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Circus Opposites

Circus Opposites
by Suse MacDonald
Simon and Schuster, Little Simon, 2010 Hardcover

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Shape By Shape

Shape by Shape
By Suse MacDonald
Simon and Schuster, Little Simon, 2009, Hardcover

This concept book is done in bright, cut-paper collage.
As readers turn the brightly colored, die-cut pages, shapes on each page come together to reveal a creature from long ago.
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Alphabet Animals

Alphabet Animals: A slide-and-peek adventure
By Suse MacDonald
Simon and Schuster, Little Simon, 2008, Hardcover

In this fun book animals – from an alligator to a zebra – are taking the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet. Each animal represents a different letter – but what could it be? To find the answer, children can pull out the pages to find the letter and the animal’s name. This book is simple enough for children to learn their ABC’s and expand their vocabulary while giving parents the visual treat of Suse MacDonald’s unique cut-paper, collage-style artwork.
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Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!

Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!
Counting Round and Round

By Suse MacDonald
Simon and Schuster, Little Simon, 2007 Hardcover

This is a counting book with a twist. Children will learn to count from one to ten with this inventive, collage-style novelty book. Sea Creatures develop and transform as you turn each page. The pages are die cut through out, and as they are turned, the die cuts accumulate on the left page of each spread to create a lively, vibrant scene.

And, as little ones reach the end of the book, they'll find that they can flip the book around and this time count down - from ten to one!
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A Was Once An Apple Pie

A Was Once An Apple Pie
By Suse MacDonald
Scholastic, Orchard Books, 2005 Hardcover

In this adaptation of Edward Lear’s rollicking alphabet poem, Suse MacDonald delights young readers with fun-to-read rhymes and bold, hand-painted, cut-paper illustrations.
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Here a Chick, Where a Chick?

Here A Chick, Where A Chick
By Suse MacDonald
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2004 Hardcover

Borrowing an idea form “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” Suse has created a lively barnyard menagerie. The illustrations are animated and humorous and done is a collage style. The text is a repeating question, “HERE A CHICK, WHERE A CHICK?” Lifting the flap, children find the answer: “No, not here a chick…Just one cat with a MEOW MEOW MEOW!” The next flap finds three geese, then one cow, followed by two mice and two pigs. All go in search of the missing chicks. The narrative and animal sounds invite participation.
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I See a Star

I See a Star
Written by Jean Marzollo Illustrated by Suse MacDonald
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2002 Hardcover

This simple story about a group of children getting ready for a Christmas Pageant is told entirely in rebus form. Bold, colorful graphics represent a question and a reply on the left-side pages; a picture on the facing page clearly illustrates the action. For example, the translated icons on one page read, "Can you see three kings? I see three kings." The accompanying picture shows three children donning their robes and crowns. This is a clear and repetitive tale for emerging readers.
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I Love You

I LOVE YOU a rebus poem
Written by Jean Marzollo Illustrated by Suse MacDonald
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 1999 Hardcover

"Every sock loves a shoe. Every ghost loves a boo. Every 1 loves a 2. And I love you."This book is a cozy love poem that is perfect for a child and parent to read together. The whimsical and upbeat tempo will make readers of even the youngest listeners. Suse's colorful illustrations make the rebus format a joyful sucess.
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Look Whooo's Counting

Look Whooo's Counting
By Suse MacDonald
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, Fall 2000 Hardcover

When Owl was young. She could not count. At twilight one day she learned. So begins the magical journey of Owl in her quest to learn to count. Souring through the moonlit night, she discovers numbers hidden in mice scurrying through the fields, in big-horned sheep climbing high up in the cliffs, in spiders weaving luminous webs and in ducks swimming in a pond. With vibrant cut-paper illustrations, this captivating introduction to counting invites young readers to seek out and find the hidden numbers so gently incorporated into each glorious scene. Here's a wonderful way to learn to count from one to ten!
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Elephants on Board
By Suse MacDonald
Harcourt Brace, 1999 Hardcover

A hilarious romp through a construction site full of big trucks with a bunch of fun-loving elephants is a sure formula for chaos, and lots of laughs. POP! Uh-oh. When the elephants' bus gets a flat tire on its way to the circus, it can only mean one thing - a lot of trouble and a heap of fun. The heavyweight show-stoppers have a big problem. But surely one of those big trucks can help get them to the circus on time. Or maybe not...
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Alphabatics
By Suse MacDonald
Bradbury Press, 1986

A bold and colorful picture book done in Suse’s unique graphic style. Under her inventive touch, the alphabet becomes more flexible as the letters limber up. After a few twists and stretches A becomes an arc, B swells into a balloon, C contorts until it’s a clown's mouth. Throughout the metamorphosis, the original letters remain recognizable to establish alphabet familiarity. Brilliant poster colors give emphasis to the individual letter and its energetic transformation. - winner of a 1987 Caldecott Honor. Available in hardcover and paperback.
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Puzzlers
By Suse MacDonald
Dial Books for Young Readers, l989

Offers a parade of playful animals, ranging from a wacky monkey to a strutting peacoock. These special animals are also made up of numbers. But a closer look reveals that each number, or group of numbers, has a unique characteristic that readers can uncover. On each double-page spread a series of boxes shows numbers acrobatically demonstrating what quality to look for: Can you find the widest number in the duck? How about the tallest number in the toucan? Each spread gives the reader a bit more of a challenge, ending in an animal that no one’s ever seen before! Paperback available from Suse MacDonald and Amazon.com.

   
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Sea Shapes
By Suse MacDonald
Harcourt Brace & Co. 1994

In this vibrantly colored picture book, basic shapes transform into a variety of sea creatures. A diamond multiplies and becomes the scales on a catfish’s back. An oval sprouts legs and emerges as an octopus floating among sea grasses. A spiral develops into a snail crawling along the ocean's floor. A glossary at the end of the book provides information about the sea creatures and their habitats. Available in hardcover and paperback.
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Nanta's Lion
A Search and Find Adventure
By Suse MacDonald
Morrow Jr. Books, 1995 Hardcover

Nanta is a young African Masai girl. Early one morning the men of her village leave to hunt a lion who has been stealing cattle. Nanta wants to see a lion for herself, so she sneaks out of the village. The reader joins Nanta as she finds a giraffe, two gazelles, and many other animals. She never finds the lion but an observant reader will.
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Numblers
By Suse MacDonald & Bill Oakes
Dial Books for Young Readers, l988

Presents a series of ten magical transformations using the numbers one to ten. A one shimmers and stretches to become a seal. A two bends, stretches, splits into two twos, and forms a graceful; swan. With each number, brilliantly colored paper collages animate this visually stunning sequence of changes. Young readers will delight in the sharp graphics and imaginative shapes as they count the number of parts in each picture. Paperback available from Suse MacDonald and Amazon.com.


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