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

Bowling Alley Bandit

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

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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

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

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

Winter Preview 2013

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

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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

Onions Great Escape

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

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

Summer Preview 2012 Final

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

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

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 Its Spring

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 […]

Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead: A Caldecott Conversation

Elephant and Lion Chat

How better to understand the Caldecott than by chatting with an artist who has won the prestigious award? Today we’re lucky enough to have two. Jerry Pinkney and Erin E. Stead (the 2010 and 2011 winner, respectively) agreed to do just that. One a living legend, the other a newcomer with a bright future; both […]

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann

Bone Dog

Bone Dog By Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596431508 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Holiday books hold a unique place in the world of children’s literature. They are likely to get a bump in popularity due to the holiday tie-in (at least for a certain part of the year), but […]

Review: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Grandpa Green

Grandpa Green By Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596436077 $16.99 Grades K-4 In Stores I realized after reading, rereading, and reflecting on Lane Smith’s latest book, Grandpa Green, that I’ve spent more time considering (and, at times, being confounded by) Smith’s last two releases than the last two books from pretty much any author. […]