Why is it always the redhead? —or— How to use stock photos sparingly

While perusing Cliques by Toney Allman, part of Lucent Books’ long-running Hot Topics series for middle-schoolers, I noticed this poor girl, presumably being teased about her hair. “Why is it always the redhead?” thought I. From Anne Shirley (and doesn’t it look like this little lady’s ready to break her slate over somebody’s head?), to […]

“I’ll clean up my act when I’m good and ripe!”

Karl Beckstrand’s bizarrely funny picture book Bad Bananas (Premio, June) shows how good bananas go wrong. Fresh from the grocery store, they’re sweet and “conform nicely to the bunch,” but before you know it they’re “borrowing” the fruit bowl for joyrides and loitering in “dimly lit lunchboxes.” The fair trade and organic labels of their […]

April Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Higher! Higher! by Charlie Sheen At 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” Chua A tiger cub is herded through a jam-packed day of school, homework, violin […]

I thought you would be a children’s book

I know we’re not supposed to judge by covers and all, but I’m guessing that the publisher BOOM! Town has us mistaken for some other book review journal.