June 24, 2016

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Review: Child Soldier

This title offers young readers a glimpse of a turbulent region that is in another part of the world—but it’s not for sensitive readers. Child Soldier: When boys and Girls are used in War By Jessica Dee Humphreys & Michel Chikwanine. Claudia Davila Kids Can Press. 2015. ISBN 9781771381260 hc, $17.95. 48pp. Grades 5 and […]

Review: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

The children I work with on a day-to-day basis have no real memory of an event that has changed the course of our country’s history. While for those of us sitting in New York City and in many other cities in the United States (the world!), Hurricane Katrina was far away, but with the TV […]

Review: ‘Archie,’ vol. 1

Back in August the Good Comics for Kids crowd discussed the release of the “New Archie,” a new series from Archie Comics. Recently, I noticed that the first six issues had been published as a trade paperback, and since I’m not a fan of single-issue comics (I hate waiting so long between issues to get […]

Review: ‘Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Alamo All Stars’

I’ve read a number of short graphic novels about the Alamo. Those books were fine, but they were aimed at a school library market that was looking to cater to libraries needing accessible reads for assignment purposes. By no means did they spark the love of history like the Nathan Hale series generally does. While […]

Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wall’

Back in December, when I ran my Book Fair, I was surprised this unobtrusive paperback by Jennifer A. Nielsen become an instant best seller. You see, A Night Divided, had the best possible sales rep—an excited and enthusiastic reader. One of the students had already read the book, and he practically sold a copy to […]

Review: Little Robot

As the 2016 new releases start to flood the market, here’s a look at some of the titles we didn’t have a chance to review. Little Robot By Ben Hatke. First Second Books. 2015. ISBN 9781626720800 HC, $16.99. 136pp. Grades 2 and up Little Robot is by the artist best known for Zita the Space […]

Review: ‘Secret Coders’

Can a good story really be told while trying to teach kids how to code? With the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning and higher STEM standards in our country’s public schools, it’s no surprise that someone out there is trying to incorporate good storytelling and science. But a story about […]

Review: ‘Punky Brewster’

Since starting my own family, I’ve noticed that people in my age bracket are reviving the fads of their childhood. I presume that besides the money-making motivation, entrepreneurs realize that adults want to share the fun parts of their childhood with their kids. I certainly get a huge kick out of my three-year-old who routinely […]

Review: Bone Tribute Edition

I’ve always been open and honest about being a late comer to the comics world. I’d only read a handful of comics until 10-12 years ago, when I decided to bring comics into my school’s library. I then started to read sporadically, until I joined ALA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection committee. Only then […]

Review: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea’

Was it in honor of Scholastic’s 10th anniversary or was it because Raina Telgemeier titles are in such high demand? Is that why Scholastic reissued the Babysitter’s Club in color? Back in May, I spoke to a Scholastic rep at Book Expo and she said that both were considerations. Mostly, she explained, it had to […]

Review: The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess was part of my library’s core Graphic Novel collection. Though I hadn’t more than glanced through the title at the time, I had purchased it, because at the time it was one of the few female heroines in comics. And I liked it even more that this female heroine wasn’t scantily dressed […]

Review: Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson is most noted for his award winning titles Blankets and Habibi. In a departure from his adult titles, Thompson has ventured into the world of comics for kids in this excellent futuristic space adventure. Space Dumplins By Craig Thompson. Graphix. August 2015. ISBN 9780545565417 HC, $24.99. 320pp. Grades 4 and up Violet loves […]

Review: Roller Girl

This summer I challenged myself to read as much as I could. I made sure to keep my house inundated with books, which between the loads of reserves I placed at the public library and the many books I still have from Book Expo America, is not a problem. I also wanted to do a […]

Review: ‘Baba Yaga’s Assistant’

A little realism. A little creepiness. Fairy tale stepmothers and stepsisters. This book has a little bit of everything to attract all type of readers and will leave all of them more than satisfied. Baba Yaga’s Assistant By Marika McCoola, art by Emily Carroll Candlewick Press Grades 6 and up Masha was mostly raised by […]

Review: ‘Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories’

Sora, Donald, and Goofy continue on their journey to find their friends Riku and King Mickey, who were locked in the darkness. They are detoured along the way by a mysterious hooded stranger who leads them to the ominous Castle Oblivion. There, they may find clues that will lead them to their friends—but at the […]

Review: Sunny Side Up

The brother-and-sister team of Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm join forces again, though this time their book is a slight departure from the usual work: No cute squishy figures, no spunky mice. This new story is rooted in reality and takes us back in time, though realistically it could have taken place today. Sunny […]

Review: ‘Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Railroad’

When I was in fourth grade (and again in 5th grade), we had to read a biography and then dress up as the person we read about it to present it to the class. I remember this project well, because I dressed up as Eleanor Roosevelt for two years straight. (I also did my science […]

Review: El Deafo

Review: El Deafo

This title made it to our Top 10 2014 Best Graphic Novel list for good reason, it’s been cited on many other lists as well, including the Parents Magazine best books of the year. El Deafo By Cece Bell. Color by David Lasky Abrams. September 2014. ISBN 978-1-4197-1217-3 $10.95 244 pp. Recommended for grades 4 […]

Review: Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood

Review: Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood

Every time I learned about World War I in school it was a brief overview of one of the deadliest wars in history. The version I learned went something like this: Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated. Everyone takes sides. World War I happens. It ends. The Allies slap Germany around so that their economy is devastated […]

Review: Pokemon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire Volume 15-21

Review: Pokemon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire Volume 15-21

Ruby is a Pokémon trainer determined to have the most beautiful Pokémon and win all the Pokémon Contests in the Hoenn region. Sapphire is a Pokémon trainer determined to have the strongest Pokémon and win all the badges from the gyms in the Hoenn region. When these two cross paths, it becomes a race to […]