Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

In a world where every child has an imaginary friend, there is one imaginary friend who doesn’t have a child. Follow Beekle as he does the unimaginable and searches for his very own friend. Dan Santat‘s Caldecott winning The Adventures of Beekle: … Continue reading


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The Crossover

I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel-in-verse with this sort of pace and feel to it. Usually novels-in-verse are on the quieter side, but this book changes the whole genre. There’s movement and depth. After reading it, I know exactly why Kwame … Continue reading

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Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Beginning with June of 1939, Daniel, a German Jew, flees Germany by boat. He is alone because his parents only had enough money to pay for one person’s passage. The boat’s passengers are refused entry to the United States and Canada, … Continue reading

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El Deafo

At first I was a little shocked at the title. Then I read El Deafo, Cece Bell‘s graphic novel/memoir of her childhood: how she became deaf and how she felt about it growing up. Bell shows us the many friends and a pseudo-friend, … Continue reading

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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

This lovely picture book biography, The Iridescence of Birds, by author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Hadley Hooper poses questions to a young child. What if you grew up in a gray French town and found colour wherever you went? Would you grow … Continue reading

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The Shadow Hero

He chooses to restore law and order rather than rule an empire. He has a spirit shadow that follows him. His skin turns bright pink when wet. He is impervious to bullets. He is GREEN TURTLE.  Before he was a superhero, … Continue reading

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What I Do With Vegetable Glue

Do your kids eat their greens? No? Well then, this cautionary tale is for them. If you don’t eat your vegies, your parts will fall off. Over-the-top verse by Susan Chandler and whimsical illustrations by Elena Odriozola make What I Do With … Continue reading

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Rain Reign

Rose lives with her dad and her dog, Rain, and goes to a school where no one is as interested in homonyms as she is. She also likes rules and prime numbers and Uncle Weldon, who drives her to school … Continue reading

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