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Review: Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Betty Goes Bananas By Steve Antony Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780553507614 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library

One Star Review Guess Who? (#28)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Very few books failed to engage me, but I loathed this one with a purple passion. The main character, a young boy who writes letters to an author without success (?), has such an aggravating, whiny personality that I [...]

Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow

Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374172077 $24.00 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I think I can speak for everyone when I say the world needs more pseudo children’s books. Credit to David Duchovny for braving the pirannah-filled celebrity author waters [...]

Review: Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III

Apocalypse Bow Wow

Apocalypse Bow Wow By James Proimos III Illustrated by James Proimos Jr. Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781619634428 $13.99 Grades 3-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Dystopia. Although it’s been a popular theme lately in books for young people, my experience with it is fairly limited. Maybe I need to read more YA. [...]

Endangered Series #5: The Bailey School Kids

Series

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it [...]

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

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Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret By Bob Shea Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781484713785 $9.99 Grades K-2 Out May 5, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* There are plenty of early reader greats, from Frog and Toad to Little Bear to The Cat in the Hat,  but compared to other types [...]

Review: Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer

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Wild About Shapes By Jérémie Fischer Flying Eye Books (Nobrow) ISBN: 9781909263383 $16.99 Grades PreK and Up Out March 17, 2015 Find it at: Powell’s Books | Your Library The element of surprise is powerful indeed. Often when a reader opens a book, they have a general sense of what to expect. But once in [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#27)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I really don’t understand this book. Even as a little child I couldn’t help but think, “Why does he want him to eat it so bad?!” and “JUST GET SOME REGULAR FOOD!” Click here for the answer. One Star [...]

Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

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Supertruck By Stephen Savage Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596438217 $12.99 Grades PreK-1 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The 21st century is when superhero culture exploded. Have Batman, Spider-Man, Superman (and many more) ever been more mainstream than they are today? Supertruck by Stephen Savage (Where’s Walrus?) enters this climate [...]

Endangered Series #4: The Baby-Sitter’s Club

Series

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t [...]

Enter to Win a Print Copy of What You’re Reading Right Now

Rookie 3

Over the holidays I was at a bookstore and saw Rookie Yearbook Three. Rookie is a popular online magazine that covers the tween and teen experience for girls. Each year they put out a book that compiles some of the best stuff from the site¹ This might sound silly, but it made me want to [...]

Nonfiction Monday: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower By Greg Pizzoli Viking (Penguin) ISBN: 9780670016525 $17.99 Grades 2-4 Out March 10, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The Big Con. It’s an idea so captivating that countless books have been written about pulling [...]

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

A Letter for Leo

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: Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix

Shooting at the Stars

Shooting at the Stars: the Christmas Truce of 1914 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 [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

One Star Review Guess Who

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 [...]