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children’s book review – Xtreme Art: Ultimate Book of Trace-and-Draw Manga

What do you think of when you hear Manga? I think of fun, comics, and large-eyed, cute characters. The Ultimate Book of Trace-and-Draw Manga by Christopher Hart has all of that. The book is an instruction book for kids on … Continue reading

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review of picture book The Bears We Know

The Bears We Know by Brenda Silsbe, illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen Annick Press (February 2009) ISBN-10: 1554511666; ISBN-13: 978-1554511662 Ages: 4-8 (and up) My rating: 4 out of 5 stars We have never seen the bears, but we know … Continue reading

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review of picture book Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt Kids Can Press (March 2009) ISBN-10: 1554532884, ISBN-13: 978-1554532889 Ages 4-8 and up. My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps. He’d rather stay awake than risk having a bad … Continue reading

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review of middle-grade book Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan

Hotel For Dogs by Lois Duncan Scholastic Paperbacks (December, 2008) (reprint) ISBN-10: 054510792X, ISBN-13: 978-0545107921 Ages 9-12 My rating: 4 out of 5 “Just remember how lucky we are, dear,” Mrs. Walker said. “Nobody wants to rent to a family … Continue reading

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review of picture book Spuds by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson

Spuds by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson Scholastic (Sept 2008) ISBN-10: 0439879930, ISBN-13: 978-0439879934 Ages 4-8 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars The night me and Maybelle and Eddie harvested potatoes, Ma was workin’ the night shift. Our … Continue reading

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October Book Giveaway – Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee

I have a real treat for you. FIVE people will win a copy of Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee, just by leaving a comment below. If you link to this contest on your blog or site, you’ll get an extra … Continue reading

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review of picture book Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

I love books that make me feel good while entertaining me–and this book does that and more. Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey Front Street/Boyds Mills Press (September 2008) ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-596-6 Ages: 4-8 (and up) My rating: 5 … Continue reading

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review of picture book The Child Cruncher

The Child Cruncher by Mathilde Stein, illustrated by Mies van Hout Lemniscaat/Boyds Mills Press (August 2008) ISBN-13: 978-1590786352 Ages: 2-6 and up. My rating: 4 out of 5 stars It was summertime. My friends were all on vacation, my dad … Continue reading

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review of superhero picture book Dex: The Heart of a Hero

Longttime readers will know that I love books about superheroes–when they’re well written. So this book is a real treat to me. Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner HarperTrophy/HarperCollins (paperback) (May 2007) ISBN-10: … Continue reading

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review of Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry Harcourt (May 2008) ISBN-10: 0152056610, ISBN-13: 978-0152056612 My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Horn went “Beep!” Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard. Little Blue Truck came down the … Continue reading

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