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The Pet Dragon, Written and illustrated by Christoph Niemann

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The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters Written and illustrated by Christoph Niemann Greenwillow Books; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0061577765 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this innovative picture book, Christoph Niemann (author of The Police Cloud) has created an engaging story innovatively illustrated with Chinese characters superimposed over their representative images, […]

Adele & Simon in America, Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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Adele & Simon in America Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $16.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0374399245 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this second picture book featuring the fun-loving Simon and his older sister Adele, the pair journey from France to visit their Aunt Cecile in New York; the trio then travels […]

The Story of Christmas, Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll

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The Story of Christmas Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll Workman Publishing, $15.95 ISBN-13: 978-0761152507 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this charming storybook set and advent calendar, The Story of Christmas makes the 24 days leading up to December 25 a time of reflection on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of the […]

M is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children By Linda Ashman; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

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M is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children By Linda Ashman; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter Dutton Juvenile; $16.99 32pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0525475644 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Linda Ashman’s new book M is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children is devoted to teaching kids their ABCs with an eye for fun. […]

Christmas Cookies: Bite-sized Holiday Lessons By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jane Dyer

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Christmas Cookies: Bite-size Holiday Lessons By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jane Dyer HarperCollins; $12.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0060580247 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Just in time for the holiday season, Amy Krouse Rosenthal is back with another charming book of life lessons for kids, lovingly illustrated by Jane Dyer. The book is structured in the […]

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) […]