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Multimedia Reviews: January 2013

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School Library Journal Reviews Planet Dinosaur. DVD. approx. 3 hrs. Prod. by BBC Worldwide. Dist. by Warner Home Video. 2012. ISBN 0-7806-8447-8. $19.96.
Gr 5 Up–In the last two decades, paleontologists have made great discoveries about dinosaurs thanks to new computer-generated imaging (CGI) technology and cutting-edge research. The film, narrated by John Hurt and featuring computer-generated images, brings these prehistoric creatures to life. A whole new cast of dinosaurs are introduced, such as the Predator X, a sea creature that liked to tear the Plesiosaurs to bits; the Camptosaurus and the Stegosaurus, who often lived within the same herd to protect each other from the Allosaurus and other larger creatures; and the Microraptor, a lizard who used the earliest forms of flight to catch prey in the trees. The information is engrossing and presented in an easy-to-follow format. The science information provided is fascinating and the blending of speculation and fact is well defined. An hour-long special feature, “How to Build a Dinosaur,” shows how dinosaur skeletons are pieced together and would be a good tool for dinosaur units. A great addition to upper elementary and middle schools and public library collections.–Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT

School Library Journal Reviews The Dustbowl. 2 DVDs. 4 hrs. Prod. by The Dust Bowl Film Project. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60883-718-2. $24.99.
Gr 9 Up–Ken Burns, whose name is synonymous with the highest quality of documentary filmmaking, has turned his camera’s eye to the environmental and economic catastrophe that struck America’s heartland in the 1930s. After detailing the calamity’s prelude involving the easy credit available to farmers and the general lack of respect for the ecology of the land, the production methodically retraces the stages which led to the devastation of the agriculture-based society of our nation’s midsection and our glacially paced recovery during the already disastrous Great Depression. Highlighted are the effects on the everyday lives of a cross-section of people as well as how the turndown distressed our country on a broader level. As is typical of Burns’s other masterpieces (including Civil WarProhibition, and Baseball), he utilizes a rich variety of stunning vintage photographs, black-and-white film footage, commentary by historians, and—most moving of all—the personal reminiscences of those who actually witnessed the events. The angst and frustration felt by the people of the Plains was as intense as their determination to persevere, even to the point of relocating their families; it was this strength of spirit that led them to become what has been called the “Greatest Generation” as the threat of a future war loomed. The program has a number of viewer-friendly options: scene selection, English and/or Spanish subtitles, video description for the visually impaired, and a full Spanish narration. Bonus sections include an expansion of the personal narratives as well as a short behind-the scenes review. (An accompanying book is also available, although it is was not previewed.) A must-have for all libraries.–Dwain Thomas, formerly Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL

School Library Journal Reviews Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union (Series). 3 DVDs.  20 min. ea. with tchr’s. guides online. Prod. byWitnessing History. Dist. by TMW Media. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $69.95 ea. Includes: The Formation of the Union and Its Early Challenges; The Missouri Compromise of 1820 to the Tariff Compromise of 1833; The Compromise of 1850 to the Civil War. 
Gr 6 Up–Henry Clay served in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate and worked to preserve the Union against the destructive forces of the slavery issue. The narration emphasizes the key events between 1820 and 1860 that led the nation to war. Using dramatic re-creations, historical documents, maps, period photographs and art, and stirring background music, the well-edited series brings the years before the Civil War to life. The seeds of the Civil War were planted at the time of the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution. An industrial North surpassed the agricultural South in wealth and population. Westward expansion, first into the territories of the Louisiana Purchase, and later into land taken from Mexico in 1848, compounded the issues and forced the country to decide if slavery would spread to these new areas. Clay, the Great Compromiser, offered three compromises—the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the Tariff Compromise of 1833, and the Compromise of 1859—that addressed these issues and forestalled the Civil War for 40 years. Well-produced, fact-filled, and classroom-friendly, these programs should be a part of all library collections, especially during this sesquicentennial of the Civil War.–Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Mt. Carmel

