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Loopy By Aurore Jesset; illustration by Barbara Korthues

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Loopy By Aurore Jesset; illustration by Barbara Korthues NorthSouth; $16.95 24 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0735821750 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In Aurore Jesset’s debut picture book, a young child worries that the worst will happen when his favorite stuffed bunny, Loopy, is left behind at the doctor’s office that day. He hears the typical mom advice, to […]

The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury, Selected by Janet Schulman

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The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Selected by Janet Schulman Alfred A. Knopf, 1998 $40.00; ISBN: 9780679886471 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews If you’re happy to read to your kids but your back just sometimes can’t take carrying a ton of picture books around, The 20th Century Children’s […]

Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator By Shelley Tanaka; illustrations by David Craig

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Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator By Shelley Tanaka; illustrations by David Craig Abrams Books for Young Readers; $18.95 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0810970953 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In a children’s book that manages to be informative, entertaining, and inspiring, Shelley Tanaka relates the story of famed American aviatrix Amelia Earhart from her childhood […]

Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini

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Looking Closely Along the Shore By Frank Serafini Kids Can Press; $15.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1554531417 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In his clever puzzle-book for young readers, Look Closely Along the Shore, writer and photographer Frank Serafini challenges young readers to really examine the world around them and see the world in a new way. […]

The World’s Greatest: Poems by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Keith Graves

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The World’s Greatest: Poems By J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Keith Graves Chronicle Books; $16.99 36 pp; ISBN-13: 978-0811851305 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this quirky and delightful book of poetry, J. Patrick Lewis and Keith Graves pay tribute to the -est of everything: the kookiest, talkingest, shortest, tallest, dumbest, winningest, crookedest, and more. The […]

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," […]