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Reviews for Something About A Bear & What Every Child Needs To Know About Punk Rock
Something About A Bear
Author: Jackie Morris, Illustrator: Jackie Morris
With huge, richly detailed pictures (who knew watercolors could make so many different kinds of brown?) and a lucid and near-poetic text, Morris describes the lives and habitats of eight kinds of bear. Baby pandas are “soft and small as peaches” when they are born. Spectacled bear mothers nurse their cubs in the cloud forest canopy. Polar bears are not white! (Their fur is hollow, and their skin is black.) She packs an amazing amount of information about bears into the text, and that is supplemented by notes on each animal and a handful of websites listed in the backmatter. Even the names of the bears make for evocative reading within the lyrical prose: brown bear, giant panda, sloth bear, spectacled bear, moon bear, polar bear, sun bear, American black bear (and yes, the American black bear comes in many colors, including white). Water, architecture, other plant and animal life, and various indicators of habitat are painted with energy and intensity. Even as she dazzles with the splendid, up-close images and information, Morris does not lose sight of the most important bear of all. Every child will recognize that one. It is lovely to see natural history and a sense of eco-awareness combined with many children’s most beloved plaything. (Informational picture book. 4-9)
Kirkus- online November 4, Nov 15 print edition
What Every Child Needs To Know About Punk Rock
R. Bradley Snyder and Marc Engelsgjerd, authors Need To Know Publishing, Inc.
9781940705057, $8.95, www.NeedToKnowPublishing.com
“What Every Child Needs To Know About Punk Rock” is a unique, board book format for presenting issues, icons, history, and significance of the movement of popular music known as punk rock for middle grade (and earlier) students.
Midwest Book Review – November 2014
Describing the punk rock phenomena as both a style of music and “a way of thinking about and interacting with society,” the two authors (interested parents both) present basic definitions and information with integrity, humor, honesty, and style. An interesting overview of the cultural impact of punk rock is given in a timeline marked by decade time banners of punk rock band movement developments, from the 1970’s to the 201O’s. Exciting colored and black and white photos and bold graphic prints decorate the sparse text and board pages. The concluding pages illustrate the underlying sense of humor and self criticism of the authors thus:”If you have understood this book, then you may recognize that a board book about punk rock is not very punk rock.” On the other hand, it certainly seems to be appropriate, immediate, and effective, with very few pretensions, a striking visual and intellectual experience. Tweens and older kids who are curious about punk rock will enjoy reading “What Every Child Needs To Know About Punk Rock.”
The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
Chris Taylor wrote a review of ‘In Real Life,’ by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang in the New York Times Book Review on November 7, 2014.
HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE was mentioned in Taylor’s byline.
Book website: HowStarWarsConquered.com
Author twitter: @FutureBoy
National bookings in bold
** Denotes new or changed info
10/19/2014 NPR/Weekend Edition Sunday—Mention in interview re: making of R2D2
10/11/2014 SiriusXM/The Focus Group—Live radio interview
10/6/2014 NPR/On Point—Live radio interview
10/1/2014 American Public Media/Marketplace—Radio interview (tape-date 9/23)
TK USA Today—Review
**11/7/2014 New York Times Book Review—Review by Taylor, book mentioned in byline
10/12/2014 Washington Post—Review
Picked up by:
10/4/2014 Wall Street Journal—Review
10/1/2014 Vanity Fair—Hot Type
9/29/2014 Associated Press—Review
Picked up by:
Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Times Colonist (Victoria, BC)
Daily Herald (Chicago)
Daily Journal (Franklin, IN)
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Worcester Telegram (Worcester, MA)
New York Daily News
Daily News (Bowling Green, KY)
Picked up by:
9/15/2014 Library Journal—Review
9/11/2014 Bloomberg Businessweek—Review
9/1/2014 Kirkus Reviews—Review
6/2/2014 Library Journal—Books that Buzzed at BEA
Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay from Groundwood Books
Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration
Finalist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.
Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere asking to be written.
Any Questions? presents a world inhabited by lost polar bears, soaring pterodactyls, talking trees and spotted snails, with cameo appearances by some of Marie-Louise’s favorite characters — a world where kids can become part of the story and let their imaginations run wild… and just maybe they will be inspired to create stories of their own.
At the end of the book, Marie-Louise provides answers to many of the questions children have asked her over the years, such as “Are you Stella?” “How did you learn to draw?” “Can your cat fly?” “How many books do you make in one day?”
“The whimsical mixed-media illustrations invite exploration, and they include what appear to be handwritten, even cursive passages . . . A delightful and interactive step into the world of creating engaging picture books for children.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Running commentary from children and animals in the background of Gay’s mixed-media spreads provides comedic moments as Gay encourages readers to push their own creative boundaries.” - Publishers Weekly
“The sideline commentary from some talkative cats and opinionated children contribute a light touch of humor, and the overall message-that creativity is messy and fun!-is empowering.” – Booklist
Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.
Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay
Ages 6 to 9, Grades K to 4
RECOMMENDED FOR ALL LIBRARIES
Best Food Writing 2014. Da Capo. Nov. 2014. 352p. ed. by Holly Hughes. index. ISBN 9780738217918. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738217925. COOKING
Hughes has been the editor of this annual anthology since its inception in 2000. Among this year’s contributing writers are: Frank Bruni, Adam Sachs, Laura Taxel, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, and Monica Bhide. The pieces are arranged into sections on “The Way We Eat Now,” “Extreme Eating,” “A Table for Everyone,” “Back to Basics,” “Home Cooking,” “Stocking the Pantry,” “Someone’s in the Kitchen,” and “Personal Tastes.” Even Hughes’s introduction is absorbing, telling of her brother’s hospice stay and how delicious, carb-filled treats sustained her during that difficult time. The authors address trends such as $4 toast, the satisfaction of a meal after a day of hunting, and health or ethical issues related to food. Each narrative has its own feel but most bring to the forefront the emotions brought out by cooking and eating. VERDICT Recommended for all libraries, this collection has something for connoisseurs, short story fans, and anyone hungry for a good read.—Jane Hebert, Glenside P.L. Dist., Glendale Heights, IL
Monster Win’s Mom’s Choice Gold Award!
A humongous congratulations to Paul Czajak & the Scarletta team on Monster’s Mom’s Choice Gold Award!
Don’t forget to get a copy of Monster Needs A Christmas Tree in time for Christmas!
It’s almost Christmastime, and Monster needs a tree. But the holidays are filled with joy and so many fun things to do! After snowballs, sleds, and Santa Claus, will he find a tree in time?
In this festive, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that with a little creativity, a tree can be perfect any way you look at it.
MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Scarletta Kids Fall 2014
MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE
Scarletta Kids Fall 2014
MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE
Scarletta Kids Fall 2014
Need More Monster? Visit: http://www.ymonster.com/
Fall 2014 Starred Reviews for Boyds Mills Press
Perseus Distribution is thrilled to announce they are now the US distributor for Highlights Press. Highlights Press is the book publishing side of the popular Highlights magazine franchise and includes the imprints Boyds Mills Press, Calkins Creek Press and WordSong.
See below for starred reviews from their Fall 2014 list!
