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Review of the Day: A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk

A Girl Called Problem By Katie Quirk Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $8.00 ISBN: 97800-8028-5404-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Who says that mystery novels for kids all have to include the same tropes and settings? I tell you, half the time when a kid comes up to a reference desk asking for a mystery […]

Review of the Day: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

Picture a Tree By Barbara Reid Albert Whitman & Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-6526-1 Ages 3-6 On shelves now. If you weren’t a teacher or a librarian you wouldn’t necessarily be aware of how critically important tree units are to our school systems. They’re huge. Each and every year when I worked as a children’s librarian […]

Got Me a Book. Got Me a Website. Got Me a Giant Dance Party.

Okay, folks.  This is where we start the self-promotion machine.  I’m looking at it right now and it’s rusty and corroded and clearly falling apart at the seams.  Nonetheless, I shall grab my proverbial gas can, fill the tank, pull the cord, let ‘er rip, and see where she takes me. So first and foremost, […]

Review of the Day: No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah Ohora

No Fits, Nilson! By Zachariah Ohora Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3852-2 Ages 3-7 On shelves June 13th The small child is a frightening beast. A truly terrifying creature that can level the most powerful adult with the mere pitch of their fury laden screams. As a children’s librarian I used to tell […]

Review of the Day: Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Brick by Brick By Charles R. Smith Jr. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-192082-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Sometimes I feel like the older I get the more interesting history becomes. Not that history, real history, wasn’t always fascinating. It’s just that when I was a kid you couldn’t have named a subject […]

Review of the Day: The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

The Water Castle By Megan Frazer Blakemore Illustrated by Jim Kay Walker Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2839-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Where does fantasy stop and science fiction begin? Is it possible to ever draw a distinct line in the sand between the two? A book with a […]

Review of the Day: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Dark By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen Little Brown & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-18748-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 2nd You do not know the temptation I am fighting right now to begin this review with some grandiose statement equating a fear of the dark with a fear of death itself. You have […]

Review of the Day – Ariol: Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert

Ariol: Just a Donkey Like You and Me By Emmanuel Guibert Illustrated by Marc Boutavant Translated by Joe Johnson Papercutz $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-59707-399-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The French are different from you and me. They have better comics for their kids. Sure, America’s been doing passably well in the last few years, but […]

Review of the Day: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll Bones By Holly Black Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-416963981 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 7th I don’t watch much horror in general. I’m what you might call a chicken. When I do see it, though, I’m not particularly disturbed by random splattering and gore. […]

Review of the Day: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Came Home By Amy Timberlake $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86925-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I like children’s books that sock you in the gut. Not the books that telegraph their hits or do the old one-two punch you can see coming from a mile away. No way, man, I’m talking about the books […]

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: Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems By Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201464-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 26th. To non-children’s librarians the statistics are baffling. Your average poetry book isn’t exactly a circ buster. It sits on the shelf for months […]

Review of the Day – Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made By Stephan Pastis Candlewick Press $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-6050-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves February 26th Call it the attack of the syndicated cartoonists. For whatever reason, in the year 2013 we are seeing droves of escapees from the comic strip pages leaping from the burning remains of the newspaper industry into […]

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

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 Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős By Deborah Heiligman Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-59643-307-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves June 25th Make a beeline for your local library’s children’s biography section and learn firsthand the shocking truth about picture book bios of […]