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School’s out for the summer. But that doesn’t mean Captain Smartypants can’t hit the books. Between trips to the playground and ice cream shop, ramp up imaginations with quality story time. Get started with these 10 new picture books that are worth cracking open on even the sunniest of days.

The Mighty Lalouche

A postman in 19th-century Paris turns to boxing when his job is replaced by an electric car. The quirky story by Matthew Olshan and artful illustrations by Sophie Blackall are, in a word, magnifique. Available at amazon.com, $12.