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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: One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

One Cool Friend

One Cool Friend By Toni Buzzeo Illustrated by David Small Dial (Penguin) ISBN: 9780803734135 $16.99 Grades K-3 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Local Library Oblivious parents are a staple in children’s lit. Kids are so used to being micro-managed that the thought of being able to pull one over on the […]

Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061953385 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’ve never knitted anything in my life (or is it just “knit”?). Not a thing. The extent of my self-crafted wardrobe is limited to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Podcast Review: You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown


This week on the Brain Burps About Books podcast I review Peter Brown’s exuberant You Will Be My Friend. Host Katie Davis also chats with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, mastermind behind a bunch of books, including the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and my daughter’s favorite book of the moment, Punk Farm. Click here to listen. […]

Review: I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

I Spy

I Spy with My Little Eye By Edward Gibbs Templar Books (Candlewick Press) ISBN: 9780763652845 $14.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* *2011 Cybils Nominee* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When form meets function, it’s a beautiful thing. This can be tricky with books that feature die cuts. We’ve all seen […]

Link Du Jour: Stereotypin’ Since 1988


I tend to focus on the humorous and/or odd in these pages, but today we have something truly maddening. I recently came across Oranges, a picture book published in 1988, and I couldn’t let it pass without comment. And my comment is “Are you kidding me!?”. It’s a veritable who’s who of cultural stereotypes. While […]

Review: A Dog is a Dog

A Dog is a Dog

A Dog is a Dog By Stephen Shaskan Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811878968 $14.99 Grades Prek-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Note* If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, click here to see the review. Watch the A Dog is a Dog book trailer: Read an interview with Stephen Shaskan […]

Review: Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb

Tell Me the Day Backwards

Tell Me the Day Backwards By Albert Lamb Illustrated by David McPhail Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763650551 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Q: How many children’s books revolve around hibernation? A: How many children’s books contain bears? Yes, the topic of hibernation is a children’ […]

Podcast Review: Blackout by John Rocco


This week at Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books podcasty cast, I review Blackout by John Rocco by invoking my most memorable movie-going experience (hint: Batman is involved). Katie also talks Picture Book Month with Diane de Las Casas, among other spry children’s lit folks. Click here to listen. Click here to subscribe via iTunes.

Review: Animals Home Alone by Loes Riphagen

animals home alone

Animals Home Alone By Loes Riphagen Seven Footer Kids ISBN: 9781934734551 $15.95 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When you’re a kid, being left home alone is a big deal. It provides the first real taste of freedom. How to spend your time? Playing, reading, doing homework? Or maybe […]

Review: Neville by Norton Juster


Neville By Norton Juster Illustrated by G. Brian Karas Schwartz & Wade ISBN: 9780375867651 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You’re the new kid. Ugh. Doesn’t that sentence bum you out? We are such social creatures that arriving in an unfamilar place, surrounded by unfamiliar […]

Picture Book Proclamation


What with all the “picture book is doomed” talk you hear around the watercooler these days (note to self: stop pretending the internet is full of cool, drinkable water), I highly approve of the following manifesto from a crew of excellent authors and illustrators. It will run in the just-released Horn Book Magazine (and online […]

Nonfiction Monday: Big Wig by Kathleen Krull

Big Wig

100 Scope Notes is honored to host Nonfiction Monday this week. Add a comment with your review URL and I’ll include it in the bottom of this post. Big Wig: A Little History of Hair By Kathleen Krull Illustrated by Peter Malone Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780439676403 $18.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores I […]