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Review of the Day: Too Small Tola by Atinuke, ill. Onyinye Iwu

In the new chapter book series Too Small Tola, Atinuke has turned her book into a small masterpiece. Read these books, ye other mighty authors, and despair.

Review of the Day: J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, ill. Akeem S. Roberts

The story of a boy subjected to an egregious home haircut and who takes that problem as an opportunity to not only learn new skills but also grow his own business . . . well, now that’s the kind of story I think we all need more of right now.

31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Funny Fiction for Kids

The bulk of what I read in 2020 wasn’t funny. The bulk of what I LIVED in 2020 wasn’t funny. So hand this to the kind that desperately needs an end-of-year pick-me-up.

Review of the Day: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, ill. Emily Hughes

Charlie & Mouse By Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes Chronicle Books $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-3153-5 Ages 6-9 On shelves April 11th Only the jaded should write reviews of children’s books. Oh, it makes sense! Think about it. Children’s books are where the saccharine and overblown and overbearing go to die. Things that wouldn’t cut it […]

Review of the Day: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, ill. Brian Floca

Princess Cora and the Crocodile By Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Brian Floca Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4822-0 Early Chapter Book On shelves March 28th What if. What if Good Night Moon had been illustrated by someone other than Clement Hurd? What if. What if Charlotte’s Web had had an artist who wasn’t Garth Williams? […]

Review of the Day: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld

Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot By Sarah Courtauld Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-250-05277-3 Ages 7-10 On shelves now. Considering that I will never but EVER write an early chapter book or, for that matter, an easy book for new readers, it’s funny how often I sit around contemplating […]

Review of the Day: The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider

The Meanest Birthday Girl By Josh Schneider Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-83814-4 Ages 6-9 On shelves now. Life is easier when you can categorize it. When you can slot it in a distinct category and reduce everything to black and white terms. Gray is problematic and messy, after all. […]