Kid-Lit Capers

An edible sky, a talking dog and other delights for young imaginations

THE FORTUNE-TELLERS by Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Dutton; $15). In Cameroon a young carpenter consults the town fortune- teller. "You're going to pay me a nice fee," the seer predicts. What he doesn't foresee is that the laborer will end up as the town fortune-teller. This ingenious adventure suggests the magic of the Arabian Nights.

OSCAR DE MEJO'S ABC (HarperCollins; $17). Year after year, the alphabet book is reinterpreted for new readers. This year's freshest version is a series of 26 deceptively simple paintings that celebrate scenes of Americana. B is for the Boston Tea Party; J is...

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