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Toon Review: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan


The Storm in the Barn By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763636180 $24.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores *Recommended* Also reviewed by A Fuse #8 Production, Becky’s Book Reviews, educating alice. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat. Comics created using Bitstrips.

Book Review: Only a Witch Can Fly


Only a Witch Can Fly By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo Feiwel and Friends ISBN: 9780312375034 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Call it lyrical, call it rhythmic – few things can split a picture book crowd like poetic text. Where do you stand? Some see it as a perfect way to expose young readers […]

Link Du Jour: It's Hard to Classify


Normally, I reserve this post for the latest video of a chimp reading a children’s book or some similar bit of nonsense. Today, however, our Sunday Link Du Jour is actually helpful. As a school librarian, I’m frequently deciding where to shelve new books we add to the collection. Most of the time these judgments […]

Video: Fox in Socks + Beatbox

If you knew that Dr. Seuss invented the work “crunk”, then this will seem like a natural combination. I wonder if these guys know about “The Dewey Rap“. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSqdbB3DAJE] (Thanks to kidlitnation for the link)

School Librarian Tip: Don't Spend it all in One Place


Saturday I made a run to the bookstore to pick some things up for the schools where I work. Here’s the result: We’ve got some new 39 Clues, The Magician’s Elephant, new Beyond Spiderwick, and others. It never fails – the school year starts, student requests start rolling in, and you realize you don’t have […]

Where the Parodies Are


Appears we’ve got a Where the Wild Things Are spoof on our hands: Where the Mild Things Are: a very meek parody by Maurice Send-Up. I first read about this on the outstandingly-named THWOK! (The Sound of a Hardcover Book Swung Into Someones Head). The other day, I saw it in person (inexplicably shelved in […]

Nonfiction Monday: How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail by Tod Olson


How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail By Tod Olson Illustrated by Scott Allred & Gregory Proch National Geographic ISBN: 9781426304125 $18.95 Grades 5-7 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher *Recommended* The rise of the journal format has been swift and, by my estimation, successful. Taking a story and telling it in the […]

Video: Inside the Harry Potter Theme Park


I recently learned about the planned Universal Studios Harry Potter theme park from Educating Alice (who has a nice roundup of related links). I think we can all agree that this is a good idea. Pop culture site BuzzFeed recently posted a video tour of the planned project. Let us have a look: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjnmhivaItU] Dang […]

Cover Controversy: The Evil Twin


Now usually in these posts, I put up a couple books that look alike, we all laugh (oh, wait, that was just me?), and move on. Today is different. I’m not sure if two covers have ever been as similar, yet so different. You may be familiar with the first cover: Animal Families. I like […]

Book Review: Jeremy Draws a Monster


Jeremy Draws a Monster By Peter McCarty Henry Holt ISBN: 978080506934 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher *Best New Books* Although many (many) celebrities might beg to differ, writing children’s books is hard work. Limited vocabulary and limited space add to the difficulty of creating a story that (and this is […]

Link Du Jour: Most Sold Books


Occasionally, I like to leave my cave and take a look at what the humans are doing. Or reading, rather. Below are the latest bestselling children’s books according to the New York Times. Click the links below to see the entire lists at Reading Radar. Picture Books Chapter Books Listen to the Wind and Gallop! […]

Vintage Video: The Giving Tree


Did you know this existed? I can’t say I’ve ever been a big The Giving Tree aficionado, but I hadn’t seen the video below. An animated version, straight outta ’73, voiced by Shel Silverstein. Based on the man’s often-discussed spooky appearance, I thought his voice would be deeper. A little scarier perhaps. (Thanks to Ray […]

Audio Clip: It's The Dewey Rap


Oh how I love it when the worlds of hip hop and librarianship collide. I found this tape a little while back at one of the schools where I work. A classic from the librarian vaults. You’ll be singing “One oh oh to one ninety nine” before you know it. Click the link below to […]

Enter the BBAW Voting Booth


Shortlist nominees for the 2009 Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) Awards have been announced, and I am honored to be in the running for “Best General Review Blog”. If you are a fan of children’s lit blogs, be sure to click here and vote for your favorites.

Toon Review: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney


The Lion & the Mouse By Jerry Pinkney Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316013567 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher *Best New Books* Also reviewed by Bookends, A Fuse #8 Production, Pink Me. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.