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Review of the Day: Hera by George O’Connor

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Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory By George O’Connor First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1596437241 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Aw, phooey. Phooey and also consarn it. George O’Connor is making me break my usual rules about reviewing. Generally speaking, when I review the first book in a series [...]

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 [...]

Review of the Day: Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Bad Island By Doug TenNapel Coloring by Katherine Garner Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-31479-4 Ages 10-14 On shelves August 1, 2011 It’s enough to make you want to take up brain surgery. I read some comics for kids and I can hardly move through the recycled tropes and old overdone ideas cluttering [...]

Review of the Day: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

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Sidekicks By Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-29811-7 Ages 8-12 On shelves July 1, 2011 When I was a kid I got to read comics that I had no business putting my grubby little hands on. You see my grandmother had carefully left all my dad’s old Superman, Superboy, [...]

Review of the Day: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

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Zita the Spacegirl – Book One: Far From Home By Ben Hatke First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook / Macmillan) $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-695-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I run a bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-13. Like a number of American children in the 21st century, these kids have an overwhelming [...]

Review of the Day: Thunder from the Sea by Jeff Weigel

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Thunder from the Sea: Adventure On Board the HMS Defender By Jeff Weigel G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-2509-7 Ages 8 and up. On shelves now Kids don’t pretend to be sailors anymore. Did they ever? I think so. There must have been a time when the lure of seaside battles [...]

Review of the Day: Trickster edited by Matt Dembicki

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Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Books $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-55591-724-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This year I helped a committee come up with the 100 best books for children. This list has been produced for a while and each year we make sure to include a folk and [...]

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders by Mike Townsend

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Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders By Mike Townsend Dial (a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group) ISBN: 978-0-8037-3308-4 $14.99 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. It’s been an uncommonly good year for graphic novel Greek myths, don’t you think? From George O’Connor’s amazing new series (starting with Zeus: King of the Gods) to two [...]

Review of the Day: Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires

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Binky to the Rescue By Ashley Spires Kids Can Press $8.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-597-2 Ages 7-12 On shelves now When I try to think of cat-related graphic novels for kids, I find that titles don’t fall trippingly off of my tongue. Sure there’s the fabulous Fashion Kitty (a great series, in spite of the sound of [...]

Fusenews: Chicken pox for the soul

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We begin today with a mild pet peeve of mine.  Here we go.  You see this lovely new paperback edition cover of the book Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me?  Well I had great affection for the original story, though I was relatively lukewarm on its first cover.  [...]

Text, Image, and 2010: Why Baby Needs a New ALA Award

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Roundabout this time of year a young girl’s thoughts turn to the upcoming award season.  By now most of the fall releases have been produced in ARC, galley, or F&G form.  The buzz is building.  The mock Newbery/Caldecott discussions are starting.  And in the midst of these discussions will arise a question that shall come [...]

Review of the Day – Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty By G. Neri Illustrated by Randy DuBurke Lee & Low Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-58430-267-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves July 31st “Sometimes stories get to you; this one left my stomach in knots. After three days of reporting, I still couldn’t decide which was more appalling: [...]

Review of the Day: Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

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Meanwhile By Jason Shiga Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8423-3 Ages 8 and up On shelves now Quantum physics, parallel worlds, probability, entropy. Yes it’s all in a day’s work for your average everyday choose your own adventure book. Now just substitute the words “average” and “everyday” in that previous sentence for “extraordinary” [...]

Review of the Day – Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese

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Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese By Colleen AF Venable Illustrated by Stephanie Yue Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $6.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-4598-5 Ages 4-10 On shelves now This book stars a guinea pig by the name of Sasspants. There. I’ve just told you everything you need to know to enjoy it. [...]

Review of the Day – Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor

Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians series) By George O’Connor A Neal Porter Book First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-431-8 On shelves now. Girl walks into my library. I’m putting her age at around nine, maybe ten. Asks if I have any books on Ancient Greece. Turns out the kid is [...]