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Rainbow Rowell on Fangirl

In our November/December issue, reviewer Cynthia Ritter asked Rainbow Rowell about the creating the many narrative layers (real world + fictional world + fanfictional world!) of her new novel Fangirl. Read the full review of Fangirl here. Cynthia K. Ritter: How much of the eight Simon Snow (fictional series) books and fanfiction did you actually […]

Review of Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     438 pp. 9/13     978-1-250-03095-5     $18.99 e-book ed. 978-1-250-03096-2     $9.99 College freshman Cather Avery is resistant to big life changes such as moving away from home and leaving her childhood behind. With identical twin sister Wren eager for more independence, Cath holes up in her dorm room, […]

Intermediate books you’ve been waiting for

Can’t get enough Kathi Appelt, Holly Black, Sharon Creech, or…Moose Flanagan? In these new books by favorite authors, readers will venture into a swamp and an island prison; go on a journey with a ghost; and marvel at the sudden appearance of a weird and wonderful boy. In Kathi Appelt’s folksy tall tale The True […]

An unexpected encounter with The Gremlins

On a recent trip to New Orleans I spent a day visiting the National World War II Museum. The museum itself was a treat for this history buff to explore, but as a children’s literature aficionado, I also got a pleasant surprise in the gift shop: on display was a book by Roald Dahl. I […]

It’s a toy, it’s an activity, it’s a book!

Looking for some interactive but non-electronic books for young children? Here are four entertaining toy and concept books to occupy preschoolers’ attention and stimulate their minds. Guess the source of illumination poking through die-cut black pages in Nicholas Blechman’s counting book/bedtime story Night Light. The guessing game (“1 light, shining bright?”) starts with a single, […]

Review of The Dark

The Dark by Lemony Snicket; 
illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 4/13    978-0-316-18748-0    $16.99 Leave it to Lemony Snicket to craft a story personifying “the dark” — an idea all too real and frightening for children afraid of what lurks in the shadows. But they will find a kindred spirit in […]

Review of Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell High School    St. Martin’s Griffin    328 pp. 2/13    978-1-250-01257-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-03121-1    $9.99 It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: she’s the new girl in town, […]

The hero’s journey

Two girls, a boy, and a whole bunch of princes and princesses embark on captivating adventures. These four new fantasy stories for middle graders and middle schoolers feature compelling characters careening through wondrous worlds. They vanquished a nasty witch and saved their various realms in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Now princes Liam, […]

Les Petits Fairytales

Once upon a time, two Henry Holt board books arrived in our office. Cinderella and Snow White (October 2012) are part of the new Les Petits Fairytales series written by Trixie Belle and Melissa Caruso-Scott and illustrated by Oliver Lake. These minimalist texts (with one- or two-word explanations of each image) read like concept books, but […]

Board books and flap books galore

Four recommended pairs of board and flap books for toddlers.