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Review of the Day: Departure Time by Truus Matti

Departure Time By Truus Matti Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier namelos $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-60898-009-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Translated children’s novels have a tough row to hoe. In my experience as a children’s librarian I’ll often find that folks react to them in a variety of different ways. Sometimes they like them, but often they’ll […]

Review of the Day: Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Bink and Gollie By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3266-3 Ages 6-8 On shelves September 14th I eye Bink and Gollie across the room with a slow reptilian stare. I yell at it, “I refuse to be charmed by you!” I throw a shoe. Bink and Gollie, […]

Review of the Day – Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword By Barry Deutsch Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8422-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves November 1, 2010 “Yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl,” says the byline. Well seriously. How was I supposed to pass that up? I’d grabbed a copy of Hereville at an American Library […]

Review of the Day: Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Meanwhile By Jason Shiga Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8423-3 Ages 8 and up On shelves now Quantum physics, parallel worlds, probability, entropy. Yes it’s all in a day’s work for your average everyday choose your own adventure book. Now just substitute the words “average” and “everyday” in that previous sentence for “extraordinary” […]

Review of the Day: Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Big Red Lollipop By Rukhsana Khan Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-06287-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Yeah, I have a little sister. Have since I was six. And like most older siblings I had the usual older sis/younger sis relationship with her you might imagine. We older siblings […]

Review of the Day: Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson

Cats’ Night Out By Caroline Stutson Illustrated by J. Klassen Simon & Schuster (A Paula Wiseman Book) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-4005-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Cats that go out to dance at night. I know I’ve seen this trope done before, but it’s hard to remember where. I suppose The Alley Cat’s Meow by Kathi […]

Review of the Day: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

The Boneshaker By Kate Milford Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-547-24187-6 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 24th It seems that no successful book is an island. Or, to put it another way, no successful genre of book. In the children’s book world Harry Potter does well and suddenly […]

Review of the Day – Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz By Beverly Gherman Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6790-0 Ages 8 and up On shelves now. Sitting in the biography section of my children’s room are crisp, new, clean, pristine biographies of all sorts of people. Saints and sailors, presidents and queens, you name it. We got `em. […]

Review of the Day: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee By Philip C. Stead Illustrated by Erin E. Stead A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-402-8 On shelves now Ages 4-8 Sometimes children’s book reviewers bandy about the term “classic” like it was some kind of verbal shuttlecock. There’s nothing that raises the savvy readers’ eyebrows […]

Review of the Day – Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese

Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese By Colleen AF Venable Illustrated by Stephanie Yue Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $6.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-4598-5 Ages 4-10 On shelves now This book stars a guinea pig by the name of Sasspants. There. I’ve just told you everything you need to know to enjoy it. […]

Review of the Day – The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling By Maryrose Wood Illustrated by Jon Klassen Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-179105-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When you’re a parent or a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller who reads a lot of children’s books, you sometimes wish […]

Review of the Day – Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor

Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians series) By George O’Connor A Neal Porter Book First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-431-8 On shelves now. Girl walks into my library. I’m putting her age at around nine, maybe ten. Asks if I have any books on Ancient Greece. Turns out the kid is […]

Review of the Day: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic By Frank Cottrell Boyce Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-183683-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves January 19th Close your eyes. Lean back. Take a breath. Now think. Think about the books you read when you were a child. Think about the ones you loved. The ones you still think about […]