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Review of the Day: Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward

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Singing Away the Dark By Caroline Woodward Illustrated by Julie Morstad Simply Read Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-897476-41-3 On shelves now The range of different going to school books varies wildly. This is understandable. After all, the act of attending school is one of the first moments of autonomy a child experiences. This is particularly true [...]

Review of the Day: Last Song by James Guthrie

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Last Song: A Lullaby By James Guthrie Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-508-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. This is a very difficult book to review. When I review a picture book, you see, I need a “hook”. I need to latch onto some aspect of the product that strikes me [...]

Review of the Day: Ravenna by Stacey Curnow

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Ravenna By Stacey Curnow Illustrated by Daniel Nevins Grateful Steps $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935130-25-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Parables. They’re almost impossible to do in children’s books. The problem with a parable is that if it wants to teach something it often has to say what it means. Another way of saying that is that [...]

Review of the Day: It’s a Book by Lane Smith

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It’s a Book By Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press (a division of Holtzbrinck) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-606-0 On shelves now. Where to begin? Begin at the beguine, I suppose. I’ve had It’s a Book sitting on my shelf for months and now the time is ripe. As you may have heard one place or another, it [...]

Review of the Day: Farm by Elisha Cooper

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Farm By Elisha Cooper Orchard Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-07075-1 Ages 5-10 On shelves now As a children’s librarian living in New York City, I get a really skewed view of the world. For example, a book like Christoph Niemann’s Subway will get released and all the children I see are hugely [...]

Review of the Day: She Sang Promise by Jan Godown Annino

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She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader By Jan Godown Annino Illustrated by Lisa Desimini Afterword by Moses Jumper, Jr. National Geographic $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0592-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m tired of Einstein. I’m tired of Edison too. Heck, I’m even tired of Martin Luther King Jr., Marie Curie, [...]

Review: Where Is Catkin? by Janet Lord

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Where Is Catkin? By Janet Lord Illustrated by Julie Paschkis Peachtree Press ISBN: 978-1-56145-523-2 $16.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Julie Paschkis makes cats look fun to draw. There. Done. Shortest review I ever wrote. Where’s my hot toddy? Aw, heck. Look at me. Old softie that I am I can’t just stop with that. [...]

Review of the Day: Dotty by Erica S. Perl

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Dotty By Erica S. Perl Illustrated by Julia Denos Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 978-0-8109-8962-7 $16.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Seems to me that picture books get split into very particular genres pretty quickly. I actually keep lists of them on my computer at work, depending on how many requests I receive. There [...]

Review of the Day: Art & Max by David Wiesner

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Art & Max By David Wiesner Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-75663-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 4, 2010 Illustrators of children’s books are easier to deal with if you can lump them into little boxes. Multicultural family stories that tug at the heartstrings? That’s the Patricia Polacco box. Cute [...]

Review of the Day: Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst

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Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly By Carolyn Parkhurst Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Feiwel and Friends  (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 26, 2010 Since I work in the main branch of New York Public Library, sometimes I get to see the occasional celebrity. Not long ago, Mario Batali was in my [...]

Review of the Day: Todd’s TV by James Proimos

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Todd’s TV By James Proimos Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-170985-2 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. You ever have that moment when you find your presumptions so upended that you just want to crawl into a corner somewhere and assume the fetal position? That’s a bit extreme, but it’s not [...]

Review of the Day: Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen

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Elsie’s Bird By Jane Yolen Illustrated by David Small Philomel (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25292-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 2nd As a kid I was read a fair amount of Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Over the years much of what I heard faded into the mists of memory. However, [...]

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 [...]