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Review: Hereville

Esther Keller

Since its release Hereville by Barry Deutsch has received many accolades, from rave reviews to a Sydney Taylor Book Award in 2011. The book has an interesting blend of fantasy, girl power, and a window to another world. Robin Brenner and I sat down to discuss this book from our two different worlds.

Review: Papercutz Slices

Esther Keller
Slices_PB.indd

Not everyone understands the art of satire and often the humor hurts and well… slices to the core.  Which is exactly what the folks at Papercutz attempted to do. They’ve taken the most popular series and using the sly, wry, and hysterical humor of satire poked fun at today’s pop culture.

Review: Page by Paige

Esther Keller
page by paige

Moving to a new city in the middle of high school and mid-year is a challenge for any teen. For Paige Turner it’s an opportunity to discover herself.

Roundtable: Americus

Esther Keller
americus

Each year the American Library Association sets one week aside to celebrate the freedom to read which has become known as Banned Books Week. Librarians are often at the forefront of censorship battles. But they are not the only ones affected. Most often it is children and ordinary citizens that suffer when their freedom to read is compromised. This year, just in time for Banned Books Week, First Second Publishers released a graphic novel that grapples with these topics. Originally serialized at Saveapathea.com Americus is now a published graphic novel .

Review: Hera

Esther Keller
hera

Finished all the current Rick Riordan books?  Looking for some more Greek Mythology to satiate you or your child’s curiosity?  Then if you haven’t gotten lost in George O’Connor’s Olympian series, it’s only the start of August. There’s still a whole month left to summer vacation, so it isn’t too late!

Review: The Little Prince

Esther Keller
little_prince_graphic_novel

I have a confession to make.  Until this week, I had never read the Little Prince.  I know it seems sacrilege for a librarian to admit she never read a classic, but the title never interested me as a child and as an adult I could never be bothered. Until I agreed to review the adapted graphic novel version.  After reading the first few pages, I knew I had to go back to the original to review this title with justice.

Review: Guinea Pig: Pet Shop Private Eye, No. 4: Fish You Were Here

Katherine Dacey
fish_you_were_here

When the kind but chronically confused Mr. Venezi places a help wanted ad in the paper, the animals at Venezi’s Pet & Supply begin to fret: one candidate smells like soup, while another refuses to work with cute critters. The pets are relieved when Mr. Venezi hires Viola, a smart, stylish ninth grader who seems [...]

Review: Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Mike Pawuk

Bad Island Created, Written, and Drawn by Doug TenNapel Scholastic Books/Graphix Imprint, August 2011 Ages 10+, Grades 5+ August 2011, 220 pages ISBN 978-0-545-31480-0 (softcover) $10.99 ISBN 978-0-545-31479-4 (hardcover) $24.99 A family vacation on a boat turns into an adventure like no other as the castaways have to work together to get off the strangest [...]

Review: Sidekicks

Katherine Dacey
sidekicks

What do pets do when their masters are at work? If you belong to Captain Amazing, defender of Metro City, the answer is watch your owner fight crime on the six o’clock news. Tired of being ignored by Captain Amazing, his pets — Roscoe the dog, Fluffy the hamster, Shifty the gecko, and Manny the [...]

More BEA Highlights

Esther Keller
big nate out loud

I had a hard time navigating the BEA site before the show and only found one session related to Graphic Novels. (I know there had to be more, but I really couldn’t find them.) Luckily, I did find a session moderated by John Hogan