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Review of the Day: Everything Goes on Land by Brian Biggs


Everything Goes on Land By Brian Biggs Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-195809-0 Ages 3 and up On shelves now There is much to be said for simplicity. The elegant understated picture book that contains peaceful moments of serenity with the idea that a child might get lost in the […]

Review of the Day: Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend


Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story By Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud Illustrated by John Holyfield Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4058-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Certain historical figures inspire multiple generations of children’s authors to go a little hog wild and pig crazy writing up their lives for […]

Review of the Day: What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson


What Animals Really Like By Fiona Robinson Abrams Books for Young Readers $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8976-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m sitting in a room with other children’s librarians. Together, we are attempting to determine what the best children’s books of a given year are. It’s late in the publishing season and we haven’t a […]

Review of the Day: A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan


A Dog is a Dog By Stephen Shaskan Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-7896-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 12th Beware the children’s librarian entrenched in the same old, same old. One of the risks of the profession is that when children’s librarians grow jaded, they start to rely upon the same five to eight books […]

Review of the Day: Hopper and Wilson by Maria van Lieshout

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Hopper and Wilson By Maria van Lieshout Philomel Books (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25184-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Inspiration comes in a variety of different forms though family is probably best source. One author might write a picture book and make all the monsters in it the relatives they knew growing up. […]

Review of the Day: The Book That Zack Wrote by Ethan Long


The Book That Zack Wrote By Ethan Long Blue Apple Books $11.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-060-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I have a theory. Bear with me here. My theory is that whenever there is a literary phenomenon in the teen or middle grade chapter book world, you see little echoes of it in the picture […]

Review of the Day – Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola


Orani: My Father’s Village By Claire A. Nivola Frances Foster Books (Farrar Straus Giroux) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-35657-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves July 19th The personal family history as picture book is an interesting little subgenre. It’s been in the American picture book roster for years, dating back at least as far as Robert Lawson’s 1940 […]

Review of the Day: My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee


My Name Is Elizabeth By Annika Dunklee Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe Kids Can Press $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-560-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 The human capacity to garble a first name, even a simple or common one, is without limit. I should know. My name is Elizabeth. My preferred nickname is “Betsy”, which is […]

Review of the Day: Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte


Lola’s Fandango By Anna Witte Illustrated by Micha Archer Narrated by The Amador Family Barefoot Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-84686-174-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 In my children’s room at the library the requests I receive at the reference desk from kids and their parents vary widely. On the subject of dance there’s a […]

Review of the Day: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan A. Shea

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan A. Shea Illustrated by Tom Slaughter Blue Apple Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-062-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Because I’m a librarian I like to slot books into distinct categories. Alphabet book. Concept book. Emotions book. So on. Other people like it too. That’s why I keep […]

Review of the Day: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen


I Want My Hat Back By Jon Klassen Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5598-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 27th. I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by […]

Review of the Day: My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer


My Side of the Car By Kate Feiffer Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4405-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 26th. Reality is subjective. You learn this when you have children of your own. What may be glaringly obvious to a parent will pass right over a six-year-old’s head (and vice-versa). To a […]

Review of the Day: Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman


Blue Chicken By Deborah Freedman Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01293-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 15th Call it barnyard self-actualization. Too heavy an idea for a picture book? Fine. How about breaking down the barn’s fourth wall? Or nine barnyard characters in search of an illustrator? However you want to couch it, […]

Review of the Day: Ice by Arthur Geisert


Ice By Arthur Geisert Enchanted Lion Books $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-59270-098-1 For ages 5 and up On shelves now Me and Arthur Geisert, Arthur Geisert and I . . . I wouldn’t say we’ve ever connected, exactly. Over the years I’ve had a hard time getting a grasp on his particular brand of picture book creation. […]

Review of the Day: Press Here by Herve Tullet


Press Here By Herve Tullet Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 30th When we talk about interactive picture books we’re usually talking about pop-up books or tactile books with fuzzy/bumpy details. When we talk about picture books that break down the fourth wall, we’re usually talking about titles that approach the […]