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Review: The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger

Poop Fountain

The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! By Tom Angleberger Amulet (ABRAMS) ISBN: 9781419704253 $12.95 Grades 4-7 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Note: Sometimes an idea makes so much sense, you have to steal it try it yourself. Poop Fountain! is a re-release of The Qwikpick Adventure Society, originally published by Dial [...]

Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo

El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (AMBRAMS) ISBN: 9781419710209 $21.95 Grades 3-6 Out September 2, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Part of what makes memoirs so appealing is their universality. There’s solace in the fact that no matter the individual, no matter the circumstances, we all experience moments [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2013

10 to Note Spring 2013

It’s time to once again to look at the season before us and say “that looks good”. What follows are books coming out in March, April, and May that appear to have promise. Picture Book Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird; illustrated by Brandon Dorman April 23 | Greenwillow | Grades K-2 Ever heard of [...]

Review: Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg

Andrew Cover

Andrew Drew and Drew By Barney Saltzberg Abrams Appleseed ISBN: 9781419703775 $15.95 Grades PreK-1 On Shelves Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library A solitary boy creating his world through drawings – sound familiar? With Andrew Drew and Drew, Barney Saltzberg pays homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon, but adds a creative [...]

Nonfiction Monday: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

One Dead Spy

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy By Nathan Hale Amulet (ABRAMS) ISBN: 9781419703966 $12.95 Grades 3-6 In Stores August 1, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Through my side gig of professional reviewing, I’ve read a lot of nonfiction graphic novels. In terms of quality, let me tell [...]

Review: Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi et al

Explorer

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes Edited by Kazu Kibuishi Amulet (Abrams) ISBN: 9781419700101 $19.95 Grades 4-7 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your library I was recently watching one of may favorite television shows, Iron Chef, when one of the judges made an interesting comment about a course comprised of four entirely separate mini [...]

10 Fiction Picture Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

Number 10

2012 may go down as the year of the picture book sequel. Aside from the Mo Willems offering I mention below, expect sequels to The Dunderheads, I Must Have Bobo, LMNO Peas, Say Hello to Zorro, Oh No!, Dinotrux, A Pet for Petunia and a whole bunch more. Borrowing heavily (see: stealing) from A Fuse [...]

Top 20 Children’s Books of 2011 (#20-16)

Top 20 Logo Color

Let the singing of praises commence. Over four days, fellow school librarian John Schumacher and I will count down our top 20 books of the past year. It’s a K-6, anything goes sort of list, with picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and graphic novels all tossed into one big pot. This year Watch. Connect. Read. [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011

10-to-note-spring

Hang-wringing complete. It’s time for the quarterly look at upcoming releases I’m calling 10 to Note. What follows are the 10 titles set to hit shelves in March, April, and May that had me most saying “Yeah, boiiiii!” (or something along those lines). Not a guarantee of quality, but a subjective list of books that [...]

This ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Thing is Getting Out of Hand

Wimpy Hold Shelf

…and I mean that in a good way. Here’s the hold shelf at the 5th and 6th grade school library where I work: Every color of the Wimpy rainbow (except blue).

Link Du Jour: Wimpy Kid on CNN

Best Illustrated

If you’re like me (easily warmed) then you get a warm feeling every time you see children’s books covered by the big media outlets. Wimpy Kid, you’re all grows up. Jeff Kinney recently visited CNN to talk about the November 9 release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth. Nicely done. Click here [...]

Review: Dotty by Erica S. Perl

Dotty

Dotty By Erica S. Perl Illustrated by Julia Denos Abrams ISBN: 9780810989627 $16.95 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Travis: Introducing today’s guest reviewer, my old imaginary friend. Greetings! Yes, I’m Travis’s old imaginary friend, Aquadog. You can imagine my shock when T called me up after all these years to review Dotty, a picture book that [...]