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September 20, 2014

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Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

Review of the Day: At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu-Perkins

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Trasures of Mawangdui By Christine Liu-Perkins Charlesbridge $19.95 978-1-58089-370-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I say the word “mummy” what springs into your mind? Movies starring Brendan Fraser? Egypt and scarabs and rolls of crumbling papyrus? Absolutely. But what if I told you [...]

Review: The Jacket

Review: The Jacket

The Jacket By Kirsten Hall Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701681 $17.95 Grades Pre-K-2 Out October 28, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The element of surprise – when used correctly, there are few literary weapons as potent. One of the wonderful things about picture books is that every [...]

Review: The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet

Review: The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet

The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet By Kevin Sherry Scholastic Press; $8.99 Not quite comics, but close enough that an argument could be put forth that this admixture of illustrations and prose by Kevin Sherry, in which the art far outweighs the verbiage (much of which appears in labels of the illustrations and dialogue placed [...]

Review: Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Kang & Kodos

Review: Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Kang & Kodos

Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Kang & Kodos #1 By Various Bongo Comics; $3.99 As the Every Simpsons Ever marathon on FXX has so amply demonstrated, there are a lot of characters in the Simpsons universe, even if that universe is little more than a single small town somewhere in America. And many of the funniest, most [...]

Review: Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Review: Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Lowriders in Space By Cathy Camper Illustrated by Raul the Third Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452121550 $22.99 Grades 3-6 Out November 4, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For a species that is fascinated with cars, you don’t actually see all that many in the non-informational side of children’s literature. Trucks, sure, but [...]

Review: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952

Review: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952 By Charles Schulz Fantagraphics Books; $22.99 Fantagraphics’ ambitious and important Complete Peanuts reprint project—which was just what it sounded like, all of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips, collected—was pretty obviously targeted toward adult fans and students of the comics medium. You could tell by the hard covers, the slipcase [...]

Review of the Day: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Review of the Day: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory Fantasmagory By Abby Hanlon Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-4088-4 Ages 6-8 On shelves October 9th Which of the following types of children’s books are, in your opinion, the most difficult to write: Board books, picture books, easy books (for emerging readers), early chapter books, or middle grade fiction (older chapter books)? [...]

Review of the Day: Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Review of the Day: Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Bad Bye, Good Bye By Deborah Underwood Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-92852-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now As a mother who recently spent the better part of twenty hours in a car with a three-year-old and a three-month-old baby, I feel a special kinship with parents who have also engaged in the ultimate endurance [...]

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: Waiting For The Great Pumpkin

Review: Waiting For The Great Pumpkin

Waiting For The Great Pumpkin By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 It’s probably a toss-up as to what is ultimately the best-known contribution of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts into our pop culture, the animated Christmas special or the animated Halloween special. Which is appropriate, given that the second of those is based around Linus’ peculiar belief [...]

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 of the Day: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Review of the Day: El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $21.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1020-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 2nd We appear to exist in a golden age of children’s graphic novel memoirs. Which is to say, there are three of them out this year (El Deafo, Sisters, and The Dumbest Idea Ever). How to account [...]

Review: First Graphics: Volcanoes! and Earthquake!

Volcanoes! Earthquakes! Written by Renée Gray-Wilburn Illustrated by Aleksandar Sotirovski Capstone Press These two hardback graphic novels, part of Capstone’s First Graphics: Wild Earth series, do a nice job of explaining basic earth science for young readers (the books have a reading level of K-3). Each book is divided into three chapters. The first is [...]

Review: Life With Archie #36

Review: Life With Archie #36

Life With Archie #36 Written by Paul Kupperberg Pencils by Pat and Tim Kennedy Inks by Jim Amash Archie Comics; $4.99 Despite the many decades during which he’s shared rack space with comic book superheroes, and the fact that he’s attained a longevity and iconic status comparable to the most most popular and longest-lived superheroes, [...]

Review: Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

Review: Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

Take Away the A By Michael Escoffier Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701568 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out September 9, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s nothing new under the sun. And then there is. If children’s literature were Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, alphabet books would be at the [...]

Review: The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn

Review: The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn

The Zoo Box By Ariel Cohn Illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626720527 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Of all the mash-ups going on in children’s literature these days – think Hugo Cabret, Wimpy Kid, Flora & Ulysses – is any combination more natural [...]

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 [...]

Review: The Complete Elfquest Volume 1

Review: The Complete Elfquest Volume 1

Ten thousand years ago, the palace of a magical race appeared in the skies of a primitive world with two moons and crashed to the ground. The inhabitants of that world, humans who were little more than brutes, reacted to these otherworldly invaders with fear and lashed out violently. The few survivors of the palace [...]

Review of Day: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

Review of Day: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee By Barry Jonsberg Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-3351-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 9th It often takes a while to figure out when you’re falling in love with a book. A book is a risk. You’re judging it from page one onward, informed by your own personal prejudices and [...]