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Review of the Day – Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini by Aaron Frisch

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Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini By Aaron Frisch Illustrated by Gary Kelley Creative Editions $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-56846-200-4 Ages 9 and up On shelves now The picture book biographer is often a limited soul. If you are churning out biography after biography for a large company then I’m sure the job must [...]

Review of the Day – A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant

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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams By Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5302-8 Ages 4-9 On shelves now I always feel a little bit inadequate when I review a book of poetry or a book about a poet, even if it’s for kids. [...]

Review of the Day: Amandina by Sergio Ruzzier

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Amandina By Sergio Ruzzier Roaring Brook Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1596432369 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There is a very specific feeling you get from a picture book when the combination of text and image is pitch perfect. It’s a very hard thing to get, mind you. You might have a book where the words are [...]

Review of the Day: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley

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Snake and Lizard By Joy Cowley Illustrated by Gavin Bishop Kane/Miller $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-933605-83-8 Ages 6-10 On shelves now I appreciate children’s books that acknowledge the bloodthirsty nature of the wild. Oh now look what I’ve gone and done. With one little sentence I’ve given you the impression that the book I’m about to discuss [...]

Review of the Day: Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka By Jon Scieszka Viking (a Penguin imprint) $12.99 ISBN: 978-0670011384 Ages 9-12 On shelves now To adults that don’t normally wander through the shelves of children’s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast. You write a book about [...]

Review of the Day – Wombat and Fox: Tales of the City by Terry Denton

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Wombat and Fox: Tales of the City By Terry Denton Kane/Miller $13.95 ISBN: 978-1-933605-81-4 Ages 4-10 On shelves September 1st The old don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover rule. It gets me every time. Of course I judge books by their covers! I’m a children’s librarian with a particular kind of taste in titles. I know what I like and [...]

Review of the Day – King George: What Was His Problem? by Steve Sheinkin

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King George: What Was His Problem? Everything your schoolbooks didn’t tell you about The American Revolution By Steve Sheinkin Illustrated by Tim Robinson Flash Point (a Roaring Book Press imprint) $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-59643-319-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Children are taught history. They turn into teenagers and find out that much of what [...]

Review of the Day- Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things By Lenore Look Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Schwartz & Wade (imprint of Random House) $15.99 ISBN: 978- 0375839146 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Some people follow sports teams. Others follow the rise and fall of various celebrities. Children’s librarians, in contrast, are fans of children’s [...]

Review of the Day: Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse

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Brooklyn Bridge By Karen Hesse Feiwel and Friends $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-312-37886-8 Ages 12 and up On shelves September 2nd.  Yeah, I know.  Sorry ’bout that.  I’ve been trying to be better about doing books too far in advance but . . . I’m just so gosh-darned excited about this one. Cause Karen Hesse is back, [...]

Review of the Day: Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus

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Tadpole Rex By Kurt Cyrus Harcourt $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-15-205990-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Rhyming’s not easy. It’s not everyone in the world that can pull it off either. In fact, there have been so many picture books that rhyme and rhyme poorly that it has infected me. Now whenever I pick up a picture [...]

Review of the Day: Monster Blood Tattoo – The Foundling by D.M. Cornish

Monster Blood Tattoo – Book One: Foundling By D.M. Cornish G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin imprint) $18.99 ISBN: 0-399-24638-X Ages 11 and up On shelves now By this point I think the nation’s readers of children’s fantasy novels have hit a kind of boredom plateau. You get a new fantasy on your desk and you have [...]

Review of the Day: A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

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A Visitor for Bear By Bonny Becker Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-2807-9 Ages 5-9 On shelves now Cute is hard. Picture book cute, that is. A lot of people might disagree with that, but I’m going to make a case here. There’s a perception out there that if you slap [...]

Review of the Day: Monkey with a Tool Belt

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Monkey with a Tool Belt By Chris Monroe Carolrhoda Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-0822576310 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Reasons To Read the Book Monkey with a Tool Belt: #1: It is named Monkey with a Tool Belt. #2: It features a monkey by the name of Chico Bon Bon. #3: And yes, it’s brilliant, funny, [...]

Review of the Day: Jellaby by Kean Soo

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Jellaby (Vol. 1) Kean Soo Hyperion $9.99 ISBN: 978-142310303-5 Ages 8 and up On shelves now You ever been in love? I don’t mean the passing fancy of a crush or the slight flutter you feel when you’re fifteen and desperately trying NOT to make eye contact with the object of your affection. I’m talking [...]