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Review of the Day: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Clarion Books (a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-12493-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now If the helicopter parents don’t smother `em then the death of recess by test-minded schools will. Kids today have a heck of a time playing like they used […]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring 2012)

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Granted we are currently IN the Spring of 2012 so this is probably less of a preview and more of a . . . uh . . . here and now discourse.  But by my reckoning Blue Apple Books is one of those smaller pubs that don’t get a lot of airplay next to the […]

Review of the Day: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate Illustrated by Patricia Castelao Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 9780-06-199225-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now All right, the topic is Famous Ape Books of Children’s Literature. And . . . go. Care to name any? Well there’s Curious George, of course (often mistakenly called a monkey in spite […]

Will You Be My Survey Monkey?

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Folks, I know I’ve said it before and then fallen through but this time I mean it.  Honest! Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, eat a something something pie (it’s been a long time since I was twelve).  The Top 100 Picture Books Poll was fun and the […]

Ballads Turned YA Novels

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So I’m sitting doing my blogging the other day while my husband was playing some good old-fashioned 60s tunes on the computer when “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry comes up.  I don’t know if you’re familiar with it or not but if you aren’t you can see what may well be the creepiest […]

Video Sunday: “Not after what those kids did to Pop.”

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Fun Fact: Remember that Re-Seussification Project I posted?  And how it happened to come out the day before the birthday of the good doctor himself?  Total coincidence.  I had no idea.  At the same time The Lorax has come out in theaters.  Know how I know?  Because every other minute there’s an ad on my […]

Fusenews: “whimsically apocalyptic”

As I’m sure many of you heard Jan Berenstain, half of The Berenstain Bears, passed away recently. The Gothamist called us up at NYPL and wondered if we had any Berenstain goodies in our collection. We don’t but we knew who did. You can read their obit here. The SLJ obit is also well worth […]

Review of the Day: John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland

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John Jensen Feels Different By Henrik Hovland Illustrated by Torill Kove Translated by Don Bartlett Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5399-8 For ages 4-8 On shelves now There is a lot to be said for a picture book book that is so unapologetically Norwegian that it ends up making you completely (not to […]

Re-Seussification Project: The Results

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It was kind of a kooky idea, I admit it.  I’ve seen plenty of sites where artists will reinterpret someone like Maurice Sendak in their own styles.  What I wanted was something a little different.  I wanted to see what would happen if great children’s book illustrators illustrated one another.  If a Lobel illustrated a […]