Category Archives: Review of the Week

New ACL Website, Review of “Raymie Nightingale”

Greetings to all our Blog visitors!  The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California is revitalizing our website (http://www.bayviews.org/)  and blog. The new version of both will be unveiled in May 2016, so you might find us offline for a … Continue reading

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ALSC Cancels Conference, Review of “No Better Friend”

ALSC Cancels Conference: The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is canceling the upcoming National Institute that was scheduled for September 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in protest of that state’s new … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: Steve Light’s “Swap!”

Light, Steve. Swap!  Steve Light, Illus. Picture Book. Candlewick, 02/2016. [34]pp. $16.99. 978-0-7636-7990-3. OUTSTANDING. GRADES PRE-2. Gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations depict a set of trades, starting with a coat button and two teacups, to gather materials to refurbish a rundown ship. … Continue reading

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Cushman, Karen.  Grayling’s Song. Fiction. Clarion/Houghton, 06/2016. 224pp. $16.99. 978-0-544-30180-1. HIGH ADDITIONAL. GRADES 3-6. After fire consumes their home, Grayling’s mother, a wise woman, discovers that her grimoire has been stolen, and when she becomes magically rooted to the ground, … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: “When Mischief Came to Town”

Nannestad, Katrina. When Mischief Came to Town. Fiction. Houghton, 01/2016. 180pp. $16.99. 978-0-544-53432-2. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 2-5. Sent to live with her grandmother on a remote Danish island, 10-year-old Inge Maria arrives with plenty of energy, curiosity, and mischief. Her grandmother, … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: “Dance! Dance! Underpants!”

Shea, Bob. Dance! Dance! Underpants!  Bob Shea, Illus. Easy Reader. Ballet Cat Series; Bk. 2. Disney/Hyperion, 02/2016. [56]pp. $9.99.  978-1-4847-1379-2.  OUTSTANDING GRADES PRE-2. Butter Bear is paralyzed by the fear that the audience will laugh at the underpants she is … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: “Elizabeth Started All the Trouble”

In honor of Women’s History Month: Rappaport, Doreen. Elizabeth Started All the Trouble. Matt Faulkner, Illus. Non-fiction. Disney/Hyperion, 02/2016. [40]pp. $17.99. 978-0-78685-142-3. HIGH ADDITIONAL. GRADES 2-5. Although the title may lead one to believe this is a picture book biography … Continue reading

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