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Late December 2007

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Late December 2007

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Wrapping Up a Great Year

The Best Books of the Year for Children

Author Interviews of 2007

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Don't Miss: THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Don't Miss: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP, with pop-ups by Robert Sabuda and illustrations by Matthew Armstrong

Don't Miss: PRINCESS ALYSS OF WONDERLAND written by Frank Beddor and illustrated by Catia Chien

Now in Stores: PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Series Update: Chet Gecko by Bruce Hale

The Grinch Has Turned 50! Celebrate with a Special Anniversary Edition of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

Coming Soon: A List of Upcoming Books

Cool New Books for November and December

November and December's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

Poll and Question of the Month: The Year in Review

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Wrapping Up a Great Year

And just like that, 2008 is pushing 2007 out the door! This month on Kidsreads.com, we’re taking a look back at some of the noteworthy books that have been published this year, along with the author interviews that were posted in 2007. If you have procrastinated about holiday gifts and need some last-minute ideas for a child in your life, then check out our What to Give/What to Get Holiday Guide.

We have some more suggestions for your child's “to read” list as well. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black has a new addition to its family --- THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack. In this “scrapbook,” the keeper of the Spiderwick mansion shares all the secrets of the old house, and your child will have lots of fun with the myriad pop-ups, pull-outs and other do-dads.

Another book that begs for interaction is THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP, based on the books by C.S. Lewis, illustrated by Matthew Armstrong and with pop-ups by paper engineer extraordinaire Robert Sabuda. We just can’t get enough of these great pop-up books, and this one is no exception.

If your child likes re-interpretations of classics, then he or she will definitely enjoy PRINCESS ALYSS OF WONDERLAND by Frank Beddor. You’ll get to read the journal of Alyss and see her whole adventure through her eyes. Terrific illustrations by Catia Chien accompany the text.

The grand finale to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Starcatchers series is now in stores. In PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, your child will finally get to find out what happens to Peter and Molly as they try to defeat the evil king of Rundoon. Not to be missed!

Our friend Chet Gecko is back with another slippery adventure --- and this time, the crime strikes close to home. Children will love the mystery and mayhem in Bruce Hale’s HISS ME DEADLY. Oh yeah, and they'll laugh out loud, too.

Here’s another cool book series to add to your holiday list: the Owly series of wordless graphic novels by Andy Runton. The latest is A TIME TO BE BRAVE, which just came out. When you study the images that Runton uses in the storytelling, you realize that it really can take a thousand words to describe what you see. We look forward to sharing more graphic novels with you in 2008.

Be sure to check out our regular features, where you'll find out which “books” you and your child can see at the movies, what’s brand new on the shelves and what just released in paperback.

And last but certainly not least, we salute Dr. Seuss, whose classic children’s book HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! was released for the first time in 1957. Random House Children’s Books celebrates the Grinch’s 50th birthday with a special anniversary retrospective. More details about this exciting book can be found below. Trust that there will be lots of Grinch trivia for your child to share at your holiday table with this one!

This year has been great, but we’re also very excited about what’s to come in 2008 --- take a look at all these books that are being published over the next few months!

Here’s wishing you a fantastic end to 2007...and happy reading in 2008!

Carol Fitzgerald for Kidsreads.com


 

The Best Books of the Year for Children

As 2007 comes to a close, we at Kidsreads.com have compiled some of our favorite books of the year for children. Along with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, we spotlight THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, Trenton Lee Stewart's mind-bending, puzzle-packed debut novel for kids in which readers are taken on a dazzling adventure that puts friends, family and enemies to the test; THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, an entirely new kind of reading experience from Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick that brings together elements of the picture book, the graphic novel and film; and THE LAND OF THE SILVER APPLES, the long-awaited sequel to THE SEA OF TROLLS, from National Book Award winner and Newbery Honor author Nancy Farmer.

Additional standouts include ELIJAH OF BUXTON, Christopher Paul Curtis’s moving tale of the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves; DO NOT OPEN, a great choice for reluctant readers that gives them the opportunity to explore lost worlds and unravel secret codes; and GALLOP!, an amazing picture book in which short lines of text are accompanied by moving pictures.