School Library Journal Reviews Anna Hibiscus. By Atinuke. cassette or CD. 1 hr. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4618-3465-6, CD: ISBN 978-1-4618-3466-3. $15.75.
Gr 1-3–With this introductory phrase, “Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa,” we are introduced to the many facets of an African child’s daily life with her close-knit family. The culture, land, and people of Africa come shining through in Atinuke’s absolutely delightful stories (Walker, 2007) in this early chapter book. Four vignettes focusing on the child’s life with her large, noisy, extended family point out the value of following traditions. Whether on holiday, selling oranges, dreaming of snow, or advising her Auntie Comfort in America, Anna Hibiscus learns lessons about respecting her elders, working hard, and becoming a proper African lady. Mutiyat Ade-Salu makes the sights and sounds of Africa come alive with her mesmerizing African lilt and clear diction. The humor and the gravity of the text are beautifully expressed, and the images of smiling relatives, lagoons, and the compound where Anna Hibiscus lives linger. One highlight is the simple, joyful paean to snow sung by Anna Hibiscus, although she has never actually seen it. Students will be fascinated by the richness of living near the sea and the rainforest, and will find opportunities to compare and contrast this lifestyle with their own experiences. A gem.–Lonna Pierce, MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Binghamton, NY

School Library Journal Reviews The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2. By John Stephens. 10 CDs. 12:22 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-87982-0. $37.
Gr 4-7–In The Emerald Atlas (2011), the first book in John Stephens’s series, we met Kate, Michael, and Emma who were searching for their missing parents and got caught up in a magical adventure that nearly turned deadly, tested their family bonds, and gained them the first Book. In this second title (2012, both Knopf), the children are back and older sister, Kate, is hurled backwards through time to the day when the magic and the mundane worlds separated. Her new friend is not all that he seems. In the meantime, Michael and Emma go to the South Pole and discover a strange world hidden underground. Michael rescues a princess, discovers that elves can be annoying but make useful allies, faces a dragon, and finds himself the master of the Book of Life. This enables him to perform acts of amazing mercy and magic, but at a tremendous personal cost. There is great joy, and great loss. The fantastic Jim Dale narrates the story with élan, creating not only unique voices but complete personalities for each character. He keeps things moving along at a brisk pace, immersing listeners in the narrative and bringing it all to life. Fans are sure to enjoy this fabulous production.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

School Library Journal Reviews Son. By Lois Lowry. 7 CDs. 8:11 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01448-6. $47.
Gr 6 Up–Those frustrated over the ambiguous ending of Lowry’s The Giver (1993) will be thrilled with the conclusion (2012, both Houghton Mifflin) to the quartet. Listeners are brought full circle, returning to the fate of Gabriel, the little baby saved from “release” by Jonas. The story begins with Claire, who emerges from unconsciousness following a difficult birth to find that her child (or product) has been cut from her, and she has been “decertified.” In the haste to get her to a new assignment, no one has bothered to supply her with the pills that everyone must take to keep them from feeling things. Claire develops an intense longing to find her son, leading her on a daunting and epic journey that weaves together the worlds and characters of the first three novels. Bernadette Dunne’s whispery voice is perfectly suited to this dramatic, satisfying tale. Whether portraying the naive 14-year-old Claire or the evil Trademaster, Dunne captures the very essence of the characters. Lowry has again created a powerful tale rich with themes like sacrifice, loss, the importance of memory, and the restorative power of empathy that will elicit exciting classroom discussions. A must-have for all libraries with audio collections.–Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH

