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Have your cake and read it, too

Prequels are trending, especially those that take readers back to the childhoods of established characters: Alice McKinley, the Baby-Sitters Club girls, Bartimaeus, even James Bond and Carrie Bradshaw. Now Alexander McCall Smith has jumped on the bandwagon (or should I say tiny white van?) with an early chapter book featuring a young and pre–traditionally built […]

Miss Agnes is back

About eleven years ago, I fell in love with Miss Agnes. Kirkpatrick Hill’s The Year of Miss Agnes is one of my first-weeks-of-school read-aloud books. Miss Agnes’s loving but no-nonsense teaching methods inspire me every time I read it, which is just about every year. Now, more than a decade since that book was published, […]

Review of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg 162 pp.     Atheneum     1967     $3.95 If there were such a thing as a recipe for a successful children’s book — for which we can be grateful there is not — this one would doubtless violate all the rules. The main characters are […]

Review of The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder; illus. by Alton Raible 215 pp.     Atheneum     1967     $3.95 An abandoned, closed-in yard behind an antique shop was the perfect place to play the Egypt Game. The children could put up their altars to Set, the Evil One, and to Nefertiti or Isis (as the bust of Nefertiti […]

Review of Zeely

Zeely by Virginia Hamilton; illus. by Symeon Shimin 122 pp.     Macmillan     1967     $3.95     g In a unique, plotless story, the unusual is first suggested when Elizabeth decides to call her little brother Toeboy and herself Geeder for the summer. The old house on Uncle Ross’ farm and the outdoors of catalpa forest, hen yard, […]