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Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel by Whoopi Goldberg

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Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel by Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Underwood, and Meryn Roos Hyperion Book CH; $4.99 160 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0786852635 Review by S. Spangler (age 10) Synopsis: Terrel Liu is a normal nine year old girl. She has six brothers and she and a few of her brothers live with her father. Their mother […]

Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima

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Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima by Whoopi Goldberg Hyperion Book CH; $4.99 160 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0786852628 Review by S. Spangler (age 10) Synopsis: Jerzey Mae is perfect at everything. Well, almost everything. She is HORRIBLE at her ballet classes. When the triplets' mother starts to work overtime, their little brother Mason starts to go […]

Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennesy

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Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennesy Bloomsbury USA; $14.99 288 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1599901985 Review by S. Spangler (age 10) Synopsis: Pandora Gets Lazy is the third book in the series. In it, 13 year old Greek maiden Pandora (nicknamed Pandy) is traveling all over the world to find the evils that she let into the […]

Interview: Jeff Kinney, Author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

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The Imperfect Parent along with some fellow bloggers sat down with Jeff Kinney, author of the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series about his thoughts on the books as well as the movie sequel, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,’ in theaters March 25. Imperfect Parent: Jeff, we have two boys right in the […]

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrations by Scott Magoon

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Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrations by Scott Magoon Hyperion; $15.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1423106852 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It’s amazing how Amy Krouse Rosenthal can turn a simple book about a spoon into a sweet and tender appreciation of what makes an individual unique. Spoon opens with an introduction of young Spoon, an ordinary […]

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 […]