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Review of the Day: The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

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The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang By Amy Ignatow Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8421-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now There are good and bad results that occur when a book like Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits the stratosphere. On [...]

In Search of the Elusive Funny Female Character

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Yeah.  Too dang quiet around here.  Need to needle the masses.  Get a little controversy started. Here’s an idea.  I’ll throw out a sentence and then you can jump on my head with the reasons why this sentence is wrong.  Here’s goes nothing: Why do some writers (sometimes women and more often men) have such [...]

Review of the Day: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By Tom Angleberger Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8425-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Let us now sit back and consider what the ultimate boy/girl middle grade novel would contain. By which I mean, the novel that perfectly balances out the stereotypical vision of what boys [...]

Review of the Day: Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett

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Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Dan Santat Hyperion Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-142312312-5 Ages 4 and up. On shelves now. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with a name for this new breed of children’s book author/illustrator we’re seeing these days. It’s a [...]

Review of the Day – Wiff and Dirty George: The Z.E.B.R.A. Incident by Stephen Swinburne

Wiff and Dirty George: The Z.E.B.R.A. Incident By Stephen Swinburne Boyd Mills Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-755-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Once in a great while I get a little bored with the usual children’s book tropes. Another new kid in school who meets a seeming outcast and bonds with them? Whoopie. A foster kid [...]