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Absolute Midnight

Clive Barker

Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $24.99, ages 13 and up

In the third installment of this lavish series, a teen girl is menaced by a powerful sorceress in a mystical fantasy world.

The Annotated Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie, edited with an introduction by Maria Tatar

W.W. Norton, $39.95, all ages

The tale of a forever youthful boy and his friends in a handsome edition edited by an authority on classic fairy tales.

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster, Leonard S. Marcus, illustrations by Jules Feiffer

Random House, $29.99, ages 8 and up

Illuminating notes, drafts, insights and background on the book's publication such as how Juster and Feiffer met as young neighbors in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Balloons Over Broadway

The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Melissa Sweet

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 4-8

Collage illustrations tell the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg and how his helium balloons would become the trademark of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Chanukah Lights

Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Robert Sabuda

Candlewick, $34.99, ages 5 and up

A pop-up book celebrating the Festival of Lights in a variety of settings — on a kibbutz, on a ship, in the desert and in the big city — from around the world.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

With Sounds and Music

Charles M. Schulz

R.P. Kids, $22.95, ages 4 and up

Here's the first prime-time TV outing of the Peanuts gang, in storybook form, along with interactive elements — music and character voices (including Linus' recitation from Luke's Gospel) — from that hit program.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book

Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Penguin, $29.99, ages 7 and up

The magical world of Willy Wonka includes golden tickets, gobstoppers and a river of chocolate, but does it have lickable wallpaper?

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite

Anna Harwell Celenza, Illustrated by Don Tate

Charlesbridge, $19.95, ages 6-9

Duke Ellington's band transforms the classical ballet into a cool-cat jazz number with Vegas glitz and Hollywood glamour. A CD recording of the Ellington/Billy Strayhorn composition is included.

The Great Global Puzzle Challenge With Google Earth

Clive Gifford, illustrated by William Ings

Kingfisher, $15.99, ages 8 and up

A puzzle hunt using Google Earth (with instructions on how to download the free program) that sends young readers on a search using coordinates to visit some of the most fascinating sights around the globe.

If You Give a Dog a Donut

Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Balzer & Bray, $16.99, ages 3-7

Numeroff continues her hit "If You Give …" series looking at the mischief caused by a pooch with a real sweet tooth.

In Search of Sasquatch

Kelly Milner Halls

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 9 and up

The author interviews cryptozoologists, linguistics experts, anthropologists to discover whether Bigfoot really does exist.

Inheritance

Christopher Paolini

Knopf Books for Young Readers, $27.99, ages 12 and up

The fate of Alagaësia rests on the shoulders of Eragon and his dragon, who must confront the evil Galbatorix in this concluding book in the "Inheritance" cycle.

A Little History of the World

Illustrated Edition

E.H. Gombrich

Yale University Press, $29.95, all ages

This edition of the author's popular history book for children is supplemented by art, maps and photographs illustrating the advances and conflicts of human history.

Never Forgotten Patricia C. McKissack, artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon Schwartz & Wade Books, $18.99, all ages An African blacksmith calls upon the powers of the earth, fire, water and wind to return his son, captured by slavers and taken far away. Neville Norton Juster, Illustrations by G. Brian Karas Random House, $17.99, ages 4 and up New to the neighborhood, a little boy finds a unique way to make friends. One Love Based on the Song by Bob Marley Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Chronicle, $16.99, ages 5-8 The first child of the late singer-songwriter recasts her father's hit song as a vivid message about community and sharing. The Phantom Tollbooth The 50th Anniversary Edition Norton Juster, illustrations by Jules Feiffer Alfred A. Knopf, $24, ages 8 and up The improbable adventure of Milo in the Lands Beyond comes with appreciative essays by Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman and others. Also in an annotated version ($29.99) from the same publisher. The Pied Piper of Hamelin Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark Candlewick, $16.99, ages 5 and up A retelling by the author of "War Horse" of the classic story of a town besieged by rats and the magical figure who solves the problem — and cures the town's other ills as well. Puff the Magic Dragon Pop-Up Book Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton with paintings by Eric Puybaret and paper engineering by Bruce Foster Sterling, $26.95 with CD, ages 6 and older The adventures of a classic song come to life in this storybook version with three-dimensional and interactive features. Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant Candlewick Press, $22.99, ages 14 and older A baker's dozen of stories set in gaslit, steam-powered worlds. Strega Nona's Gift Tomie dePaola Penquin, $16.99, ages 5-8 Share in the Italian holiday traditions such as the Feast of San Nicola, when the children choose the food, and the Feast of Epiphany. Tiger's Voyage A Novel Colleen Houck Splinter, $17.95, ages 12 and up The third book in the "Tiger's Curse" series has heroine Kelsey struggling to find a way to help her beloved Ren regain his memory — and remember her. The White Ballets Rajka Kupesic Tundra, $19.95, all ages Love and dance abound in a retelling of the classic white ballets "Giselle," "La Bayadère" and "Swan Lake." The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 1: Kevin, the Star Striker Joachim Masannek, illustrations by Jan Birck Sole Books, $12.95, ages 9 and up (also available: Books 2 and 3) When the Wild Bunch players find another team claiming their field, they challenge the squad to a soccer battle for rights to the field in a story taken from the author's experience as a soccer coach. Wonderstruck Brian Selznick Scholastic, $29.99, ages 9 and up From the author of "Hugo Cabret": two alternating stories, 50 years apart and both leading to the American Museum of Natural History.

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