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Review of the Day: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Art by Ellen Forney Little Brown & Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-01368-0 Ages 15 and up On shelves now I asked you what my final 2007 review should be.  You voted.  And that winner turned out to be this book.  It probably doesn’t need the [...]

Review of the Day: The Mine-o-saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

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The Mine-o-saur By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen Illustrated by David Clark Putnam Juvenile (Penguin imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0399246425 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Books with a message are the most frightening kind of picture book on the planet. They can go real bad, real preachy, and real ugly real fast. Self-published authors love `em. So too do [...]

Review of the Day: America Dreaming by Laban Carrick Hill

America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the ’60s By Laban Carrick Hill Little Brown & Company $19.99 ISBN: 978-0316009041 Ages 12 and up On shelves now Essentially what we have here is a book written about the children of the 50s and 60s for the children of the 00s, reviewed by a child of [...]

Review of the Day: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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The Mysterious Benedict Society By Trenton Lee Stewart Illustrations by Carson Ellis Little Brown and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0316057776 Ages 8-13 On shelves now How do librarians decide what children’s book they want to read next? Well, there are professional reviews, online reviews, and good old-fashioned word of mouth. And when it came to “The [...]

Review of the Day: Honey Badgers by Jamison Odone

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Honey Badgers By Jamison Odone Front Street $16.95 ISBN: 978-1932425512 For ages 4-8 On shelves now Imagine a book that was basically the lovechild of Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey, with the sweetness of a Mem Fox outing worked in there for spice. Hold that image in your mind and you might begin to get [...]

Review of the Day: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

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Iggy Peck, Architect By Andrea Beaty Illustrated by David Roberts Abrams Books for Young Readers $15.95 ISBN: 978-0810911062 Ages 4-8 On shelves now You are a children’s librarian. Your job is simple. People ask you for books. You find books. People ask you for movies. You find movies. It’s all pretty basic, really. You get [...]

Review of the Day: Howtoons by Saul Griffith and Joost Bonsen

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Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless By Saul Griffith and Joost Bonsen Art by Nick Dragotta Harper Collins $15.99 ISBN: 978-0060761585 Ages 9 and up On shelves now Just this past summer my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were in town for a brief little vacation. Whenever relatives come to visit you in New York you end up [...]

Review of the Day: The Bearskinner – A Tale of the Brothers Grimm by Laura Amy Schlitz

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The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm By Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Max Grafe Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 9780763627300 Ages 7-12 One shelves now For the reviewer that reviews for pleasure, every book that sits on your lap has to prove itself to some extent. Even the world’s shortest picture book is an [...]

Review of the Day: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By Gris Grimly Atheneum (S&S imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416906254 Ages 5 and up On shelves now You ever get that feeling where a book comes out and your immediate reaction is, “WELL, IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME!”? I tend to get this feeling only about books that it never would have [...]

Review of the Day – Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm

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Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow By James Sturm Illustrated by Rich Tommaso Jump at the Sun (Hyperion imprint) The Center for Cartoon Studies ISBN: 978-0786839018 $9.99 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Graphic novel biographies are touch-and-go affairs.  For example, Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi did little for [...]

Review of the Day: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

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Grumpy Bird By Jeremy Tankard Scholastic Press $12.99 ISBN 978-0439851473 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Grumpy Bird and me, we got off to a rough start. I first laid eye on the impossibly irritable fowl one day while traipsing about a local bookstore. There on an upper shelf sat, “Grumpy Bird”. He was grumpy. He [...]

Review of the Day: I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

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I Am Not Joey Pigza By Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus & Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.00 ISBN: 978-0374399412 Ages 11 and up On shelves now A good author has the ability to piss off their fans. Pissing off fans is a delicate art, though. On the one hand, if you can emotionally engage your [...]

Columbus Day Review: A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King

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A Coyote Columbus Story By Thomas King Illustrated by William Kent Monkman Groundwood Books $6.95 978-0-88899-830-9 Ages 5 and up On shelves now Happy Fiorello H. LaGuardia Day!* One of the perks that came with attending the Kidlitosphere Conference was free goodies.  For example, Ellen Klages was kind enough to hand me The Coyote Road: [...]

Review of the Day: Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan

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Let It Shine By Ashley Bryan Atheneum (Simon & Schuster imprint) ISBN: 9780689847325 $16.99 Ages 4-8 On shelves now You could take the amount that I know about African-American spirituals and fit it into the hollow of the ear of a flea with room to spare, I think. Put bluntly, I don’t know much. As [...]

Review of the Day: The Qwikpick Adventure Society by Sam Riddleburger

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The Qwikpick Adventure Society By Sam Riddleburger Dial Books (Penguin imprint) Ages 9-12 $16.99 ISBN: 0803731787 On shelves now As a children’s book reviewer there is one fact that you must keep at the forefront of your mind at all times: You are not a kid. Not usually anyway. And because you are not a [...]