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Review of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Little, Brown     48 pp. 9/13     978-0-316-20063-9     $18.00 Mr. Tiger walks upright and wears a top hat and a handsome coat with a bow tie, fitting in with the rest of society. But his orange fur provides the only spot of […]

Review of The Abominables

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson; illus. by Fiona Robinson Intermediate     Amulet/Abrams     264 pp. 10/13     978-1-4197-0789-6     $16.95 From Kenneth Grahame’s reluctant dragon to Roald Dahl’s BFG, endearing monsters are a staple of children’s literature, now including Eva Ibbotson’s yetis. The book opens a century ago when the young Lady Agatha Farlingham disappears and is presumed dead […]

Review of Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving edited by Katherine Paterson; illus. by Pamela Dalton All Ages     Handprint/Chronicle     56 pp. 10/13     978-1-4521-1339-5     $18.99 Paterson divides this collection of brief prayers, poems, and meditations into thanks for food, life, spirit, and community. Her selection is catholic and spans the centuries, from the […]

Review of All the Truth That’s in Me

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry High School     Viking     274 pp. 9/13     978-0-670-78615-2     $17.99     g Berry’s (The Amaranth Enchantment, rev. 5/09) novel is set in fictional Roswell Station, a village that in its appearance and claustrophobic atmosphere seems to resemble an early American colonial settlement. Bit by bit, […]

Review of Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty; illus. by Bryan Collier Preschool, Primary     Little, Brown     40 pp. 12/13     978-0-316-20917-5     $18.00 Each morning, a little boy looks forward to playing the knock-knock game with his father. The boy pretends to be asleep until his dad approaches. “Then I get up and jump into […]

Review of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus Foster/Farrar     64 pp. 8/13     978-0-374-31025-7     $24.99 Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) is especially known for his ability to make his subjects “jump off the page,” and Marcus is able to do the same for his subject here. With wit and fluency, he tells how […]

Review of Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     438 pp. 9/13     978-1-250-03095-5     $18.99 e-book ed. 978-1-250-03096-2     $9.99 College freshman Cather Avery is resistant to big life changes such as moving away from home and leaving her childhood behind. With identical twin sister Wren eager for more independence, Cath holes up in her dorm room, […]

Review of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black High School    Little, Brown    422 pp. 9/13    978-0-316-21310-3    $19.00 In an alternate here-and-now, vampires are sequestered in “Coldtowns” guarded by barbed wire and Homeland Security. Live feeds from inside the Coldtowns broadcast the glamorous Eternal Ball with its celebrity vampire hosts, attracting thrill-seekers who are welcomed inside […]

Review of If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan High School    Algonquin    247 pp. 8/13    978-1-61620-251-4    $16.95    g Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend Nasrin for years, but the girls live in Iran, where their love is illegal. That hasn’t kept them from being together, but now Nasrin has accepted a marriage […]