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November 24, 2014

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Review of the Day: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Review of the Day: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy David Macaulay Studio – Roaring Brook (Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 9781596438743 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. When you’re a librarian buying for your system, you come to understand that certain nonfiction topics are perennial favorites. You accept that no matter how many [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Instead of listening to my own children, who I love, fight with each other, I got to hear whiny, screechy-voiced [character] whine, sullen, put-upon [character] whine, and both of their parents whine. It felt like watching Supernanny. Click here [...]

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

A Surprise Fiction Win and a Dazzling Le Guin at the National Book Awards 2014

On Wednesday, November 19, the National Book Foundation hosted the 2014 National Book Awards—the 65th annual awards—at the cavernous Capriani’s Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The evening featured a surprise win in fiction for Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Penguin Pr.), a first book of stories by a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Iraq for […]

Review of the Day: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand

Review of the Day: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand

Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin By Russell Brand Illustrated by Chris Riddell Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4767-9189-0 On shelves now. If there is a trend to be spotted amongst the celebrity children’s books being released these days then I think it boils down to a [...]

Review: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Review: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story By Patrick McDonnell Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316222587 $17.00 Grades PreK-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For people in the human world, being used is a bad thing. For books in the school library world, being used is a fact of life. Librarians are always looking for [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return To Plain Awful”

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return To Plain Awful”

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return to Plain Awful” By Don Rosa Fantagraphics; $29.99 Fantagraphics certainly is doing their level best to keep us supplied with Disney Duck comics. Hot on the heels of the first volume of their new Don Rosa Library and kid-friendlier trade paperback repackaging of some Carl Barks classics [...]

Review: ‘Terrible Lizard’ #1

Review: ‘Terrible Lizard’ #1

This November, Oni Press is launching a new, five-issue series by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and Drew Moss, Terrible Lizard, which sets out to be a mix of action, adventure, and a fantastic array of monsters. Terrible Lizard #1 By Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss Oni Press, November 2014 32 pp. $3.99 Recommended for [...]

Review of the Day: Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Review of the Day: Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters By Oliver Jeffers Philomel (an imprint of Penguin) $26.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-16791-1 Ages 6 and up On shelves now Beware ever becoming a brand, my sweet, for that way lies nothing but unhappiness and ruin. Or not. I think the only real and true problem with [...]

Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Likened to Calvin and Hobbes, this collection of comic strips that was originally published on GoComics will delight young readers. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle By Dana Simpson TOON Books, $10. ISBN 9781449446208 Recommended for ages 8 & up A unicorn is trapped in her own reflection. So when Phoebe accidentally hits [...]

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)

Everybody Plays the Cat (Sometimes)

There’s no exception to the rule. Every librarian will one day be The Cat in the Hat. Today is my day. Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Review In Real Life

Review In Real Life

In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow Drawn by Jen Wang First Second; $17.99 The story of a young woman who is also an avid gamer, In Real Life is a rather timely graphic novel—but not for the reasons you might expect (or dread), if you’ve been following the depressing news over the course of [...]

Review: Monstrously Funny Cartoons

Review: Monstrously Funny Cartoons

When one thinks of monsters, vampires or zombies, big and scary are usually the words used to describe them. But that isn’t always the case. They can also be silly and funny. Christopher Hart, a well known author of drawing and cartoon books, takes on the ghouls and ghosts to scare up some laughs for [...]

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 [...]

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite [...]

Review: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Review: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy David Macaulay Studio – Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596438743 $17.99 Grades 3-5 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Kids are swimming in a sea of generic shark books. While a topic in constant demand, titles that [...]

Review: Snoopy’s Thanksgiving

Review:  Snoopy’s Thanksgiving

Snoopy’s Thanksgiving By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 Now here’s something to be thankful for—the fourth in Fantagraphics’ growing line of seasonal-themed gift books collecting classic Peanuts material. Snoopy’s Thanksgiving, as the title indicates, is concerned with next month’s big holiday. While there was, of course, an animated  Peanuts holiday special about Thanksgiving—1973′s A Charlie [...]

Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

DC’s superheroes are muscling in on the market for educational board books aimed at the youngest of children, and it’s not like Elmo, Dora and company can stop them from teaching readers about shapes, colors, letters and numbers.They’ve got super-powers! And bat-shaped gadgets! And they’re not afraid to play rough! Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and [...]

Review: Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Review: Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan By Chris Haughton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763672935 $15.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Admission: I’ve edited books on the fly. In a school library setting, the clock is king, and I’ve had to trim a sentence or paragraph when running [...]

Review of the Day: Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube by Pat Mora

Review of the Day: Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube by Pat Mora

Water Rolls, Water Rises: El Agua Rueda, el Agua Sube By Pat Mora Illustrated by Meilo So Children’s Book Press (an imprint of Lee & Low Books) $17.95 ISBN: 978-0892393251 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Sometimes I wonder what effect the televised ephemera I took in as a child has had on my memories and [...]

Review: The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow

Review: The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow

The Woods Vol.1: The Arrow Written by James Tynion IV Drawn by Michael Dialynas Boom Studios; $9.99 The premise of The Woods will sound familiar to many teen readers, who have likely encountered more than one comic with which this new sci-fi high-school survivalist tale shares DNA. An entire high school—students, faculty, and facilities—is instantaneously [...]