School Library Journal Reviews Splendors & Glooms. By Laura Amy Schlitz. 10 cassettes or 10 CDs. 12 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012.cassette: ISBN 978-1-4498-3568-2, CD: ISBN 978-1-4498-3572-9. $108.75
Gr 4-8–Set in a Dickensian London, Davina Porter is the perfect narrator to capture the nuances of the characters and the time period in Schlitz’s exceptional Victorian fantasy (Candlewick, 2012). Listeners will ache for the orphan children, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, when they come up with money after pawning a watch. Should they have a proper meal and see the marionettes, or spend the money on practical items they so desperately need? Will they be able to hold onto it long enough to realize either option? The privileged Clara has been kidnapped and transformed by the evil puppet master Grisini. He gained his power from the witch, Cassandra, who desperately needs a child to steal the fire opal that fuels her magic, thereby saving her from a fiery death. Grisini offers up his charges, not realizing that they have discovered the puppet Clara. Parsefall believes it is the missing girl, and Lizzie Rose can’t quite deny it. When Clara’s father sees Parsefall using the puppet, he confronts the children who performed with their master on his daughter’s birthday. Threatened by the possibility of police, the children flee. Cassandra’s promise of an inheritance and money for the train arrive just in time. If and how the three children can save themselves will keep listeners enthralled to the very end. Porter’s deliberate pacing intensifies the drama and her talent with accents broadens the portrayals. A not-to-be-missed gothic thriller.–Janet Thompson, Chicago Public Library, W. Belmont Branch, IL

School Library Journal Reviews The Wolves of Willoughby Chase: The Wolves Chronicles. By Joan Aiken. 4 CDs. 4:49 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-00128-7. $25.
Gr 4-7–The release of this audiobook coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Aiken’s well-loved novel (Doubleday, 1962), and it couldn’t be a more fitting tribute. The narrator, the author’s daughter Lizza Aiken, savors every word as she takes us through the dark wolf infested woods of Willoughby Chase to the rich, luxurious world of Bonnie, a headstrong only child whose world suddenly descends into hardship and grief at the hands of the unscrupulous Miss Slighcarp and her cohorts when her parents leave for a sea voyage. Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia are sent to a school for orphans. Aiken voices Sylvia’s longing and Bonnie’s defiance as she tries to take on the numerous villains. But there are gentle voices as well—the dear housekeeper, the gooseboy, and the loyal house servant—each expressing their unique concern so that listeners are never overwhelmed by the harsh treatment the girls receive. While there is a sense of the threat of wolves outside as well as inside, the book ends with the promise of spring, the wolves have headed to northern climes, the bad guys are off to jail, and order is restored. This delightful audiobook is sure to create new fans.–Edie Ching, University of Maryland, College Park

School Library Journal Reviews Zero the Hero. By Joan Holub. CD. 12:45 min. with hardcover book. Spoken Arts. 2012. ISBN 0-8045-4242-2. $29.95.
Gr 1-3–Zero dons superhero garb and tries to change his reputation because he’s tired of feeling like nothing. It’s clear that he makes no impact in addition, subtraction, or division. And in multiplication he sends the other numbers fleeing in fear of extinction. Finally, in despair, Zero rolls away. However, once he’s gone the other numbers miss him. They can’t make 10. They can’t round up or down. They start to regret the way they treated him. Then bigger problems arise. They are attacked by toga-clad Roman numerals! Zero hears their cries for help and saves the day by demonstrating his awesome ability to make things disappear by multiplying with them. The invaders flee in horror and Zero takes his rightful place among the other numbers. Joan Holub’s fun, light-hearted book (Holt, 2012) teaches important math concepts regarding zero. Jim Brownold and Cie Peterson create unique voices for all the different numbers, who are very talkative participants in the story. Listeners can enjoy the conversations while perusing Tom Lichtenheld’s hilarious illustrations. Original background music by Bruce Zimmerman enhances the experience. This fun and enjoyable package would make a great listening center.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

