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How Nanita Learned to Make Flan, by Campbell Geeslin, illustrated by Petra Mathers; Atheneum, $16 -- A poor shoemaker's daughter makes herself a pair of magical colored shoes that lead her far from home to be a kitchen slave for a ranchero in this charming, funny and original fairy tale complete with a recipe for flan. Mathers' colorful paintings are quite droll.

Jump Back, Honey, The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, $16.99 -- This lovely book includes 10 poems in standard English and four in dialect, including the beloved "Little Brown Baby," by the celebrated African-American poet who died in 1906 at the age of 34. Six African-American artists, including Ashley Bryan and Faith Ringgold, provide the beautiful illustrations in a mix of styles and share at the end their own memories of Dunbar's poems. -- Jean Westmoore


Beyond Recall, by Robert Goddard; Owl, $14 -- The New York Times says Cambridge University graduate Goddard, in this sophisticated thriller, "combines the expert suspense-manipulation skills of a Daphne du Maurier romance with those of a John le Carre thriller."

The Rip-Off and The Kill-Off, by Jim Thompson; Vintage Crime, $11 each -- Two winners by America's foremost practitioner of the extreme thriller. "Rip-Off" is screwball comedy of terrors; "Kill-Off" reconfigures the whodunit as a wickedly ingenious who'll-do-it. -- Ed Kelly

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