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Review of the Day: Ben Rides On by Matt Davies

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Ben Rides On By Matt Davies A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-794-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. The cartoonist as great children’s book author is not a given. Consider the sad case of Berkeley Breathed, for example. He achieved levels of unattainable brilliance when he penned Bloom […]

Review of the Day: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

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Nino Wrestles the World By Yuyi Morales Neal Porter Books – Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-604-6 Ages 3-7 On shelves now If there is any topic on the lips and minds of librarians, teachers, and other gatekeepers it is the state of multicultural literature for kids today. Seems a week […]

Review of the Day: Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia Una Llama Pequena by Angela Dominguez

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Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia Una Llama Pequena By Angela Dominguez Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9333-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves August 20th Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you a humbled woman. A woman who “knew” certain facts but, until she saw them working in her own personal […]

Review of the Day: The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős By Deborah Heiligman Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-59643-307-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves June 25th Make a beeline for your local library’s children’s biography section and learn firsthand the shocking truth about picture book bios of […]

Review of the Day: Pickle by Kim Baker

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Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School By Kim Baker Illustrated by Tim Probert Roaring Brook Press (a division of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-765-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I was in college I took a course in journalism to fulfill an English credit. I had no real desire to […]

Review of the Day: Bird Talk by Lita Judge

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Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why By Lita Judge Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-646-6 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The older you get the more facts seem to change. For example, when I was a kid I remember that some facts were as of yet unprovable but were […]

Review of the Day: Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

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Giants Beware! By Jorge Aguirre Art by Rafael Rosado Color by John Novak and Matthew Schenk First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-582-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 10th It shouldn’t be this hard. I know why it is hard. I acknowledge that I could never do it myself. I submit to […]

Review of the Day: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger A Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-397-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 27th Sometimes you just want to show a kid a beautiful picture book. Sometimes you also want that book to be recent. That’s the tricky part. Not that there aren’t pretty […]

Review of the Day: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

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And Then It’s Spring By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-624-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 14th Patience is a virtue. Riiiiiight. Actually it is, but tell that to anyone under the age of fifteen (to pick an arbitrary age). […]

Review of the Day: Bandits by Johanna Wright

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Bandits By Johanna Wright A Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-583-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There has been inadequate use of raccoons in children’s literature. Seems to me that if you have a furry woodland creature with a homegrown mask as part of its fuzzy face, it’s […]

Review of the Day: Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

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Coral Reefs By Jason Chin Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-563-6 Ages 5 and up On shelves now First things first. Let’s just get something out the way here before I go any further. I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to this book. No, I don’t know the […]

Review of the Day: Nursery Rhyme Comics edited by Chris Duffy

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Nursery Rhyme Comics Edited by Chris Duffy Introduction by Leonard S. Marcus $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-600-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 11, 2011 Nursery rhymes. What’s up with that? (I feel like a stand up comedian when I put it that way). They’re ubiquitous but nonsensical. Culturally relevant but often of unknown origins. Children’s literary scholar […]

Review of the Day: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading By Tommy Greenwald Illustrated by J.P. Coovert Roaring Brook (Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-691-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The unreliable narrator. It’s a staple of adult literature, and a relative newcomer to the world of children’s lit. Even books for teens are more likely to sport these first […]

Review of the Day: Peaceful Pieces by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace By Anna Grossnickle Hines Henry Holt (Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-899607 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Folks will ask for it. Sure they will. You sit at a children’s reference desk in a library long enough and eventually somebody is going to ask you for a book on the […]

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 […]