The Hero Two Doors Down

@scholastic The Hero Two Doors Down, by Sharon Robinson; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 208 pages, ages 9-13. Eight-year old baseball fanatic Stephen Satlow lives for his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers, and one day the boy’s hero, Jackie Robinson, moves into his mostly Jewish neighborhood. The baseball giant befriends Stephen while teaching the boy about respect and courageContinue reading “The Hero Two Doors Down”

Gone to the DogsTwo middle-grade readers for kids who know that dogs are loyal to the end.  A Handful of Stars, by Cynthia Lord; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 184 pages, ages 10-13. Every summer, migrant families travel from as far as Mexico to harvest blueberries in a remote part of Downeast Maine, and local residents generallyContinue reading

The Call of the Open Road Some people are born to ride, and Stephanie Yue (Such a Little Mouse; The  Mousenet Trilogy) has successfully managed to combine her love of scootering with her job of illustrating children’s books. After logging almost 32,000 miles, she’s currently in the last leg of her tour, crossing the continentalContinue reading

My Secret Guide to Paris, by Lisa Schroeder; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 216 pages, ages 10-13. Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli; Viking Juvenile $17.99, 48 pages, ages 5-9. With the snow slowly melting here on the East Coast our thoughts suddenlyContinue reading

Unstoppable Octobia May, by Sharon G. Flake; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 276 pages, ages  8-12. In 1953, most children are expected to be seen and not heard, but that’s certainly not the case with ten year old Octobia May, a plucky self-styled detective with a heart condition who is certain a vampire is rooming at herContinue reading

literarykids: Correction: Antony uses graphite pencils, not pen and ink. Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 2-6.   Etiquette gets a furry makeover in this good-natured primer on proper behavior. British artist Steve Antony (Betty Goes Bananas; The Queen’s Hat) returns to the world of picture books with aContinue reading

Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 2-6.   Etiquette gets a furry makeover in this good-natured primer on proper behavior. British artist Steve Antony (Betty Goes Bananas; The Queen’s Hat) returns to the world of picture books with a surprisingly generous, yet straight-lipped panda, who patiently surveys his animalContinue reading

My Grandfather’s Coat, retold by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock; Scholastic Press, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 3-7. (October 21, 2014) The chill of autumn is upon us, and My Grandfather’s Coat is a heartwarming way to welcome the new season. In Jim Aylesworth’s retelling of the classic Yiddish folksong “I Had a Little Overcoat”Continue reading

Aaaaand, Action! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon and Loot! 6-29-2014.m4v

Shared with Dropbox ACTION!  Nicole Claire reviews the following: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrations by Joe Berger; Candlewick Press, $15.99, 240 pages, ages 9-12. (April 2014) Loot: How to Steal a Fortune, by Jude Watson; Scholastic Press, $16.99 272 pages, ages 9-12. (June 2014) Aaaaand, Action! Chitty ChittyContinue reading “Aaaaand, Action! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon and Loot! 6-29-2014.m4v”

Illustrations from Clara and Davie © 2014 by Patricia Polocco. Used with Permission from Scholastic Press. “Clara and Davie,” by Patricia Polacco; Scholastic Press, $17.99, 40 pages, ages 4 to 6.  Before she earned her nickname “Angel of the Battlefield" from tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, American Red Cross founder Clara BartonContinue reading