’t read the previous two Dory books yet, get on with it already. They’re quirky and funny and capture childhood like few books can.

Middle Grade


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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

September 27, 2016 | HarperCollins | Grades 3-7

Here’s looking forward to reading this illustrated novel about a girl entering middle school and the panic that ensues.


The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

September 13, 2016 | Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) | Grades 1-5

The Newbery Medal winning Queen of Brevity is back. MacLachlan books pack a punch – emotionally charged and oh-so-efficient. This book, clocking in at 96 pages, looks to be more of the same.


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Mistakes That Worked : The World’s Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be by Charlotte Jones, illustrated by John Obrien

October 11, 2016 | Delacourt Books (Random House) | Grades 3-7

How many things have been invented while trying to invent something else? A whole lot. Potato chips, Silly Putty, Coca-Cola – this book takes us behind some of the most famous happy accidents of all time.

Graphic Novels

Short Con

The Short Con by Aleks Sennwald, illustrated by Pete Toms

November 15, 2016 | Alternative Comics | Grades 3-7

Sometimes I come across a book and I think “What is this???” (in a good way) and put it on this list. The cover alone made me do a double take. It’s about a girl who seeks out help to solve the mystery of her parents’ death. It’s been called “True Detective meets Encyclopedia Brown”. The author also writes for Adventure Time, so you know it’s not going to be conventional. You can check out the whole thing here.



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Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Phil McAndrew

November 1, 2016 | Viking Books (Random House) | Grades 3-7

A graphic novel written by Aaron Reynolds caught my eye, but it was the tagline of the book that sold me:


I’m predicting big laughs.


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The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing

September 13, 2016 | First Second (Macmillan) | Grades 3-7

Continuing the age-old battle between kids and monsters, this is the first book in a new middle grade graphic novel series.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.