1. Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?
By David Levinthal, illustrated by John Nickle. $17.99.
Fairy tales get a true-crime twist in a clever collection of whodunits starring an amphibian detective channeling Sam Spade.
2. Otter and Odder: A Love Story
By James Howe, illustrated by Chris Raschka. $14.
Otter is looking for a meal and instead finds love. This mustelid-meets-fish romance is a charming tale of love against the odds. Grades K–2.
By Birgitta Sif. $16.99.
Oliver is “a bit different”—and when an errant ball sends him through wild jungles and over rivers and mountains, he meets someone else who’s just a bit different, too.
4. Vordak the Incomprehensible: Double Trouble
By Scott Seegert, illustrated by John Martin. $13.99.
A wink-wink tone runs joyously through this sort-of graphic novel about a villain and his good-guy doppelgÃ¤nger.
5. The Land of Neverbelieve
By Norman Messenger. $17.99.
This “guidebook” documents the fantastical flora (a pasta tree), fauna (an eel that ties itself in knots), and landscape of the island of Neverbelieve.
6. The Creature From the Seventh Grade
By Bob Balaban, illustrated by Andy Rash. $15.99.
“I was the littlest nerd in my class. Now I’m the biggest.” Charlie Drinkwater has turned into a giant sea creature (one way to cope).
7. In a Glass Grimmly
By Adam Gidwitz. $16.99.
Jack and Jill do way more than go up a hill in this frightful journey that takes them through the landscape of Grimm and Andersen. Narrated by Grimm’s lovelorn frog.
8. Darwen Arkwright & the Insidious Bleck
By A. J. Hartley, illustrated by Emily Osborne. $16.99.
This book finds our hero in Costa Rica battling a tentacled creature—and he doesn’t know whom he can trust.
9. This Is Not My Hat
By Jon Klassen. $15.99.
A felonious small fish, a resolute big fish, a two-faced crab, and a coveted hat—Klassen makes magic in a few expressive illustrations and pithy sentences. Grades preK–2.
10. Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies
By William Joyce, illustrated by Lauren Rille. $14.99.
This tooth fairy is a fierce warrior whose collection of teeth holds deep memories and protection. Third in a series. Grades 4–6.