Built to Last

By Emanuel Berger | April 25 2024 | Children'sBlog

Meet two friends who think they’re building imaginative worlds with blocks but come to realize they’ve been building something far greater–a sturdy, solid friendship–in this picturebook by award-winning creators.

Two kids build entire worlds out of blocks, cardboard, and imagination. From boats attacked by a sea creature to a castle crumbling into the ocean. And they don’t mind when these creations break apart and CRASH to the floor. In fact, they think it’s pretty funny! Every time, a creation falls apart, they pick up the pieces and keep building bigger and better.

But when their latest masterpiece tumbles down in spectacular fashion, the boys aren’t laughing anymore. Have these two friends reached their breaking point?

Playful text by wordsmith Minh Le and dazzling illustrations by artisan Dan Santat showcase their close collaboration in their latest picturebook. As merry as it is moving, here is a story that recognizes the friendships in life that are truly built to last.

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Built to Last
978-0-593-56917-7
Meet two friends who think they're building imaginative worlds with blocks but come to realize they've been building something far greater--a sturdy, solid friendship--in this picturebook by award-winning creators.
$18.99 US
Apr 30, 2024
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

The Three Ninja Pigs
978-0-399-25514-4
Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale. Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren't going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons—he'll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu—he'll chop that guy to pieces! But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren't quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA! Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that'll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat's spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch!
$18.99 US
Sep 27, 2012
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years

Ninja Red Riding Hood
978-0-399-16354-8
Can a ninja-fied Little Red Riding Hood end with everyone happy? Find out in this fractured fairy tale that's sure to be a storytime hit.Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal. His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?Not if Little Red has anything to say about it! Kiya!Kids will be sure to fight over this companion to the hits The Three Ninja Pigs and Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks!
$18.99 US
Jul 10, 2014
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years

A New Day
978-0-525-55424-0
This big-hearted story of kindness—reminiscent of The Day the Crayons Quit—is written by the bestselling author of Ordinary People Change the World and illustrated by the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Beekle.
$17.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
9 x 11
Hardcover
48 Pages
Rocky Pond Books
Age 3-5 years

Dad and the Dinosaur
978-0-399-24353-0
A Caldecott-winning illustrator and Newbery-Honor author team up to tell the story of a father and son who bond over bravery and fears.
$18.99 US
Mar 28, 2017
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks
978-0-399-17626-5
Get ready for these Kung POW Chickens! The team that brought you The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood is back with another rollicking fractured fairy tale
$18.99 US
May 24, 2016
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years

The Blur
978-0-593-37746-8
Meet a child with superhero-like abilities . . . and the parents who are racing to keep up with her in this sweetly funny picturebook about the blur of childhood, from the award-winning creators of Drawn Together.
$18.99 US
May 03, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years