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COVID-19 fight update:
We are open for indoor sitting and sipping (and shopping, of course) with increased capacity allowance!
Congratulations and thanks to all of you who are fully vaccinated. This has made a big difference in the fight.
HOWEVER, the State of Illinois has been experiencing a surge in positive cases and hospital utilization. As of 30 August 2021, all patrons, whether fully vaccinated or not, and including children older than age 2 must cover nose and mouth when not seated and eating or drinking.
(If you must shout at your adjoining table, put your mask on!)
Please do not be offended when we ask you to have a mask. We will respect your decision to leave the premises if you do not want to "mask up" to help all of us stay safe and stay open.
Jack-o-lantern, candles, spider, treats, fall, skeleton, friends, laughing… introduce your little ones to the words of the Halloween season with cute characters, bright colours and playful scenes.
From pumpkin picking to dressing-up fun, and slime to eyeballs, this charming book introduces a range of different spooky scenes and objects. Along with the halloween items, each scene contains one feeling word and one action word to spot, such as excited and running—color-coded circles point them out. With a glitter-accented cover that adds visual and tactile interest, this fun book inspires a deeper knowledge of the world, introduces language skills, and supports emotional intelligence.
An original, contemporary take on teaching first words, the My World in 100 Words series of board books helps children ages 0–3 boost vocabulary, engage with the world around them, and become familiar with specific subjects. With bright, playful illustrations from Sophie Beer, each book explores a different theme, including starting kindergarten, the home and Christmas. With 10 words per page and variation between full scenes and visual lists, there’s plenty for children to look at and enjoy.
Other titles in the My World in 100 Words series: Christmas, Kindergarten, Home.
About the Author
Sophie Beer (née Blackhall-Cain) is an award-winning illustrator/author living in Brisbane, Australia. She completed a dual degree in Law and Creative Industries with distinction at Queensland University of Technology, but found the whole law thing unutterably dull and now works primarily in children's and editorial illustration. Reveling in color, shape, and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring. When she's not illustrating and writing, she thinks a lot about plants, animals, music, and books.
Happy Yak is a loveable new imprint for 0-7 year olds, perfect for small children with big personalities. Offering pre-school, picture books, and illustrated non-fiction, our purpose is to publish playful books that make you smile. All of our books are bright and accessible, with eye-catching design, contemporary illustration, and engaging, entertaining text.
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Based on the Book ...
We are always delighted when someone sees a movie in the book, because now, millions of more people know about the book! It might have been a great film or it might have been a total dud.
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