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Review of the Day: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making By Catherynne M. Valente Illustrations by Ana Juan Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-312-64961-6 On shelves now. Well devil if I know what to do with it. Never complain that you are bored, ladies and gentlemen. Say such a […]

Review of the Day: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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I Want My Hat Back By Jon Klassen Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5598-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 27th. I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by […]

Review of the Day: Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero By Marissa Moss Illustrated by John Hendrix Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-9735-6 Ages 6-12 On shelves now. If I want to depress myself on a given day I’ll compare the list of biographical subjects that kids in school are handed […]

Review of the Day: Lemonade by Bob Raczka

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Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Nancy Doniger Roaring Brook (a division of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-541-4 Ages 4-10 On shelves now. The lady from Manhattan would like to register a complaint. The lady from Manhattan is aware, perfectly aware, that there are plenty of fabulous children’s […]

Review of the Day: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

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Dead End in Norvelt By Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-37993-3 Ages 10-14 On shelves September 13, 2011 What makes Jack Gantos tick? It’s a question that haunts every book he writes, from the simplest Rotten Ralph to his own YA autobiography Hole in My Life. It’s a […]

Review of the Day: My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

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My Side of the Car By Kate Feiffer Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4405-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 26th. Reality is subjective. You learn this when you have children of your own. What may be glaringly obvious to a parent will pass right over a six-year-old’s head (and vice-versa). To a […]

Review of the Day: Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

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Blue Chicken By Deborah Freedman Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01293-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 15th Call it barnyard self-actualization. Too heavy an idea for a picture book? Fine. How about breaking down the barn’s fourth wall? Or nine barnyard characters in search of an illustrator? However you want to couch it, […]

Review of the Day: Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge

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Fly Trap By Frances Hardinge Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-088044-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 31, 2011 As I see it, reviewing a sequel is a peculiar enterprise. One can hardly review a book without suggesting to the reader that they read the previous novel as well. And in the rare case where the sequel […]

Review of the Day: Ice by Arthur Geisert

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Ice By Arthur Geisert Enchanted Lion Books $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-098-1 For ages 5 and up On shelves now Me and Arthur Geisert, Arthur Geisert and I . . . I wouldn’t say we’ve ever connected, exactly. Over the years I’ve had a hard time getting a grasp on his particular brand of picture book creation. […]

Review of the Day: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette By Jeanne Birdsall Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85851-2 Ages 7-12 On shelves May 10th When Jeanne Birdsall’s first middle grade novel The Penderwicks was published in 2005 it committed a crime. A crime shared, I might add, by books written by authors like Dr. Seuss, J.K. […]

Review of the Day: Press Here by Herve Tullet

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Press Here By Herve Tullet Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 30th When we talk about interactive picture books we’re usually talking about pop-up books or tactile books with fuzzy/bumpy details. When we talk about picture books that break down the fourth wall, we’re usually talking about titles that approach the […]

Review of the Day: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Harper Collins $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-196278-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Thinking about the most memorable of children’s novels, one trait in all of them has to ring true in order for them to click with their readers. The books must contain some kind of “meaning”. Even the […]

Review of the Day: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

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Me . . . Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316004546-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 5th Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. […]

Review of the Day: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

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Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-15260-8 Ages 10-14 On shelves April 18th There are three kinds of literary sequels for kids out there. First, you have the sequel that is so intricately tied into the plot of the first book that not a […]

Review of the Day: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls By Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-31581-2 Ages 4-9 On shelves April 4th The word “daredevil” conjures up different images for different people. Speaking for myself, when I hear it I instantly picture someone like Evel Knievel leaping over cars on a motorcycle. I do not picture sixty-two […]