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Review: “Bow-Wow-Meow”

June 6, 2017

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Bow-Wow-Meow Written by Bianca Lacasa Illustrated by Gómez NubeOcho May 2017 40 pages Fabio is a beagle with a major identity issue. He doesn’t do normal dog stuff like wag his tail, or play fetch, or even bark. When his boy Max shouts “Bow-wow,” he just looks puzzled. To Max’s complete surprise he discovers that […]

Review: Dirt

June 1, 2017

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Dirt By Denise Orenstein Scholastic Press July 2017 224 pages Pippi Longstocking meets Black Beauty in this satisfying summer read. Eleven-year old Yonder lives with her dad in a little crooked house in Shelter, Vermont. When her mom died four years earlier her dad said, “We can choose to stop moving up that rocky path […]

Review: Fish Girl

May 17, 2017

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Fish Girl Written by Donna Jo Napoli & David Wiesner Illustrated by David Wiesner Clarion Books March 2017 192 pages Napoli and Wiesner team up for this graphic novel, which is a modern-day slant on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Fish Girl is the main attraction at Ocean Wonders. Not just any boardwalk aquarium, […]

Review: The Year of the Garden

May 2, 2017

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The Year of the Garden Written by Andrea Cheng Illustrated by Patrice Barton Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers April 2017 128 pages The Year of the Garden is a prequel to The Year of series by Andrea Cheng, who passed away in 2015. This episode establishes the friendship between Anna Wang and Laura […]

Review: Then She Was Born

April 25, 2017

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Then She Was Born By Cristiano Gentili Translated by Lori Hetherington #HelpAfricanAlbinos January 2017 315 pages Born in a small village in Tanzania, the newborn girl is albino. Unlike the rest of the dark-skinned villagers, her skin is white due to lack of melanin. Her father is horrified and blames her mother who cruelly rejects […]

Review: Olivia the Spy

April 20, 2017

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Olivia the Spy By Ian Falconer Atheneum Books for Young Readers 1230 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 April 2017 40 pages After a five-year absence from the literary stage Olivia, the usually flamboyant dancing pig makes a surreptitious return. In this episode, Olivia and her mother are having issues. Olivia is offended […]

Review — Jabber: The Steller’s Jay

March 28, 2017

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Jabber: The Steller’s Jay Written by Sylvester Allred Illustrated by Diane Iverson WestWinds Press April 2017 32 pages In the spring, two Steller’s jays build a nest with twigs and mud high in the ponderosa pine tree. Jabber is one of the baby birds that hatch from four bright blue eggs. As soon as she […]