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The Fault in Our Stars
4.44
1/10: Let's give the swell of readers a week or two before we say too much about this wonderful YA title to kick off the new reading year. THE FAULT I...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
 
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
3.59
April 13th, 2012:

Jesse Andrews's name and this particular title have come up in two separate conversations or interactions this week. This means that...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
 
Extraordinary Jane
4.14
In Brene' Brown's DARING GREATLY, there is a passage regarding a writing exercise that Brown has led with adults. The first invitation is to fill in t...more
not set
Apr 24, 2014
 
Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins
3.93
Did you know that "twin" comes from the German word, "twine" which means "two together?"

This is the first fact that greats the reader of this wonderfu...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
The Life of Fly
3.93
Magnus Muhr, a photographer, takes pictures of common houseflies.

And you would think this would be the end of the hilarity.

But Muhr takes it to the n...more
May 23, 2012
May 23, 2012
 
Oliver
3.69
It begins with a Oliver's essential question (Jim Burke): "How do planes stay up in the sky?"

When his mother answers, with a mouth full of clothespins...more
Jul 2012
Jul 03, 2012
 
The Great American Cereal Book: From Apple Jacks to Wheaties
3.99
The spine of this collection has a Nutrition Facts panel that reads "Nostalgia 100%!

Another sampling from ABRAMS of their dedication to branding and...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
 
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
3.68
From the creator of PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, this one reads like The Wimpy Kid meets Calvin and Hobbs meets I AM A GENIUS OF INCREDIBLE EVIL AND I WANT TO...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
 
Animal Crackers Fly the Coop
3.59
Kevin O'Malley creates here a picture book that I would have loved as a kid.

Donalyn Miller found the connection to The Bremen Town Musicians as did I...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
4.15
I remember reading Marty McGuire in my Disney hotel room in November of 2010 (and hardly being able to stand not coming right out to say how much I lo...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
Stampede!: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School
3.87
In preparation for a SKYPE interaction with Laura Purdie Salas in conjunction with WORLD READ ALOUD DAY, we are taking a look at her ealier title, STA...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
Chopsticks
4.12
Chopsticks do everything together. Noe of the other utensils have ever seen them apart. They have mastered just about every move chopsticks can master...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Zip It!
2.42
Holding back a couple of stars. While this is supposed to be a funny book, to be sure, the dynamic between a son trying to get his father's attention...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Three Hens and a Peacock
3.80
I've enjoyed THREE HENS AND A PEACOCK when it first released in 2011, but I wanted to look at the book again after reading some Amazon reviews that I...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins, #1)
3.62
A longer review to come as the publishing date approaches (we're still some three months out for this one).

What I do like about THE TEMPLETON TWINS HA...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
Double Trouble
4.12
Great Gassy Goblins! He's back!

I'll admit it here as he would not dare to show himself here at something called "GOODreads"--I love the Vordak the Inc...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
Oh No, George!
4.02
An otherwise good dog is challenged by temptations when his friend, Harry, goes out for a bit. But who can resist cake, dirt, or the cat?

I like the un...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share
3.60
How do I know "Jimmy Crack Corn" or "Blue Tail Fly?"

Bugs Bunny used to sing the song in those classic Warner Bros shorts. I knew all of the words, or...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
Listen to My Trumpet!
4.29
When Piggie shares his new trumpet with Elephant and asks for feedback, Elephant is placed in a difficult situation that will be very familiar to olde...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
Carmine: A Little More Red
4.01
Before taking the Robert F. Sibert Award for Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, Melissa Sweet created this litt...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
4.17
Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis offers a real treat in time for National Poetry Month 2012 (and beyond) with this collection of poems that...more
Apr 2012
Mar 30, 2012
 
Book! Book! Book!
3.85
A super story with an ending sure to satisfy the younger set.

The patience of librarians everywhere is showcased in this book about a group of farm ani...more
Jul 31, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
 
Don't Squish the Sasquatch!
3.61
Inventive characters from Kent Redeker, but what makes this book for me is the imaginative renderings of Bob Staake. The sasquatch's arms stretch deli...more
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
 
Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
3.78
Faces of Death meets Wild Kingdom meets the playful urges of two of children's literature and poetry's biggest names.

The classic work and stylings of...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
The Miami Giant
3.50
Setting sail for China with the blessing of the king and queen of Italy, Guiseppe Giaweeni instead lands in Miami (with some funny pronunciations to b...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
Time Out for Monsters!
3.42
Get ready for a nice little picture book that reads like HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON meets NO! DAVID meets CALVIN AND HOBBES. Sure to delight younger...more
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
 
The Downside of Being Up
3.18
This is one you'll have to read for yourself. The subject of the book is one of a personal, but most familiar, issue for boys.

With NERD GIRLS and now...more
not set
Dec 02, 2011
 
Beep and Bah
3.70
When Bah finds one white sock with red stripes, it's Beep who suggests they go on an adventure that will bring them in the end to the missing, matchin...more
not set
Dec 06, 2011
 
I'm Bored
4.15
Love this one. . .it's like a mix of Peanuts, VeggieTales, and Drop Dead Fred all thrown into a nice little package with super cute illustrations by D...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Roller Coaster
4.00
ROLLER COASTER would work well as a mentor text with younger readers and writers for its presentation of "this year vs. last year" as a girl describes...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
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