June 24, 2018

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Fred Rogers Returns in ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ | SLJ Movie Review

Morgan Neville’s wistful documentary focuses on the landmark work—and ideas—of Fred Rogers.

Written Off | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Matt Edwards, a creative and humorous young man from rural Wisconsin, became addicted to prescription opioids, including heroin, as a teen and young adult.

“Mary Shelley” and Her Creature Return to the Screen | Movie Review

The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein. SLJ reviews the recent biopic about the teen author.

Tyrus | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –As a nine-year-old boy, Tyrus Wong emigrated to California from China with his father in the early 1900s, experiencing deprivation, poverty, and prejudice during his formative years.

Fletcher’s Seasons | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 2 –Each of these rereleased seasonal stories features Fletcher, a sweet but mildly anxious young fox as he copes with falling leaves, springtime blossoms, and a snowy Christmas.

SLJ’s May 2018 Popular Picks

A day in the life of an ice cream truck; Mariko Tamaki’s take on Supergirl; three dinosaur tales on DVD; a heartwarming return to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; and much more in our May Popular Picks!

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection | SLJ DVD Review

PreS-Gr 2 –With this 50th anniversary four-disc DVD set featuring 30 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, viewers young and old will be able to visit Mister Rogers, his friends, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe over and over again.

The Cheetah Children | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4 Up –Having gained the trust and acceptance of a mother cheetah, conservationist and cameraman Kim Wolhuter takes viewers on an 18-month journey into the life of the cheetah and her five cubs.

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Film Wows at Tribeca Film Festival

The smart and tough-minded screen adaptation of emily m. danforth’s acclaimed novel arrives this summer after premiering on the festival circuit. Here’s our movie review.

Caldecott Collection, Vol. III. | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 3 –From Jake Gyllenhaal’s rendition of Mordicai Gerstein’s The Man Between Two Towers to B.D. Wong’s exquisite vocal work for the suspenseful Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China, the Caldecott classics of yesteryear come alive through the voices of skilled actors in this repackaged collection of winners.

Tell Them We Are Rising | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –Director Stanley Nelson’s documentary surveys the history of higher education for African Americans.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Jude Duarte, her twin sister Taryn, and her half-fey, half-human sister Vivienne are taken to be raised in Faerieland by Vivienne’s father, Madoc, after he kills their parents.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 10 Up–Olga was always the good girl. She stayed home after high school, got a job as a receptionist, took classes at the local college, and always helped her family—until she died in a car crash.

Very, Very, Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 7 Up –The influenza pandemic of 1918 directly killed or contributed to the deaths of 50 to 100 million people worldwide, and not only the very old and very young.

34 Can’t-Miss Titles from SLJ’s April 2018 Issue

From stellar sophomore offerings by Kelly Loy Gilbert and Tiffany D. Jackson to the latest collaboration by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, check out SLJ’s April 2018 starred picks.

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Books on the Big Screen: “A Wrinkle in Time” & “Ready Player One” | Movie Review

Two big-screen extravaganzas by award-winning directors take on two popular novels with mostly with positive results, though one filmmaker had arguably a higher mountain to climb.

Democracy in America | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 8 Up –This series contains many primary source documents including images of period maps, political cartoons, paintings, and newspaper headlines.

Stories for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 5 –This DVD contains two picture book adaptations that highlight the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights movement: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Dr. Christine King Farris and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, with art by Bryan Collier.

Education, Inc. | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmaker Brian Malone presents cautionary evidence of the stealth privatization movement of public schools across the country.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-8 –A teacher discounted young African-Puerto Rican student Arturo Schomburg’s heritage, stating, “There were no Negro heroes worth noting.” Rather than discourage him, that comment spurred his lifelong quest for the facts.