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10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

Review: Home Sweet Horror by James Preller

Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales #1) By James Preller Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno Feiwel & Friends ISBN: 9781250018878 $14.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Let’s face it – you don’t get more high interest than horror. There’s a subtle defiance in reading a book full of dark and […]

Vine Review: Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Has anyone done a book review via Vine yet? Let’s give this a shot… Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas By Jim Ottaviani Illustrated by Maris Wicks First Second ISBN: 9781596438651 $19.99 Grades 5 and Up In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library (If you are […]

Review: Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) By Laurie Keller Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805090765 $12.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores June 4, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh, the hazards of bringing a picture book character to the chapter book format. For every success, there are a […]

2013 Preview Interview: First Second Books

When graphic novel publisher First Second contacted me to see if I was up for chatting about their 2013 wares, it struck me as a good idea. After all, I’ve already reviewed (and loved) their upcoming Odd Duck. I’m not sure if the Preview Interview will become a regular feature (I mean, A Fuse #8 […]

Review: Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Odd Duck By Cecil Castellucci Illustrated by Sara Varon First Second Books ISBN: 9781596435575 $15.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores May 14, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I have this friend with whom I have almost nothing in common. Name a belief system – political, religious – we are […]

Nonfiction Monday: Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay

Castle: How It Works By David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan David Macaulay Studio (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596437449 $15.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One of the more satisfying things about being an elementary school librarian (other than the resurgence of the cardigan sweater) is seeing gaps filled. The landscape […]

10 to Note: Winter Preview 2012-13

Sometimes you see a book and go… What follows are the books coming out in December, January, and February that made me do that. Picture Books Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino February 12 | Knopf | Grades K-3 Is ditching technology for real life an emerging children’s lit trend? 2012 standout hello! hello! nicely builds […]

Review: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Larson

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel By Madeleine L’Engle Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson Farrar, Straus & Giroux (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780374386153 $19.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores October 2, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Reviewing a graphic novel adaptation of another book can be a bit tricky. Should I focus […]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2012

If you are in fear of children’s literature becoming too tame, too P.C., too middle-of-the-road – fear not! There are still plenty of odd, unusual, and just plain wild books for kids. Let’s take a look at five of the most “What the – ?!” inducing books of 2012. I enjoyed each and every one. […]

Review: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Green By Laura Vaccaro Seeger Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596433977 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The page turn – the way in which a picture book transitions from one page to the next – is something that lots of books ignore. Not the […]

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2012

It’s back to the future with this roundup of 10 summer releases that threaten to pull me away from my other favorite warm weather activity – consuming Oreo blizzards. Not a simple feat. June, July, and August – let’s see what you’ve got… Fiction Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, […]

Review: Another Brother by Matthew Cordell

Another Brother By Matthew Cordell Feiwel and Friends ISBN: 9780312643249 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The arrival of a new sibling can be a stressful event. Sure, parents have their hands full, but big brother or big sister also have to cope with a lot of change. […]

Review: Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado

Giants Beware! By Rafael Rosado Illustrated by Jorge Aguirre First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596435827 $14.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores April 10, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library One part Asterix, one part Jeff Smith’s Bone, one part Scrappy-Doo, Giants Beware! takes the classic “friends on a quest” adventure and outfits it with […]

Review: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

And Then It’s Spring By Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436244 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Feb. 14, 2012 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The funny thing about follow-ups is that they usually start as just the next project. Then a big […]