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Review of the Day: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell


Me . . . Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316004546-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 5th Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. […]

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 […]

Review of the Day: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland


How the Sphinx Got to the Museum By Jessie Hartland Blue Apple Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-032-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now One of the most frequent requests I get from parents in my library is a desire for books on “community workers”. Which is to say, their children have been given an assignment in school […]

Review of the Day: She Sang Promise by Jan Godown Annino


She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader By Jan Godown Annino Illustrated by Lisa Desimini Afterword by Moses Jumper, Jr. National Geographic $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0592-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m tired of Einstein. I’m tired of Edison too. Heck, I’m even tired of Martin Luther King Jr., Marie Curie, […]

Review of the Day: Growing Patterns by Sarah C. Campbell


Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature By Sarah C. Campbell Photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell Boyds Mills Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-752-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves now. One of the more interesting requests I receive at my library’s reference desk comes from parents seeking math books for their kids. Generally […]

Review of the Day: Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Floca Ballet For Martha

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Illustrated by Brian Floca Flash Point (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-338-0 Ages 5-10 On shelves August 3, 2010 Collaboration. True life stories of collaboration told in a picture book format. It’s a challenge that I give myself: Name such […]

Review of the Day: Born to Be Giants by Lita Judge

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World By Lita Judge Flash Point / Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-443-1 Ages 5 and up On shelves now. Just yesterday I had a very nice children’s author from North Carolina visiting me in my library. She wanted to look […]

Review of the Day – Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini by Aaron Frisch

Dark Fiddler

Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini By Aaron Frisch Illustrated by Gary Kelley Creative Editions $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-56846-200-4 Ages 9 and up On shelves now The picture book biographer is often a limited soul. If you are churning out biography after biography for a large company then I’m sure the job must […]