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Children's Bestsellers

Los Angeles Times List For May 11, 2003

May 11, 2003

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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*--* 1 How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, $15.95) Sniffly dinosaurs misbehave when their moms and dads take them to see the doctor. Ages 4-8

2 The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (Scholastic, $16.95) Two brothers run away from their aunt and arrive in Venice, where they take up with a band of young thieves led by a skillful young boy. Ages 9-12

3 My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Millbrook, $15.95) Mouse remains a friend of the energetic Rabbit, even though Rabbit's antics always lead to trouble. Ages 4-8

4 How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (Scholastic: $15.95) Good little dinosaurs teach youngsters how to go to bed when Mommy and Daddy say so. Ages 4-8

5 One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis and Susan Kathleen Hartung (Viking, $15.99) Learning to count in a Japanese temple garden. Ages 4-8

6 Dora's Easter Basket by Sarah Willson (Simon Spotlight, $5.99) Dora and Boots are on an Easter egg hunt, but Swiper just might spoil their fun. Ages infant and up

7 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $8.95) A pair of thrift-shop jeans gets passed among four girlfriends during their summer break as each faces adventures. Ages 12 and up

8 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (HarperTrophy: $9.95) The comic story of the orphaned Baudelaire children, who go to live with a creepy relative who's out to get their inheritance. Ages 9-12

9 The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins, $14.89) On the run from Count Olaf, the Baudelaire children wear disguises and hide at a creepy carnival. Ages 10 and up

10 Holes by Louis Sachar (Yearling: $5.99 paper) In the Texas desert, a boy in a juvenile detention camp is forced to dig holes in search of a Wild West outlaw's hidden treasure. Ages 9-12

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