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Review of the Day: My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee

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My Name Is Elizabeth By Annika Dunklee Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe Kids Can Press $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-560-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 The human capacity to garble a first name, even a simple or common one, is without limit. I should know. My name is Elizabeth. My preferred nickname is “Betsy”, which is [...]

Review of the Day: Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte

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Lola’s Fandango By Anna Witte Illustrated by Micha Archer Narrated by The Amador Family Barefoot Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-84686-174-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 In my children’s room at the library the requests I receive at the reference desk from kids and their parents vary widely. On the subject of dance there’s a [...]

Review of the Day: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan A. Shea

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan A. Shea Illustrated by Tom Slaughter Blue Apple Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-062-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Because I’m a librarian I like to slot books into distinct categories. Alphabet book. Concept book. Emotions book. So on. Other people like it too. That’s why I keep [...]

Review of the Day: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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I Want My Hat Back By Jon Klassen Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5598-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 27th. I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by [...]

Review of the Day: Chuckling Ducklings by Aaron Zenz

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Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends By Aaron Zenz Walker & Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2191-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now They say that humor is subjective. They might as well just go and say the same thing for what folks find cute. What positively reduces one person to a pile of babbling goo might strike [...]

Review of the Day: The Greedy Sparrow by Lucine Kasbarian

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The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale By Lucine Kasbarian Illustrated by Maria Zaikina Marshall Cavendish Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5821-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. As a children’s librarian in New York City I am expected to have a full knowledge of existing children’s literature as it pertains, not just to the American publishing industry, but [...]

Review of the Day: My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

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My Side of the Car By Kate Feiffer Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4405-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 26th. Reality is subjective. You learn this when you have children of your own. What may be glaringly obvious to a parent will pass right over a six-year-old’s head (and vice-versa). To a [...]

Review of the Day: Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

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Blue Chicken By Deborah Freedman Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01293-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 15th Call it barnyard self-actualization. Too heavy an idea for a picture book? Fine. How about breaking down the barn’s fourth wall? Or nine barnyard characters in search of an illustrator? However you want to couch it, [...]

Review of the Day: Ice by Arthur Geisert

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Ice By Arthur Geisert Enchanted Lion Books $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-098-1 For ages 5 and up On shelves now Me and Arthur Geisert, Arthur Geisert and I . . . I wouldn’t say we’ve ever connected, exactly. Over the years I’ve had a hard time getting a grasp on his particular brand of picture book creation. [...]

Review of the Day: Press Here by Herve Tullet

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Press Here By Herve Tullet Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 30th When we talk about interactive picture books we’re usually talking about pop-up books or tactile books with fuzzy/bumpy details. When we talk about picture books that break down the fourth wall, we’re usually talking about titles that approach the [...]

Review of the Day: I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

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I Must Have Bobo! By Eileen Rosenthal Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0377-2 For ages 4-8 On shelves now Picture books in which beloved toys go astray are the heart and soul of the industry. The reasons are infinitely clear. When dealing with a four-year-old reader, you [...]

Review of the Day: A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid

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A Pet for Petunia By Paul Schmid Harper Collins Children’s Books $12.99 ISBN: 978-0-0619-3315 Ages 4-8 On shelves now When I was in ninth grade or so I learned that a fellow classmate owned a pet skunk. I joke not. Apparently these things do happen. While not strictly domesticated, it is possible to remove the [...]

Review of the Day: Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

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Hot, Hot Rot for Dada-ji By F. Zia Illustrated by Ken Min Lee & Low Books $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-60060-443-0 For ages 4-8 On shelves May 2011 It’s not that contemporary picture books featuring Indian-American characters don’t exist. Even off the top of my head I’m able to instantly conjure up titles like Mama’s Saris or [...]

Review of the Day: Fortune Cookies by A. Bitterman

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Fortune Cookies By A. Bitterman Illustrated by Chris Raschka Beach Lane Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978- 1416968146 Ages 3-8 On shelves now In the old days, children’s librarians were viewed as the gatekeepers of quality books for youth. That meant that they had to divide the wheat from the chaff. [...]

Review of the Day – Manners Mash-up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior

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Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior By: Tedd Arnold, Joe Berger, Sophie Blackall, Henry Cole, Frank Morrison, Lynn Munsinger, Tao Nyeu, LeUyen Pham, Adam Rex, Peter H. Reynolds, Dan Santat, Judy Schachner, Bob Shea, and Kevin Sherry Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3480-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves [...]