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April 2010

Kidsreads.com Newsletter for Parents April 2010

Giveaways, Special Features --- and Children's Book Week

April showers bring May flowers...and the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards! It's almost time to tally the votes. Have your kids, students or patrons had their say yet? Nominees are broken down by grade, and polls close on Monday, May 3rd. They can click here to vote for their favorite books of 2009.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 11th in New York City as part of
Children’s Book Week
, which will be celebrated May 10-16. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes --- any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events.

Earlier this month, I learned some very frustrating news about libraries. In an effort to reduce budgets and save money, many town governments across the country are seriously considering cutting funding and resources for libraries, or even closing them. My mother recently attended a town meeting where this topic was put on the table in my hometown, and it immediately got a lot of people up in arms.

This was very upsetting to both of us, as you can imagine. I, like many of you, have so many fond memories of our town library. I remember going there during my childhood, teen years, college years and into adulthood, and just being among the books. Over the years I've met a number of librarians and learned about so many great books from them --- and have shared those I enjoy as well. And it's always so special to visit the library and see young people there, whether it's for story time or school projects or just browsing. I know we've all been affected by the economy, but closing one of the few true community places is not the answer to save money!

I hope all of you can take up this cause and ask your local librarians how you can get involved. The first step is simply visiting your library. If you haven't been there in a while, maybe it's time to renew your library card. Check out their weekly and monthly event programming. Try to bring along your son or daughter and get them excited about reading. Ask the library if they need your support with budget issues and ask how you can get involved.

On a state level in New Jersey, we have learned that the governor has called for a 75% cut in library funding. And thus we are writing and making calls about that as well. I have learned never to assume that "someone else is taking care of this." You have to reach out and get involved.

On a national level, there will be a rally in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 29th as part of Library Advocacy Day. I will be there for the rally and to meet with legislators from my state to voice my opinion on this. You can be a part of this day as well. Learn more about what you can do here.


Switching gears, I had the pleasure of going to a luncheon a few weeks ago to meet Gary Paulsen. He amused us with a number of stories about his dogsledding adventures. And then he talked about WOODS RUNNER, his latest book, which takes place during the Revolutionary War. He likes having his characters live a "real story" behind a historic event instead of talking about the facts that we have heard over and over. Through Samuel's eyes, you will see the war a whole new way.

Last weekend, I was in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which is one of my favorite book events of the year. The crowds were huge this year! Throughout the weekend there were panels where authors speak, as well as festivities on stages and in booths. So many authors were out and about that I was not able to see them all. I did get to see one panel with D.J. MacHale, Gordon Korman and Pseudonymous Bosch. They were met with wild applause when they came on stage, and their presentation gave us all a lot of laughs. Korman talked about how the 39 Clues books are kept sooo secretive that the chapters are not emailed, but rather posted on a password encrypted server. And being on the road can give an author all kinds of new roles, as MacHale told us. He was in Texas during a tornado, and he found himself herding children to safety when the other adults were a bit paralyzed by the circumstances. Bosch continued to keep his anonymity, answering questions circuitously whenever possible.

Jimmy Gownley was on one of the stages talking about THE TWEENAGE GUIDE TO NOT BEING UNPOPULAR, the latest in his Amelia Rules! series. He was just finishing up three weeks of touring the country and was excited to share stories about the enthusiasm for his books from many kids he had seen along the way. I love weekends like this when people are caught up in books and authors, even when I do not get to see everyone I would like to meet.

To kick off the warm weather, we have tons of new special features and giveaways for you and your child.

Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four very different girls experiencing some major changes in their lives the summer before seventh grade. To celebrate the newly released prequel to Ann M. Martin’s beloved Baby-Sitters Club series, THE SUMMER BEFORE, Kidsreads.com is giving 20 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. Read our review and an excerpt, and then enter our giveaway.

We're also giving away 10 copies of THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís. This story takes readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination that is sure to touch people of all ages. Read our review and an excerpt, and click here to learn more about the contest.

To celebrate another installment in Blue Balliett's series of art concepts, mystery, philosophy and storytelling, we're giving away 10 paperback copies of THE CALDER GAME. Check out our review.

And your child can still enter to win the paperback edition of SAVVY by Ingrid Law. We're giving away 15 copies of this Newbery Honor book. Click here for all the contest details.

