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One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? As I am writing this review a song plays faintly in my mind: Sweet dreams are made of these Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for something Some of them want to use [...]

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Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

Roller Girl By Victoria Jamieson Dial Books (Penguin) ISBN: 9780803740167 $12.99 Grades 4-8 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Before I begin this review, let me set the right tone: That’s better. Sometimes you can find a lot of truth in unexpected places. Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl takes [...]

Nonfiction Monday: The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

The Blue Whale

The Blue Whale By Jenni Desmond Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701650 $17.95 Grades K-4 Out May 27, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are things we know, but we don’t really know. Example: anyone from 2-200 can tell you that blue whales are big. Very very big. Got it. Often that’s [...]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

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Today (March 2nd) is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America Day in 1998. Click here for more information about Read Across America Day Click here to visit the Seussville website Read about seven things Seuss never said, and 25 things he did at Nine Kinds [...]

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

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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

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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

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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 [...]