School Library Journal Reviews The Mighty Sky. CD. 31:31 min. with lyrics. NewSound Kids. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98.
K-Gr 4–This production is the brain child of Grammy nominee and NAMMY’s Songwriter of the Year (given by the Native American Music Association), Beth Nielsen Chapman. She was joined in the effort by songwriter Annie Roboff and lyricist Rocky Alvey, director of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. The trio has put together a fantastic album of 11 songs in various musical styles including rock, doo wop, zydeco, English music hall, country, blues, and folk. Chapman’s vocals are excellent, as are the instrumental performances on acoustic guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, keyboards, flute, piccolo, penny whistle, trumpet, drums, percussion, theremin, harmonica, blues harp, accordion, squeeze box, and Jews harp. The songs, mostly about objects in outer space, include “The Mighty Sky,” “Through Hubble’s Eyes” (Dr. C. R. O’Dell, founding scientist of the Hubble Space Telescope, describes it as a time machine when it looks out at distant galaxies), “The Big Bang Boom,” “The Moon,” “Little Big Song,” “Rockin’ Little Neutron Star” (the rhythm track is an actual recording of the Vela Pulsar, 1000 light years away), “Zodiacal Zydeco,” “Test, Re-test and Verify,” “The Way That We Lean,” “You Can See the Blues,” and “There Is No Darkness.” The lyrics insert unfolds into a poster with awesome photos and outer space facts. This outstanding album belongs in every library’s collection.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX

School Library Journal Reviews The Monster’s Valentine Ball. CD. approx. 30 min. Family Arts Theater. 2012. ISBN unavail. $10.
PreS-Gr 3–Grab your dancing shoes and join the monsters at their Valentine Ball, and dance to boogie woogie, jazz, rock, ragtime, conga, and Hawaiian style music (several in a spooky minor key). Listen to those terrific monster singers and musicians playing on guitars, ukuleles, saxophones, flutes, pianos, drums, and percussion. Listen to the monsters introducing the songs or just conversing among themselves, and get down with Wolfman, the DJ. Dig the various Spike Jones-style sound effects throughout this third album by the Parents Choice Silver award-winning team of Paula Purnell and Bruce Adamson. And boogie to the sounds of “The Monster’s Valentine Ball” (with an “Erie Canal” motif), “The Valentine Boogie,” “Monster Love” (a monster who has a crush on a shy librarian), “Something in His Growl,” “Cupid Is Stupid,” “Cooties,” “Frankenstein,” “You’re Such a Pretty Baby,” “Never Break a Monster’s Heart,” and “Hootchie Coochie Honey/Hootchie Coochie Conga” (complete with a chanted poem). And when the ball is over, join the monsters in wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Featuring outstanding vocal and instrumental performances, this humorous album will have monstrous appeal for young listeners.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX

School Library Journal Reviews Pete Remembers Woody. 2 CDs. range: 57:42-53:56 min. Prod. by Appleseed Recordings. Dist. byCDBaby.comISBN unavail. $20.
Gr 9 Up–This masterful album celebrates the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth in 1912. Producer David Bernz has compiled a number of stories that Pete Seeger (now in his 90s) told about Woody and himself, which were recorded in informal sessions over a span of time in their private homes. These reminiscences are interspersed with Woody’s songs, performed by a number of well-known folksingers and folk bands, such as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Work o’ the Weavers, David Bernz, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Vanaver Caravan, Hope Machine, and Almanac Singers. Musical styles are primarily folk and bluegrass, with barbershop quartet and boogie as well. Cathy Fink’s mountain style banjo tunes introduce several of the story tracks, including those about Pete and Woody travelling and performing together, about Woody going to the public library at age 12 and amazing the librarian with how many adult books he read, and about Woody’s communist leanings. The song list includes “New York Town” (a 1940s recording of Woody and Cisco Houston singing together), “Woody’s Ghost,” “Which Side Are You On,” “Do Re Mi,” “The Sinking of the Reuben James,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “This Land Is Your Land,” “My Peace,” “Peace Pin Boogie,” “Woody’s Rulin’s,” and “I’ve Got to Know,” among others. Featuring outstanding vocal and instrumental performances, this important piece of music history should be in every public library.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX

The following titles are reviewed in the January 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.