Lara Bergen’s latest book for middle-grade readers, SOPHIE THE AWESOME, chronicles a day in the life of a typical third grader who decides one morning to transform herself into anything but. In our interview, Bergen discusses what prompted her to create this lovably confused character. To find out more about Sophie, read our review and an excerpt.

Get to know Ramona Quimby and friends in their exciting adventures on Klickitat Street in our new Beverly Cleary series feature. Your child can read BEEZUS AND RAMONA for free online before you and your family see the movie, in theaters July 23rd! Visit www.BeverlyCleary.com for more about all of your favorite Cleary books and characters. Seeing these books makes me smile as they have been making readers happy for soooo many years. It's amazing how these characters still are so vibrant today. And yes, I WILL be seeing the movie!

Your son or daughter can play free online games, win weekly prizes, and read new adventures, including A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner, COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce, THE SHADOW PROJECT by Herbie Brennan, THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE by Maryrose Wood, and more at www.AwesomeAdventureBooks.com! And don't miss our Awesome Adventure Books series feature here.

SMELLS LIKE DOG by Suzanne Selfors is now available in stores. Join Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog on an adventure as they head into the City where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined. Click here to find out more about Selfors's new book.

Amazing photos accompany a fun search-and-find game by Walter Wick, the creator of award-winning picture books and photographer of the bestselling I Spy series. CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TREASURE SHIP provides a fun, pirate-themed adventure for children of all ages. Look inside the book here, and read our review.

We also have a new update to the Geronimo Stilton series feature, MIGHTY MOUNT KILIMANJARO. Will Geronimo discover the secret to making it to the summit? Read our review to find out more about the mouse's newest adventure.

Among the notable titles we're reviewing this month is Lois Lowry's new book, THE BIRTHDAY BALL, in which Princess Patricia Priscilla disguises herself as a peasant to attend school, and THE EMPEROR'S CODE, the eighth installment in The 39 Clues series, this time written by Gordon Korman, who also wrote the second book, ONE FALSE NOTE.

Stuck on what to give your mom for Mother's Day (or what to treat yourself to)? Well, click on over to Bookreporter.com's feature where we have found 36 books perfect for mom-giving and mom-getting! Enter our contest and you could win 12 books AND some lovely pampering prizes. Though the feature will be up through the beginning of May, the contest closes on Monday, May 3rd at noon ET, so be sure to get your entry in before the deadline!


For more great spring reads, check out our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups and our latest reviews --- which include graphic novel titles. And don't forget to vote in our poll about whether your child prefers to read stand-alone titles or series books.

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald for Kidsreads.com

 

Click here to learn more about Children's Book Week and how to celebrate in your area.

 
New Special Feature and Giveaway: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: THE SUMMER BEFORE by Ann M. Martin

Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four very different girls experiencing some major changes in their lives the summer before seventh grade in Stoneybrook, Connecticut. To celebrate the newly released prequel to Ann M. Martin’s beloved Baby-Sitters Club series, THE SUMMER BEFORE, Kidsreads.com is giving 20 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 28th at noon ET.

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: THE SUMMER BEFORE by Ann M. Martin
Before there was The Baby-sitters Club there were four girls named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi and Stacey McGill. As they start the summer before seventh grade (also the summer before they start the BSC), each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Kristy is still hung up on hoping that her father will return to her family. Mary Anne has to prove to her father that she’s no longer a little girl who needs to be subject to hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind in order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

-Click here to read a review of THE SUMMER BEFORE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SUMMER BEFORE.
-Click here to read Ann M. Martin’s bio.
-Click here to visit the official website of the series.

 

Click here for all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature and Giveaway: THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís

Kidsreads.com is giving away 10 copies of THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís, which takes readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination. Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction and whimsical illustrations, this enchanting tale about a young Chilean boy named Neftalí, who later becomes the famous poet and politician Pablo Neruda, is a captivating story for readers of all ages. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 28th at noon ET.

THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís
From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. Under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, he listens and he follows…

Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

-Click here to read a review of THE DREAMER.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE DREAMER.
-Click here to read Pam Muñoz Ryan’s bio.
-Click here to read Peter Sís’s bio.

 

Click here for all the contest details.

