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One Star Review Guess Who? (#77)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? The lesson of this book isn’t perseverance, it’s that 3/4 of people you meet will leave you to die on the side of the road. An important lesson, sure, but I think I’d rather wait until at least kindergarten […]

And the Black Friday Award Goes To . . .

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. . . the New York Public Library, with this fantastic full-page ad in the New York Times. Every library in the country should steal this idea. (via Pamela Paul) ???????? pic.twitter.com/SC3ouWrGyP — Pamela Paul (@PamelaPaulNYT) November 23, 2018

One Star Review Guess Who? (#76)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Do you like nearly plotless, nearly conflictless books? Do you like pedantry about the value of hard work and never feeling negative emotions? Do you like endings that are predictable as hell? Do you like reading about children who […]

Nonfiction Monday: Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock

Otis and Will

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere By Barb Rosenstock Illustrated by Katherine Roy Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316393829 $18.99 Grades 1-4 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It guess it’s something we’re born with: an affinity for discovery. We love firsts. First human on the moon. First […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#75)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is basically the story of a hostage who rapidly succumbs to Stockholm Syndrome. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review […]

Review: Dear Sister by Alison McGhee

Dear Sister

Dear Sister By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Joe Bluhm Atheneum (Simon & Shuster) ISBN: 9781481451420 $13.99 Grades 3-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’m a younger sibling. I am (according to Parent Magazine) “Fun loving, uncomplicated, and self-centered.” First borns, on the other hand, tend to be “Reliable, conscientious, and […]

One Star Review Guess Who (#74)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Couldn’t get past the worms. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who (#3) […]

Review: Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin

Meet Yasmin! By Saadia Faruqi Illustrated by Hatem Aly Capstone ISBN: 9781684360222 $5.95 Grades K-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Ah those well-crafted transitional books can be hard to pin down. Elusive, aren’t they? When you spot a good one, you hold onto it. You tell people about it. Meet Yasmin! […]

Review: Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin

Stumpkin By Lucy Ruth Cummins Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534413627 $17.99 Grades K-2 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you read to kids a lot then you know the power of the great season-specific book. For most of these sorts of titles, the main draw is that it’s about […]

Review: Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak

Do Not Lick This Book

Do Not Lick This Book By Idan Ben-Barak Illustrated by Julian Frost Photos by Linnea Rundgren Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250175366 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The phrase “mind-blowing” seems to have lost all meaning in these hyperbolic times we live in, but it’s appropriate to […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#73)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? To be completely honest, I did not enjoy this story. For the children that this book was meant for, it teaches them that it is acceptable to throw a fit if they do not have their favorite toy or […]

Review: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke

Mr. Wolf's Class

Mr. Wolf’s Class By Aron Nels Steinke Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9781338047684 $18.99 Grades 2-4 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Teaching (and school librarianship) is one of the lucky rare professions where every year there is a sense of renewal. New year, fresh start. There is no fresher start than being […]

Review: Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Fairy Spell

Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real By Marc Tyler Nobleman Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Clarion Books (HMH) ISBN: 9780544699489 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You thought fake news was new? Way before intentional misinformation was spread to influence […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#72)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I can summarize this story with these questions and answers coming from the snot-nosed, little children in the novel: “Will we have a mother? […] Will she like me? Will she stay? Yes.” Boring. Thank God Glenn Close made the […]

Review: Why the Face? by Jean Jullien

Why the Face

Why the Face? by Jean Jullien Phaidon ISBN: 9780714877198 $14.95 Ages 0-4 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* Board books don’t lend themselves to reviews, do they? Most fall into two camps: either simplistic to the point of abstraction (this isn’t a knock – just stating facts) or a […]