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July 28, 2015

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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 […]

Review: Hansel & Gretel

Review: Hansel & Gretel

A new spin on an old story. In 2007 Lorenzo Mattotti created the illustrations for this book as part of an exhibition curated by Toon Books’ Francoise Mouly in honor of the Metroplitan Opera’s debut of Hansl and Gretl. Neil Gaiman, inspired by the illustrations, wrote down his version of the story. Hansel & Gretel […]

Review: Library Wars: Love and War Volume 5-9

Review: Library Wars: Love and War Volume 5-9

It is the not too distant future, and libraries have armed themselves to protect books and other media from the federal government’s Media Betterment Committee. Iku Kasahara has settled into her job on the Library Task Force, but the MBC and other forces haven’t given up their battle to stop libraries from keeping speech, all […]

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Volume 1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Volume 1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment

Papercutz takes the Power Rangers back to their origins, to the first series that started it all. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers members Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trina and Zack return in all new adventures to stop the evil deeds of the sorceress Rita Repulsa and her loyal minions with the help of the heroic sage Zordon […]

Zombillenium Vol. 2: Human Resources

Zombillenium Vol. 2: Human Resources

Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins NBM Publishing, 2014 ISBN 978-1-56163-850-5 $14.95 When you build a horror-themed amusement park in a region where there’s double digit unemployment and you only hire the monstrous living dead (and one witch) as your employees, there’s bound to be some friction with the […]

Review: Cardfight!! Vanguard, Volumes 1-2

Review: Cardfight!! Vanguard, Volumes 1-2

In the not too distant future, card games have become incredibly popular, and the hottest of them all is Vanguard. Card shops all over offer not just cards for sale, but places for players to meet and play. For timid Aichi, Vanguard is something more. It holds cherished memories in a card given to him […]

Review: Sisters

Review: Sisters

Sixth and seventh grade students are always asking me for another book by Raina Telgemeier. They want the “next one,” not realizing that with the exception of her Babysitter Club adaptations, her books are stand-alones. They also don’t realize that it takes an awfully long time to write and draw a full length-graphic novel! But […]

Review: I Was the Cat

Review: I Was the Cat

Have you ever looked at a cat and wondered what it was thinking? What would it say if it could talk? Would you really want to know? There are a lot of cartoon and pictures of cats captioned with their “thoughts” of taking over the world. The movie Cats and Dogs had cats as the […]

Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes

Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes

Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane By Shirley Hughes Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763673697 $12.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 26, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some books make it look so dang easy, don’t they? Perfect example: Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by two-time […]

Review: Space Mountain: a Graphic Novel

Review: Space Mountain: a Graphic Novel

Space Mountain Written by Bryan Q. Miller. Illustrated by Kelley Jones Disney Press/Disney Comics, 2014 Anyone who’s ever been to a Disney Park knows of Tomorrowland’s famous roller coaster called Space Mountain. The dark, space-themed roller coaster, which is housed in a signature large white domed structure, sends passengers on a voyage through space. It […]

Review: Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley

Review: Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley

Over the last couple of weeks, I started to notice ads for a new summer release, How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first movie, which was released four years ago, was a rousing success. As a librarian, I remember the constant requests for the series of books in which the movie was based on. […]

Review: Rio: Snakes Alive

Review: Rio: Snakes Alive

When the Scholastic Book Orders came with free Rio2 bookmarks just as my review copy of Papercutz’s Rio arrived in my mailbox, I knew that there was a big movie release on the horizon. Generally, I’m not a fan of movie-tie ins, so I was a bit of a skeptic when I picked this up. […]

Review: Dinosaurs, vol. 2

Review: Dinosaurs, vol. 2

True story: We were planning a trip the zoo and my three-year-old daughter and I were having a conversation about what animals we might see there. We mentioned sea lions, tigers, birds, and turtles. But then my daughter asked, “Will we see dinosaurs?” “No,” I answered,  “Dinosaurs aren’t found in zoos.  Maybe we can see […]

Review: Pokemon Black and White Pocket Comics

Review: Pokemon Black and White Pocket Comics

Pokemon is an enduring franchise that not only keeps its original fans but continues to pull in new ones. With so many Pokemon already, and new ones being introduced with each new generation, there’s a lot to know and learn about these creatures. Pokemon Black and White Pocket Comics By Santa Harukaze All Ages Viz […]

Review: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Volume 1-2

Review: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Volume 1-2

What happens when you combine a popular video game franchise from Japan with an iconic American franchise? You get Kingdom Hearts. This collaboration between Square Enix’s Final Fantasy video game series and Disney’s flagship characters has produced not only several successful video games, including a new one out this year, but several manga adaptations of […]