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Review of the Day: Windblowne by Stephen Messer

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Windblowne By Stephen Messer Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86195-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now 2010 was not a great year for fantasies. Sure, there were plenty of books that contained small fantastical elements, but titles that plunged the reader into entirely different worlds with their own set of rules and understandings? Few and far between. [...]

What Shall I Review? Readers’ Choice 2010

Hear ye, hear ye!  I give you, my readers, until midnight tonight (12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) to vote in the comments on this post on the one last 2010 book I review.  Just list the title you prefer.  At the stroke of midnight tonight (Tuesday) I will close down the comments and whatever has [...]

Review of the Day: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum By Jessie Hartland Blue Apple Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-032-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now One of the most frequent requests I get from parents in my library is a desire for books on “community workers”. Which is to say, their children have been given an assignment in school [...]

Review of the Day: Thunder from the Sea by Jeff Weigel

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Thunder from the Sea: Adventure On Board the HMS Defender By Jeff Weigel G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-2509-7 Ages 8 and up. On shelves now Kids don’t pretend to be sailors anymore. Did they ever? I think so. There must have been a time when the lure of seaside battles [...]

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: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

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The Adventures of Nanny Piggins By R.A. Spratt Illustrated by Dan Santat Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-06819-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say. To heck with that, say I. When it comes to books for kids, nine times out of ten you’re going to end [...]

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: A Family of Readers by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano

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A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature By Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano $22.00 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3280-9 Audience: Adult On shelves now. A curious thing occurs when you find yourself pregnant. I don’t mean the sudden desire to devour your neighbor or the embiggening of the belly region. [...]

Review of the Day: The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby

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The Clockwork Three By Matthew Kirby Scholastic Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-20337-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I’m in a weird position. I’m tired of Steampunk, and yet if I say that word to most kids that walk into my library they’ll give me a blank stare followed by an immediate, “What’s Steampunk?” I’d explain to [...]

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: Nest, Nook and Cranny by Susan Blackaby

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Nest, Nook and Cranny By Susan Blackaby Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Charlesbridge $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-350-3 Ages 5-12 On shelves now I don’t know about kids in other parts of the country but in New York City kids get a particular assignment, usually around their second or third grade year. When the leaves have long since [...]

Review of the Day: Crunch by Leslie Connor

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Crunch By Leslie Connor Katherine Tegan Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-169229-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Leslie Connor forgive me; I sometimes forget how awesome you are. It’s nice to rely on an author. To know that you can trust them to write book after book that isn’t crap. That’s true [...]

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: Trickster edited by Matt Dembicki

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Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Books $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-55591-724-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This year I helped a committee come up with the 100 best books for children. This list has been produced for a while and each year we make sure to include a folk and [...]

Review of the Day: Factotum by D.M. Cornish

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Factotum By D.M. Cornish G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-24640-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I don’t read novels for young adults. This is out of necessity as a children’s librarian more than any personal animosity towards the genre. With all the great middle grade fiction out there who [...]