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Flashback December 2007

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in December 2007.

Overall, the end of 2007 as well as 2008 will be light on flashback titles. I had started reading for the Printz (so 2008 will be light), and had personally decided not to mention any 2008 titles. I explain this personal decision at this post, Printz Liz.

I invited a few friends to contribute guest posts, but I’m not going to be including them in the flashbacks.

Dragonology: Field Guide to Dragons by Dr. Ernest Drake, by Dugald A. Steer. Candlewick. From my review: “Dragons! The latest ology book revisits Dragons. The design of the book has a “serious” feel; open the cover, and you find a spiral bound book, the Field Guide, along with twelve envelopes. Open an envelope (they only look like they are closed with sealing wax), and there are the pieces to one of the featured dragons. I, of course, tried to put it together without looking at the instructions. Hint: the instructions help.”

Squiggles: A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book by Taro Gomi. Chronicle Books, 2007. From my review: “”It’s a coloring book” really is not a good description. Because it’s so much more than the inexpensive coloring books one usually finds, where you can color in Barbie or Dora. Maybe I’m the only one who obsesses about how things feel? Because the pages of this book feel gorgeous; not the scratchy yellowy pages but smooth cream.”

My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis. Candlewick. Gift set. From my review: “”Beware what you ask for.” The boy gets a real penguin, and after the initial fun, the responsibility sinks in; as does the fact that the penguin is its own being, with likes, dislikes, and needs (like cold creamed herring with seaweed jam instead of chocolate chip waffles.) So the boy learns not just about being responsible for another living thing; but, also, that a being isn’t a toy.”

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is