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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 of the Day: Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

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Sugar and Ice By Kate Messner Walker & Company (a division of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2081-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 9th They say to write what you know. We’ve all heard that line. It’s bounced about countless writing groups. But there’s an unspoken rule amongst children that’s as pervasive as it is harmful: Read [...]

Review of the Day: Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer

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Mostly Monsterly By Tammi Sauer Illustrated by Scott Magoon Simon & Schuster (A Paula Wiseman book) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6110-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. After a certain point the sheer number of princess and fairy books a children’s librarian has to handle begins to feel oppressive. The crushing weight of all that pink and all [...]

Review of the Day: Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman

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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors By Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-71719-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now. I believe that there are different muses of children’s literature. You have you Beautiful Spine muses, your Great Editor muses, your Awe-Inspiring Marketing muses, and your Copyediting Magnificence muses. Each one of these references those elements [...]

Review of the Day: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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Mockingbird By Kathryn Erskine Philomel (a division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25264-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Children’s librarians read quite a few books for kids and the result is that we tend to want to discuss them with one another. Unlucky librarians are surrounded solely by people who agree with their opinions. You’re much [...]

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. [...]

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders by Mike Townsend

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Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders By Mike Townsend Dial (a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group) ISBN: 978-0-8037-3308-4 $14.99 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. It’s been an uncommonly good year for graphic novel Greek myths, don’t you think? From George O’Connor’s amazing new series (starting with Zeus: King of the Gods) to two [...]

Review of the Day: Departure Time by Truus Matti

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Departure Time By Truus Matti Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier namelos $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-60898-009-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Translated children’s novels have a tough row to hoe. In my experience as a children’s librarian I’ll often find that folks react to them in a variety of different ways. Sometimes they like them, but often they’ll [...]

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: Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum

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Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I By Ann Bausum National Geographic $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0702-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves November 9, 2010 Who could have predicted that WWI would become the hot literary topic for child readers in 2009-10? I remember when I was a kid [...]

Review of the Day: The Body Thief by Stephen M. Giles

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The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom: The Body Thief By Stephen M. Giles Sourcebooks Jabberwocky $12.99 ISBN: 978- 1-4022-4090-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Mysterious Benedict Society. If those words are mere gobblety-gook to you and don’t mean a thing, don’t worry. You can rectify that [...]

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: Sharing the Seasons selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

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Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Illustrated by David Diaz Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $21.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-0210-4 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Yesterday I was frustrated. Very very frustrated. I’m a children’s librarian. Patrons tell me what they desire and I find just [...]

Review of the Day: Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-17292-9 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2010 When I was a child I had a very vague sense of global conflicts in other countries. Because of my Bloom County comics I knew a bit about apartheid in South Africa. Later [...]