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Hotel, motel

If you're feeling wistful about November travel -- or about the Rosebud Motel -- here are three new books set in motels. See also the Hotels and Motels subject list in the Guide/Reviews Database (free COVID-19 access info here). No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen Intermediate, Middle School    Groundwood    144 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-77306-410-9    $16.95  e-book ed. ...
      

Burn, baby, burn

These days, I expect fire and fury when I look at the news, but imagine my surprise when I was assigning reviews yesterday and unwittingly sorted these four books into the same pile:An instance of art imitating life? Perhaps. But also perhaps a new cover trend? In particular, the covers...
      

Shhhh!

Introverts have been all the quiet rage in recent years, so it’s no wonder that picture books have gotten in on the trend.If noise is stressing you out, you may find this one useful.If that doesn’t get your message across, you may have to (gulp) say it a little louder.Not...
      

California dreamin'

A few unseasonably hot days (but climate change is just a hoax, right?) fooled us into believing warm weather was just around the corner. Now that we're back to much more reasonable (read: freezing cold) temperatures for Boston in March, this California girl is living vicariously through these summery, oh-so-trendy...
      

It's the end of the world as we know it...

I was just looking something up in the November/December 2015 HB Mag and spotted these two YA novels — with their matchy-matchy titles and covers — on facing pages: Yikes. Think the authors know something we don't?...
      

The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

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Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I've noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles.The Girls Who Started It All: The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:  And let's not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not...
      

The Maine event

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The September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine book review section features four books set in and around Maine: A quick Horn Book Guide Online keyword search on "Maine" showed that some other recent favorites are set in Vacationland. And there are many more! There must be something in the water. Sal...
      

Beware the Jabberbook!

Or don’t beware. Be excited. Picture books with made-up words that make complete sense are my new favorite trend.  There’s Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette “Kleebo” Portis (Roaring Brook, July 2016; received a starred review in the May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine), about two residents of Boborp...
      

Updated not-so-new New Yorkers

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We just HAD to update this post to include this beautiful Kadir Nelson cover: By Kadir NelsonRead 2011's Kadir Nelson Talks with Roger about Nelson's book Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans and publisher Donna Bray's 2012 profile of Nelson. By Bob Staake (Click to see...
      

Harrumph.

Protagonists are having terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days in these new and upcoming picture books: (What's with the pissy penguins? I thought they were supposed to have happy feet.)Fortunately, these grumpy characters find ways to turn their frowns upside-down. The protagonist of Jory John and Lane Smith's Penguin...

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