BOOKS: WONDROUS RIDES

A CAT HEADS FOR THE BIG CITY, A CAROUSEL COMES TO LIFE, A HAYSTACK DWINDLES IN A NIFTY BATCH FOR KIDS

FROM THE WARM, EVERY-NIGHT reality of bed, the wild adventuring can go anywhere: to the fun of a long, jingly poem about a snooty cat, to the soaring fantasy of a ride through the night sky on carousel horses come alive, to the lovingly mapped realism of a Midwestern farm through a season of hay growing. A sampling of this season's best journeys for young readers and listeners:

1. CAT, YOU BETTER COME HOME, by Garrison Keillor, with paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Viking; $15.99), presents the sage of Lake Wobegon in bardic mode, with a talking blues for...

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