 
New Special Giveaway: THE CALDER GAME by Blue Balliett

When Calder and a mysterious sculpture disappear, it's up to his father and friends Petra and Tommy to rescue the missing pair. To celebrate another installment in Blue Balliett's series of art concepts, mystery, philosophy and storytelling, Kidsreads.com is giving away 10 paperback copies of THE CALDER GAME. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 28th at noon ET.

THE CALDER GAME written by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist
Two Calders are missing. One is a sculpture. One is a boy. When Calder Pillay travels with his father to a remote village in England, he finds a mix of mazes and mystery --- including an unexpected Alexander Calder sculpture in the town square. Calder is strangely drawn to the sculpture, while others in the village have less-than-friendly feelings toward it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem to be out of place…and then they disappear! Calder’s friends must fly to England to help Calder’s father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a Calder mobile in the wind --- with more at stake than first meets the eye.

-Click here to read a review of THE CALDER GAME.
-Click here to read Blue Balliett's bio.
-Click here to read Brett Helquist's bio.

 

Click here for all the contest details.

 

New Special Feature: SOPHIE THE AWESOME by Lara Bergen

Lara Bergen’s latest book for middle-grade readers, SOPHIE THE AWESOME, chronicles a day in the life of a typical third grader who decides one morning to transform herself into anything but. In this interview with Kidsreads.com’s Usha Reynolds, Bergen discusses what prompted her to create this lovably confused character and explains how she realistically captures the mindset of her eight-year-old protagonist. She also reflects on the dynamics of childhood friendships, reveals what she hopes readers will take away from Sophie’s story, and shares details on what’s in store for her in future installments.

SOPHIE THE AWESOME by Lara Bergen
Sophie Miller’s life is boring. Average. Blah. She's not the oldest or the youngest, the tallest or the shortest. She’s not even the only Sophie in her third-grade class!

Sophie knows she’s special. And she’s come up with the perfect name to show it: Sophie the Awesome! But living up to her new name won’t be easy --- especially if super-annoying Toby Myers has anything to say about it.

Can Sophie prove her awesomeness…and prove everyone wrong?

-Click here to read a review of SOPHIE THE AWESOME.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SOPHIE THE AWESOME.
-Click here to read Lara Bergen’s bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with Lara Bergen.

 
New Series Feature: The World of Beverly Cleary --- Spotlight on BEEZUS AND RAMONA, RAMONA'S WORLD, HENRY AND RIBSY and ELLEN TEBBITS
Visit the new World of Beverly Cleary website, BeverlyCleary.com, and get to know Ramona Quimby and friends in their exciting adventures on Klickitat Street. Read BEEZUS AND RAMONA for free online before you see the movie, in theaters July 23rd, and enter the Read It Before You See It! Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes from HarperCollins Children’s Books, including an iPod touch and a library of Ramona books by bestselling author Beverly Cleary!

-Click here to read an interview with Beverly Cleary.
-Click here to visit the new World of Beverly Cleary website.

 
Click here to read our series feature spotlighting Beverly Cleary books.

 
New Series Feature: Awesome Adventure Books --- Get in on the Action!

Play free online games, win weekly prizes, and read new adventures from HarperCollins Children's Books, including A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner, COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce, THE SHADOW PROJECT by Herbie Brennan, THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE by Maryrose Wood, and more!

-Click here to visit the Awesome Adventure Books website.
 

Click here to read our series feature spotlighting Awesome Adventure books.

 
Now in Stores: SMELLS LIKE DOG by Suzanne Selfors
SMELLS LIKE DOG by Suzanne Selfors
Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who has big dreams --- to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.

Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar?

And who will continue Uncle Drake's quest --- to find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world?

Join Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog on an adventure that will test their wits and courage as they head into the City where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined…

-Click here to visit the publisher’s website.

 
Click here to read more about SMELLS LIKE DOG.

 

Special Giveaway: Win a Paperback Copy of SAVVY by Ingrid Law

SAVVY is an imaginative coming-of-age story about a gifted family whose members are given a supernatural power when they turn 13. To celebrate the long-awaited paperback release of Ingrid Law's award-winning debut novel, Kidsreads.com is giving away 15 copies of this charmingly magical tale. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 28th at noon ET.