Trooper and the Legend of the Golden Key. DVD. 81 min. Prod. by Engine 15 Media Group and Ekids Films.Dist. by Entertainment One. 2012. ISBN 1-4172-3855-0. $14.98.


School Rules: Being a Good Citizen at School. DVD. 14 min. with tchr’s. guide. Human Relations Media. 2012.ISBN 978-1-55548-577-1. $109.95.

Starshine Workshop: Healthy Touch, Good Boundaries, Safe Kids. DVD. 30 min. with tchr’s. guide. Rising Star Education. 2012. ISBN 978-1-9367-7057-1. $49.95.

Words That Hurt. DVD. 17 min. with tchr’s. guide. Human Relations Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-55548-574-0. $109.95.

Language Arts

Your Story Your Way. DVD. 35 min. with booklet. DoubleCake.net. 2012. ISBN 978-0-9846594-0-1. $39.99.


Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1. DVD. 60 min./87 min. Video Project. 2012. ISBN unavail. $89.

Where Did the Horny Toad Go? DVD. 74 min. AV Cafe. 2012. ISBN unavail. $19.95.

Social Studies

Due Process: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice System—Evidence and Forensics. DVD. 30 min. with tchr’s. guide online. Prod. by Films for the Humanities and Sciences/Motion Masters. Dist. by Films Media Group. 2012. ISBN 978-1-62102-908-3. $99.95.

The Titanic Inquiry. DVD. 59 min. Prod. by Network Ireland. Dist. by MVD Entertainment Group. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $59.97.


Many of these titles are available for download and/or in Playaway format. Check distributors’ websites, playaway.com, and audio download retailers for availability and price.

Language Arts

Angelfall: Penryn and the End of Days, Book 1. By Susan Ee. 8 CDs. 8:50 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-2237-0. $49.97.

Because It Is My Blood: Birthright, Book 2. Gabrielle Zevin. 9 CDs. 11 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4272-2630-3. $29.99.

Changling: Order of Darkness, Book 1. By Philippa Gregory. 6 cassettes or 6 CDs. 6:45 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-4519-6, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-4520-2. $66.75

Crazy Weekend. By Gary Soto. 3 CDs. 2:48 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-75-9. $39.95.

Dork Diaries #5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All. By Rachel Renee Russell. 3 cassettes or 3 CDs. 3:50 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4703-2985-3, CD: ISBN 978-1-4703-2976-1. $30.75.

The Drowned Cities. By Paolo Bacigalupi. 8 CDs. 9:48 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-5810-1. $49.97.

Enchanted. By Alethea Kontis. 7 CDs 7:49 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0292-1. $69.97.

Eve and Adam. By Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate. 6 CDs. 8 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4272-2663-1. $29.99.

A Gift of Magic. By Lois Duncan. 4 CDs. 4:53 hrs. Hachette for AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61969-101-8. $59.99. 

Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 (I Witness Series). By Avi. 4 CDs. 4:00 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-84-1. $49.95.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story. By Ned Vizzini. 7 CDs. 9 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4526-3931-4. $39.99.

King Jack and the Dragon. By Peter Bently. cassette or CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-4551-6, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-4552-3. $15.75; hardcover book, ISBN 978-1-8037-3698-6: $17.99.

The Last Dogs: The Vanishing. By Christopher Holt and Greg Call. 7 CDs. 8:45 hrs. Hachette for AudioGo.2012. ISBN 978-1-61969-519-1. $69.99.

Liesl & Po. By Lauren Oliver. 5 CDs. 5:55 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-49-01502-5. $45.

The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3. By Rick Riordan. 12 CDs. 15:09 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01452-3. $50.

Ms. LaGrange Is Strange!: The Weird School, Book 8. By Dan Gutman. cassette or CD. 1 hr. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4498-6418-7, CD: ISBN 978-1-4498-6419-4. $15.75.

Mystic City. By Theo Lawrence. 10 cassettes or 10 CDs. 11:15 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette, ISBN 978-1-4703-1990-8: $77.75; CD, ISBN 978-1-4703-1988-5: $108.75.

