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

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: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Goblin Secrets By William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-442434523 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I think it is time to declare the birth of the clockwork children’s novel. If you have been watching the literary trends over the last decade or so, you will note that […]

Review of the Day: East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole

East Dragon, West Dragon By Robyn Eversole Illustrated by Scott Campbell Atheneum Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-689-85828-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Sometimes the obvious can also be the impossible. Take dragons, for example. Now say you’re a children’s librarian and a five-year-old approaches your desk and asks you for […]

Review of the Day: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear Sees Blue By Ashley Wolff Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-1306-1 Ages 2-6 On shelves now I like to think of myself as having a low cutesy tolerance. Cute is fine. Cutesy is not. As a new mother, though, I find myself in the peculiar position of […]

Review of the Day: Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter

Jazz Age Josephine By Jonah Winter Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-104169-6123-9 Ages 6 and up On shelves now When we try to name the biggest and best picture book biography authors out there, two names spring immediately to mind. The first is David Adler. Mr. Adler […]

Review of the Day: All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon

All the Water in the World By George Ella Lyon Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson A Richard Jackson Book, Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-7130-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now The role of the public library has changed so often over the last century or so that its latest incarnation as a […]

Review of the Day: The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

The Trouble with May Amelia By Jennifer L. Holm Illustrated by Adam Gustavson Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1373-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Reviewing a Jennifer L. Holm book is a bit redundant. Telling anyone that the woman can write is like pointing out that the sky is blue. It’s […]

Review of the Day: Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie Davis and Jerry Davis

Little Chicken’s Big Day By Katie Davis and Jerry Davis Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-1401-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Are there any picture book catchphrases that have entered the cultural lexicon? I’m serious in asking this, but I’m a poor judge of what everyone knows. When […]

Review of the Day: The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff by Jimmy Gownley

The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff By Jimmy Gownley Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-8613-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the […]

Review of the Day: Trapped by Marc Aronson

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert By Marc Aronson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416913979 Ages 10 and up On shelves August 30, 2011 The notion that history is always happening isn’t necessarily obvious to a kid. I remember […]

Review of the Day: I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

I Must Have Bobo! By Eileen Rosenthal Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0377-2 For ages 4-8 On shelves now Picture books in which beloved toys go astray are the heart and soul of the industry. The reasons are infinitely clear. When dealing with a four-year-old reader, you […]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Spring 2011)

Did you get the new Simon & Schuster catalog the other day in the mail?  If you did, did you feel the cover?  It’s a strange thing to ask, I know, but I did.  I felt that cover.  I felt it because there was something new going on there.  It has a thick comfortable texture […]

Review of the Day: Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson

Cats’ Night Out By Caroline Stutson Illustrated by J. Klassen Simon & Schuster (A Paula Wiseman Book) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-4005-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Cats that go out to dance at night. I know I’ve seen this trope done before, but it’s hard to remember where. I suppose The Alley Cat’s Meow by Kathi […]

Review of the Day: Stella Stands Alone by A. LaFaye

Stella Stands Alone By A. LaFaye Simon and Schuster $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1164-7 Ages 9-14 On shelves now There is nothing in this livelong world that I hate more than a dishonest historical novel. I mean it. Thumbtack the words “dishonest historical novel” to a dartboard and watch my aim fly true. I’m sure you know […]

Review of the Day: Boots and Pieces by Emily Ecton

Boots and Pieces By Emily Ecton Aladdin (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6167-3 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Straight-to-paperback works of fiction do not tend to win great and prestigious literary awards. The term “paperback writer” has never been a term one strives to attain (unless you happen to find yourself in […]