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Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey

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Mermaid Queen:The Spectacular True Story Of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way To Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History! By Shana Corey; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham Scholastic Press; $17.99 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0439698351 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews A bright and colorful picture book full of adventure, Shana Corey’s Mermaid Queen chronicles the story of Australian Annette […]

A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino

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A Walk in New York Written and illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino Candlewick, $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0763638559 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this picture book for young armchair travelers, Salvatore Rubbino effectively blends a relaxing narrative with interesting trivia about selected major Manhattan landmarks in colorful mixed media illustrations. The book opens with the arrival […]

Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker

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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland Sally M. Walker Carolrhoda Books, $22.95 144 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0822571353 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this thoroughly researched exploration of forensic anthropology digs of colonial sites in Virginia and Maryland, Sally M. Walker makes a complex subject readable and accessible to older children. In Written […]

Underwear: What We Wear Under There, Written by Ruth Freeman Swain; illustrations by John O’Brien

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Underwear: What We Wear Under There Written by Ruth Freeman Swain; illustrations by John O’Brien Holiday House; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0823419203 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this entertaining and wide-reaching book about underwear, Ruth Freeman Swain takes young readers through the chronological factual history of undergarments with an eye for the interesting and the […]

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready For Baby? Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg

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Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready For Baby? Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg Candlewick, $15.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0763635961 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this brief and honest picture book, author and illustrator Barney Saltzberg gets right to the point with grace and humor, perfectly capturing the topsy-turvy emotions of a young child who’s […]

Who’s Haunting the White House? By Jeff Belanger; illustrated by Rick Powell

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Who’s Haunting the White House: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There By Jeff Belanger; illustrated by Rick Powell Sterling; $14.95 64 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1402738227 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In Who’s Haunting the White House: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, Jeff Belanger takes young readers on a historically haunted […]

Pete & Pickles, by Berkeley Breathed

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Pete & Pickles Written and illustrated by Berkeley Breathed Penguin, $17.99 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 9780399250828 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Berkeley Breathed is back with a new children’s story, Pete & Pickles, turning his attention from mothers and sons (Mars Needs Moms) to an unlikely friendship between a straight-laced pig and a bubbly elephant with a […]

DogFish By Gillian Shields; illustrated by Dan Taylor

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Dogfish By Gillian Shields; illustrated by Dan Taylor Atheneum, $16.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416971276 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Here’s a boy who wants a dog, desperately. Sure, he has a goldfish, but what he really needs is a dog. It seems like everyone else has one, and besides, he could play with a dog who […]

That Book Woman By Heather Henson, illustrations by David Small

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That Book Woman By Heather Henson, illustrations by David Small Atheneum, $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416908128 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Among the backwoods of Appalachia, young Cal just doesn’t get his sister Lark’s fascination with reading, or that "chicken scratch" as he refers to it. He resents the time she whiles away (every spare minute […]

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman

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How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. By Marjorie Priceman Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0375812552 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this quirky guide to baking a pie, Marjorie Priceman reveals so much more than just a good recipe — she takes readers on an unforgettable trip across […]