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.
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.
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.