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Good Egg by Barney Saltzberg

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Good Egg By Barney Saltzberg Workman; $9.95 8 pp.; ISBN: 978-0-7611-5406-8 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Just when you think you’ve seen everything in kids’ books, here comes Barney Saltzberg’s Good Egg, a delightful and highly interactivelittle picture book that’s perfect for spring reading. Taking off from the familiar "good dog" riff, the egg is at […]

Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie By Norton Juster; Always Written by Ann Stott, illustrated by Matt Phelan

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Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie By Norton Juster; illustrated by Chris Rashka Michael di Capua Books; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0439929431 Always By Ann Stott; illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick; $15.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0763632328 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Like anyone else, kids have good days and bad days. While some kids just feel it and […]

The Donut Chef Written and Illustrated by Bob Staake

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The Donut Chef Written and illustrated by Bob Staake Golden Books; $14.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0375844034 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It’s an important lesson in getting back to basics that fuels The Donut Chef, colorful, rhyming picture book about a donut chef who lets a little competition get way out of hand, only to be […]

There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales Retold by Zoe B. Alley; illustrated by R.W. Alley

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There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales Retold by Zoe B. Alley; illustrated by R.W. Alley Roaring Brook Press; $19.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1596432758 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews With a twist in the telling that makes these storybook standards stand out, Zoe B. Alley’s There’s A Wolf At The Door is an irreverent […]

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About The Women and Girls of The American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson; illustrated by Matt Faulkner

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Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About The Women and Girls of The American Revolution By Laurie Halse Anderson; illustrated by Matt Faulkner Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0689858086 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews The story of the American Revolution may seem like it’s pretty ingrained in our collective memory; but veteran […]

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 […]