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August 29, 2014

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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 [...]

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: The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader

Review: The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader

The other day, I saw a post on GNLIB responding to a request about children’s graphic novels that can be read online. One of the responses mentioned The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader, which is part of the Toon Books website. I have a feeling I already knew about this part of their site, but it never stayed [...]

Review of the Day – Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori

Review of the Day – Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori

Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy By Icinori Little Gestalten ISBN: 978-3-89955-718-3 $19.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves now In the past, determining a bias in the publication of folk and fairytales was a fairly straightforward business. Too many European maids of hair as fair as the silk of corn on your shelves? Bias. But now we’re [...]

Review: Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters

Review: Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters

If you feel like bookstores and library shelves in the children section are overflowing with illustrated diary novels, you won’t be wrong. But kids are loving the format, and as I always say, “Whatever floats your boat.” If that’s what they want to read and it gets someone reading for 20 minutes each day, then [...]

Review of the Day: S is for Sea Glass by Richard Michelson

Review of the Day: S is for Sea Glass by Richard Michelson

S is for Sea Glass By Richard Michelson Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 978-1585368624 $15.95 Ages 3-8 On shelves now Every small publisher needs a staple. Something to keep them going through hard times. Years ago Sleeping Bear Press hit on the notion of writing books with the [letter] is for [word] [...]

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Dork Diaries was by far the most requested series in my library this year, maybe only second to The Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The diary format, the illustrated novel, and the humor make this series a surefire hit. Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star By Rachel Renee Russell [...]

Review of the Day: The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

Review of the Day: The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Madman of Piney Woods By Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic ISBN: 978-0-545-63376-5 $16.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 30th No author hits it out of the park every time. No matter how talented or clever a writer might be, if their heart isn’t in a project it shows. In the case of Christopher Paul Curtis, [...]