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Review of the Day: It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

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It’s a Tiger! By David LaRochelle Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6925-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There is an art to reading a picture book but I’ve not encountered many schools that actually teach that skill. Librarians will learn it in their graduate courses, of course, but what about parents and [...]

Review of the Day: The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

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The Chicken Problem By Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86989-1 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. I was once in Prospect Park in Brooklyn when I passed a very small child wearing a porkpie hat running as fast as his chubby legs could carry him. Behind him his father yelled out (to [...]

Review of the Day: Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

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Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters By K.G. Campbell Kids Can Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-770-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now When writing a picture book it can sometimes be a good idea to take a universal childhood annoyance and then build upon it in a satisfyingly ridiculous manner. And kids, let’s face it, are often annoyed. They have [...]

Review of the Day: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

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Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0297-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now A children’s librarian is half media specialist, half psychic. It isn’t enough to have to know the books in your collection. You have to know what that pint-sized patron standing before [...]

Review of the Day: Jonathan & Martha by Petr Horacek

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Jonathan & Martha By Petr Horacek Phaidon Press Inc. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-7148-6351-1 Ages 3-7 On shelves now Ever tried to write a picture book before? Blooming bloody hard work they are. Synthesizing a point down to as few words as possible without sacrificing story or character is akin to trying to cram a muffin into [...]

Review of the Day: Cat Tale by Michael Hall

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Cat Tale By Michael Hall Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-191516-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves August 28th When we are old and gray and the stars gleam a little less brightly in the wide firmament above our heads, I have no doubt that there will STILL be children’s librarians out there debating [...]

Review of the Day: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

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Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5601-0 Ages 3-8 On shelves now I have lots of little soapboxes scattered around my home that I like to pounce on in idle moments. Big soapboxes. Little soapboxes. Anyone who knows me is forced to hear me expound from one [...]

Review of the Day: Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long

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Up! Tall! And High! (but not necessarily in that order.) By Ethan Long G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25611-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There was a running gag going around earlier this year that either Dan Santat was the Matthew Cordell of 2012 or Matthew Cordell was the Dan [...]

Review of the Day: The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer

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The Word Collector By Sonja Wimmer Translated by Jon Brokenbrow Cuento de Luz $14.95 ISBN: 978-8415241348 Ages 4-8 On shelves now What is the ultimate goal of the picture book import? When someone takes the time to bring over and translate a work for children, they’re expecting that book to be able to say something [...]

Review of the Day: East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole

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East Dragon, West Dragon By Robyn Eversole Illustrated by Scott Campbell Atheneum Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-689-85828-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Sometimes the obvious can also be the impossible. Take dragons, for example. Now say you’re a children’s librarian and a five-year-old approaches your desk and asks you for [...]

Review of the Day: Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago

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Jimmy the Greatest! By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Translated by Elisa Amado Groundwood Books (House of Anansi Press) $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-178-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Once in a while I’ll be impressed by a book for kids, pick it up to review it, and in the course of writing the review become [...]

Review of the Day: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

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Baby Bear Sees Blue By Ashley Wolff Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-1306-1 Ages 2-6 On shelves now I like to think of myself as having a low cutesy tolerance. Cute is fine. Cutesy is not. As a new mother, though, I find myself in the peculiar position of [...]

Review of the Day: My Dad is Big and Strong, But… by Coralie Saudo

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My Dad Is Big and Strong, But…: A Bedtime Story By Coralie Saudo Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick Enchanted Lion Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-122-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 17, 2012 Few picture book titles come with qualifications. More often than not they are statements of strong purpose. I Can [...]

Review of the Day: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger A Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-397-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 27th Sometimes you just want to show a kid a beautiful picture book. Sometimes you also want that book to be recent. That’s the tricky part. Not that there aren’t pretty [...]

Review of the Day: John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland

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John Jensen Feels Different By Henrik Hovland Illustrated by Torill Kove Translated by Don Bartlett Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5399-8 For ages 4-8 On shelves now There is a lot to be said for a picture book book that is so unapologetically Norwegian that it ends up making you completely (not to [...]