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Archives for November 2011

Hanukkah Reading

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.

Dogs just wanna be existential

Glenn Eichler, creator of MTV’s Daria, brings that series’s wry, witty tone to his new graphic novel, Mush! Sled Dogs with Issues (First Second, December). From the cover, which features a sled dog caught licking itself, it’s clear this book isn’t going to be pretty. Mush! is harsh, blunt, and rather philosophical. The sled dogs […]

In which I promise not to tell anyone about your terrific new book

I spent most of yesterday being irritated by the conundrum of review books that come (or don’t) with nondisclosure agreements. Here’s what one looks like: CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT Date: xx/xx/xx Publisher XYZ Re: Title: Book ABC Author: Author LMNOP Publication Date: xx/xx/xx ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Dear ___________: In order to induce [Publisher XYZ] to deliver a […]

You and I, and everyone, everywhere

Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up (December, Little, Brown) is, hands-down, one of my favorite YA novels of the season. It’s written as Min Green’s epic, no-punches-pulled breakup note to Ed Slaterton, intended to accompany a box she’s going to leave on his doorstep. Each object (illustrated by Maira Kalman) in the box was collected […]

The kids I get; it’s the grown women who scare me*

Wow, those Twihards are certainly enterprising. *and yes, this includes YOU.

2011 National Book Awards

2011 National Book Award Winner Inside Out and Back Again has won the 2011 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The prize was presented on November 16, 2011, at the National Book Foundation’s annual dinner and ceremony in New York City. Marc Aronson chaired the judging committee, which also included Ann Brashares, Matt de […]

2011 NBA Finalists reviews

[scroll down for all six reviews] Chime by Franny Billingsley Middle School, High School   Dial   358 pp. 3/11   978-0-8037-3552-1   $17.99 Reviewed 3/11 “Ooze and muck and the clean muddy smell of life” suffuse Billingsley’s long-awaited third work of fiction, which mingles “Tam Lin,” “Lord Randall,” and its own swampy folklore into […]

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Swirl by Swirl is one of the most beautiful books of the year. I can’t get enough of it. Krommes’ colored scratchboard illustrations invite the reader to slow down and quietly enter the world that she and poet Joyce Sidman have created, a world of spirals in nature. Each page is perfectly designed with special […]

Neighborhood news

Our downstairs neighbors, the super-cool nonprofit organization Reach Out and Read, are now providing some handy reading tips on the Pampers Village website. Their advice includes helpful information on how to “read” wordless books with children, why dads should read aloud with their kids, what rhyming books do for your toddler’s brain, and how military […]

Review of Subway Story

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the author Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 10/11    978-0-375-85859-8    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-95859-5    $19.99 Sarcone-Roach displays a discipline not always seen in books about the environment; she allows her theme of reuse and recycling to emerge naturally from a fine story and lets readers draw their own conclusions without […]