Children’s Books Reviews

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green, is still one of my favorite books. Green created something incrediblly compelling and also just incredibly cool in his characters. A stunning look at friendship, love, and life, this story has some dark moments but is ultimately beautiful. This book will resonate with both boys and girls, something that is hard for a young adult book to accomplish. If you like Alaska, also try Green’s other titles: AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINE’S, PAPER TOWNS, and his newest, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Recommended by Caitlin.
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780525475064
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2005

The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars


A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEE by Philip C. Stead

In A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEE, we meet loveable, endearing Amos as he visits all of his animal friends at the zoo. Philip C. Stead gives us a thoughtful book about friendship, with gentle humor woven throughout. Erin E. Stead’s tender illustrations were created with woodblock printing and pencil; they give the book a timeless, cared-for design. It is clear why this book was the 2011 Caldecott Medal winner. Recommended by Caitlin.
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By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596434028
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut.


A PIPKIN OF PEPPER by Helen Cooper

A PIPKIN OF PAPER is the delightful tale of friends Cat, Squirrel and Duck, who are making a pot of pumpkin soup in their old white cabin. They decide the soup needs salt and are soon off to the city to buy a pipkin of salt. Duck, who is always wandering off, is soon lost and then found, clutching a packet of pepper. Lovely, colorful illustrations complete this warm-hearted story.
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ISBN: 9780374400248
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 2nd, 2008

A companion to the best-selling "Pumpkin Soup"


WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin

A new children’s classic came out in 2009 and was a Newbery Honor Book this past year. The beauty of the book itself, the cover, a few full page illustrations, and interesting drawings at the beginning of every chapter first attracts your eye.
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$11.99
ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

A Newbery Honor Winner
A New York Times Bestseller

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver


PIPPI LONGSTOCKING by Astrid Lindgren

This great classic from Sweden appeared in America in 1950, and it deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf. In Sweden, Astrid Lindgren is a national treasure.
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By Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child (Illustrator), Tina Nunally (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780670014040
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2011

The definitive Pippi Longstocking, in paperback for the first time!


RIFLES FOR WATIE by Harold Keith

A Newbery Award winner in 1958 and an ALA Notable Children’s Book, RIFLES FOR WATIE (pronounced “weight-y”) should be on the must read list of many young adults and teachers. But especially so in Kansas, because the action begins in Linn Co. Kansas in 1861 and ends there in the summer of 1865. The protagonist is a 16 year old farm boy, Jeff Bussey, an only son in a staunch abolitionist family.
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ISBN: 9780064470308
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Published: HarperTeen - September 25th, 1987

Winner of the Newbery Medal * An ALA Notable Children’s Book * Winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

A captivating and richly detailed novel about one young soldier who saw the Civil War from both sides and lived to tell the tale.


MASTERPIECE by Elsie Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

In the long tradition of small, brave, and talented animals, Marvin the beetle, the hero of MASTERPIECE takes his rightful place. The first chapter’s account of his rescue of a missing contact lens from a bathroom sink drain is just the beginning of his exploits to help the human members of his home.
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By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780312608705
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Published: Square Fish - March 30th, 2010

A New York Times bestselling middle grade mystery novel full of adventure, friendship, and stolen art.


VILE VERSES by Roald Dahl

VILE VERSES by Roald Dahl (Hardcover, $23.95)Most of you are familiar with James and the Giant Peach, Mathilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but this book has a collection of Roald Dahl at his “vilest” and silliest. The contents are divided into 7 parts, and some of the verses are from the books mentioned above, while others are totally new. They are also illustrated by a collection of “children’s illustrators” the most well known being Quentin Blake, a regular with Dahl.
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ISBN: 9780670060429
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Published: Viking Juvenile - September 22nd, 2005

Roald Dahl is best remembered as the author of many well-loved children’s stories. But he was also the creator of some astonishingly imaginative, outrageous, and wonderfully disgusting verses. From oozing grobes to slimy slugs, this extraordinary collection is bursting with Dahl’s poems, verses, and songs.


RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan

RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan (Hardcover, $23.95) I’ve not read the Percy Jackson series about his adventure with Greek mythological monsters and gods, but saw the movie (not as well done as the books I’m told). This first book of a new series by Rick Riordan involves the Kane family.
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ISBN: 9781423113454
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - August 16th, 2011

THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Readers will find a great read in the oldie-but-goodie THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. A group of six children, ranging in age from four to eleven, create a game using old Egyptian artifacts they find in a storage shed, along with their growing knowledge of the Egyptian culture.
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ISBN: 9781416990512
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2009

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she’s not sure they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard, Melanie and April decide it’s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game.


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