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Review: Substitute Creacher

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Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from F&G from publisher. The Plot: Substitute teacher day! The children in Mrs. Jenkins’s class think they know what that means. Fun, games, pranks. They don’t expect… a Substitute Creacher instead of a Substitute Teacher. The Good: I know, I concentrate on books for ages twelve [...]

Review: It’s a Book

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It’s a Book by Lane Smith. Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Three friends: a mouse, a jackass, a monkey. Jackass holds a laptop; monkey, a book. In dialogue, monkey tries to explain to jackass what a book is and how it is different from a laptop [...]

Review: Presenting Tallulah

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Presenting . . . Tallulah by Tori Spelling and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2010. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: Poor little rich girl Tallulah finds a friend and asserts her own identity. The Good: I know, I know. A picture book by a celebrity author. [...]

Review: 13 Words

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13 Words by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Maira Kalman. Harper Collins. 2010. Reviewed from F&G from publisher. The Plot: Thirteen words. Bird, despondent, cake, dog…. Oh, just read the book. The Good: It’s Lemony Snicket, so of course it is funny. The humor is directed to an older reader, which is why I’m reviewing it [...]

Review: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

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The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Pat Rothfuss. Illustrated by Nate Taylor. Subterranean Press. 2010. Copy borrowed from Chasing Ray. The Plot: “Once upon a time, there was a Princess who lived in a marzipan castle.” So this fairy tale begins. End at one place, and you [...]