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April Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Higher! Higher!
by Charlie SheenAt the playground, young swinger Charlie gets so high that he breaks through Earth’s atmosphere and high-fives a fellow rock star from Mars.
Mommy Loves You More than Your Grades (I Promise)
by Amy “Tiger Mom” ChuaA tiger cub is herded through a jam-packed day of school, homework, violin lessons, tutoring, more violin practice — ending with the much-needed reminder that Mommy pushes her daughter so hard only because she loves her so much.
Tiger Babies
by Sophia and Lulu ChuaWhen Mom dictates one violin lesson too many, these mischievous twins show their claws!
Tiger Juice
by Charlie SheenHijinks ensue when the irrepressible Charlie talks the gang into offering something special at this summer’s lemonade stand.
Teachers Arent Final Teachers Aren’t Any More Special Than You
by Wisconsin Governor Scott WalkerA much needed antidote to the unchecked teacher glorification in children’s literature.
You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry: An Autobiography
by Kris KringleHow the man we now know as “Santa” turned childhood trauma into joy for children worldwide.
Quit Reading and Get Moving!
by Michelle ObamaThe First Lady breaks the mold in this inspirational ode to the virtues of exercise, “so much more rewarding than some stupid book.”
i steal becuz i’m sad, a novel in verse
by Lindsay LohanAn achingly sensitive first novel explores the pain of a naturally reclusive young woman forced against her will into the spotlight.
Our 15 States: Just the Important Ones
by Lerner CapstoneSo many states, so little time — what’s a busy child to do? Our 15 States cuts to the chase, providing information only on the really, really important ones.
Glitter, Glitter, Everywhere
by Kate MiddletonHow much of a princess are you? Enough to have glitter and mirrors reflecting your image on every single page of the books you read? Glitter, Glitter Everywhere is for you.
Kate Digs for Gold
by Sarah, Duchess of YorkPart of the duchess’s Helping Hands Book series. Auntie knows best!
I Ate Number Five
by Pittacus LoreMore revelations about James Frey convinced the publisher to quit while it was ahead, resulting in a satisfying series closer.
YA MAFIA, a collection of short stories
compiled by E. Lockhart and John GreenThe cool kids rule in this anthology of tales that leaves the losers behind. And unpublished.
Enwraptured: Book One in the Mummies of Darkwater Falls trilogy
by Elizebeth RawHigh school student Alison Klutze can’t believe she finally has a boyfriend. But when Alison and hottie Derek are finally ready to do it, she’s in for quite a surprise when Derek starts to take off his clothes…


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  1. Mônica says:

    >After a moment of total confusion, I remembered what day today is. FUN!!

  2. Lindsey says:

    >Oh phew…I was about to get all upset and ranty…you got me.

  3. david elzey says:

    >there ain't no such thing as a YA mafia, and you should know better than to talk about such things, as they do not exist and could get you into serious trouble.

    i love the juxtaposition of charlie sheen, his tiger "juice," and the tiger mom and cubs. i thought we were year of the rabbit, but i guess the tigers just won't let go!

  4. Lisa Jenn Bigelow says:

    >Ha ha… I gotta go with Enwraptured as my favorite. Mummies *are* the next big trend in paranormal romance, right? Right…?

    I also love Our 15 States. Well done!

  5. Maggie Stiefvater says:

    >I skimmed down to the YA section, like I always do — it took me FAR too long to get wise.

    My favorite? "Our Fifteen States."

  6. >Too funny!

  7. >"Just the important ones"… *snicker*

  8. marjorie says:

    >I love you.

  9. >I tried to see if our library had Our 15 States on order… then I saw the Lindsay Lohan Book and gasped. So wonderful

  10. Anonymous says:

    >Ha ha!

  11. proseandkahn says:

    >Great stuff! 15 states! Ha, ha, ha.

  12. Anonymous says:

    >Just the important ones – RotFLMAO!!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    >OK – That was funny!

  14. LoonTracker says:

    >I am SHRIEKING with laughter!

  15. Anonymous says:

    >"Deliciously evil!"
    –School Librarians' Riposte

  16. Sharon L. says:

    >Oh, all ready to freak at the Tiger Mom book when the coffee kicked in and I, too, caught on. This is FANTASTIC!!!

  17. Bianca Schulze says:

    >Ah, ha, ha, ha. I think I'll still be laughing tonight! Good one!

  18. >I was looking for a cute joke for today. Thanks for such a great one.

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  20. Jo S. Kittinger says:

    >I love this day and the creative fun that transpires! I have to agree that the 15 States gets the starred review from me!

  21. Stephanie Greene says:

    >Hilarious. I was reading the one about the Tiger Mom's picture book and thinking, WHAT IN THE WORLD? And then I realized.

    You got me.

  22. Laurina says:

    >Too clever … and the covers!

  23. Storied Cities says:

    >At first I thought, "what, Kate Middleton wrote a book, " then I realized…. duh.

  24. Maurene J. Hinds says:

    >These are awesome!

  25. Catherine says:

    >OMG, As a librarian I was really reading and then it sunk in. TOO TOO FUNNY!

  26. >Ok, these are great, but I am bummed that my Handbook for Junior Gardeners did not get a star in this month's issue. Its subtitle? "Your Mother is a Hoe".

  27. Michelle says:

    >Montana = one of the 15? Terribly confused . . . but still laughing. And I'm proud to say I got the joke right off when I saw Mr. Sheen's lovely ode to swinging.

  28. Barbara McDowell Whitt says:

    >If it hadn't been for the comments of your readers previous to me here on your site, I'm so literal I would not have caught on to your April Fools' ploy–although I did have to wonder about Charlie Sheen's and Kate Middleton's books. I skimmed down the list too fast to really focus in on Michelle Obama's Quit Reading and Start Moving and some of the other titles.

  29. K T Horning says:

    >The sad thing is, all of the celebrity books on the list look oh-so-plausible.

  30. Linda Bendall says:

    >You guys don't have enough work to keep busy….smile, smile.
    I laughed all the way through the list.
    As Charlie Sheen would say, "Winning!!!"

  31. >Terrific stuff . . . now if only I could order some of these to share during "Cigarette Storytime"

  32. Anonymous says:

    >Don't forget Barry Bonds, "Getting Bigger, Getting Better"

  33. MotherReader says:

    >Excellent! I'd read some of those. In fact, I may have read some of those.

  34. Anonymous says:

    >Very funny!

  35. sandraca says:

    >Loved it! Got it right away with the Charlie Sheen title but must admit, I had to look up the Chuas and Kate Middleton. I'm in my own jh library world, I guess.

  36. Loretta Ellsworth says:

    >You got me! So funny!

  37. Anonymous says:

    >Travis Joker more like. Good stuff, hee hee!

  38. Bitterroot Mama says:

    >I'm so glad to know that Montana is one of the important states. I can sleep happily tonight.

  39. Jess Stork says:

    >I had to do a double take at the Tiger Babies cover… it suspiciously looks like Grace Lin's, "Wing and Ting"…. thanks for the laugh!

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