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Review of the Day: Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice by Frank Asch

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Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice By Frank Asch Illustrated by Devin Asch Kids Can Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-022-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I used to think that employing a computer to handle all your illustrating needs in a picture book was a risky proposition. Then we entered into 2007 and suddenly there were books like Bow-Wow [...]

Review of the Day: Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

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Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf By Jennifer L. Holm Illustrated by Elicia Castaldi Comics by Matthew Holm Ginee Seo Books, (Simon & Schuster) $12.99 Ages 9 and up On shelves now I remember being 13 or so and talking with a much older cousin of mine. When he asked me what grade I was [...]

Review of the Day: Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle by Pija Lindenbaum

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Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle By Pija Lindenbaum Translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard R & S Books (distributed by Farrar, Straus and Giroux) $16.00 Ages 4 and up On shelves today There are so few good quality picture books with gay characters in them that, quite frankly, it’s a bit shocking.  When people come [...]

Review of the Day: Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson

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Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson Random House $15.99 Ages 9 to 14 I am a traitor to my sex. I must be. All evidence clearly points in that direction. If 2007 is remembered as anything, for me it will be the year of Boy Books That I Adored While My Female Friends Slowly Shook Their [...]

Labor Day Recommendations (Part Two)

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Si, Se Puede!  Yes We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. By Diana Cohn Illustrated by Francisco Delgado Essay by Luis J. Rodriguez Cinco Puntos Press $7.95 ISBN: 978-0938317890 Ages 4-8 On shelves now In discussing not only the Justice For Janitors Campaign of 2000 but also the need for strong unions in America today, this [...]

Review of the Day: Laika by Nick Abadzis

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Laika By Nick Abadzis First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $17.95 For ages 11 and up. On shelves now Dead dog books used to be a dime a dozen.  Time was a kid couldn’t walk into a bookstore without getting whacked over the head with “Old Yeller”, creamed in the kisser by “Sounder”, [...]

Review of the Day: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

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The Owl and the Pussycat By Edward Lear Illustrations by Stephane Jorisch Part of the Visions in Poetry Series. KCP Press (an imprint of Kids Can Press) I’ve no beef with Edward Lear, but I’ve no particular love of him either. Best known for his sweet nonsense poems, Lear often comes off as a slightly [...]

Review of the Day: No Talking by Andrew Clements

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No Talking By Andrew Clements. Simon and Schuster. $15.99. For ages 9-12. Not all Andrew Clements novels are created equal, and that’s a fact. I mean, don’t get me wrong. This is true of most children’s authors. But sometimes I feel that with Clements, he’s always readable. Even if you feel that one book of [...]

Review of the Day: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

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Robot Dreams By Sara Varon First Second (a Roaring Brook imprint) $16.95 208 pages ISBN:978-1-59643-108-9 The wordless graphic novel for children.  Adults, quite frankly, haven’t a clue how to deal with them.  But for those kids intimidated by words, new to the English language, or just fond of visual storytelling, these new forms of literature [...]

Review of the Day: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton By Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Books $16.99 For ages 10 and up. Before I begin I’d just like to make the note that this is a review from the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. My copy does not have the final text that will appear in the Author’s Note (a fact [...]

Review of the Day: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

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The Lemonade War By Jacqueline Davies Houghton Mifflin $16.00 I am about to describe to you a true situation that I have experienced time and time again as a children’s librarian.  A parent will walk up to me and ask for a work of fiction for kids dealing either with money or business.  Money or [...]