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Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne; illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau By Jennifer Berne; illustrated by Eric Puybaret Chronicle Books; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0811860635 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this engaging biography of Jacques Cousteau, Jennifer Berne and Eric Puybaret create a warm and respectful tribute to the famous French ocean explorer, filmmaker, and conservationist. Manfish: A Story of […]

How to Build an A, by Sara Midda

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How to Build an A Written and illustrated by Sara Midda Artisan: $17.95 56 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1579653781 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In a creative and educational one-two punch, artist Sara Midda encourages kids to use what they know — how to use building blocks — to make letters in this charming addition to the alphabet […]

The Potty Caddy By Rachel Gordon with pamphlet by William Spivak, M.D., illus. by Sarah Bergmann

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The Potty Caddy By Rachel Gordon with pamphlet by William Spivak, M.D., illus. by Sarah Bergmann Workman Publishing Co., $14.95 Kit; ISBN-13: 978-0761149729 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Potty training is one of those things there’s no getting around; if you have kids, you’ll have to get ’em using the toilet. And every now and again, […]

What the World Eats Text by Faith D’Aluisio, photography by Peter Menzel

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What the World Eats Text by Faith D’Aluisio, photography by Peter Menzel Tricycle Press, $22.99 160 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1582462462 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Almost all of us sit down to eat three times a day but how many times does anyone really think about what they’re eating? In What the World Eats, Faith D’Aluisio and […]

Silent Letters Loud and Clear and When You’re Shy/Silly and You Know It

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Silent Letters Loud and Clear By Robin Pulver, illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed Holiday House, $16.95 32 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0823421275 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this grammar book for young emerging readers and spellers, Robin Pulver — already known for her previous grammar books (Punctuation Takes A Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have A Field Day) […]

Loopy By Aurore Jesset; illustration by Barbara Korthues

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Loopy By Aurore Jesset; illustration by Barbara Korthues NorthSouth; $16.95 24 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0735821750 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In Aurore Jesset’s debut picture book, a young child worries that the worst will happen when his favorite stuffed bunny, Loopy, is left behind at the doctor’s office that day. He hears the typical mom advice, to […]

The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury, Selected by Janet Schulman

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The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Selected by Janet Schulman Alfred A. Knopf, 1998 $40.00; ISBN: 9780679886471 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews If you’re happy to read to your kids but your back just sometimes can’t take carrying a ton of picture books around, The 20th Century Children’s […]

Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator By Shelley Tanaka; illustrations by David Craig

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Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator By Shelley Tanaka; illustrations by David Craig Abrams Books for Young Readers; $18.95 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0810970953 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In a children’s book that manages to be informative, entertaining, and inspiring, Shelley Tanaka relates the story of famed American aviatrix Amelia Earhart from her childhood […]

Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini

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Looking Closely Along the Shore By Frank Serafini Kids Can Press; $15.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1554531417 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In his clever puzzle-book for young readers, Look Closely Along the Shore, writer and photographer Frank Serafini challenges young readers to really examine the world around them and see the world in a new way. […]

The World’s Greatest: Poems by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Keith Graves

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The World’s Greatest: Poems By J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Keith Graves Chronicle Books; $16.99 36 pp; ISBN-13: 978-0811851305 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this quirky and delightful book of poetry, J. Patrick Lewis and Keith Graves pay tribute to the -est of everything: the kookiest, talkingest, shortest, tallest, dumbest, winningest, crookedest, and more. The […]