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Review: Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah O’Hora

Who Wet My Pants?By Bob SheaIllustrated by Zachariah O’Hora Little, Brown ISBN: 9780316525213$17.99Grades K-2Out September 17, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library When I was in first grade I peed my pants at school. It happened near the end of the day, and I managed to sneak out of school […]

Review: Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts doesn’t need a review to let people know they should read it – fans of her past work are chomping at the bit. But when it’s this good, I can’t help myself.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#98)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I was very disappointed in the language of this book: “Cats go meow,” and “George went meow.” I am fighting against this ungrammatical usage of the words, “go” and “went” constantly. I can’t believe the editor let this slip, […]

Review: Stargazing by Jen Wang

StargazingBy Jen WangColor by Lark Pien FirstSecond (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250183880$12.99 (PBK)Out September 10, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at:Schuler Books | Your Library Sometimes friendships don’t make sense from the outside. Think about your friends from when you were a kid. Sure there are the pals who were a lot like you, but I’m […]

Your 2019 Labor Day ‘Do Not Read’ List

It’s Labor day. So whatever you do, DO NOT read these books.

My Quest for the Best Read Aloud Chair

I don’t ask for much. A library with some good books. A Rav4 with a working engine. A bowl of oatmeal every morning. I don’t think I’m a picky person. But then I went shopping for a new read aloud chair. I wanted something comfortable and quiet. No problem. That’s what I thought. I live […]

Review: Another by Christian Robinson

Another By Christian Robinson Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534421677 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know, it’s funny. After seeing an artist’s work over the course of a few years, you think you have a pretty good sense of that artist, right? But […]

A Good Idea for Your Library: Kids + Books + Instax

The school year is nigh and our annual open house is Wednesday. I’m always wracking my brain before open house to come up with a fun way to interact with families about books. A couple years back I set up a photo booth with my laptop and kids and teachers could take a picture with […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#97)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There’s nothing cute or funny about a child who uses bad grammar, decides to hate people, thinks she knows better than adults, and hollers like a toddler whenever she wants something. Click here for the answer. Why do I […]

Review: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Small in the City By Sydney Smith Neal Porter Books/Holiday House ISBN: 9780823442614 $18.99 Grades K-2 Out September 3, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When it comes to picture book making, one of the holy grails is re-readability. Concocting a story that readers care to hear once and […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#96)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [T]his was just a pig and an elephant talking to the reader with a joke about a banana. I just don’t see the appeal. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

Review: Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner

Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island By David Goodner Illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781368025775 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out September 17, 2019 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your library People talk quite a bit about the rise of graphic novels in the 21st century, but you know what people don’t talk about enough? […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#95)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A fool does a foolish thing because he is a fool, and it’s funny. Sort of sorcerer’s apprentice, maybe, but with pasta and a handyman. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . […]

On This Day(ish) In Scope Notes History: Enthusiasm at the Edges

Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

Video Rarity: In the Studio with Donald Crews

Through secret methods, I have unearthed this rarely seen video of Donald Crews giving a tour of his studio. Does he bust out the airbrush? He does. I like it.