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Review of the Day: It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! by Warren Hanson

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It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones! By Warren Hanson Illustrated by Tricia Tusa Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-1229-3 Ages 4-7 On shelves March 19th Older children are not big fans of reading about middle-aged adults. That’s just obvious. Unless that adult is a furry woodland creature, of course. Then [...]

Review of the Day: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

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Flora and the Flamingo By Molly Idle Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-1006-6 Ages 3-7 On shelves February 3rd Did you know that flamingos are pink because of their diet of plankton? Did you know that the flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas? And did you know that when it comes to a pas [...]

Review of the Day: The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

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The Chicken Problem By Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86989-1 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. I was once in Prospect Park in Brooklyn when I passed a very small child wearing a porkpie hat running as fast as his chubby legs could carry him. Behind him his father yelled out (to [...]

Review of the Day: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

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Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0297-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now A children’s librarian is half media specialist, half psychic. It isn’t enough to have to know the books in your collection. You have to know what that pint-sized patron standing before [...]

Book Talking of the Literal Variety

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As you may have heard Candlewick Press is all about the picture books these days.  In fact, they’re so into them that they’ve become vastly ambitious and have launched a campaign called  “We Believe in Picture Books”.  Part of the plan is to post a video a day for a year celebrating the great picture [...]

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: 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: Chuckling Ducklings by Aaron Zenz

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Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends By Aaron Zenz Walker & Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2191-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now They say that humor is subjective. They might as well just go and say the same thing for what folks find cute. What positively reduces one person to a pile of babbling goo might strike [...]

Review of the Day: Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Perfect Square By Michael Hall Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-191513-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 29, 2011 Graphic designers of the world, take heed: I am wary of your intentions. I mean it. You guys are, and I say this in the kindest way possible, strange. I don’t mind it [...]

Review of the Day: Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward

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Singing Away the Dark By Caroline Woodward Illustrated by Julie Morstad Simply Read Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-897476-41-3 On shelves now The range of different going to school books varies wildly. This is understandable. After all, the act of attending school is one of the first moments of autonomy a child experiences. This is particularly true [...]

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: Ravenna by Stacey Curnow

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Ravenna By Stacey Curnow Illustrated by Daniel Nevins Grateful Steps $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935130-25-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Parables. They’re almost impossible to do in children’s books. The problem with a parable is that if it wants to teach something it often has to say what it means. Another way of saying that is that [...]

Review of the Day: It’s a Book by Lane Smith

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It’s a Book By Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press (a division of Holtzbrinck) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-606-0 On shelves now. Where to begin? Begin at the beguine, I suppose. I’ve had It’s a Book sitting on my shelf for months and now the time is ripe. As you may have heard one place or another, it [...]

Review of the Day: Farm by Elisha Cooper

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Farm By Elisha Cooper Orchard Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-07075-1 Ages 5-10 On shelves now As a children’s librarian living in New York City, I get a really skewed view of the world. For example, a book like Christoph Niemann’s Subway will get released and all the children I see are hugely [...]

2010 New York Times Best Illustrated List

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Good news!  The results of the 2010 New York Times Best Illustrated list is up and running for all to see. Related sidebar: Check out the judges if you get a chance.  It’s kind of neat.  Many thanks to Julie Just.