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Review of the Day: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild By Peter Brown Little, Brown and Company $18.00 ISBN: 978-0-316-20063-9 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. Here’s a fun exercise to liven up a gloomy day. Find yourself a copy of the picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Now turn to the publication page. It’s the green one opposite the title page at […]

Review of the Day: Journey by Aaron Becker


Journey By Aaron Becker Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-6053-6 $15.99 Ages 3-8 On shelves now. I’ve encountered something new and exciting at this late stage of the game. For years I’ve been reviewing picture books written for children. Working with them on almost a day-to-day basis as a children’s librarian, I did not doubt that my […]

Review of the Day: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman


The Silver Six By A.J. Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $22.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-37097-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Ambition. It’s not a term I usually associate with children’s graphic novels. Your average everyday children’s comic is not particularly ambitious. There are so few of them out there that you can’t […]

Review of the Day: Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry


Written in Stone By Rosanne Parry Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86971-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Finding books of historical fiction for kids about Native Americans is an oddly limited proposition. Basically, it boils down to Pilgrims, the Trail of Tears, the occasional 1900s storyline (thank God for Louise Erdrich), and . . . yeah, […]

Review of the Day: Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon


Herman and Rosie By Gus Gordan Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1596438569 Ages 3-7 On shelves now New Yorkers are singularly single minded. It’s not enough that our city be rich, popular, and famous. We apparently are so neurotic that we need to see it EVERYWHERE. In movies, on television, and, of […]

Review of the Day: Jumping Penguins by Jesse Goossens


Jumping Penguins by Jesse Goossens Illustrated by Marije Tolman Lemniscaat $19.95 ISBN: 9781935954323 Ages 6-11 On shelves now. Here’s a puzzler for you. See what you think. There’s been a lot of talk lately about nonfiction for kids and the importance of highlighting those books that adhere strictly to the truth. That means no invented […]

Review of the Day: Rose by Holly Webb


Rose By Holly Webb Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.) $6.99 ISBN: 978-1-4022-8581-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Like a bullet whizzing past your ear, I shudder when I consider how close I came to never hearing about Holly Webb’s mesmerizing, charming, purely delightful Rose. It’s an innocuous little book. Doesn’t draw a lot […]

Review of the Day: Happy Punks 1 2 3 by John Seven and Jana Christy


Happy Punks 123: A Counting Story By John Seven and Jana Christy Manic D Press $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-933149-67-7 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Here is how, as of the date of this review, Wikipedia defines the term “punk culture”. Ahem. “. . . largely characterized by anti-establishment views and the promotion of individual freedom.” Now […]

Review of the Day: When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis


When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-0119-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Poetry is of the people by its very definition. Though sometimes considered the property of the elite […]

Review of the Day: Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper


Ghost Hawk By Susan Cooper McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-8141-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now How do we best honor our literary heroes? Particularly those who not only live but continue to produce works of fiction within our lifetimes. Like whole swaths of women and men my age, I […]

Review of the Day: Rotten Pumpkin by David M. Schwartz


Rotten Pumpkin By David M. Schwartz Photos by Dwight Kuhn Creston Books $16.99 ISNB: 978-1-939547-03-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Every October you walk into your bookstores and your libraries and you see the overwhelming swath of seasonal fare pelt you from every side. Apples and pumpkins, scarecrows and black cats. You begin to wonder […]

Review of the Day: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu


The Real Boy By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201507-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now My two-year-old is dealing with the concept of personhood. Lately she’s taken to proclaiming proudly “I’m a person!” when she has successfully mastered something. By the same token, failure […]

Review of the Day: Aesop in California by Doug Hansen


Aesop in California By Doug Hansen Heyday $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-59714-235-9 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. Gather round me, o ye little children, and hear the tale I tell. Of a time when fairytales and folktales were as ripe and plentiful as the grapes of summer. When you could walk into any bookstore or library and […]

Review of the Day: Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell


Monster On the Hill By Rob Harrell Top Shelf Productions $16.28 ISBN: 978-1-603090759 Ages 8-12 On shelves now See, people? *shakes book in the air* How hard is this, really? I stand beside thousands of children’s librarians who have, for years now, been in a bit of a pickle with the kiddos when it comes […]

Review of the Day: Ben Rides On by Matt Davies


Ben Rides On By Matt Davies A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-794-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. The cartoonist as great children’s book author is not a given. Consider the sad case of Berkeley Breathed, for example. He achieved levels of unattainable brilliance when he penned Bloom […]