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Review of the Day: The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker

The Luck of the Buttons By Anne Ylvisaker Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5066-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. There are kids out there that like historical fiction. I know that there are. I’ve met them. They come into my library and curl their lips in disgust at the covers with the shiny dragons and sparkly [...]

Review of the Day: Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend

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Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story By Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud Illustrated by John Holyfield Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4058-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Certain historical figures inspire multiple generations of children’s authors to go a little hog wild and pig crazy writing up their lives for [...]

Review of the Day: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5559-4 Ages 11 and up On shelves now I don’t mind metaphors as much as I might. I think that generally I’m supposed to hate them when they show up in children’s literature. I [...]

Review of the Day: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

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Ghetto Cowboy By G. Neri Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4922-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now. Fun Fact: Parents these days speak in code. As a New York children’s librarian I had to learn this the hard way. Let’s say they want a folktale about a girl outwitting a [...]

Review of the Day: The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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The Unforgotten Coat By Frank Cottrell Boyce Photographs by Carl Hunter and Clare Heney Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5729-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 13th. Contemporary Mongolia doesn’t have all that many English language children’s novels to its name. And if you asked me to name everything I knew about Mongolia today, I’d probably find [...]

Review of the Day: A Little Bitty Man by Halfdan Rasmussen

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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young By Halfdan Rasmussen Translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763623791 Ages 3-8 On shelves now. Denmark! Mention the country and children’s literature in one breath and what would most Americans think of? Well, if they [...]

Review of the Day: Around the World by Matt Phelan

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Around the World By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3619-7 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 Book phenomenons are something, aren’t they? Get the right writer and they can use words alone to inspire people to do the craziest things. Whether it’s Wizard Rock or standing on docks to find out [...]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick, Brilliance Audio, Harper Collins, HMH, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, & Sterling (Fall 2011)

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Heh heh.  You know when I said I’d write up the Day of Dialog librarian previews that I saw?  Well, I wasn’t kidding.  In fact, I’ve decided to be extra efficient and just cram the whole lot of them into one big, superlative, overcompensating post.  Before I do, however, I should note that a couple [...]

Review of the Day: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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I Want My Hat Back By Jon Klassen Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5598-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 27th. I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by [...]

Review of the Day: My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

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My Side of the Car By Kate Feiffer Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4405-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 26th. Reality is subjective. You learn this when you have children of your own. What may be glaringly obvious to a parent will pass right over a six-year-old’s head (and vice-versa). To a [...]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick (Spring-Summer 2011)

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Oh yeah, you read that right.  Not only am I going to try to tackle my stack of librarian previews just waiting to be typed up, but I’m beginning with a company that had its very first preview for the New York librarian set here last week.  School Library Journal was kind enough to lend [...]

Um . . . Didn’t You Go to BEA Recently?

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I did indeed, faithful readers!  Just about the time this blog was headed to an all new format I was traipsing the halls of the Javits Center during Book Expo 2010.  Being a working librarian and all, I was operating my library’s reference desk for most of BEA, but I was able to escape for [...]

Review of the Day – Yummy by Lucy Cousins

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I think the lesson of the day here is that I haven’t been giving Lucy Cousins enough credit. While you may not be immediately familiar with her name, you’ve probably run into Cousins’s most famous creation, Maisy, at some point in your travels. Maisy is a mouse. Maisy is cute. Maisy is beloved by the 0-4 set. You haven’t lived until you’ve worked a reference desk where desperate two-year-olds come up to you like knee high zombies demanding, in their too high voices, your entire section of Maisy-related literature. Now because Maisy is so cute and non-threatening I was not initially impressed when I first heard about Yummy. Ms. Cousins wants to try her hand at fairy tales? Fine. It’ll probably be something along the lines of that Mary Engelbreit Nursery Tales collection. An early child introduction to fairy tales but without any of the original violent aspects. A watered down version, I’m sure. Well slap me upside the head and call me Charlie because I could not have been more wrong. Yummy is, if anything, the veritable antithesis to Engelbreit. With a good-natured, downright jovial tone of voice, Lucy Cousins takes old-fashioned stories and makes them as gruesome and funny as she is able.

Review of the Day: The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Ellwand and Ruth Ellwand

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The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher By David and Ruth Ellwand Candlewick Press $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-2096-7 Ages 8 and up On shelves now Sometimes I’ll give a speech at events or conferences about children’s books that break barriers. I’ll talk about titles that don’t neatly slot into award categories and, as a result, [...]

Review of the Day: A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

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A Visitor for Bear By Bonny Becker Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-2807-9 Ages 5-9 On shelves now Cute is hard. Picture book cute, that is. A lot of people might disagree with that, but I’m going to make a case here. There’s a perception out there that if you slap [...]