* “Large white lettering over a deep blue background presents the sparse text, perfectly worded for a beginning reader to figure out or for a preschooler to memorize… (s)hort on words and long on expressive artwork—a charming addition to a winning series for little ones.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG SPLASH
Barb Rosenstock / Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
* “Is another picture book about Ben Franklin really needed? The answer is yes, as unlike many of its predecessors, this one takes a fresh approach by focusing on a single childhood fascination—swimming… (t)he finely detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations, varying type sizes and colors, and clever page design effectively and delightfully depict this significant American scientist. As inventive as Ben himself, this presentation is awash with delight and definitely makes a big splash.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “The alliterative, sibilant text is a rollicking read to share aloud with young students… (t)he watercolor and ink artwork conveys joy and motion… (a)n extensive bibliography, source notes for quotations, and a time line of Franklin’s life add to the veracity and strength of this story. This is a fun introduction to one of the nation’s founding fathers and a solid addition to collections needing a different perspective on this American icon.” – School Library Journal, starred review
LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA AND THE WILD CHICKEN
Christine Pakkala / Illustrated by Paul Hoppe
* “Lola Zuckerman’s unquenchable high spirits are dampened when her parents each take a business trip at the same time. While they are gone, Lola’s grandmother comes from Brooklyn to babysit seven-year-old Lola and her older brother, and while Grandma is affectionate, fun-loving, and unintentionally funny, she doesn’t quite know how to give the just-right good-night kiss. Lola also is worried that her grandma might not understand that Lola isn’t trying to cause problems at school. For the week her parents are gone, Lola’s life includes envy, grief over her own willful destruction of another’s property, and a pet dog who reveals where Lola hid Grandma’s awful after-school snack. Pakkala perfectly captures the competitive jealousy that sparks among little girls as they claim best friends, as well as the supportive tone of a good teacher caring for well-intentioned but accident-causing pupils. Hoppe’s smart cartoon spot illustrations suit the fast-paced, emotionally resonant, and sometimes silly story, further qualifying Lola as the up-to-date heir of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona stories. Sweet Lola, who never means to but routinely gets in trouble, will be a comforting character for emergent readers, especially those who sometimes have a hard time not making mistakes.”– Booklist, starred review
STRIKE! The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights
Larry Dane Brimner
* “A skillful, compelling account of the complicated history of César Chávez and the farm workers movement, set in the context of the social and political tensions of the times…(w)ith an appealing design and many black-and-white photographs, this paints a vivid, detailed picture of an important labor movement and its controversial yet inspiring leader.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “A first-purchase choice for middle-level researchers.” – School Library Journal, starred review
* “Although a number of books celebrating César Chávez are available for younger children, few titles provide more in-depth coverage for older readers. This informative volume offers a detailed, nuanced discussion of the man and the California agricultural workers’ movement… (w)ell researched, well sourced, and clearly written, this book is an excellent resource for young people.” – Booklist, starred review
THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE
Julie Sternberg / Illustrated by Johanna Wright
* “A 10-year-old girl faces the various challenges of growing up… (u)sing a diary format and leavening her tale with humor, Sternberg gets Celie’s voice just right, and readers should find her completely credible…(t)his satisfying slice-of-life story about the permutations of friendship and family resonates.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
VOICES FROM THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon
* “(P)oets Lewis and Lyon have written their own chapter in this collection of original poems that examine and celebrate the occasion and its aftermath in a variety of voices, both real and imagined. The coauthors pose three questions—Who were the marchers? Why did they risk their lives to be there? How were they changed by that day?—and answer them in eloquent verse, both free and rhymed. The imagined voices memorialize the splendid variety of the people who marched, among them Ruby May Hollingsworth, 6, a first-grader from Mountain Home, Arkansas; Emma Wallace, 23, a farmhand from Seymour, Iowa; and, from Amarillo, Texas, Raymond Jarvis, 25, an out-of-work store clerk with a BA degree in business administration. From any perspective, however, the march was history in the making, and this collection is a fitting memorial to it.”— Booklist, starred review
