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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: 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: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat By Dave Shelton $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-75248-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves now First off, I like it. I think it’s important to make that note right upfront. Particularly since I’m probably going to break out terms like “bizarre”, “peculiar”, “odd”, “weird”, and “eerily strange” (or “strangely [...]

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: Little White Duck by Na Liu

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Little White Duck: A Childhood in China By Na Liu Illustrated by Andres Vera Martinez ISBN: 9780761365877 Graphic Universe (an imprint of Lerner) $29.27 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. It’s funny to think about, but the fact of the matter is that we’re still in the early days of the graphic novel memoir for children. [...]

Review of the Day: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

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Liar & Spy By Rebecca Stead $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73743-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Rebecca Stead is the M. Night Shyamalan of children’s literature, and I mean that in a good Sixth Sense way, not a lame The Happening one. It’s funny, but when I try to compare her other authors I find myself tongue-tied. [...]

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: 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: Robin Hood by David Calcutt

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Robin Hood By David Calcutt Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith Barefoot Books $12.99 ISBN 978-1-84686-799-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves October 1st Robin Hood has, for years now, been the bane of my existence. And yes, I’m well aware that this statement makes me sound like nothing so much as the Sheriff of Nottingham. That [...]

Review of the Day: The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Swing By Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated By Julie Morstad Simply Read Books $8.95 ISBN: 978-1897476482 Ages 0-3 On shelves October 20th There comes a moment in a new parent’s life when they realize that they have become their own parents. It’s different for everyone. For some folks it won’t happen until they’re berating their [...]

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: Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton

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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe By Lutricia Clifton Holiday House $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8234-2367-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Realistic fiction for kids has more baggage than other fictional genres for that age group. Fantasies and comedies and science fiction get to rely on the extraordinary to weave their tales. Historical fiction, meanwhile, has the nice veil [...]

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 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: Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

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Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-89129-0 Ages 6-10 On shelves November 6th Every year the children’s librarians of the New York Public Library system come together and create a list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. The list, now entering its 101st [...]