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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
4.07
Swirl by Swirl presents a fascinating examination of one of the most beautiful and prevalent shapes in nature, the spiral. After contemplating the exa ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
 
The BFG
4.19
Little Sophie wakes up late at night. Peering out her bedroom window, she sees a frightening sight: an enormous man with ears as tall as her, creeping ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
 
Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle
3.73
Gross-out humor and Greek myths unite in this comic adventure. Don't let the word "doodle" fool you; artist Christopher Ford works his deceptively sim ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Highway Rat
3.91
I love Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman," so any picture book (loosely!) based on the poem is bound to be a winner for me.
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
 
Red Wagon
3.86
Lucy wants to play with her new red wagon, but her mother asks her to go to market with it instead. "That sounded like a chore. Lucy didn't want to do ...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat
3.57
Let your preconceptions set sail before embarking on this voyage of a book. In Jonathan’s world, a tugboat captain has no problem assisting a little b ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
Being Dead
3.66
This collection of short stories, some scary, some not, investigates that mysterious boundary between life and death. Vivian Vande Velde uses surprise ...more
Nov 07, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
 
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
4.03
Without the clearly fantastical setting of The Scorpio Races, this novel didn't catch me as quickly as did Maggie Stiefvater's previous fantasy. But i ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
4.22
Brilliant and beautiful! For someone who lives and works closely with books, it was especially fun to read Kidd's explanations of many of the book cov ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
 
Twerp
3.83
In the spring of 1969, a 6th grade boy named Julian Twersky journals his way through the semester as an assignment/punishment for his involvement in b ...more
Jul 03, 2015
Aug 03, 2015
 
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
3.82
The legend says that Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret of immortality in the twelfth century. But that’s just a story, right? Modern day twins Sop ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
 
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
3.83
In a futuristic Zimbabwe, the three children of a high-ranking general sneak out of their sheltered, robot-managed lives for a trip across the city. B ...more
Jan 2010
Aug 04, 2010
 
The Great Wide Sea
3.83
Three boys, after recently losing their mother, are swept aboard a sailboat by their father, who insists they spend a year sailing through the Bahamas ...more
Aug 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
Peanut
3.29
We've all told lies before, haven't we? Little white lies, here and there, little exaggerations to make our stories sound richer or our personalities ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
 
Hidden
3.94
When Wren and Darra meet in summer camp, a flash of recognition touches them both. What they cannot bear to discuss as young adults is the experience ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
 
Smile
4.13
Wow! Granted, this is a memoir, but Telgemeier knows how to express all the sentiments of early adolescence, from those poignant moments when a young ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
 
Close Your Eyes
3.91
The little tiger does not want to close his eyes and fall asleep, for he will miss out on all the lovely things around him. His mother then describes ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
Hibernation Station
3.62
Meadows reimagines the mysterious practice of hibernation as a train ride through the winter forest. Mice, racoons, chipmunks, and frogs line up at th ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
Nacho And Lolita
3.94
Ryan's storybook, based (very!) loosely on a folktale she had heard as a child, is a delightful read. Nacho is a big, brightly colored bird whose song ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
 
13 American Artists Children Should Know
4.08
A collection like this, that features artists across different time periods and styles, is always interesting to me because of what the writer chooses ...more
May 15, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
The Tilting House
3.54
Josh and his little brother Aaron are far from thrilled with the new house their parents just bought. It's old, it's got some odd neighbors, and the i ...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
Wild Things
3.97
Zoё has just lost her single mother, a mentally ill woman who left Zoё to fend for herself most of her life anyway. So it's a big adjustment for her t ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Looking at Lincoln
4.03
I'm a total sucker for Maira Kalman. Here she weaves poignant intimacy into a seemingly exhausted topic: the life of Abraham Lincoln. Painted still-li ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
 
The Mailbox
3.81
Uncle Vernon was the closest thing Gabe had to a father. But one day, when Gabe gets home from school, Uncle Vernon is sprawled out on the floor, his ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
 
Interrupting Chicken
4.18
This delightful story perfectly captures the enthusiasm for story so easily experienced in childhood. The little red chicken demands story after story ...more
May 15, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
There's Going to Be a Baby
3.69
**spoiler alert** I recently read Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, thinking that I would find no additional improvement to the new-baby book. But ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
 
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
3.86
Jerry and Joe are best friends. They both feel like outsiders in high school; they’d much rather read the stories about amazing characters in comic st ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
 
The Elephant Scientist (Scientist in the Field Series)
4.06
When Caitlin O'Connell was a child, she loved observing animals in the wild. She grew up to become a scientist, first studying tiny insects, then taki ...more
Oct 08, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
 
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
3.63
Clara Lee has a dream. She wants to become Little Miss Apple Pie this year, which means she would ride on a parade float in her town's Apple Blossom F ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Touching Spirit Bear (Spirit Bear, #1)
3.84
Cole is a young man full of anger. He's been in and out of trouble his whole life. But after he beats up Peter, smashing his head on the sidewalk and ...more
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
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