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April 15, 2014

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Pick of the Day: Hot Coffee: Is Justice Being Served? | DVD

Hot Coffee

A good choice for constitutional law or pre-law classes, this film would capture the interest of most students.

Teens Review Peter Gabriel, Grammy Compilation, and LEGO Movie Video Game

2014 Grammy Nominees

How can you go wrong with a character named Emmett Brickowski? The LEGO Movie Gameis pleasing fans both young and old, as will cuts from the just released Grammy 2014 Nominees compilation. Peter Gabriel continues to be innovative and inspirational on his latest album, And I’ll Scratch Yours.

Pick of the Day: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit | Audio

Randi Rhodes

Actress Octavia Spencer’s debut novel is everything a middle-grade mystery should be.

Pick of the Day: Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! | DVD

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator

The film version of Mo Willems’s winning title (HarperCollins, 2011) is true to the picture book’s spare atmosphere, employing plenty of white space to highlight the main characters and action.

Pick of the Day: Counting by 7s | Audio

Counting by 7s audio

Robin Miles creates a believable cast of characters with appropriate accents and tones, voicing Willow’s grief, pain, and eventual hopefulness with great emotion.

Teens Review ‘Dead Rising 3′, ‘Inside Lleywn Davis’ and ‘Frozen’ Soundtracks

Frozen

Just start humming the folk tune Five Hundred Miles, and it will stay in your head all day. Thank goodness the soundtrack from Inside Llewyn Davis has other equally mind-sticking options.

Multimedia Reviews | DVD & Audio

My So-Called Enemy (A New Day Films) ©2010 by Lisa Gossels, p. 50

Adaptations of the acclaimed picture books Building Our House and Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! are among the new video arrivals, including the moving documentary My So-Called Enemy. Better Nate than Ever grabs the audiobook spotlight, along with a look at World War II in fact and fiction.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors

What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Pick of the Day: My So-Called Enemy |DVD

My So-Called Enemy

Subtle, not pedantic, this film is a balanced and nuanced approach to understanding conflict.

Pick of the Day: Move Like an Animal | Audio

Move Like an Animal

Birdie’s Playhouse gives animals an exciting Latin flair in her newest album.

Pick of the Day: Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle | DVD

Superheroes

Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, this extensive and highly entertaining retrospective chronologically reviews the history of 20th-century superheroes utilizing an amazingly rich collection of archival and contemporary media of all types.

Pick of the Day: A Long Walk to Water | Audio

A Long Walk to Water audio

Differentiated, African-inspired chapter introduction music assists in delivering this parallel story of two very different, but equally difficult, lives in Sudan.

Pick of the Day: Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story | DVD

Far Out Isn't Far Enough

Director Brad Bernstein’s homage to a groundbreaking, internationally recognized author/illustrator (Moon Man) is a tour de force, with cinematography as playful, creative, and subversive as its protagonist.

Pick of the Day: The Dream Thieves | Audio

The Dream Thieves audio

Despite not lending itself well to feminine pitches, reader Will Patton’s deep, gruff voice is an ideal match for this atmospheric and eerily beautiful story.

Pick of the Day: Cloudette | DVD

Cloudette DVD

This delightfully simple story of a small cloud who dreams of doing big things will resonate with children.

Pick of the Day: The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred | Audio

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

This is a delightful bilingual romp, and teachers will appreciate the chance to compare and contrast the story with the English “This is the House That Jack Built.”

Teens Review the Latest from Britney Spears, Muse, and Super Mario Bros.

Live at Rome Olympic Stadium

Pop star diva Britney Spears returns to the music scene with a self-titled album that features familiar and new sounds. While Live at Rome Olympic Stadium doesn’t feature any new tracks from Muse, it does offer the live concert experience. Mario in 3D? It’s here, and it’s rocking the format for Wii fans.

Pick of the Day: Bink & Gollie: Two for One | DVD

Bink & Gollie

Best friends Bink and Gollie make a winning transition to CD and DVD with their adventures at the state fair.

Book/Multimedia Starred Reviews

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From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.

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Multimedia Reviews | DVDs & Audio

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
©2013 First Run Features

Several picture book favorites, such as Cloudette and Carnivores, are expanded into lush multimedia formats, while children’s literature great Tomi Ungerer’s life is explored in unflinching detail in a new documentary.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.