The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1. By Mark Frost. 13 CDs. 15:40 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01485-1. $54.

Pirate Cinema. By Cory Doctorow. 11 CDs. 13:06 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-87959-2. $57.

Popcorn Days & Buttermilk Nights. By Gary Paulsen. 3 CDs. 2:40 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-4121-0. $39.97.

The Princesses of Iowa. By R. Molly Backes. Brilliance Audio. 2012. 11 CDs. 12:39 hrs. ISBN 978-1-4558-5201-7. $54.97.

Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher. By Wendelin Van Draanen. 7 CDs. 8 hrs. Live Oak Media. 2012.ISBN 978-1-4301-1108-5. $58.95; with paperback book, ISBN 978-1-4301-1109-2: $66.95.

The Schernoff Discoveries. By Gary Paulsen. 2 CDs. 2:14 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-1058-1. $39.97.

The Secret of the Fortune Wookie. By Tom Angleberger. 3 cassettes or 3 CDs. 8 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012.cassette: ISBN 978-1-4703-2984-6, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-4605-6. $30.75.

The Snow Queen. CD. 53:19 min. The Storycrafters. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.95.

Super. By Matthew Cody. 7 CDs. 7:47 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0449-01456-1. $37.

Time Between Us. By Tamara Ireland Stone. 8 CDs. 9:04 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-96788-6. $44.

Under Wildwood: Wildwood Chronicles, Book 2. By Colin Meloy. 11 CDs. 13 hrs. HarperChildren’s Audio. 2012.ISBN 978-0-06-204708-3. $36.99.

Ungifted. By Gordon Korman. 6 cassettes or 6 CDs. 6:15 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4703-2605-0, CD: SBN 978-1-2606-7. $66.75.

Wet and Wild: George Brown, Class Clown, Book 5. By Nancy Krulik. cassette or CD. 1:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4618-1847-2. CD: ISBN 978-1-4618-1848-9. $25.75.

When You Were Mine. By Rebecca Serle. 7 CDs. 7:49 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-1896-9. $54.97.

Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Vote for Me! By Robin Palmer. 5 CDs. 5:46 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-5878-1. $49.97.


Binary. CD. 27:21 min. CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.99.

Everything Makes a Sound. CD. 33 min. Prod. by Preschool of Rock Records. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2012.ISBN unavail. $14.99.

Family Values. CD. 48 min. Prod. by Raindrop Records. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.99.

Moving Day. CD. 31 min. Prod. by Flying Bounce House Records/Mr. Billy. Dist by AV CaféISBN unavail. $15.95.

Play Date. CD. 34 min. CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.97.

Rabbit Days and Dumplings. CD. 50 mins. DanZanes.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.

Todd McHatton Presents Marvy Monstone’s Mysterious Fun Time Dream Band. CD. approx. 35 min.CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.99.

Social Studies

Balloons Over Broadway: The Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. By Melissa Sweet. cassette or CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-4703-2922-8, CD: ISBN 978-1-4703-2921-1. $15.75; hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-5471-9945-9: $16.99.

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir. By Cylin Busby and John Busby. 8 CDs. 8:30 hrs. Full Cast Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-936223-09-1. $55.



  1. Thanks for including my CD, “Play Date,” among the ones reviewed in this issue. (I say that without having had a chance to read it yet.) I’d like to make an observation, based on the information on this page: your CD listings feature only the title of the CD and the name of the label, but not that of the artist. Since many children’s CDs are distributed independently, that leaves really just the title — not much to go on! Also, can it be that the ISBN for every CD reviewed in this issue is “unavailable?” I know that on my CD the ISBN is featured prominently on the back.

  2. I’ve just learned about the difference between an ISBN and a UPC (Universal Product Code). The latter is what I have on my CD. Okay, I understand now. Sorry about that comment; should have checked before spouting off. Hope I didn’t sound too grouchy. Thanks for the nice review!


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