New for fall

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

After more than 40 years, the classic game of Operation has been reinvented to introduce even more fun and laughter into the O.R. The exciting update to the classic Operation game promises to keep the laughter even louder than the hilarious noises of the Funatomy parts, which include Burp Bubbles, Ringing in the Ears, Bird Brained and Toxic Gas. Kids will love the new multi-sensory features, including squishy parts and silly sounds. Available this fall at mass merchandise retailers nationwide for $14.99. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Covering topics as varied as volcanology, paleontology, geology, and cosmology, The Encyclopedia of Earth is divided into six parts that are designed for either browsing or in-depth study:

BIRTH gives an overview of Earth's 4.6-billion-year history, including the evolution of life.

FIRE explains the inner workings of our dynamic planet, its structure, and the tectonic forces that have molded its landscape.

LAND surveys rocks, minerals, and habitats.

AIR covers weather, including extreme weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

WATER tours the oceans, rivers, and lakes of the world.

HUMANS provides a compelling portrait of our relationship with Earth and of how the natural world has shaped social and political developments.

This gorgeous book, by Michael Allaby, Robert Coenraads, Stephen Hutchinson, Karen McGhee, John O'Bryne and Ken Rubin is available for $39.95 and includes over 1700 color illustrations, 1000 maps and 208 pages.

Available at the end of September at bookstores, or books/pages/11061.php.

What began as a bedtime story for banker Kenneth Grahame's young son, Alistair, eventually became one of the world's most loved children's classics after its publication 100 years ago.

Originally published in 1908, this magnificent new edition of The Wind in the Willows (Palazzo Editions, September 2008, ages 7 and up) by Kenneth Grahame brings this charming adventure to life and is accompanied by more than 70 new illustrations from award-winning artist, Robert Ingpen.

In The Wind in the Willows, Mole, Water Rat, Badger and the mischievous Toad live a quiet life on the banks of the River Thames with the rest of their animal friends. But Toad tends to get into trouble and his passion for cars eventually results in his being caught and kept a helpless prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded castle in all the land. Dressed as a washerwoman--and with some help from his friends--Toad manages to escape the castle and begins his journey home to Toad Hall.

$19.95 in bookstores everywhere or online at

Let the wild rumpus begin anew as Maurice Sendak's beloved classic comes to rich, animated life for a new generation with Where The Wild Things Are ... And 5 More Stories , by Maurice Sendak, now on DVD.

The title tale, which has captured a prestigious Caldecott Medal and sold over 1.5 million books since it was originally published in 1963, is familiar to children and adults of all ages. Regarded as a landmark children's classic, it's the wildly imaginative story of Max, a young boy who misbehaves and is sent to his room without supper. There, he lets his imagination take him to a faraway place where, after donning a distinctive wolf costume, he befriends the strange, mythical creatures who inhabit the island. But, after a "wild rumpus" Max decides it's time to head back home, "where someone loved him best of all." Children will delight in following the narration in this beautifully animated version of Max's adventures. Other Sendak tales featured on the DVD include Pierre, One Was Johnnie, Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, and In the Night Kitchen, most of which have been bestowed with Caldecott Medals, Caldecott Honors and ALA Notable Book Awards. Available for $14.95. Ages 3 to 9.

We absolutely adore the book Mo Smells Red , by Margaret Hyde. The book guides young readers on an interactive journey along with the book's four-legged protagonist, Mo.

Mo Smells Red is a lyrical tale about a dog named Mo who sees colors with his nose. Inspired by Giacomini's real life rescue dog Mo, the illustrator expertly captures the mixed breed's sensitive, loving nature through her playful ink brush style. Hyde's poetic brand of storytelling brilliantly interprets a dog's monochromatic vision through its heightened sense of smell - experiencing a world of color not through his eyes, but through his nose.

Through innovative "Press-2-Smell" technology (not unlike the Scratch 'n' Sniff of our day), the book gives readers an opportunity to rediscover their own senses through an olfactory odyssey, including full color illustrations, that surprise and delight with the turn of each page. Mo Smells Red, the series' first installation is available online at, at, and at select national retailers this year.


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