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Freaks and Zombies

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Enter If You Dare! is the seventh compendium of all things bizarre, freakish, and grotesque from around the world. You know the stuff: a sculpture of an Australian actress made with 24,000 peaches, an eighteen-inch-long fingernail, mice kebabs, a turtle with two heads and six legs, a man with 240 […]

Outside the lines

Lefty press Reach & Teach has published Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon, a coloring book by Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz. The “tea, trains and tiaras for everyone!” message throughout is winningly lighthearted, even if such jokes as “Marriage is so gay” (illustrated with a wedding cake topped by two brides) are […]

The Prez’s picture book

Although President Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf) came in too late for review in the Horn Book Magazine, I thought I might offer a few comments here. Like most celebrity picture books (by which I mean picture books written by people famous for doing something other than writing books […]

Rocker Moms v. Soccer Moms

“B is for Boombox”; “F is for Flames”; “M is for Mohawk.” — from Alternative ABCs by 13th Floor Okay. I know I’m not the intended audience for this book, as a parent or as a children’s book reviewer. I’m not young, hip, or edgy — quite the opposite on all counts. But AMMO Books […]