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10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014

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You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2011-12

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Interested in learning about some of the most intriguing children’s books coming out this winter but would like to keep the amount of titles to a number easily divisible by 5 and 2? This, friend, is the post for you. What follows are 10 books that had me pretending to stroke my whiskers, raise one […]

Review: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

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Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780547152608 $16.99 Grades 6-8 In Stores *Best New Book* Here are the stats from this book: Memorable voices: one. The book is told from the perspective of eighth grader and devoted Joe Pepitone fan Doug Sweiteck, who moves with his family to […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2011

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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 […]

Review: Art & Max by David Wiesner

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Art & Max By David Wiesner Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 9780618756636 $17.99 Grades K-4 In Stores His first book in four years, David Wiesner’s Art & Max brings to mind Chris Van Allsburg’s Bad Day at Riverbend in the way it deconstructs the concept of illustration. Like that book, it also manages to […]