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Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami | SLJ Review

KRISHNASWAMI, Uma. Book Uncle and Me. illus. by Julianna Swaney. 152p. Groundwood. Sept. 2016. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781554988082; ebk. $12.95. ISBN 9781554988105.

Gr 2-4 –Nine-year-old Yasmin is a self described book-a-day reader. Every day after school she likes to stop by Book Uncle’s lending library on the corner by her apartment complex. Book Uncle has been on the corner as long as Yasmin can remember, and his motto of Right book for the right person for the right day” […]

Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | October 2016

Check out our online-only chapter book reviews for October, including Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami and Julianna Swaney.

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Frightfully Good Reads | Chapter Book Chat

Librarian Abby Johnson suggests several chapter book series—paired with activities or lesson extenders—that deliver chills and thrills.

Gold Medal Reads | Chapter Book Chat

Just in time for the Olympics, librarian Abby Johnson spotlights several sports series for chapter book readers and suggests accompanying activities, including fun ways to stay active this summer.

Skunked! by Jacqueline Kelly | SLJ Review

Kelly, Jacqueline. Skunked! illus. by Teagan White & Jennifer Meyer. 112p. (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet). Holt. Oct. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781627798686.

Gr 2-4 –Award-winning author Kelly introduces the “Calpurnia Tate” series to a younger audience. The year is 1901, and Calpurnia lives in a big white house in Texas with her mother, father, grandfather, and six brothers. Living with so many brothers can bring excitement and, at times, trouble. High jinks ensue when Cal’s younger […]

Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina | SLJ Review

Medina, Juana. Juana and Lucas. illus. by Juana Medina. 96p. Candlewick. Sept. 2016. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763672089.

Gr 2-4 –Juana lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her dog Lucas. She loves brussels sprouts, drawing, and especially the comic book superhero Astroman. She most definitely does not like learning “the English.” When her teacher says learning English is going to be a “ton of fun,” Juana knows that it will really be “nada de fun.” Her abuelo, or […]

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey | SLJ Review

Pilkey, Dav. Dog Man. illus. by Dav Pilkey. 240p. (Dog Man: Bk. 1). Scholastic/Graphix. Sept. 2016. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780545581608. POP 

Gr 1-4 –Part canine, part human, Dog Man is a crime-fighting sensation. He fights crime, sniffs out wrongdoing, and battles his doglike tendencies. His nemesis is Petey, a cat who cooks up devilish plans in his secret lab. The pages are filled with bold lines and colorful artwork that has a childlike feel and will […]

Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | July 2016

Wrestling, fantasy, and princesses all take center stage in this new chapter book series.

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Goofy Pets, Daring Detectives, and a Drama Queen| Chapter Books Series Update

Just in time for summer reading, a roundup of new and forthcoming series continuations for independent chapter book readers.

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Making the Transition: Spanish-Language and Latin@-Focused Beginning Readers and Chapter Books

Libro por libro columnist Tim Wadham presents some classic and new works for emerging readers that either feature Latin@ characters or have been translated into Spanish.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | May 2016

Two chapter books, recently reviewed.

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Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson | SLJ Review

Nilsson, Ulf. Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case. tr. from Swedish by Julia Marshall. illus. by Gitte Spee. 96p. (Detective Gordon). Gecko. Mar. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781776570591. 

Gr 1-4 –Detective Gordon is a pudgy toad with a strong penchant for cakes and a predilection for naps. Luckily for all involved, his assistant Buffy, an energetic and kind-hearted mouse, is always by his side and ready to work. When Buffy discovers that not everyone in the forest […]

Animal Antics: Books & Activities for Independent Readers | Chapter Book Chat

Librarian Abby Johnson kicks off the new Chapter Book Chat column by recommending three animal tales, with accompanying activity ideas.

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke | SLJ Review

Zemke, Deborah. My Life in Pictures. illus. by Deborah Zemke. 144p. (Bea Garcia). Dial. Mar. 2016. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780803741546. 

Gr 1-3 –Bea Garcia is an artist. As far as she’s concerned, the world is her canvas; however, her family insists that she confine her drawings to her own book, titled My Life. It’s all there: things she likes, things she doesn’t, places to go, and things she’d like to happen. Readers meet Bea just as […]

Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker | SLJ Review

Pennypacker, Sara. Waylon! One Awesome Thing. illus. by Marla Frazee. 208p. (Waylon!). Disney-Hyperion. Apr. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781484701522.

Gr 2-5 –The creative team behind the “Clementine” books (Hyperion) launch a new series starring Waylon, Clementine’s science-obsessed classmate. His universe is exploding in a very personal “Big Bang.” Popular kid Arlo has divided all the fourth-grade boys into rival teams, which bums out Waylon, who prefers collaboration over competition. And his older sister Charlotte, aka Neon, […]

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels | SLJ Review

Michaels, Anne. The Adventures of Miss Petitfour. illus. by Emma Block. 144p. ebook available. Tundra. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781770495005.

Gr 1-4 –Meet Miss Petitfour—baker, adventurer, cat-lover, reader, stamp-collector, and storyteller—and her multitudinous cats in this episodic, begging-to-be-read-aloud illustrated chapter book. Its comedic irreverence and spirited play with words, names, and pirate lore will remind readers of Mary Poppins and Pippi Longstocking. Children will savor the whimsical language and conversational tone as well as the nameless […]

Harold goes gay

Not this Harold, or this Harold, or even this other Harold, but THIS Harold is gay. Who knew? In their latest adventure, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot, Harold and George travel twenty years into the future to meet their grown selves–George has a nice wife and two children, while Harold has a […]

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The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems | SLJ Review

Willems, Mo. The Story of Diva and Flea. illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi. 80p. Disney-Hyperion. Oct. 2015. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781484722848.

Gr 2-4–Flea is a flâneur, an alley cat happy to take the world as it comes, seeking out new adventures every day. Diva is a pampered pooch who lives at the 11 avenue Le Play apartment building. Laid back Flea is out and about on one of his adventures when he spies Diva. While initially apprehensive about this cat who comes and […]

The Return of EllRay Jakes, Humphrey the Hamster, Last-but-Not-Least Lola, and More Chapter Book Heroes and Heroines | Series Update

Look no further, chapter book fans. There’s tons of updates to beloved series on the horizon, from everyone’s favorite hamster, Humphrey, who embarks on a camping trip, to EllRay Jakes, who takes on his greatest challenge yet: popularity.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Cynthia Rylant Wows Again, Plus Missing Treasure, Tales of Friendship, and More | Chapter Books

Cynthia Rylant has done it again. Her latest, Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan, tackles the timely topic of drought.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.