Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including an archeologically inspired fantasy, a picture book about caring for animals, a magical middle grade novel, and a new twist on a familiar fable.

The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang, trans. from the Chinese by Jeremy Tiang. Delacorte, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-553-52410-9. This YA fantasy adventure novel in translation follows 17-year-old Tianyi, kicked out of his home for eschewing college to dabble in supernatural nonsense, who is hired by a legendary archaeologist and an American millionaire for a big job.

The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein. Roaring Brook, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-505-8. In Gerstein’s latest picture book, a boy discovers an injured creature still alive, and gathers the courage to save it.

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris, illus. by Lissy Marlin. Little, Brown, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-316-39182-5. A handful of magic lessons are interspersed throughout this middle grade novel, which launches a fast-paced series in the vein of Pseudonymous Bosch and Lemony Snicket.

Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince, illus. by Steven Salerno. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30074-6. Prince (What Do Wheels Do All Day?) cleverly recasts the three bears as swashbuckling pirates in this alliterative picture book twist on Goldilocks.

My Lazy Cat by Christine Roussey. Abrams, $16.95; ISBN 978-1-4197-2602-6. A girl realizes that her “slacker” of a cat might be on to something, in a picture book aimed at overscheduled children and the adults in charge of those schedules.

Once There Was a Story: Tales from Around the World, Perfect for Sharing by Jane Yolen, illus. by Jane Dyer. SS/Wiseman, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-4169-7172-6. Writing in a warm, welcoming voice peppered with humor, Yolen retells more than 30 myths, fairy tales, and fables.

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