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Archives for October 2012

After-School Fun

Aretha, David Top 25 Baseball Skills, Tips, and Tricks Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011 Savage, Jeff Top 25 Gymnastics Skills, Tips, and Tricks Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011 Savage, Jeff Top 25 Hockey Skills, Tips, and Tricks Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011 Savage, Jeff Top 25 Soccer Skills, Tips, and Tricks Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow […]

November is Picture Book Month

On Thursday the Horn Book will launch its contribution to Picture Book Month — which you may or may not be aware of. Last year Dianne de Las Casas came up with the idea of celebrating PBs with their own month, in part as a response to a 2010 article in the New York Times that said […]

Mousterpiece: A mouse-sized guide to modern art

There’s just something about a mouse with a paintbrush, isn’t there? Janson, named after art historian H.W. Janson, lives in the museum and is delighted by the art she finds in the modern wing. Inspired, she creates her own spinoffs of the classics and eventually creates enough art to have her own showing. In the […]

The Arts

Heine, Florian 13 Painters Children Should Know Gr. 4-6  48 pp. Prestel 2012 This large-format volume provides a thorough overview of some of history’s most influential painters, organized chronologically from Hieronymus Bosch to Basquiat. Captioned high-quality images of masterpieces support the informational text, which addresses styles, backgrounds, and inspirations; engaging personal details and anecdotes are also […]

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

Bonner, Hannah When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life in the Triassic Gr. 4-6   48 pp. National (National Geographic Books) 2012 Bonner combines excellent scientific explanations with slapstick humor to explore the development of early dinosaur, reptile, and mammal life in the Triassic period, as well as the […]


Henry Cole’s Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad (see the Review of the Week, by Betty Carter) presented us with some very complicated questions. It’s a terrific and intriguing book, a wordless, pencil-illustrated tale of a young girl feeding and protecting a person hiding behind the cornstalks in her family’s barn; soldiers and a […]

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! and The Great Pumpkin Festival app reviews

The Peanuts gang is back in two new interconnected Loud Crow Interactive apps. A follow-up to last fall’s fabulous A Charlie Brown Christmas app, Loud Crow’s latest story app It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (October 2012) is based on the 1966 animated holiday TV special of the same name. Linus spends Halloween night in […]


Christensen, Bonnie I, Galileo Gr. K-3   40 pp. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books) 2012 More straightforward if less individual than Peter Sis’s Starry Messenger, this is an excellent introduction to the scientist. The illustrations not only give geographical and historical context for Galileo’s ideas and experiments but also convey the arc of the narrative. Diagrams illustrating […]

Experiments and Science Projects

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta Kitchen Science Experiments: How Does Your Mold Garden Grow? Gr. 4-6 64 pp. Sterling 2010 Illustrated by Edward Miller. Mad Science series. Experiments exploring onion cells, yeast, bacteria, and mold found in homes are interspersed with scientific information about the underlying biological and chemical principles. The experiments are more advanced than your typical […]

Pollution and Conservation

Ferguson, Rebecca The Role of the Individual High school 144 pp. Greenhaven 2011 Henningfeld, Diane Andrews Nature and Wildlife High school 136 pp. Greenhaven 2011 Langwith, Jacqueline Population, Resources, and Conflict High school 124 pp. Greenhaven 2011 Miller, Debra A. Farming and the Food Supply High school 135 pp. Greenhaven 2011 Streissguth, Tom The Role […]