* “(Authors) Lewis and Lyon join forces for a fictionalized account of one of the pivotal moments in U.S. civil rights history…(t)hrough over 70 largely first-person poems, the poets rekindle the spirit of the fight for racial equality in the United States with imagined voices of young and old, black and white, educated and underprivileged, supporters and detractors and drive home the volume’s theme of taking personal responsibility in helping this country ‘steer toward justice together.’… (a) powerful yet accessible guide to ‘one day in 1963 [that] [b]elongs to every age.'” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Library Journal- Starred Review-
*Fairweather, Jack. The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan. Basic. Nov. 2014. 368p. photos. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780465044955. $29.99. POL SCI
The “Good War” was launched in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, initially an effort to eradicate the al-Qa’eda terrorist networks, and soon a commitment to nation building. Experienced foreign correspondent Fairweather (A War of Choice) provides a detailed narrative of the expanding military, diplomatic, and development campaigns, characterized by shifting priorities, ignorance of the people the United States was trying to help, and arrogance that prolonged the war over more than 12 years at a huge cost in wasted resources and human lives. Fairweather summarizes contemporary accounts and extensive interviews with American and NATO officers and diplomats as well as Afghani leaders, including former president Hamid Karzai, to convey a tragic contrast between idealistic aims and the reality that overwhelming U.S. force cannot stabilize a distant society. He recounts repeated military campaigns and diplomatic initiatives that were unsuccessful because of the American failure to form clear strategic goals or coordinate political, military, and development activities. VERDICT Recommended for all Americans who want to understand more than a dozen years of an American war in Afghanistan, poorly conceived or understood by the public or its leaders. Fairweather offers a knowledgeable argument for a more careful and thoughtful response to a complex and dangerous world in which terrorists threaten the stability of many weak societies.—Elizabeth Hayford, formerly with Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL
Winter Wolf – Is the kind of winter that will remind us we are mortal, ‘Mortal and Alone’
Great Library Journal Review-
Ekbäck, Cecilia. Wolf Winter. Weinstein: Perseus. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781602862524. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781602862531. F
Maija and her family move from their native Finland to Swedish Lapland in the summer of 1717, hoping for a fresh start. That dream is shattered when Maija’s oldest daughter, Frederika, discovers the mutilated body of a fellow settler on nearby Blackåsen Mountain. While the community insists a wolf is to blame, Maija is convinced he was murdered, and her investigation triggers events that will change their lives forever. As a harsh winter sets in and the settlers struggle to survive, Maija becomes entangled in the secrets, past tragedies, and religion of her neighbors and the native Lapps. Both Maija and Frederika are at once guided and tormented by the spirits of the dead, as they each attempt to solve the murder. VERDICT Swedish-born debut author Ekbäck writes with deliberate pacing and immerses the reader in the endless snowfall of winter with her hypnotic prose. The novel will appeal to readers who like their historical fiction dark and atmospheric, or mystery fans who are open to mysticism and unconventional sleuths. Readers who enjoyed the winter landscape and magical realism of Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child may also want to try this. [See “Editors’ Fall Picks,” LJ 9/1/14.]—Emily Byers, Tillamook Cty. Lib., OR
The Publishers Group West team attend NCIBA at the South San Francisco Convention Center last week. The four titles that were presented for the Kids Rep Picks are as follows:
Picture This – A favorite read-aloud
Author: Jeron Ashford
PGW/Publisher: Creston Books
Under The Radar – You need to know about this one
ALICE WATER’S TRIP TO DELICIOUS
Author:, Jacqueline Briggs Martin
PGW/Publisher: Readers to Eaters
THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL
Author: Paige McKenzie
Perseus Books Group/Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
One Book I Want Everyone to Read
Author: Kathryn Otoshi
PGW/Publisher: KO Kids
And because we have so many amazing books we created some fun handouts featuring some more books we really wanted to share…
Key Notes The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a new paranormal YA series based on the wildly popular YouTube series (decsribed as “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age”) about an “adorkable” teenager living in a haunted house.
YOUTUBE PHENOMENON: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel boasts almost 100 million total views, averages 10 million views per month, and maintains 165,000 monthly subscribers. Sunshine Girl is wildly popular with teens as well as young adults: 20% of viewers are under 18, and 37% are aged 18-24. Paige McKenzie is the face of the brand, and she is engaged with her fans across social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. With a devoted, ever-growing audience and a charismatic spokesperson, the possibilities for The Haunting of Sunshine Girl are endless.
On Sale April 2015