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The Sandman by Ralph Fletcher; illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

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The Sandman By Ralph Fletcher; illustrated by Richard Cowdrey Henry Holt and Company, LLC; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0805077261 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews For any child who has ever wondered about how and why she finds sand in her eyes after she wakes up, Ralph Fletcher’s The Sandman is an earnest effort to enchant young […]

Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells

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Otto Runs for President Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells Scholastic Press, $15.99 32 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0545037228 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews As we move firmly into election season, there are plenty of chances that your young children may want to ask questions about it. They may hear about the presidential campaigns at school or see […]

Doctor Ted by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

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Doctor Ted By Andrea Beaty, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre Margaret K. McElderry; $14.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416928201 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews There’s a saying about how if you find a need, fill it; Andrea Beaty fulfills that adage in a topsy-turvy way that’s sure to please young picture book readers. Young bear Ted bangs up […]

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett, illustrated by John Nickle

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Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (And other things not to do) By Judi Barrett, illustrated by John Nickle Atheneum; $16.99 34 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1416907244 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Every kid knows there’s a list of things she’s never to do. Most kids probably feel like they hear it all day long. But in […]

Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters By Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Gris Grimly

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Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters By Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Gris Grimly Scholastic Press, $15.99 40 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0439584012 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews With just a few weeks left of summer, there’s just enough time to make use of Kelly DiPucchio’s Sipping Spiders Through a Straw. Subtitled "campfire songs for monsters," […]

It’s Not Fair!, By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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It’s Not Fair! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld HarperCollins; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0061152573 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s. From her unconventional memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life to her children’s books Little Pea and Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Rosenthal’s got a […]

Babies are Boring, by Jon Ritchie, illustrated by Alex Ritchie

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Babies Are Boring By Jon Ritchie, illustrated by Alex Ritchie Purple Possum Publishing Inc.; $11.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0980997002 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews The guys at Purple Possum Publishing have got it right — "Kids books are for parents too!" Okay, maybe the majority of kids books aren’t intentionally for parents, but as any parent […]

Don’t Worry Bear, written and illustrated by Greg Foley

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Don’t Worry Bear Written and illustrated by Greg Foley Viking Juvenile; $15.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0670062454 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this sweet and affecting picture book, the youngest of readers will find comfort during times of separation from friends or family. Young Bear becomes fast friends with busy Caterpillar, hard at work on his […]

Big Plans, Written by Bob Shea; illustrated by Lane Smith

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Big Plans Written by Bob Shea; illustrated by Lane Smith Hyperion Books for Children; $17.99 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1423111009 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews With bravado and charisma, one young boy’s got big plans for all of us and he’s figured out a way to let the rest of us know just that. In Bob Shea’s […]

Bebe Goes to the Beach, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno

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Bebé Goes to the Beach By Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno Harcourt Children’s Books; $16.00 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0323048385 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this charming tale of a baby’s day at the beach with his mother, Bebé Goes to the Beach tells a tale of play and discovery that’s educational as well […]