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Review: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Gypsy Moths

Summer of the Gypsy Moths By Sara Pennypacker Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061964206 $15.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In my need to draw pop culture comparisons whenever possible, I’m tempted to call Summer of the Gypsy Moths “Weekend at Bernie’s as a coming-of-age […]

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: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Liar and Spy

Liar & Spy By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) ISBN: 9780385737432 $15.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores August 7, 2012 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some authors can write a career’s worth of books and never quite nail the intangible element of mood. Not so with Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead. Her […]

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 […]

Review: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Baby Bear Sees Blue By Ashley Wolff Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442413061 $16.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The goal of a concept book is clear – teach colors or numbers or shapes or any other basic concept that kids need to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

Ant

Step Gently Out By Helen Frost Photographs by Rick Lieder Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763656010 $15.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Poetry is oh-so-tricky. Go too concrete and rhyme-y, and you end up with stale platitudes. Go too abstract, and you can lose kids in a […]

Nonfiction Monday: How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

How Many Jelly Beans

How Many Jelly Beans? A Giant Book of Giant Numbers By Andrea Menotti Illustrated by Yancey Labat Chronicle ISBN: 9781452102061 $18.99 Grades K-4 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You gotta like books with guts. Books that are willing to throw caution to the wind in terms of format or content […]

Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Wonder By R.J. Palacio Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375869020 $15.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library It’s a beautiful thing, when a book truly grabs you. It doesn’t happen all that often, and it’s impossible to know when it’s coming. Even with all the advance warning […]

Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan Cover

The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate HarperCollins ISBN: 9780061992254 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library For a children’s book, inhabiting the world of animals can be a dicey proposition. While the appeal is broad, it seems like the rate of true success is […]

Review: Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

Boy + Bot

Boy + Bot By Ame Dyckman Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Alfred A. Knopf (Random House) ISBN: 9780375867569 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Oh, unlikely friendships – where would children’s literature (scratch that – any kind of literature) be without ye? Contrasting personalities always add richness to the […]

Review: The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

Easter Bunnys Assistant

The Easter Bunny’s Assistant By Jan Thomas Harper (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061692864 $12.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library In terms of consistency, few picture book creators in the world are operating at the level of Jan Thomas right now. Since her debut in 2007, What Will […]

Review: Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter

Kali's Song

Kali’s Song By Jeanette Winter Schwartz & Wade (Random House) ISBN: 9780375870224 $16.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Gentle gets a bad rap. Books that scream and shout get a lot of attention, but often it is a classic case of sound and fury signifying nothing. Jeanette Winter […]

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 […]

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 […]