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It’s Not Fair!, By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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It’s Not Fair! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld HarperCollins; $16.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0061152573 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s. From her unconventional memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life to her children’s books Little Pea and Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Rosenthal’s got a […]

Babies are Boring, by Jon Ritchie, illustrated by Alex Ritchie

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Babies Are Boring By Jon Ritchie, illustrated by Alex Ritchie Purple Possum Publishing Inc.; $11.95 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0980997002 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews The guys at Purple Possum Publishing have got it right — "Kids books are for parents too!" Okay, maybe the majority of kids books aren’t intentionally for parents, but as any parent […]

Don’t Worry Bear, written and illustrated by Greg Foley

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Don’t Worry Bear Written and illustrated by Greg Foley Viking Juvenile; $15.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0670062454 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this sweet and affecting picture book, the youngest of readers will find comfort during times of separation from friends or family. Young Bear becomes fast friends with busy Caterpillar, hard at work on his […]

Big Plans, Written by Bob Shea; illustrated by Lane Smith

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Big Plans Written by Bob Shea; illustrated by Lane Smith Hyperion Books for Children; $17.99 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1423111009 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews With bravado and charisma, one young boy’s got big plans for all of us and he’s figured out a way to let the rest of us know just that. In Bob Shea’s […]

Bebe Goes to the Beach, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno

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Bebé Goes to the Beach By Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno Harcourt Children’s Books; $16.00 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0323048385 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this charming tale of a baby’s day at the beach with his mother, Bebé Goes to the Beach tells a tale of play and discovery that’s educational as well […]

NASCAR in the Driver’s Seat, by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy

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NASCAR in the Driver’s Seat (The Science of Nascar) By Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy Lerner Publications; $27.93 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0822587378 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy’s NASCAR in the Driver’s Seat gives kids the inside scoop on what it’s really like to be a NASCAR driver. Emphasizing the physical and […]

There’s Nothing to Do on Mars, written and illustrated by Chris Gall

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There’s Nothing to Do on Mars Written and illustrated by Chris Gall Little, Brown Young Readers; $16.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0316166843 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Davey’s family has moved to Mars and he’s bummed out; there’s nothing to do. There aren’t a lot of people around. It’s cold at night. The dust storms are common. […]

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee Harcourt Children’s Books; $16.00 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0152060206 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Young James and Eamon are thrilled to begin a week of nature day camp one summer. They get to stay with Eamon’s grandparents; Bill takes them to and […]

Eggs by Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Emma Stevenson

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Eggs Written by Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Emma Stevenson Holiday House; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0823417278 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews While your child may think of an egg and immediately make the connection to the dozen crated ones sitting in the refrigerator that will make a mean omelet come Saturday morning, Marilyn Singer’s Eggs will […]

Night Shift Written and Illustrated by Jessie Hartland

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Night Shift Written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1599900254 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In Jessie Hartland’s picture book Night Shift, young readers are invited into a whole world of activity that regularly takes place after they go to bed at night. While the family in the first […]