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Julie Roach

About Julie Roach

Julie Roach manages youth services at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. She also teaches children’s literature at Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and at Lesley University.

Review of Who Wants a Tortoise?

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Who Wants a Tortoise? by Dave Keane; 
illus. by K. G. Campbell Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 7/16    978-0-385-75417-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-385-75418-7    $20.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-385-75419-4    $10.99 In spite of her father’s allergies, the narrator longs for a puppy for her birthday. The “present with the holes in the top” looks promising, but […]

Review of Lion Lessons

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Lion Lessons by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp. 7/16    978-0-8037-3908-6    $17.99    g Disregarding a city block full of advertised classes (baking, karate, knitting, yoga), a small but determined little boy heads straight into the building offering “Lion Lessons.” The instructor, a real lion whose diploma reads “Harvard School of […]

What Makes a Good Storytime?

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Storytellers and story lovers know that that the essence of collaboration lies in the “Stone Soup” tale — everyone gives a little something (carrots, a potato, some salt and pepper) to achieve a common goal (a more satisfying soup for everyone). When the whole community contributes ingredients, it becomes a real meal. To expand their […]

Review of Hare and Tortoise

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Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 5/16    978-0-7636-8721-2    $16.99 With warm, lively digital art and snappy narrated text, this new rendition of Aesop’s famous race will make a funny and satisfying read-aloud for both those familiar with the fable and those coming to it for the […]

Review of Chicken in Space

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Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt; 
illus. by Shahar Kober Preschool, Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 5/16    978-0-06-236412-8    $17.99 Launching with a dramatic and intriguing start (“Zoey wasn’t like the other chickens. She had dreams. She had a plan. She had a pig”), this farm-fresh picture book trails Zoey as she boldly marches through the pages […]

Review of Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure and When Andy Met Sandy

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Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis; illus. by Tomie dePaola Preschool, Primary   Simon   32 pp. 3/16   978-1-4814-4157-5   $8.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-4158-2   $8.99 When Andy Met Sandy by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis; illus. by Tomie dePaola Preschool, Primary   Simon   32 pp. 3/16   978-1-4814-4155-1   $8.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-4156-8   $8.99 Andy and […]

Review of Surf’s Up

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Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander; 
illus. by Daniel Miyares Primary    North-South    32 pp. 2/16    978-0-7358-4220-5    $17.95    g Alexander follows up his poignant 2015 Newbery-winning middle-grade verse novel The Crossover (rev. 5/14) with…a picture book starring two frogs, one a surfer dude, the other a bookworm. “SURF’S UP, BRO!” calls the first frog to his bud. […]

Ramona in the 21st-Century Library

Beth McIntyre, Madison County (WI) Public librarian, shows off her Ramona Quimby Q tattoo.

“‘Oh, did people write that in those days, too?’ Beezus was surprised, because she had thought this was something very new to write in an autograph album…” (Beezus and Ramona) Sometimes a book becomes quickly dated, and sometimes it easily crosses decades or generations. Beezus finds this is also true for autograph albums, and she […]

Review of The Day the Crayons 
Came Home

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The Day the Crayons 
Came Home by Drew Daywalt; 
illus. by Oliver Jeffers Primary   Philomel   48 pp. 9/15   978-0-399-17275-5   $18.99   g The personified crayons who revolted against their little-boy owner, Duncan, in The Day the Crayons Quit (rev. 11/13) are writing again. This time, instead of sending indignant resignation letters, they send indignant postcards from […]

Review of Tiptoe Tapirs

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 Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim; illus. by the author; trans. from the Korean by Sera Lee Preschool, Primary   Holiday   40 pp. 8/15   978-0-8234-3395-7   $16.95 e-book ed. 978-0-8234-3495-4   $16.95 First published in South Korea in 2013, this pourquoi tale explaining why animals move stealthily begins in the jungle long ago when animals were all quite noisy […]