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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 […]

Review of the Day: Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson

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Magic Trixie By Jill Thompson Lettered by Jason Arthur Harper Collins $7.99 ISBN: 978-0-060117045-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now You know how you’ll be prepared to dislike something and then, through no fault of your own, you are forced to take a close and in-depth look at the very thing you were trying to avoid? […]

Review of the Day: Princess at Midnight by Andi Watson

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Princess at Midnight By Andi Watson Image Comics, Inc. $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-58240-928-3 Ages 8-12 On shelves now I’m always on the lookout for good kid-friendly graphic novels to stock my library’s shelves with. And I am particularly interested in publishers that don’t get as much library face time as they might since the presence of […]

Review of the Day: Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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Rapunzel’s Revenge By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrated by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury $18.99 ISBN: 978-1599900704 Ages 10 and up On shelves now A popular novelist may be prone to looking at the whole of their oeuvre. They consider their past works, look to the future, and decide to write a graphic novel. What makes […]

Review of the Day: Jellaby by Kean Soo

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Jellaby (Vol. 1) Kean Soo Hyperion $9.99 ISBN: 978-142310303-5 Ages 8 and up On shelves now You ever been in love? I don’t mean the passing fancy of a crush or the slight flutter you feel when you’re fifteen and desperately trying NOT to make eye contact with the object of your affection. I’m talking […]