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Books for Young People fall preview: titles for play


Who doesn’t love a good bunny tale? In Timo’s Garden (Pajama Press, Sept.), the titular rabbit feels the pressure of making his flowerbeds look “just so” for the Great, Green Garden Tour. Victoria Allenby’s whimsical story features art by Dean Griffiths, including an illustrated glossary of flowers to inspire kids to go play in the dirt.

(illustration: Dean Griffiths)

(illustration: Dean Griffiths)

Willow Dawson merges her distinctive artistic style with an unusual story that combines science and lyrical prose in The Wolf-Birds (Owlkids, Sept.), which explores the symbiotic relationship between the two animals with unsentimental honesty.

Scaredy Squirrel creator Mélanie Watt takes a new neurotic hero through the five stages of grief in the quirky Bug in a Vacuum, coming from Tundra in August.

For those curious about the origins of everyone’s favourite hunny bear, HarperCollins Canada will release Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear in October. Author Lindsay Mattick is the great-granddaughter of the veterinarian who rescued Winnie and brought her to the London Zoo, where she enchanted A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin. Ivy & Bean illustrator Sophie Blackall provides the visuals.