SAVVY by Ingrid Law
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" --- a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn 13. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity... and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

-Click here to read more about SAVVY.
-Click here to read a review of SAVVY.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SAVVY.
-Click here to read our 2008 interview with Ingrid Law.
-Click here to read Ingrid Law's bio.
-Click here to visit the book's official website.
-Visit Ingrid Law’s official website, www.IngridLaw.com.

 
Click here for all the contest details.

 
Special Feature: CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TREASURE SHIP by Walter Wick
CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TREASURE SHIP by Walter Wick
Amazing photos accompany a fun search-and-find game by Walter Wick, the creator of award-winning picture books and photographer of the bestselling I Spy series.

A pirate ship and a chest of gold take readers on a journey through time that leads to the location of purloined treasures. Beginning with a zoom of a gold coin, photographs pull back to reveal the story of the coin’s travels from the hull of a pirate ship in the 1700s to the shore of a beach town today. Wick has built a series of sets that tell a story and create a game that will delight and challenge readers of all ages.

-Click here to look inside CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TREASURE SHIP.
-Click here to read Walter Wick’s bio.

 
Click here to read a review of CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? TREASURE SHIP.

 
Series Feature Update: Geronimo Stilton

MIGHTY MOUNT KILIMANJARO by Geronimo Stilton
Outrageous daredevil Bruce Hyena is back, and he has convinced Geronimo to accompany him on another totally extreme adventure --- a climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa! Will Geronimo discover the secret to making it to the summit? Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read our Geronimo Stilton series feature -- with updated trivia and characters.
 

Click here to read a review of MIGHTY MOUNT KILIMANJARO.

 
Cool New Books for April

April’s roundup of Cool New Books includes THE SUMMER BEFORE, a prequel to Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series that finds Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey each on the cusp of a big change as they start the summer before seventh grade (and the summer before they start the BSC); THE BIRTHDAY BALL, Lois Lowry and Jules Feiffer’s first collaborative effort, about a bored teen princess who escapes her fate and disguises herself as a peasant; THE EMPEROR’S CODE by Gordon Korman, book eight in The 39 Clues series, in which Amy and Dan must steal a Clue guarded by thousands of the world’s best-trained soldiers; KINGDOM KEEPERS III: DISNEY IN SHADOW, which marks the return of our heroes from Ridley Pearson’s DISNEY AFTER DARK and DISNEY AT DAWN as they search for their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing; and INSTRUCTIONS, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’s enchanting picture book that offers instructions for traveling through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar.

 

Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for April.

 
April's New in Paperback Roundup
April’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes SCAT by Carl Hiaasen, an environmental thriller involving the disappearance of a fearsome biology teacher while on a field trip to Black Vine Swamp; THE CALDER GAME, Blue Balliett’s third art-centered mystery with University of Chicago Lab School students Calder, Petra and Tommy; Megan McDonald’s THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT, a swashbuckling adventure of puzzles and pirates featuring Judy Moody and Stink, who are racing in search of gold; FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE by Bruce Hale, the 14th case for top lizard detective Chet Gecko, who must investigate strange goings-on at Emerson Hicky Elementary; and THE DRAGON DIARY, a continuation of Dugald A. Steer’s Dragonology Chronicles, in which apprentice dragonologists Daniel and Beatrice Cook receive a tip that the secret to curing dragons may lie in an age-old Dragon Diary --- if only they could decipher it.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for April.

 
This Month's Reviews

Kidsreads.com Reviews:

THE BIRTHDAY BALL written by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her 16th birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate --- for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, "Pat," and attracts friends and the attention of the handsome schoolmaster. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE 39 CLUES, Book Eight: THE EMPEROR'S CODE by Gordon Korman
As the race to find the 39 Clues builds to its explosive finish, Amy and Dan must explore an ancient culture and steal a Clue guarded by thousands of the world's best-trained soldiers. As their enemies crowd in, Amy and Dan find themselves separated for the first time ever. The choice lies before them --- find the next Clue, or find their way back to each other. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THIS MEANS WAR! by Ellen Wittlinger
Critically acclaimed author Ellen Wittlinger offers readers much to consider about bravery and conflicts big and small in THIS MEANS WAR!, a neighborhood “boys vs. girls” drama that plays out against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

