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The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
3.87
I didn't mean to read this book. I just wanted to know see what the seven basic plots were! But I devoured the first 300+ pages in a way that made me ...more
May 02, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
 
The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts
3.83
I just had the oddest experience. I read this book this week without realizing I'd read it before. This has sometimes happened with books that aren't ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 18, 2007
 
Farm
3.74
Farm!! I love Farm!! It's got just enough of that busy, lots-of-things-to-look-at quality that makes us love Richard Scarry books, yet also contains a ...more
Nov 2010
Feb 03, 2011
 
Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji
3.68
* * Winner!! * * Of the 2012 APALA Honor in Picture Books!

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is just beautiful. The illustrations by Ken Min are warm and all-
...more
Apr 2011
Jan 30, 2012
 
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch
3.15
I love giving this book out because all of my friends' children have been gloriously photo-documented romping through pumpkin patches every year (as I ...more
Apr 2010
Jan 01, 2011
 
That's How!
3.61
I couldn't resist this punchy picture book by Christoph Niemann, the same artist who brought us Subway last year, which made my "Top Picture Books fro ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 25, 2012
 
Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)
3.98
Mortal Engines has been one of the bright spots in my reading year so far--along with the third Bartimaeus Trilogy book! (What took me so long to read ...more
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Apr 05, 2009
 
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
4.18
What are we all doing?? We're wasting time. We should be writing like this.

That's all I could think the entire time I was reading this book. And the a
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Jun 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea
3.86
Wonderful! Such excellent Voice. Such excellent illustrations. I am delighted.

The voice reminds me of my friend Irvin, who loves to set up what sounds
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Mar 2011
Jan 25, 2012
 
Shark vs. Train
3.98
Brilliant concept. Genius!! This book is a perfect gift for every imaginative three-to-eight year old you know (and that's all of them), by which I me ...more
Nov 2010
Jan 03, 2011
 
Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World
3.82
So brilliant, so fun, so design-y gorgeous in every way! D and I have had tons of fun investigating these illustrations, and the story is super empowe ...more
Aug 2010
Jan 01, 2011
 
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
4.08
Wow, what is not to love? This book combines art and science, teaching us to find beauty and shapes in the natural world. It shows us the many special ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
A Ball for Daisy
3.80
The illustrations are adorable!! This dog's emotions are right there on the surface, which is exactly what you want in, well, a dog, but also in a wor ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 29, 2012
 
Subway
3.82
Brilliant and specific, with route details and an extremely pleasing, bold, traffic-appropriate art style. All my New York-based and -bred friends wit ...more
Dec 2010
Jan 03, 2011
 
Shoes for Me!
3.88
Cute, exuberant pictures and words, perfect for all the parents I know who have been charmed by their kids' first pairs of shoes. The book is decidedl ...more
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Jan 25, 2012
 
The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker
3.79
Oh my Goodness. I was already a fan of Holes, and then this man sets out to write a children's book about bridge. He must love jumping off cliffs. I w ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
All the Water in the World
3.95
Gorgeous words. Gorgeous illustrations. This book leaves you with a delicious feeling of how precious water is to all of us. The illustrations make me ...more
Aug 2011
Jan 28, 2012
 
The Year of the Rat
4.06
Grace Lin's The Year of the Rat is the sequel to her debut middle grade novel, The Year of the Dog (which I was completely gaga about). Once again Pac ...more
Nov 2007
Mar 20, 2008
 
Me...Jane
4.14
Of the many picture books that came out in 2011 that I read, this one was my favorite. The blend of illustration, stamp art, and memorabilia from Jane ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 22, 2012
 
Sarah, Plain and Tall
3.68
Good grief. Everyone has read and loved Sarah, Plain and Tall, so I thought I had read and loved it, too. Trouble was, I couldn’t remember a thing abo ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
 
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
3.96
3.4 stars? 3.8?? I couldn't put this down.

I was told I wouldn't like this, based on the idea that "commerical"/thriller/action/spy novels don't normal
...more
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Aug 18, 2007
 
No Time to Nap
5.00
Another book that completely won D over. He loves To-Do Lists.

D pictures that as a kid, the first question he would ask is "How does a gopher trap wor
...more
Apr 2010
Feb 03, 2011
 
Trucks Roll!
3.70
LOVE. I try to give this to every friend with kids whom I suspect doesn't have a copy yet. Perfect rhymes (this is how it's done!), paired with boldly ...more
Oct 2007
Jan 01, 2011
 
Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus Trilogy, #3)
4.22
This book and Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve have been the two brightest spots in my reading year so far. I had heard--from multiple, highly trusted s ...more
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Mar 17, 2009
 
Dim Sum for Everyone!
3.77
I can't help but give this to every kid I know has been exposed to dim sum at a young age. Just watching them point to all the little illustrations in ...more
Mar 2006
Feb 03, 2011
 
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1)
4.10
Oh, those poor rats of NIMH. Oh, oh. They never even said what NIMH stood for. You have to figure it out for yourself (or make it up!). And that is ju ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 20, 2008
 
Tuesday
4.18
Near and dear to my heart since I first discovered it in college--along with my college roomates and friends! Still wondering when to spring this on m ...more
Jan 1996
Jan 01, 2011
 
Punk Farm
4.01
As with Trucks Roll!, I like to give out Punk Farm with almost no provocation whatsoever. Does your kid like to sing? Does your kid like "Old MacDonal ...more
Aug 2006
Feb 03, 2011
 
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
3.99
Oh, love. This book hits me right where I live: playing with genre, tone, voice, narrative. Weaving together the familiar to create something new. Sar ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
The Quiet Book
4.06
Wow, WOW! This book includes all of the emotions--the highs and lows--one could possibly hope a picture book would inspire, in the form of different g ...more
Dec 2010
Feb 03, 2011
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