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Review of the Day: Big City Otto by Bill Slavin

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Big City Otto: Elephants Never Forget By Bill Slavin With Esperança Melo Kids Can Press ISBN: 978-1-55453-476-0 Ages 8-11 On shelves now Boy, The Man With the Yellow Hat just lost all credibility, didn’t he? Time was that Curious George snatcher could nab the jungle beast of his choice, slap his hands together, and call [...]

Review of the Day: Nursery Rhyme Comics edited by Chris Duffy

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Nursery Rhyme Comics Edited by Chris Duffy Introduction by Leonard S. Marcus $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-600-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 11, 2011 Nursery rhymes. What’s up with that? (I feel like a stand up comedian when I put it that way). They’re ubiquitous but nonsensical. Culturally relevant but often of unknown origins. Children’s literary scholar [...]

Review of the Day: The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff by Jimmy Gownley

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The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff By Jimmy Gownley Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-8613-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the [...]

Review of the Day: Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer By Trina Robbins Pencils by Anne Timmons Inks by Mo Oh Lettering by Felix Ruiz and Cayetano Garza Jr. Coloring by Studio C10 Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-6010-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2011 I was asked [...]

Review of the Day: Hera by George O’Connor

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Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory By George O’Connor First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1596437241 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Aw, phooey. Phooey and also consarn it. George O’Connor is making me break my usual rules about reviewing. Generally speaking, when I review the first book in a series [...]

Review of the Day: Around the World by Matt Phelan

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Around the World By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3619-7 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 Book phenomenons are something, aren’t they? Get the right writer and they can use words alone to inspire people to do the craziest things. Whether it’s Wizard Rock or standing on docks to find out [...]

Review of the Day: Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Bad Island By Doug TenNapel Coloring by Katherine Garner Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-31479-4 Ages 10-14 On shelves August 1, 2011 It’s enough to make you want to take up brain surgery. I read some comics for kids and I can hardly move through the recycled tropes and old overdone ideas cluttering [...]

Review of the Day: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

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Sidekicks By Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-29811-7 Ages 8-12 On shelves July 1, 2011 When I was a kid I got to read comics that I had no business putting my grubby little hands on. You see my grandmother had carefully left all my dad’s old Superman, Superboy, [...]

Review of the Day: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

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Zita the Spacegirl – Book One: Far From Home By Ben Hatke First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook / Macmillan) $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-695-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I run a bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-13. Like a number of American children in the 21st century, these kids have an overwhelming [...]