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December 19, 2014

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Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries By Anouk Ricard Drawn & Quarterly, $15 For the third consecutive year, Drawn & Quarterly presents a beautiful, hardcover collection of comics strips and stories by French animator Anouk Ricard, featuring her small group of colorful characters. These are, of course, the title characters Anna, a little girl […]

Review: Sweet Rein Volume 1-3

Review: Sweet Rein Volume 1-3

Kurumi Sagara is sad about spending Christmas alone. While taking a walk, she bumps into a boy and a rein appears to connect them. The boy, Kaito, says that he is a magical reindeer who obeys her every command and that she is his Santa Claus. She doesn’t believe him—until he changes into a reindeer […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

And thus, we end. Though, with such a late ALA Media Awards announcement this year (Monday, February 2nd!) my predictions are coming a bit early in the game.  Still, it’s not as though I’ll be seeing much that’s new between now and 2/2.  I have watched with great interest the discussions on Heavy Medal and […]

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: Sonic Universe Volume 1: The Shadow Saga

Review: Sonic Universe Volume 1: The Shadow Saga

Shadow the Hedgehog, the dark and grim Ultimate Life form, embarks on his first mission for the Guardian Units of the Nation! He will travel across time and space, fighting deadly killer robots and facing down beings of godlike power! At his side will be the brilliant and alluring Rouge the Bat and the walking […]

7 Picture Books I Loved (But Didn’t Review) in 2014

Anyone who writes book reviews will tell you that every once in a while you feel like you just nailed it. You do the book justice, you provide insightful critique – it’s all working. Other times, however, you spend so much time trying to nail it that your time runs out. Since I slavishly adhere […]

Review: Lowriders in Space

Review: Lowriders in Space

Back Matter. At a recent panel on Nonfiction Books at the NYC School Librarian Conference, I heard authors and publishers talk about the back matter in books. And it was pretty much agreed that the back matter had some of the most interesting tidbits in the book. Sometimes it pays to read the back matter […]

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan By Christine Mari Inzer Naruhodo Press $11.95 ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8 Ages 12 and up On shelves now There’s been a lot of talk about the role of the reviewer when it comes to self-published books. Horn Book Magazine makes a point of not reviewing self-published fare of any sort. […]

Review: Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix

Review: Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix

Shooting at the Stars By John Hendrix ABRAMS ISBN: 9781419711756 $18.95 Grades 3-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Wise are those who understand that picture books don’t just belong in the grips of the rug rats of the world. Wise, then, is John Hendrix. With Shooting at the Stars, the […]

Starred reviews, January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Starred reviews, January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2015 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Coming this Wednesday: Fanfare, our choices for the best books of 2014. Once Upon an Alphabet; written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel) The Bear Ate Your Sandwich; written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Knopf) Supertruck; written and illustrated by […]

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Review of the Day: Lulu and Pip by Nina Gruener

Review of the Day: Lulu and Pip by Nina Gruener

Lulu & Pip By Nina Gurener Photography by Stephanie Rausser Cameron & Company $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-937359-60-7 Ages 3-7 On shelves now To what do we credit the distinct increase in children’s books containing photography this year? I posed that very question to a group of children’s book photographers not that long ago and the answers […]

Happy Thanksgiving! Now Go Listen to a Podcast

Happy Thanksgiving!  Now Go Listen to a Podcast

Joyeux Turkey Day, my fellows!  Between bites of sweet potato and rolls, perhaps it might do the soul good to listen to a l’il ole podcast that’s actually a bit perfect for the day.  The “original” Thanksgiving was between Pilgrims and Native Americans, or so we were taught in grade school, yes?  Well perhaps we […]

Review: Manga Classics: ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Review: Manga Classics: ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Getting young people to read classic literature can be hard enough when it’s required. Double that if you want them to do it for pleasure. Often there needs to be something new or different to draw them into even picking the book up. Udon Entertainment may have found just the thing: In their new line […]

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 […]