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Review of the Day: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales (One Dead Spy & Big Bad Ironclad) by Nathan Hale

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Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! By Nathan Hale Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-419700396-6 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0395-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that [...]

Review of the Day: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel

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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau By Michelle Markel Illustrated by Amanda Hall Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5264-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I’m not ashamed to say it, though perhaps I should be. Still, it’s true. Though I grew up in the middle class with a good education and a stint [...]

Two heads are better than one: Duplicate Biographies for Kids in 2012

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When asked to cite the most popular up-and-coming trend in books for children and teens my answer for 2012 is always the same: Keep an eye on the twins and clones.  Walk into any children’s room this year, throw a dart, and you’ll hit about twenty new books for kids that feature boy/girl twins, girl/girl [...]

Review of the Day: Zombie Makers by Rebecca L. Johnson

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Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead By Rebecca L. Johnson Millbrook Press (an imprint of Lerner) $30.60 ISBN: 978-0761386339 Ages 9 and up On shelves now There’s this podcast I like to listen to called RadioLab, which is essentially just a show for people who like kooky science but are still a little foggy [...]

Review of the Day: Wisdom, the Midway Albatross by Darcy Pattison

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Wisdom the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years By Darcy Pattison Illustrated by Kitty Harvill Mims House $11.99 ISBN: 978-0-9798621-7-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves now If I had a better knowledge of my nonfiction children’s history then I might be able to tell you the exact moment that [...]

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: Bird Talk by Lita Judge

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Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why By Lita Judge Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-646-6 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The older you get the more facts seem to change. For example, when I was a kid I remember that some facts were as of yet unprovable but were [...]

Review of the Day – Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

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Chuck Close: Face Book By Chuck Close & Glue and Paper Workshop Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0163-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The autobiography assignment. Oh, it exists. It exists and children’s librarians know to fear it. At a certain time of year a child will approach the reference desk and utter [...]

Review of the Day: It Jes’ Happened by Don Tate

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It Jes’ Happened By Don Tate Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Lee & Low Books ISBN: 978-1-60060-260-3 Ages 5-9 On shelves April 1st Teaching kids about outsider art feels like a no-brainer to me. Which is to say, why doesn’t it happen more often? Perhaps there’s a feeling that educating kids on the self-taught is [...]

Review of the Day: The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

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The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 By Deborah Kops Charlesbridge $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-348-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I was hosting a party the other night and amongst my guests was a former editor of children’s literature. In the course of the evening she happened to notice that I had a copy of The Great [...]

Review of the Day: Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter

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Jazz Age Josephine By Jonah Winter Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-104169-6123-9 Ages 6 and up On shelves now When we try to name the biggest and best picture book biography authors out there, two names spring immediately to mind. The first is David Adler. Mr. Adler [...]