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Review: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Dragon Hoops is one of the best graphic novels of this, or any year.

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 […]

Review: Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

Tiger vs. Nightmare By Emily Tetri First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725355 $17.99 Grades 1-3 Out November 6, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When I was a kid I didn’t like sleeping with the closet door open in my room. I’d see shadows in there and they would scare me and, well, […]

Review: Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Be Prepared By Vera Brosgol Color by Alec Longstreth First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626724457 $12.99 Grades 4-6 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Camp is like adolescence concentrate. Devoid of parents and with a limited time frame, it’s like a social experiment where big coming-of-age themes like self-reliance, belonging, and friendship come […]

Review: Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725614 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out April 10, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I eat the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch. If you know me, you might have heard me talking about this. Do […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2016

Here’s how these previews work: I look at all the books. I pick 10 that jump out to me. I share them with you. Here we go – this batch will all arrive in September, October, and November. Picture Books A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet October 3, 2016 | Eerdmans […]

Sara Varon Has Been Busy: An Exclusive First Look at Her New Projects

Sara Varon is the creator of the first book I ever reviewed on this blog – Robot Dreams. I’ve been enjoying her work ever since, including Chicken and Cat Clean Up in 2009 and Odd Duck last year. Today I’m happy to announce that Sara has a batch of new projects in the works. Let’s hear […]

Review: The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn

The Zoo Box By Ariel Cohn Illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626720527 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Of all the mash-ups going on in children’s literature these days – think Hugo Cabret, Wimpy Kid, Flora & Ulysses – is any combination more natural […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics By Various Authors, Chris Duffy, Leonard S. Marcus First Second Books (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781596436008 $18.99 Grades 1-4 In Stores October 11, 2011 It’s no secret we are living in the age of superstar team-ups. With Watch the Throne on the top of the Billboard charts, The Miami Heat making waves in the […]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2011

Catalogs pored over, eyes sufficiently sapped of all moisture – it must be time to look at the 10 books that come out in September, October, and November that have me going around saying “aww, yeah!” to strangers. Or maybe just thinking it. While I search for the Visene®, take a look at the list. […]