 

Click here to see our Best Books of the Year roundup for children.


 

Author Interviews of 2007

As 2007 comes to a close, we invite you to take a look at the author interviews that were featured throughout the year on Kidsreads.com. This is a great way to catch up on the discussions you may have missed --- and to re-read what some of your favorite authors had to say about their books.
 

Click here to see our roundup of 2007 interviews.

 

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

We’ve made our list and checked it twice. Ask for them all; that’s our advice! The books included in our special What to Give/What to Get Guide for kids are sure to add some spice to your holiday list, whether it’s a gift to give or to get.
 

Click here to see our What to Give/What to Get Gift Guide for kids.


 

Don't Miss: THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Thimbletack, keeper of the Spiderwick mansion, shares his lively scrapbook with readers. They can explore Spiderwick's history, browse through letters filled with intriguing secrets and read about fantastical creatures in THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK, which is jam-packed with pop-ups, foldouts and other fun gadgetry. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read The Spiderwick Chronicles series feature.


Click here to read a review of THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK.

 

Don't Miss: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP, with pop-ups by Robert Sabuda and illustrations by Matthew Armstrong

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP based on the books by C.S. Lewis, pop-ups by Robert Sabuda and illustrated by Matthew Armstrong
Once again, Robert Sabuda works his paper-engineering magic, this time with THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, an exquisite pop-up book based on the classic novels by C.S. Lewis. Each of the seven books in the series has its own pop-up spread rendered in spectacular detail with stunning special effects. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

 

Click here to read a review of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP.


 

Don't Miss: PRINCESS ALYSS OF WONDERLAND written by Frank Beddor and illustrated by Catia Chien

PRINCESS ALYSS OF WONDERLAND written by Frank Beddor and illustrated by Catia Chien
As if the original, colorful tale of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its sequel --- or the countless film and theater adaptations of it --- weren't enough to delight anyone old or young enough to read or be read to, "historian emeritus Agnes MacKenzie" has found the journal of the real little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll's classic. Reviewed by Hannah Gomez.

 

Click here to read a review of PRINCESS ALYSS OF WONDERLAND.

 

Now in Stores: PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
In this action-packed finale to the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that’s just the beginning of trouble for our heroes. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

 

Click here to read a review of PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON.

 

Series Update: Chet Gecko by Bruce Hale

HISS ME DEADLY: Chet Gecko #13 by Bruce Hale
A crime has been committed that strikes at the heart of Chet's very own family. Some slippery sneak has stolen his mother's beloved pearls, leaving Chet angrier than a nest of hornets on eviction day. When additional items go missing, Principal Zero turns up the heat by hiring Chet to flush out the thief. Will our gecko hero deliver the goods before it's too late? He'd better. Because this time, it's personal. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to see the Chet Gecko series feature.

 
Click here to read a review of HISS ME DEADLY.


 

The Grinch Has Turned 50! Celebrate with a Special Anniversary Edition of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective by Dr. Seuss, with commentary by Charles D. Cohen
Inside this very special anniversary edition of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!, you'll find the complete, original text and illustrations by Dr. Seuss, along with 32 fascinating pages of commentary, footnotes and archival images --- written and compiled by renowned collector and Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. In chatty, conversational style, Cohen reflects upon Dr. Seuss's changing view of Christmas over the years and traces the evolution of the Grinch, his dog Max and the inhabitants of Who-ville.

Also together for the first time are three rarely seen Seuss holiday offerings: "Perfect Present," a poem about the fluff-footed, frizzle-topped, three-fingered Zift and why it makes the ideal gift; "The Hoobub and the Grinch," a story about a con artist Grinch who sells pieces of green string; and the spiritually compelling painting and poem "A Prayer for a Child."

 

Click here for more info about the Grinch's birthday bash.


