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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 [...]

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 [...]

Review of the Day: Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

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Drawing from Memory By Allen Say Scholastic Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-17686-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. I am happy to report that there has been an uptick in options for those children handed the standard “You Must Read an Autobiography” assignment in school. Which is to say, more and more people are writing their autobiographies [...]

Review of the Day: Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

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Coral Reefs By Jason Chin Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-563-6 Ages 5 and up On shelves now First things first. Let’s just get something out the way here before I go any further. I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to this book. No, I don’t know the [...]

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 [...]

Review of the Day: Witches! by Rosalyn Schanzer

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Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem By Rosalyn Schanzer National Geographic Children’s Books $16.95 ISBN: 978- 1426308697 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 13th Sometimes I wish I could sit down with my 10-year-old self and have a conversation. We’d chat about the improvements that will come to fashion someday (I [...]

Review of the Day: The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

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The Incredible Life of Balto By Meghan McCarthy Alfred A. Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84460-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves August 9th I’m not a dog person. Like ‘em fine. Don’t see much particular need to interact with them on a regular basis. Sometimes, though, I’ll feel like my life [...]

Review of the Day: Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

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Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) By Sue Macy National Geographic $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0761-4 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now. A history book for kids can do any number of things. It can concentrate on a topic that has been well-documented in [...]

Review of the Day: The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty

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The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon By Carla Killough McClafferty Carolrhoda Books (a division of Lerner) $20.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5608-0 Ages 10 and up On shelves April 1st Forensic anthropology meets the guy on the one dollar bill. That’s one way of putting it anyway. Walk into many a classroom and tell [...]

Review of the Day: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves February 8, 2011 When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. [...]

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 [...]