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Review of the Day: El Deafo by Cece Bell

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El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $21.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1020-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 2nd We appear to exist in a golden age of children’s graphic novel memoirs. Which is to say, there are three of them out this year (El Deafo, Sisters, and The Dumbest Idea Ever). How to account [...]

Review of the Day: Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

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Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegretation By Duncan Tonatiuh Harry N. Abrams $18.95 ISBN: 978-1419710544 Ages 7-12 On shelves now If I blame my childhood education for anything I suppose it would be for instilling in me the belief that the history worth learning consisted of a set of [...]

My First Re-Review: The Qwikpick Papers – Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger

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Here’s something I’ve never done before.  For years I’ve been waiting for the moment when a book I loved and reviewed dipped out of print only to come back again.  Since I’ve only been doing this gig since 2006 I wasn’t sure what that first book would be.  Then, this year, I got my answer.  [...]

Review of the Day: West of the Moon by Margi Preus

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West of the Moon By Margi Preus Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0896-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. These are dark times for children’s literature. Pick up a book for the 9-12 year-old set and you just don’t know what you’re going to find. Whether it’s the murderous foliage of [...]

Review of the Day: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

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The Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th For whatever reason, 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction. I speak from experience. Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind of thoughtful [...]

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 – 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: Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

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Fake Mustache: how Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (And Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election From a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind) By Tom Angleberger Illustrated by Jen Wang Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $13.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0194-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 1, 2012 I said it about Laini Taylor. I said [...]

Review of the Day: What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson

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What Animals Really Like By Fiona Robinson Abrams Books for Young Readers $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8976-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m sitting in a room with other children’s librarians. Together, we are attempting to determine what the best children’s books of a given year are. It’s late in the publishing season and we haven’t a [...]

Review of the Day: The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

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The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont By Victoria Griffith Illustrated by Eva Montanari Abrams Books for Young Readers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0011-8 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The American publishing industry is good at a lot of things. They produce some pretty delightful fare for children on a variety of different topics. If you want [...]

Video Sunday: “It was just full of mouthwash”

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The 90-Second Newbery submissions keep coming in!!  Remember, there’s still lots of time to have your talented kids/students/neighborhood gamins submit their own shortened versions of Newbery classics.  James Kennedy and I will be presenting them at New York Public Library in the fall, but we’d love more titles like today’s musical take on that William [...]

Review of the Day: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes By Jonathan Auxier Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0025-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 1st. What is the most telling difference between those works of children’s literature written long ago and those written today? Pose this question to a room full of children’s librarians and I [...]

Fusenews: “I’m not trading my beef jerky for your edamame.”

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This may have to qualify for this month’s Best Thing Ever. You know Jon Scieszka?  Great guy.  Has two kids as it happens.  Casey and Jake.  Good guys.  Adults.  Now along with Steven Weinberg (who wrote To Timbuktu with Casey) the trio has created Diary of a Manly Kid.  Pretty much what it sounds like [...]

Review of the Day: Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero By Marissa Moss Illustrated by John Hendrix Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-9735-6 Ages 6-12 On shelves now. If I want to depress myself on a given day I’ll compare the list of biographical subjects that kids in school are handed [...]

Librarian Preview: Abrams Fall 2010

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It seems a touch premature to call this an out-and-out-preview.  Particularly when you consider that the books discussed were Fall 2010 and we are in (checks watch) yes . . . 2010, fall.  But the word “preview” here is my own, not theirs.  For their part, Abrams recently just wanted to let the local librarian/press [...]