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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 4:49 pm | Updated: 5:00 pm, Mon Nov 4, 2013.

Remove any restraints — allow your imagination to run wild and free. Oh, the crazy tales and fun you’ll discover in Newsbee’s “Imagine That” books, all chosen because they cash in on creativity. At the hive we’ve realized that no idea is too far-fetched to pursue when it comes to writing. Explore all possibilities. Enjoy!

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Children don’t cater to veggies, much less pal around with them — except for a certain little gal in “Sophie’s Squash,” by Pat Zietlow Miller.

The antics begin when Sophie selects a squash at the Farmer’s Market. Her parents have plans to prepare it for supper, but Sophie has other ideas. She names it Bernice and treats it like a baby, cradling it in a little bed, and taking it for walks in a stroller. Sophie’s obsession eventually grates on her mom’s nerves, especially after months of aging — which is fine for wine, but a stinky enterprise for a squash.

Sophie faces some tough choices when Bernice starts to go all soft and squishy. She could part with a parsnip, but how can she possibly ditch a squash that’s near and dear to her heart?

In the most of unique ways, Sophie finally learns how to let go in a book about an unusual “pal-ship,” illustrated in bright autumn hues by Anne Wilsdorf.

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“Battle Bunny,” an early-reader-style picture book with an old-school look and dual narratives, will blow you out of the warren. But what do you expect from Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett—nothing but edgy fun with mass appeal to readers of all ages.

Meet Birthday Bunny, a.k.a “Battle Bunny,” a cute little creature celebrating his special day, but wait, what’s the deal? A culprit has crossed out words in the story, and turned the book into an attack-bunny adventure with penciled-in graffiti, doodles and drawings.

You can blame a certain little boy for the mayhem. He received the sweet version of the book for his birthday from Gran Gran and wanted to spice up the tale with a bit of action. Illustrator Matthew Myers does just that with artsy mayhem.

Two for the price of one is what you’ll get with “Battle Bunny,” a book to be read in the original text and then reread with the super hero additions. Either way, you’re in for a blast.

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Your neighbors think they’re a nuisance and your granddad probably does too. But not Kate DiCamillo. Her new book, “The Illuminated Adventures of Flora & Ulysses” features a squirrel and a girl who’s nuts about him, as well as being hooked on jaunty comic strip frames by K.G. Campbell.

Ulysses is a riotous rodent, a squirrel with superpowers he acquires after being sucked up by a vacuum sweeper. While not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Ulysses can fly like an eagle, lift fat cats with a paw behind his back, and write poetry that smacks of Emily Dickinson.

A good buddy is what Flora needs — someone who understands her because her romance-writer of a mom sure doesn’t. All she wants is for Flora to drop her comic book habit and be normal. When Ulysses lands in Flora’s life, tomfoolery ensues, hilarity with signature DiCamillo good messages, sprinkled with references to poetry and literature greats.

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