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Natterjack Toad Can't Believe It! 


Written by: Sean Taylor

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.

Publication date: June 06, 2024

Will Natterjack Toad EVER get to eat his cookies?

Or will he become a SNACK himself?

Do you have a favourite snack? One you've been thinking about all day, and just can't wait to tuck into? Well, our friend Natterjack Toad has a packet of delicious chocolate-chunk crunchy-munch cookies and he can't wait to tuck in. So, he gets himself all nice and comfortable, ready to savour every last chocolately bite – he reaches into the packet, he opens his mouth, and then ... Natterjack Toad can't believe it! Every time he tries to eat his cookies, there's something in the way: a lanky heron, a frisky-whiskered weasel, a scurrying vole – all on the lookout for a (toady) snack themselves. Will he ever be able to eat his chocolate-chunk crunchy-munch cookies in peace?

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Pugs Cause Traffic Jams 


Written by: Jennifer McGrath

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: KidsCan Press

Publication date: May 03, 2022

Mayhem abounds in this romp of a story about a girl's search for her missing dog - and about the dog who's just chasing a wild adventure!


A girl races all over town looking for her lost pug, Kirby. As she asks one dog owner in town after another if they've seen her missing pet, readers are treated to poetically succinct depictions of every dog breed the girl comes across in the neighbuorhood. It's a dog's world of fun all around! Who could resist falling in love with this pug? (Hint: no one!)


This delightful picture book with a strong focus on community is one that's sure to get children talking about dogs they have known, making it an easy jumping-off point for exploring animal traits and the unique characteristics of different dog breeds. It would also work well as a writing prompt for children to create their own descriptive dog or pet stories.

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How to High Tea with a Hyena

(And Not Get Eaten)  


Written by: Rachel Poliquin

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Tundra Books

Publication date:  April 05, 2022

Book Two in the Polite Predators series. 


Celeste is a cockroach, and everyone knows that cockroaches are survivors, so who better to give advice on surviving an encounter with a polite predator?


High teas are dainty meals with pretty teacups: you nibble tiny cakes, sip milky tea and chit-chat about not-so important things like why doughnuts have holes and if fish have eyebrows. But Ruby the hyena is loud, ferocious and tends to slobber. High-speed gobbling makes good sense in the wild, but it is a definite no-no in the tearoom! And Ruby just happens to be Queen of a very large clan of hungry hyenas. Will high tea be ruined by uninvited guests? Is Ruby peckish for something other than Celeste's famous cream buns?


Using her vast knowledge of hyenas, Celeste comes up with lots of strategies to get through high tea in one piece. Many of her suggestions are dangerous, most are absurd, but all are based on true hyena biology and hunting behavior.


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How to Promenade with a Python

(And Not Get Eaten)  


Written by: Rachel Poliquin

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Tundra Books

Publication date: February 2 2021


 Winner of the 2022-2023 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for English Nonfiction

Book One in the Polite Predators series. 


Celeste is a cockroach, and everyone knows that cockroaches are survivors, so who better to give advice on surviving an encounter with a polite predator?


Everyone also knows that taking a moonlit promenade with a deadly reticulated python (named Frank) is a very bad idea. But Celeste loves very bad ideas, and she is willing to put your life on the line to prove herself right! Need to stop a python from swallowing you head-first? Wear a lamp shade as a hat! Want to speed up a three-hundred-pound snake? Try roller skates! What's the perfect light snack for a python? A chicken! Using her superior pythonine knowledge, Celeste comes up with various strategies and solutions -- many dangerous, most absurd, but all based on the biology of pythons. Meanwhile, Frank is hatching his own plans.



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Grandude's Green Submarine 


Written by: Sir Paul McCartney

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Puffin Books

Publication date: October 05, 2021

Grandude’s inventions are the stuff of legend, and his new green submarine doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it flies as well as submerges! Grandude whisks the grandkids off on another adventure, but he and the Chillers soon find themselves in a pickle. Suddenly, it’s Nandude to the rescue! Nandude is an explorer as courageous as Grandude, with an amazing accordion-ship to boot! Between Grandude’s magic compass and Nandude’s magical music, everyone arrives home safely. But not before enjoying a parade, dancing rainforest animals, and a narrow escape from a grabby octopus. This tale is perfect for little explorers and Paul McCartney fans alike! 

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Hey Grandude!  


Written by: Paul McCartney

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Puffin UK / Random House Kids US

Publication date: September 2019

Awards:  #1 NYT Bestseller Children's Books in 2019



From Paul McCartney - an action-packed picture book adventure celebrating the fun grandparents and grandkids can get up to.


See the compass needle spin - let the magic fun begin!


Meet Grandude - a super-cool, intrepid-explorer grandfather with some amazing tricks up his sleeve...

Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. . .

Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches!


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You're In Good Paws


Written by: Maureen Fergus

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Tundra Books 

Publication date: September 10 2019

Awards: Selected for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 2020 


Slightly distracted parents accidentally take their son, Leo, to the animal hospital to get his tonsils out. 


When Leo arrives at the hospital, he is surprised to find it run by animals! A hilarious story featuring animals in human situations, perfect for fans of Zootopia and A Sick Day for Amos McGee.


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Life with My Family 


Written by: Renee Hooker &,‎ Karl Jones

Illustrated by: Kathryn Durst

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Publication date: October 16, 2018

Picture Book


Join in the fun as a young girl imagines her family as a pandemonium of parrots, a swarm of bees, a smack of jellyfish, a wisdom of wombats, and more!

When a young girl gets frustrated with her chaotic life at home, she imagines what things would be like if her family were animals instead. Would life be better as a pod of pelicans, a pride of lions, or a herd of buffalo? Or is it ultimately a family of humans that she needs? In this beautifully illustrated book, young readers learn the names for groups of animals through a sweet, whimsical narrative that focuses on the importance of family.

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