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The Cobbler’s Holiday By Musharraf Ali Farooqi, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

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The Cobbler’s Holiday or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes By Musharraf Ali Farooqi, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Roaring Brook Press; $16.95 34 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1596432345 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews If you’ve ever wondered why ants don’t wear shoes on all those feet they have, Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s The Cobbler’s Holiday or Why Ants Don’t Wear […]

Physics: Why Matter Matters Written by Dan Green; illustrated by Simon Basher

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Physics: Why Matter Matters Written by Dan Green; illustrated by Simon Basher Kingfisher; $8.95 128 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0753462140 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this short and sweet and utterly charming introduction to physics and why it’s important, illustrator Simon Basher and author Dan Green peel away all of the formal textbook-speak and give kids the […]

Peter and the Wolf, Retold and illustrated by Chris Raschka

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Peter and the Wolf Retold and illustrated by Chris Raschka Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; $17.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0689856525 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this dynamic and engaging picture book that’s really something different, Chris Raschka brings to life on the page Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf," the well-known children’s symphony paired with a spoken […]

Everybody Bonjours! By Leslie Kimmelman; illustrated by Sarah McMenemy

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Everybody Bonjours! By Leslie Kimmelman; illustrated by Sarah McMenemy Knopf Books for Young Readers; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0375844430 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this delightful chronicle of a child’s trip to Paris with her family, she explores all of the ways and all of the places in which you can use "bonjour," French for […]

Jake’s Best Thumb By Ilene Cooper; illustrated by Claudio Munoz

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Jake’s Best Thumb By Ilene Cooper; illustrated by Claudio Munoz Dutton Children’s Books; $16.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0525477884 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Young Jake’s a star thumb sucker. No matter what he’s doing, whether it’s riding his bike or getting dressed, he can figure out a way to do it with only nine fingers. No […]

The Pet Dragon, Written and illustrated by Christoph Niemann

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The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters Written and illustrated by Christoph Niemann Greenwillow Books; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0061577765 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this innovative picture book, Christoph Niemann (author of The Police Cloud) has created an engaging story innovatively illustrated with Chinese characters superimposed over their representative images, […]

Adele & Simon in America, Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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Adele & Simon in America Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $16.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0374399245 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this second picture book featuring the fun-loving Simon and his older sister Adele, the pair journey from France to visit their Aunt Cecile in New York; the trio then travels […]

The Story of Christmas, Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll

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The Story of Christmas Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll Workman Publishing, $15.95 ISBN-13: 978-0761152507 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this charming storybook set and advent calendar, The Story of Christmas makes the 24 days leading up to December 25 a time of reflection on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of the […]

M is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children By Linda Ashman; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

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M is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children By Linda Ashman; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter Dutton Juvenile; $16.99 32pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0525475644 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Linda Ashman’s new book M is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children is devoted to teaching kids their ABCs with an eye for fun. […]

Christmas Cookies: Bite-sized Holiday Lessons By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jane Dyer

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Christmas Cookies: Bite-size Holiday Lessons By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jane Dyer HarperCollins; $12.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0060580247 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Just in time for the holiday season, Amy Krouse Rosenthal is back with another charming book of life lessons for kids, lovingly illustrated by Jane Dyer. The book is structured in the […]