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Review of the Day: The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider

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The Meanest Birthday Girl By Josh Schneider Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-83814-4 Ages 6-9 On shelves now. Life is easier when you can categorize it. When you can slot it in a distinct category and reduce everything to black and white terms. Gray is problematic and messy, after all. [...]

Review of the Day: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

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The Center of Everything By Linda Urban Harcourt Children’s Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-76348-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. There are only two things I require from life: Donuts and good books. Obviously that statement is false, but it sure sounds good. I like donuts. I like good books. And [...]

Review of the Day: Spirit Seeker by Gary Golio

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Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey By Gary Golio Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-23994-1 Ages 6 and up On shelves now Is there any complicated hero with a past so full of darkness that their life cannot be recounted to children? This is the conundrum [...]

Review of the Day: Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

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Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-89129-0 Ages 6-10 On shelves November 6th Every year the children’s librarians of the New York Public Library system come together and create a list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. The list, now entering its 101st [...]

Review of the Day: The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub by Susan Katz

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The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub!: Poems About the Presidents By Susan Katz Illustrated by Robert Neubecker Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-18221-6 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Funny what kids pick up. When I was a tot of four I had a little electronic game that came with its [...]

Review of the Day: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Clarion Books (a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-12493-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now If the helicopter parents don’t smother `em then the death of recess by test-minded schools will. Kids today have a heck of a time playing like they used [...]

Review of the Day: Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

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Hound Dog True By Linda Urban Harcourt Children’s Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-55869-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 20th There’s identifying with a work of children’s fiction and then there’s wondering if the author of the work has somehow discovered time travel and was able to observe your younger self. [...]

Review of the Day: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales By Chris Van Allsburg and more Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $24.99 ISBN: 978-0547548104 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 25, 2011 Chris Van Allsburg has always been the Rod Serling of the children’s literary world. Of that there can be no question. With no other author, [...]

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: Cousins of Clouds by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

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Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems By Tracie Vaughn Zimmer Illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-90349-8 Ages 4-9 On shelves now “Do you have any elephant books?” This is an easy one. The children’s librarian doesn’t have to think too hard about it. Just [...]

Review of the Day: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls By Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-31581-2 Ages 4-9 On shelves April 4th The word “daredevil” conjures up different images for different people. Speaking for myself, when I hear it I instantly picture someone like Evel Knievel leaping over cars on a motorcycle. I do not picture sixty-two [...]

Librarian Preview: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Spring 2011)

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It’s a bit late in the season for me to keep typing up these librarian previews, but due to the fact that the “Spring” has only just begun, I think I have a little leeway for my two remaining previews before I start hearing about the Summer 2011 books that are right around the corner. [...]

Review of the Day: In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck

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In a Blue Room By Jim Averbeck Illustrated by Tricia Tusa Harcourt $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-15-205992-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now This?  Bandwagon jumping.  Totally fun.  You should try it. You know that feeling you have when you’re a fan of something (could be an artist, television show, songwriter, you name it) and they just don’t [...]

Review of the Day: Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus

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Tadpole Rex By Kurt Cyrus Harcourt $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-15-205990-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Rhyming’s not easy. It’s not everyone in the world that can pull it off either. In fact, there have been so many picture books that rhyme and rhyme poorly that it has infected me. Now whenever I pick up a picture [...]

Review of the Day: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

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The Lemonade War By Jacqueline Davies Houghton Mifflin $16.00 I am about to describe to you a true situation that I have experienced time and time again as a children’s librarian.  A parent will walk up to me and ask for a work of fiction for kids dealing either with money or business.  Money or [...]