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Review of the Day – Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

Chuck Close: Face Book By Chuck Close & Glue and Paper Workshop Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0163-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The autobiography assignment. Oh, it exists. It exists and children’s librarians know to fear it. At a certain time of year a child will approach the reference desk and utter […]

Review of the Day: The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 By Deborah Kops Charlesbridge $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-348-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I was hosting a party the other night and amongst my guests was a former editor of children’s literature. In the course of the evening she happened to notice that I had a copy of The Great […]

Review of the Day: Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

Drawing from Memory By Allen Say Scholastic Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-17686-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. I am happy to report that there has been an uptick in options for those children handed the standard “You Must Read an Autobiography” assignment in school. Which is to say, more and more people are writing their autobiographies […]

Review of the Day – From Then to Now: A Short History of the World by Christopher Moore

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World By Christopher Moore Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski Tundra Books $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-88776-5407 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. I have nothing but respect for contemporary historians. A few of them, let us be honest, are rock stars. They have to take something as strange […]

Review of the Day – Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Illustrated by Raul Colon Marshall Cavendish $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5562-2 Ages 8-11 On shelves now When I was a kid I took a fair amount of ballet. I liked it. Kept me on my toes (yuk yuk yuk). I retain fond memories of that time in my life, […]

Review of the Day: Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans By Kadir Nelson Balzer and Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-173074-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Humans tend to be a highly visual species. When folks tell you not to judge a book by its cover, that’s an optimistic sentiment rather than […]

Review of the Day: Witches! by Rosalyn Schanzer

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem By Rosalyn Schanzer National Geographic Children’s Books $16.95 ISBN: 978- 1426308697 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 13th Sometimes I wish I could sit down with my 10-year-old self and have a conversation. We’d chat about the improvements that will come to fashion someday (I […]

Review of the Day: Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer By Trina Robbins Pencils by Anne Timmons Inks by Mo Oh Lettering by Felix Ruiz and Cayetano Garza Jr. Coloring by Studio C10 Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-6010-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2011 I was asked […]

Review of the Day: Trapped by Marc Aronson

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert By Marc Aronson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416913979 Ages 10 and up On shelves August 30, 2011 The notion that history is always happening isn’t necessarily obvious to a kid. I remember […]

Review of the Day: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves February 8, 2011 When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. […]

Review of the Day: Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum

Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I By Ann Bausum National Geographic $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0702-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves November 9, 2010 Who could have predicted that WWI would become the hot literary topic for child readers in 2009-10? I remember when I was a kid […]

Review of the Day – Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz By Beverly Gherman Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6790-0 Ages 8 and up On shelves now. Sitting in the biography section of my children’s room are crisp, new, clean, pristine biographies of all sorts of people. Saints and sailors, presidents and queens, you name it. We got `em. […]

Review of the Day – Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet by Alexandra Siy

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet By Alexandra Siy Charlesbridge ISBN: 978-1-57091-462-1 $18.95 Ages 9-12 Sometimes I think that adult authors of children’s non-fiction subjects get so wrapped up in their material that they forget (or, more likely, never knew how) to make the thing they are talking about palatable to kids. Here’s a […]

Review of the Day: Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka By Jon Scieszka Viking (a Penguin imprint) $12.99 ISBN: 978-0670011384 Ages 9-12 On shelves now To adults that don’t normally wander through the shelves of children’s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast. You write a book about […]

Review of the Day – King George: What Was His Problem? by Steve Sheinkin

King George: What Was His Problem? Everything your schoolbooks didn’t tell you about The American Revolution By Steve Sheinkin Illustrated by Tim Robinson Flash Point (a Roaring Book Press imprint) $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-59643-319-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Children are taught history. They turn into teenagers and find out that much of what […]