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Review of the Day: A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M.G. Schmidt

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A Pond Full of Ink By Annie M.G. Schmidt Illustrated by Sieb Posthuma Translated by David Colmer Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5433-9 Ages 7 and up On shelves now International children’s authors are great. They’re just not particularly well known in America. There are various reasons for this. Some of it has [...]

Review of the Day: Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

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Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons By Jon J. Muth Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-16668-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 25th I have a colleague who is mighty careful when regarding haiku. She’s Japanese-American herself, and one thing she simply cannot stand is when someone takes a set of words, slaps them into five/seven/five syllable lines, [...]

Review of the Day: Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky

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Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems By Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201464-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 26th. To non-children’s librarians the statistics are baffling. Your average poetry book isn’t exactly a circ buster. It sits on the shelf for months [...]

Review of the Day: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

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Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5601-0 Ages 3-8 On shelves now I have lots of little soapboxes scattered around my home that I like to pounce on in idle moments. Big soapboxes. Little soapboxes. Anyone who knows me is forced to hear me expound from one [...]

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: 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: A Little Bitty Man by Halfdan Rasmussen

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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young By Halfdan Rasmussen Translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763623791 Ages 3-8 On shelves now. Denmark! Mention the country and children’s literature in one breath and what would most Americans think of? Well, if they [...]

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: Won Ton by Lee Wardlaw

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Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku By Lee Wardlaw Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt and Company (a division of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-805-8995-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 15, 2011 A substitute teacher came up to my reference desk seeking, “Fun haiku books” to turn into lesson plans with their kids. That’s [...]

Review of the Day: Last Song by James Guthrie

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Last Song: A Lullaby By James Guthrie Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-508-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. This is a very difficult book to review. When I review a picture book, you see, I need a “hook”. I need to latch onto some aspect of the product that strikes me [...]

Review of the Day: Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman

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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors By Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-71719-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now. I believe that there are different muses of children’s literature. You have you Beautiful Spine muses, your Great Editor muses, your Awe-Inspiring Marketing muses, and your Copyediting Magnificence muses. Each one of these references those elements [...]

Review of the Day: Guyku by Bob Raczka

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Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-24003-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 4, 2010 There’s been a lot of discussion lately about getting guys to read. Little guys, that is. The figuring is that if you don’t rope boys into the [...]

Review of the Day – Skywriting: Poems to Fly by J. Patrick Lewis

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Skywriting: Poems to Fly By J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi Creative Editions $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-56846-203-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2010 We were promised jet packs. That’s what the future was supposed to hold for us. When you think of the future you may imagine things like flying cars or personalized jet [...]

Review of the Day: Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Josee Masse Dutton (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-47901-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves now. I like to think that the world of children’s literature has gained a bit more respect in the last decade or so. Folks notice it and [...]

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 [...]