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Momma Loves Her Little Son By John Carter Cash, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt

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Momma Loves Her Little Son By John Carter Cash, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt Little Simon Inspirations, $16.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416959120 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews When John Carter Cash was a boy, his mother, June Carter Cash would tell him, "Momma loves her little son." And in sharing this intimate mother-son bond with families everywhere, […]

The Bug Bottle and The Bug Book By Hugh Danks, Ph.D., illustrated by Chet Phillips; Bugs Fandex Family Field Guide By Sarah Goodman

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The Bug Bottle and The Bug Book By Hugh Danks, Ph.D.; illustrated by Chet Phillips Workman, $13.95 112 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0761148890 Bugs Fandex Family Field Guide By Sarah Goodman Workman, $10.95 50 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0761154143 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews While they don’t come together as a package, The Bug Bottle and The Bug Book and […]

Incredible Animals! Eye-opening Photos of Animals in Action

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Incredible Animals: Eye-opening Photos of Animals in Action Play Bac Publishing, $12.95 96 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1602140592 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews I think most kids go through an animal phase — loving everything about them and wanting to know as much as they can. Incredible Animals is a book of photography that should satisfy just about […]

Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit; illustrated by Susan Mitchell

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Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook By Paula Deen, with Martha Nesbit; illustrated by Susan Mitchell Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; $21.99 176 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1416950332 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In her new cookbook for children, well-known chef Paula Deen introduces kids to cooking, from breakfasts to dinners and snacks in between. With her warm, folksy […]

The Houdini Box, Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

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The Houdini Box Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick Atheneum; $17.99 80 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416968788 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this poignant yet exciting new book by Caldecott Medal-winning writer and illustrator Brian Seltzer, elements of mystery and historical fiction combine in a real page-turner. Young Victor is simply fascinated by everything that his hero, […]

Good Egg by Barney Saltzberg

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Good Egg By Barney Saltzberg Workman; $9.95 8 pp.; ISBN: 978-0-7611-5406-8 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Just when you think you’ve seen everything in kids’ books, here comes Barney Saltzberg’s Good Egg, a delightful and highly interactivelittle picture book that’s perfect for spring reading. Taking off from the familiar "good dog" riff, the egg is at […]

Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie By Norton Juster; Always Written by Ann Stott, illustrated by Matt Phelan

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Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie By Norton Juster; illustrated by Chris Rashka Michael di Capua Books; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0439929431 Always By Ann Stott; illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick; $15.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0763632328 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Like anyone else, kids have good days and bad days. While some kids just feel it and […]

The Donut Chef Written and Illustrated by Bob Staake

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The Donut Chef Written and illustrated by Bob Staake Golden Books; $14.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0375844034 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It’s an important lesson in getting back to basics that fuels The Donut Chef, colorful, rhyming picture book about a donut chef who lets a little competition get way out of hand, only to be […]

There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales Retold by Zoe B. Alley; illustrated by R.W. Alley

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There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales Retold by Zoe B. Alley; illustrated by R.W. Alley Roaring Brook Press; $19.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1596432758 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews With a twist in the telling that makes these storybook standards stand out, Zoe B. Alley’s There’s A Wolf At The Door is an irreverent […]

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About The Women and Girls of The American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson; illustrated by Matt Faulkner

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Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About The Women and Girls of The American Revolution By Laurie Halse Anderson; illustrated by Matt Faulkner Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0689858086 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews The story of the American Revolution may seem like it’s pretty ingrained in our collective memory; but veteran […]