It's "Kids Week" at McSweeney's. To show our love of young readers (and their parents!) we’re running special content on our website all week, from new humor to contests to behind-the-scenes interviews, while putting select children’s book bundles for sale on our store site.
  1. "Awake, Beautiful Child" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Gracia Lam (
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    Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal teams with McSweeney’s regular Gracia Lam to tell the sweet, simple story of a young child’s typical day—from morning to bedtime. Each scene is described in three-word “ABC” phrases, such as “Awake Beautiful Child.” Secret “ABC” scenes hidden throughout the artwork—as a secondary “seek and find” game of sorts—will encourage multiple readings and reward close-looking. An ideal read-aloud book to read just after waking or just before bed.
  2. "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray" by Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols (
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    In this book, fellow bridge-lovers Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols tell the story of how the Golden Gate Bridge was created—how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, and some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became, thanks to the vision and stick-to-itiveness of a few peculiar architects, one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created.
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    On a field trip to see famed privateer Francisco Ventana’s once-sunken ship, the Defiant, six kids from San Francisco’s Greenly School—a last-chance refuge for orphans, troublemakers, and misfits—find themselves stranded at the center of a storm unlike any other. By the time the clouds have cleared, and the strange pink flashes have faded from the sky, the Defiant is out on the open sea, San Francisco ablaze behind it. What follows is an adventure that will change the classmates’ lives forever.
  4. "The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon" by S.S. Taylor (
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    Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—the Expeditioners—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.
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    Alfred Crabtree has lost his false teeth, but he’ll find them if he can just get his things organized! Alfred’s world is cluttered with surprising objects. Some are very uncommon, and some are probably not where they ought to be. There are pencils and small yapping dogs. There’s a bottle of mustard, a plunger, a few fancy hats, and a group portrait of sea monsters. Join Alfred on a romp through his far too many possessions and you’ll end up learning more about him than he knows about himself.
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    We've buried twelve emerald-studded numbers—each handmade and one of a kind—in twelve holes across the United States. These treasures will belong to whoever digs them up first. The question: Where to dig? The only path to the answer: Solve the riddles of The Clock Without a Face!
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    Everyone in the broken-down town of Chelsea, Massachusetts, has a story too worn to repeat—from the girls who play the pass-out game just to feel like they’re somewhere else, to the packs of aimless teenage boys, to the old women from far away who left everything behind. But there’s one story they all still tell: the oldest and saddest but most hopeful story, the one about the girl who will be able to take their twisted world and straighten it out. The girl who will bring the magic.
  8. "Recipe" by Angela and Michaelanne Petrella (
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    Step aside, Mother—it’s Kristen’s turn to pick the recipe and make the dinner! There’s just one teensy problem: Kristen’s imagination is far more developed than her cooking skills. With ingredients ranging from 400 hot dogs and 20 bags of marshmallows to a sweatshirt and a water pistol, Recipe is the laugh-out-loud chronicle of just about everything that can go wrong in a kitchen.
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    In Matt Furie’s glorious debut, a nocturnal frog and rat awake at midnight, share a salad of lettuce and bugs, and strike out on an epic dirtbike adventure toward the sunrise. As the friends make their way from forest to bat cave to ghost town to ocean to shore and beyond, new friends are discovered, a huge crab is narrowly avoided, and a world is revealed.
  10. "29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy" by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown (
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    We are very curious about the Swinster Pharmacy. We stay up late every night wondering what sort of eerie secrets it contains. Why are there three styrofoam heads in the windows? Who is the owner? Is it really closed on weekends? Renowned investigator Lemony Snicket has compiled 29 myths about this bewildering establishment, in the vain hope that he could help us shine some light on this enduring mystery.