 

Coming Soon: A List of Upcoming Books

Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead? Then be sure to check out our Coming Soon section, where we currently have titles for January through April listed. Please note that we have not included every book coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.
 
Click here to see what's coming soon.


 

Cool New Books for November and December

November and December’s roundup of Cool New Books includes SNAKEHEAD, the seventh installment in Anthony Horowitz’s action-packed series starring 14-year-old secret agent Alex Rider; THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK, an interactive look at the world of Arthur Spiderwick that is a must-read for loyal fans of the series and a vital introduction for new ones; THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP, yet another masterpiece by award-winning paper engineer Robert Sabuda, who devotes a spectacular pop-up spread to each of the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia; THE MAGIC HALF, Annie Barrows’s delightful middle-grade novel in which an unsuspecting girl travels back in time to the year 1935; and ANGELA AND THE BABY JESUS, Frank McCourt’s captivating Christmas story about the childhood of Angela, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir ANGELA’S ASHES.

 

Click here to see our roundup of Cool New Books for November and December.


 

November and December's New in Paperback Roundup

November and December’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE COBRA KING OF KATHMANDU, the third installment in P. B. Kerr's Children of the Lamp series featuring djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt; GRANDFATHER’S DANCE, which marks the conclusion of Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall series; NOBODY’S PERFECT, the sequel to DEAF CHILD CROSSING by Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and playwright Doug Cooney; Candie Moonshower’s THE LEGEND OF ZOEY, about a 13-year-old girl who is propelled back in time to 1811, when the mysterious Reelfoot Lake was formed; and THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS by Nancy Springer, a mystery novel in which Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, embarks on a journey to London in search of her mother who has disappeared.
 

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for November and December.


 

This Month's Reviews

MUDDLE EARTH by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Joe Jefferson is an ordinary schoolboy from ordinary Earth. At least, he was. But something strange happened when he was walking his dog, and now he is Joe the Barbarian --- fearless warrior hero, summoned by Muddle Earth's leading wizard to slay ogres, wrestle dragons and bravely confront villains. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

MOLLY MOON, MICKY MINUS AND THE MIND MACHINE by Georgia Byng 
It’s time for another adventure involving that plucky English orphan with magical powers and loyal sidekicks. No, we’re not talking about Harry Potter --- that series (of course) has ended. It's Molly Moon, starring in Georgia Byng's latest book, MOLLY MOON, MICKY MINUS AND THE MIND MACHINE. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex
Popular picture book author and illustrator Adam Rex breaks new ground --- but never loses stride --- in THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, in which a girl, her cat and an alien named J.Lo take one of the most memorable road trips in recent literature. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

GARDEN OF THE PURPLE DRAGON by Carole Wilkinson
In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, a young orphan struggles with her new responsibility. Ping has survived her days as a slave at Huangling Palace, but more challenges await her in the desolate mountains of Tai Shan. This sequel to DRAGON KEEPER continues Ping’s journey as she discovers her past and her true destiny. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

THE TAPESTRY: The Hound of Rowan, Book One by Henry H. Neff
Max McDaniels lives a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. This discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school that will help him and his fellow students develop their special abilities in order to fight the evil that has invaded our world. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE CHICKEN DANCE by Jacques Couvillon

Don Schmidt is ecstatic when he finally gets the chance to take over caring for the family chickens --- for those clucking creatures are the only friends he has. However, when he enters and wins the local chicken judging contest, a whole new world opens up for Don. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

CHAMP by Marcia Thornton Jones
As Riley practices playing baseball to win his dad’s approval, a wayward ball bounces into the street. An approaching car swerves to avoid hitting Riley and crashes into a tree. The champion show dog inside is rushed to the vet, but after losing his leg, Champ’s owner decides he is worthless. Riley refuses to allow the dog to die and offers to take him home. A special friendship begins to blossom. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

 

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Poll and Question of the Month: The Year in Review

Poll:

How many books did you read this year?
None
1-10
11-20
21-30
31-40
41-50
51-74
75-100
More than 100

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Question:

Name up to five of your favorite books that were released for the first time in 2007.

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