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Review of the Day: The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy

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The Giant and How He Humbugged America By Jim Murphy Scholastic $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-69184-0 Ages 10 and up On shelves October 1st What are we to make of the proliferation of true-life hoax books for children filling our library and bookstore shelves this year? Whether it’s the clever ruse of The Fairy Ring scandal or [...]

Review of the Day: Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

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Eye of the Storm By Kate Messner Walker (a division of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2313-0 Ages 9-14 On shelves now Pity the science geeks, the math geeks, and other kids that love a ripping yarn with a grounding in something other than fantasy. When I troll the shelves of the children’s room in my local [...]

Newbery / Caldecott / Etc. 2012: Post Awards Edition

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Since it’s apparently football season (or at least that’s what the trending topics on Twitter seem to imply) think of this as a kind of post-game recap of what went on yesterday in the land of ALA Media Awards.  Each year I like to look at what I got right, what I got wrong, what [...]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery / Caldecott 2012

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When you consider the fact that whole hoards of librarians will be traipsing Texas-ward this week so as to attend the Midwinter American Library Association Conference, this post is pretty much coming in at the last possible moment.  Even as we speak committee members are girding their loins (or whatever it is committee members gird) [...]

Review of the Day: Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans By Kadir Nelson Balzer and Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-173074-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Humans tend to be a highly visual species. When folks tell you not to judge a book by its cover, that’s an optimistic sentiment rather than [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2012: The Fall Prediction Edition

*sniff sniff* Smell that?  That’s the sweet scent of an upcoming award season.  It’s already beginning to drift our way from the future.  Things are clearly heating up since we’re seeing two award-based blogs up and running.  For Newbery fans Heavy Medal has already come out of the gate swinging.  Between the inevitable comparison between [...]

Review of the Day: Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack

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Never Forgotten By Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leon and Diane Dillon Schwartz & Wade $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84384-6 Ages 4 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 The more I read children’s literature the more I come to realize that my favorite books for kids are the ones that can take disparate facts, elements, and [...]

Review of the Day: The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos

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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred By Samantha R. Vamos Illustrated by Rafael Lopez Charlesbridge $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-242-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I am lucky to work in a children’s room with a significantly sized bilingual section. The books you’ll find there cover a wide range of languages. Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, you name [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2012: Mid-Year Projections/Predictions

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Normally I’d do this kind of post for June 15th but there’s a possibility that I might be a bit busy on that date, so we’ll do it now for kicks.  It’s time for our mid-year Newbery/Caldecott querying.  I’ve already indulged in some Spring Predictions, but I prefer the Summer ones because at this point [...]

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. [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2012: The Spring Prediction Edition

I know some of you just hate it when award talk starts too early. And certainly ten months before the awards in question. . . well that’s the very definition of early, is it not? But I’ve been doing these for three years now and I rather enjoy them. This is also the first year [...]

Review of the Day: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls By Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-31581-2 Ages 4-9 On shelves April 4th The word “daredevil” conjures up different images for different people. Speaking for myself, when I hear it I instantly picture someone like Evel Knievel leaping over cars on a motorcycle. I do not picture sixty-two [...]

Review of the Day: Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Perfect Square By Michael Hall Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-191513-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 29, 2011 Graphic designers of the world, take heed: I am wary of your intentions. I mean it. You guys are, and I say this in the kindest way possible, strange. I don’t mind it [...]