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If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond; A Laura Geringer Book (HarperCollins), $14.95 -- If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup, and then she'll want to take a bath, and then she'll want bubbles and a rubber ducky . . . and the list of demands goes on and on in yet another entertaining collaboration from Numeroff and Bond, who made a big hit with the identical format in "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "If You Give a Moose a Muffin."

Easter Parade, by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; Hyperion, 41 pages, $13.95 -- This charming child-friendly-size book, with photo-album type sepia illustrations, tells the poignant parallel stories of two little cousins, in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, making their own preparations for the big Easter parade during World War II.

-- Jean Westmoore

Hole in the Water, by Robert Kearney; Fawcett, $6.99 -- On a desolate island in Lake Superior, Gretchen begins to lay bare the sins hidden in the heart of her husband, Chuck. But is he an innocent man as he claims to be, or a coldhearted killer?

The Best Laid Plans, by Sidney Sheldon; Warner, $7.99 -- The author of clever plot twists as signatures, Sheldon delivers another in this story of a man fated to become the president of the United States. In the aftermath of a monstrous betrayal, his wife builds a media power dedicated to hubby's downfall. -- Ed Kelly