BARNABY GRIMES: LEGION OF THE DEAD by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, delivering messages and running errands all over the city, day and night. Gangland funerals and diving expeditions are hazardous enough, but when the graveyards begin to give up their dead, this tick-tock lad is faced with his deadliest challenge yet. Will Barnaby be defeated by the Legion of the Dead? Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

FALLING IN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
The themes of otherworldliness and belonging underpin Frances O’Roark Dowell’s latest novel. A unique twist on some fairy tale conventions, FALLING IN follows Isabelle Bean as she “falls in” to another world and discovers some truths about herself and her family --- and has a mighty adventure along the way. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX by Geraldine McCaughrean
When he was born, it was proclaimed that Pepper Roux would not live past his 14th birthday. On the day of his 14th birthday, he hopes he will not disappoint everyone. Instead of death lurking around every corner, Pepper is surrounded by the opportunity to live --- with some unexpected results. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY by Violet Haberdasher
Orphan Henry Grim is the first commoner ever to be admitted to the prestigious Knightley Academy, home to modern-day knights-in-training. Along with learning diplomacy and the art of fencing, Henry must also stop a sinister plot that threatens peace. In a world of titles and status, will anyone believe a mere orphan boy? Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL by Donna Gephart
Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6½ Lists, David spends his free time making Talk Time videos, which he posts on YouTube. But before he can get famous, he has to figure out a way to deal with some unfortunate realities. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

FLIGHT OF THE OUTCAST: The Academy, Year 1 by Brad Strickland
Asteria Locke has never left her father's farm on the remote planet of Theron. But in one terrible moment, a surprise attack by space raiders destroys everything she's ever known. Orphaned and alone, Asteria vows to avenge her father's death by joining the Royal Spacefleet Academy --- even if she has to lie to get in. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE TIGHTY WHITEY SPIDER: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up written by Kenn Nesbitt and illustrated by Ethan Long
It's official: Kids want more of Kenn Nesbitt's sidesplitting poetry. They can't get enough of his clever wordplay, wonderful imagery and zany rhymes. In this brand-new collection, Nesbitt has totally made up over 50 poems involving Acrobatic Cats, Kung Fu Pets, and Chickens on Computers. Reviewed by Christine M. Irivin.


-Click here to read our Kidsreads.com reviews.


Graphic Novel Reviews:

AMELIA RULES! THE TWEENAGE GUIDE TO NOT BEING UNPOPULAR written and illustrated by Jimmy Gownley
Amelia McBride returns in a new adventure that sees her trying to gain popularity but only managing to alienate herself from, well, just about everyone. Reviewed by John Hogan.

ZIG AND WIKKI: SOMETHING ATE MY HOMEWORK written by Nadja Spiegelman and illustrated by Trade Loeffler
Can Zig and Wikki catch a pet before they become a snack? Zig and Wikki land on a planet full of strange creatures like flies, frogs and raccoons. They have to capture one for a school assignment, but the animals aren't ready for class --- on this new planet, it seems to be lunchtime! Reviewed by Merideth Jenson-Benjamin.

CITY OF SPIES written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan and illustrated by Pascal Dizin
Evelyn typically satisfies her longing for adventure with the help of a pencil and a sheet of paper. But when she makes a new friend, Tony, she’s happy to abandon her art for a real-life search for spies. When the two accidentally uncover a genuine mystery, it looks like Evelyn might end up in the kind of adventure she writes in her comics! Reviewed by Merideth Jenson-Benjamin.

BO OBAMA: The White House Tails written by Paul Salamof and illustrated by Keith Tucker
In this colorful comic, First Dog Bo Obama takes readers on a guided tour of the White House and treats them to little-known facts about presidential pets and the history of the First Family’s home. Reviewed by Brigid Alverson.

GUINEA PIG, PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE, Volume 1: HAMSTER AND CHEESE written by Colleen A.F. Venable and illustrated by Stephanie Yue
A pet shop filled with cranky, quirky, mislabeled animals is the setting for this goofy detective story that gets its humor from the pets’ strong personalities and the dim-witted owner’s silly mistakes. Reviewed by Brigid Alverson.

-Click here to read our graphic novel reviews.

 

This Month's Poll: Stand-Alone Titles or Series Books?

Do you prefer reading stand-alone titles or series books?

I prefer reading stand-alone titles.
I prefer reading series books.
I don’t have a preference.
I'm not sure.

 

Click here to answer the poll.

 

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