November 18, 2017

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California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas by Pénélope Bagieu | SLJ Review

BAGIEU, Pénélope. California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. illus. by Pénélope Bagieu. 272p. bibliog. ebook available. First Second. Mar. 2017. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781626725461.

Gr 9 Up –Long before she was a singing icon, Ellen Cohen was a middle child in an average Baltimore family. Shortly after finishing high school, she went full-force into her quest to become a musical star, adopting the moniker Cass Elliot. Set primarily against the backdrop of the 1960s, this […]

Real Friends by Shannon Hale | SLJ Review

HALE, Shannon. Real Friends. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 224p. First Second. May 2017. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781626724167; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781626727854. POP

Gr 3-6 –Hale revisits her elementary school years in this insightful exploration of the ups and downs of friendship. Young Shannon meets her BFF Adrienne in kindergarten, and the two bond until Adrienne moves away. When Adrienne returns, Shannon is thrilled—until Adrienne joins a clique. In over her head, Shannon copes with feelings of inadequacy as she […]

Bats: Learning To Fly by Falynn Koch | SLJ Review

KOCH, Falynn. Bats: Learning To Fly. illus. by Falynn Koch. 128p. (Science Comics). further reading. glossary. First Second. Feb. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626724099; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781626724082.

Gr 3-7 –This latest in the science-related graphic novel series turns its focused eye to the world of bats. A little brown bat is lost in a Southwestern desert at night, just as a group of nature lovers are out for a tour. Injured in a commotion with the humans, the […]

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw by Mark Crilley | SLJ Review

CRILLEY, Mark. The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw. illus. by Mark Crilley. 138p. ebook available. Crown/Watson-Guptill. Jul. 2016. pap. $18.99. ISBN 9780385346337.

Gr 4 Up –David is awed by an older student who can draw cars, and he wants to be able to do the same. When he asks Becky, an artist drawing in the park, for a quick lesson, the small request turns into an entire summer of progressive tutorials that readers […]

Review of the Day: Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks

Human Body Theater By Maris Wicks First Second (a imprint of Roaring Brook and division of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-929-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. I gotta come clean with you. Skeletons? I’ve got a thing for them. Not a “thing” as in I find them attractive, but rather a “thing” as in I find […]

Nathan Hale, Maris Wicks, Don Brown, and Others On Nonfiction Graphic Works | Day of Dialog 2015

Dynamic authors and illustrators on the panel Nonfiction Goes Graphic (in Format) spoke about everything from whether cute cartoons can faithfully illustrate the human body to portraying violent subject matter for young children.