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Review of the Day: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

The Real Boy By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201507-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now My two-year-old is dealing with the concept of personhood. Lately she’s taken to proclaiming proudly “I’m a person!” when she has successfully mastered something. By the same token, failure […]

Review of the Day – Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Lockwood & Company: The Screaming Staircase By Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books for Children $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4231-6491-3 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 17th I’m sick of historical fiction. I’m sick of contemporary fiction. I’m sick of realism and science fiction. Fantasy I watch with a wary eye. I don’t always feel this way but […]

Review of the Day: Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

Hokey Pokey By Jerry Spinelli Alfred A. Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-83198-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Not a Jerry Spinelli fan over here. Nope. Some authors you love, some authors you loathe, and some you feel zip, zero, zilch feelings towards whatsoever. That was me and the Spinelli man. Maniac […]

Review of the Day: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom By Christopher Healy Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Since when did fairytales become the realm of the girly? I blame Disney. Back in the days of Grimm your average everyday fairytale might contain princesses and pretty gowns […]

Review of the Day: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Splendors and Glooms By Laura Amy Schlitz Candlewick Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5380-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. Do you remember that moment in the film version of The Princess Bride where the grandfather is trying to convince his stubborn grandson that the book he’s about to read is fantastic? He lures the kid […]

Review of the Day: The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

The Vengekeep Prophecies By Brian Farrey Illustrated by Brett Helquist Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-204928-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Let’s talk lazy fantasy writing. It exists. It’s out there. And when you find yourself reading some 30+ middle grade fantasies in a given year there are certain tropes and themes that appear so often […]

Review of the Day: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Goblin Secrets By William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-442434523 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I think it is time to declare the birth of the clockwork children’s novel. If you have been watching the literary trends over the last decade or so, you will note that […]

Review of the Day: Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Starry River of the Sky By Grace Lin Little, Brown and Company $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12595-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 2, 2012 I remember when Grace Lin first started writing chapter books for kids. She’d been doing picture books (mostly for others) for years and when at last she started creating small semi-fictionalized memoirs based […]

Review of the Day: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince By Jennifer A. Nielsen Scholastic $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-28413-4 Ages 10 and up. On shelves April 1st Notes Jotted Down While Reading This Book: Note #1: “Really fantastic first page.  Authors take note.” Note #2: “I’m only four pages in and already I like what I see.” Let it be known that as […]

Review of the Day: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

The Apothecary By Maile Meloy Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25627-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I can be a very smug librarian sometimes. It can get me into trouble. Take my reaction to the cover of Maile Meloy’s The Apothecary, for instance. Here we […]

Review of the Day: Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac

Dragon Castle By Joseph Bruchac Dial Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-33767-3 Ages 10-14 On shelves now. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the […]

Review of the Day: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5559-4 Ages 11 and up On shelves now I don’t mind metaphors as much as I might. I think that generally I’m supposed to hate them when they show up in children’s literature. I […]

Fantasy in a Post-Harry World

With the final Harry Potter movie in theaters making more money than the very nation has in its coffers (or so my lackadaisical understanding of politics leads me to believe) there have been a whole slew of articles about Harry.  These include articles on the kids in the movie, on what Rowling’s up to now, […]

The Talking Mushrooms Are Great, But Would You Really Want to Live There?

This year we’ve seen a fair number of adapted fairytales, cautionary tales, talking animals, etc.  In short, lots of lovely fantasy to sort through.  I can’t say I’ve read everything.  For example, I’ve yet to read that book that declares itself to be “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter” (that would be The Unwanteds by […]

Review of the Day: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes By Jonathan Auxier Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0025-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 1st. What is the most telling difference between those works of children’s literature written long ago and those written today? Pose this question to a room full of children’s librarians and I […]