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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: Jake Starts School by Michael Wright

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Jake Starts School By Michael Wright Feiwel and Friends $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-312-36798-5 Ages 3-8 On shelves now Let’s see. As a kid I had a brief love of a blanket (which ended abruptly when my mother put it in the washing machine one day). I was a perpetual crier, bursting into tears at the slightest [...]

Review of the Day: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman Illustrations by Dave McKean Harper Collins $17.99 ISBN: 978-0060530921 Ages 11 and up On shelves September 30th I’ve noticed that there’s been an increased interest in the macabre in children’s literature lately. Sometimes when I’ve had a glass or two of wine and I’m in a contemplative mood I [...]

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: In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck

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In a Blue Room By Jim Averbeck Illustrated by Tricia Tusa Harcourt $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-15-205992-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now This?  Bandwagon jumping.  Totally fun.  You should try it. You know that feeling you have when you’re a fan of something (could be an artist, television show, songwriter, you name it) and they just don’t [...]

Review of the Day: The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich

The Porcupine Year By Louise Erdrich Illustrated by the author Harper Collins $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-029788-6 Ages 8-12 Louise Erdrich writes The Birchbark House. It becomes a National Book Award Finalist. No surprises there. Louise Erdrich writes The Game of Silence. It does slightly better than its predecessor and wins the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical [...]

Review of the Day: Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus

Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature By Leonard S. Marcus Houghton Mifflin $28.00 ISBN: 978-0-395-67407-9 On shelves now This is a review certainly, but it is also a look at how librarians fit within Marcus’s take on the publishing industry, past and present. When you are aware of your [...]

Review of the Day: Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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Rapunzel’s Revenge By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrated by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury $18.99 ISBN: 978-1599900704 Ages 10 and up On shelves now A popular novelist may be prone to looking at the whole of their oeuvre. They consider their past works, look to the future, and decide to write a graphic novel. What makes [...]

Review of the Day – Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit By Nahoko Uehashi Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-00542-5 Ages 9-14 On shelves now No one can look you in the eye and tell you that kids today don’t read Japanese literature. A simple stroll by the manga section of any [...]

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: Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

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Diamond Willow By Helen Frost Farrar Straus Giroux $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-374-31776-8 Ages 8-14 On shelves now Poetry Friday, lovelies.  Check out Writer 2b for the round-up. The sentence “I told you so!” is deeply satisfying. Granted, the satisfaction you feel when you say it only lasts a minute or two, but for a little while, [...]

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: Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten

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Rain Play By Cynthia Cotten Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Henry Holt and Company $16.95 ISBN:978-0-8050-6795-8 Ages 3-8 On shelves now I was working the reference desk of the library one day when a boy that couldn’t have been more than seven-years-old came up to me. He had that deadly serious look to his face that [...]