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Who’s Haunting the White House? By Jeff Belanger; illustrated by Rick Powell

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Who’s Haunting the White House: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There By Jeff Belanger; illustrated by Rick Powell Sterling; $14.95 64 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1402738227 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In Who’s Haunting the White House: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, Jeff Belanger takes young readers on a historically haunted […]

Pete & Pickles, by Berkeley Breathed

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Pete & Pickles Written and illustrated by Berkeley Breathed Penguin, $17.99 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 9780399250828 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Berkeley Breathed is back with a new children’s story, Pete & Pickles, turning his attention from mothers and sons (Mars Needs Moms) to an unlikely friendship between a straight-laced pig and a bubbly elephant with a […]

DogFish By Gillian Shields; illustrated by Dan Taylor

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Dogfish By Gillian Shields; illustrated by Dan Taylor Atheneum, $16.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416971276 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Here’s a boy who wants a dog, desperately. Sure, he has a goldfish, but what he really needs is a dog. It seems like everyone else has one, and besides, he could play with a dog who […]

That Book Woman By Heather Henson, illustrations by David Small

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That Book Woman By Heather Henson, illustrations by David Small Atheneum, $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416908128 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Among the backwoods of Appalachia, young Cal just doesn’t get his sister Lark’s fascination with reading, or that "chicken scratch" as he refers to it. He resents the time she whiles away (every spare minute […]

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman

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How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. By Marjorie Priceman Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0375812552 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this quirky guide to baking a pie, Marjorie Priceman reveals so much more than just a good recipe — she takes readers on an unforgettable trip across […]

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, […]