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A Look at Reviews by Book: Fall 2018

Review Abbreviations: BCCB—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books BL—Booklist CL—Children’s Literature Database K—Kirkus Reviews LJ—Library Journal PW—Publishers Weekly SLJ—School Library Journal V—Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) H—The Horn Book Magazine HG—The Horn Book Guide *indicates starred review ^ indicates outstanding or superior

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      by Adam P. Schmitt

      Feb 2019

      Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

      Thirteen-year-old Jimmy has been asked to give the eulogy at his cousin Patrick’s funeral. The only problem? He can’t think of anything nice to say.

      I Do Not Like Books Anymore!

      by Daisy Hirst

      Feb 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      Natalie and Alphonse REALLY like books. Picture books with Dad, scary stories with Mom, and especially stories they remember or make up themselves. So when it’s time for Natalie to learn to read, she thinks it will be exciting — she can have all the stories in the world now, and even read them to Alphonse. But when Natalie gets her first reading book, the letters look like squiggles and it isn’t even a good story; it’s just about a cat that can sit. “I do not like books anymore!” Natalie declares. But she still wants to make up stories. With Alphonse’s help, can she find a way to turn a love of telling stories into a love of reading stories? With her one-of-a-kind voice and wonderfully droll artwork, Daisy Hirst captures the familiar frustration of struggling to learn something new — and the particular pride that comes when you finally succeed.
      Full-color screen-printed illustrations.

      The United States of Sports: An Atlas of Teams, Stats, Stars, and Facts for Every State in America

      by Bill Syken

      Feb 2019

      Sports Middle Plus

      This one-of-a-kind journey across the United States includes stops at each state's sporting sites as well as profiles of greatest moments and homegrown heroes, and copious sports stats. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      The Monster Mall: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

      by Drew Weing

      Feb 2019

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      SLJ, K*, PW*, BCCB, BL
      In the second volume of this middle-grade series, Drew Weing delivers a fresh and funny take on the age-old battle between kids and closet-dwelling monsters.
      Now that Charles has helped Margo Maloo close a case, he thinks he's an expert on things that go bump in the night. But Margo knows he still has a lot to learn about Echo City's hidden monster society—he doesn't even know the difference between a poltergeist and a wraith! So as long as he doesn't get in the way, she lets him tag along on her adventures.
      As Margo's assistant, Charles meets a variety of monsters, from imps to vampires. And lately they all say the same thing: living secretly in Echo City is getting harder. Humans and their smartphones are encroaching on monster territory, eager to photograph paranormal activity and share it with the world. Some monsters are tired of hiding and ready to fight. Can Margo and Charles prevent all-out war between human and monsterkind?
      Notes on monsters. Full-color illustrations drawn in pencil, inked with pen and brushes, and colored with Photoshop.

      Tiger vs. Nightmare

      by Emily Tetri

      Feb 2019

      Easy Reading Plus

      K*, PW
      In this graphic novel for young readers, Tiger and her best friend Monster are an unbeatable team, even when they're up against a big, scary nightmare.
      Tiger is a lucky kid: She has a monster living under her bed.
      This monster arrived when Tiger was just a baby. It was supposed to scare her—after all, that's what monsters do. But Tiger was just too cute! Now, Tiger and Monster are best friends.
      But Monster is a monster, and it needs to scare something. So every night, Monster stands guard and scares all of Tiger's nightmares away. This arrangement works out perfectly, until a nightmare arrives that's too big and scary for even Monster. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away.
      Full-color illustrations created with pencil and watercolors, digitally edited and assembled.

      Polar Bears Survival On the Ice: Science Comics

      by Jason Viola

      Feb 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Head out to the Arctic and learn about polar bears in this volume of Science Comics, an action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers!
      For countless generations, polar bears have made the ice their home. It's a habitat that changes from day to day, season to season, keeping these marine mammals on their furry toes! Polar bears are the ultimate survivors, adapting to an environment constantly in flux.
      Join two curious polar bear cubs as they play, hunt, and navigate life in the Arctic. With each season, they learn polar bear biology and behavior, as well as strategies and skills that will help them thrive in a landscape that is rapidly changing beyond their control.
      Glossary. Ice terminology. Notes. Further reading. Full-color illustrations penciled in blue lead and inked with brush pens, then colored and lettered digitally in Photoshop.

      It Is Well with My Soul: The True Story of the Writing of the Beloved Hymn

      by Hugh Bonneville

      Feb 2019

      Religious Books Elementary

      During a time of great mourning after his four daughters' tragic deaths in an 1873 shipwreck, Horatio Spafford composed one of the world’s most moving hymns. Companion to PBS's 2018 Christmas with Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Lyrics to It Is Well with My Soul. Note on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Avalanche Dog Heroes: Piper and Friends Learn to Search the Snow

      by Elizabeth Rusch

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      K, PW
      Diagrams. Instructions to make a tug toy and train your dog to tug. Resources. Full-color photographs.

      Sun! One in a Billion

      by Stacy McAnulty

      Feb 2019

      Read Aloud Plus

      From the author of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years comes a new hilarious and fact-filled picture book about the formation and history of the Sun—uniquely told from the perspective of Sun himself!
      Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star—he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial "autobiography." Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Stevie Lewis, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.
      Author’s note. Further information about the sun. Sources. Full-color illustrations created with color pencils and digital tools.

      Polka Dot Parade: A Book About Bill Cunningham

      by Deborah Blumenthal

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      Every day, Bill Cunningham rode his bicycle, a camera slung around his neck. “He who seeks beauty will find it,” Bill said. And he did—in the fashion that appeared on New York City streets. Author’s note. Bibliography. Notes. Full-color illustrations.


      by Gail Donovan

      Feb 2019

      Independent Readers

      K, SLJ
      “Help,” says the note that Atticus Finch Martin finds buried in the school garden. He puts aside his quest for the world’s largest dinosaur fossil, determined to come to the mystery note-writer’s aid.

      Carter Reads the Newspaper

      by Deborah Hopkinson

      Feb 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      Online resources. Bibliography. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. List of Black leaders. Biographical time line. Quotation sources. Full-color mixed media illustrations.
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