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The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zelinsky
The Wheels on the Bus

Max, February 25, 2013

This is a phenomenal pop-up book, definitely the best for kids I've ever seen. It takes the wheels on the bus song (currently my two year old's favorite tune) and illustrates it with creative, fabulous art and moving parts. It is my son's favorite book at the moment, and I can see it working for a range of ages. A really great gift idea- I'm going to be giving this at birthdays for awhile.
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Max, February 10, 2013

It is one of those books you can't put down. Part mystery, part ode to the book, part romp through technology, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is magical. You'll find yourself equally engrossed in the characters and in untangling what the heck is going on. I took it on a trip to the east coast for the weekend- it was the perfect length.
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Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara
Ghosts in the House!

Max, January 20, 2013

This is one of the best kid's books I've read in the past year (and my kid agrees.) It has a quirky sense of humor, which means that (unlike most of his books) I don't mind reading it five times a day. And the art is simply phenomenal, looks like it is woodcuts? Really an adorable book, that takes the scary out of ghosts and witches, and particularly perfect if your kid is going through a fearful phase. My kid is a little less than two, and he's loving it, but I bet kids who are a bit older (and who get the sense of humor even better) would love it even more. Regardless, it works for a variety of ages.
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Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
Santa Olivia

Max, January 7, 2013

Rollicking good fun. I was sick this week and was so glad to have some light incredibly engrossing reading. The political and cultural world are (for the most part) convincingly realized, and you just can't help but root for the main character. Loup Garron, trapped in an oppressive world, demonstrates resistance and inspires hope. Who doesn't like a good novel about a bad-ass girl fighting back? Buffy anyone?
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The Lost Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts Novels) by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Lost Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts Novels)

Max, January 3, 2013

Chiaverini is a New York Times best-selling author, and the book is a good read in a hard- to- put- down type way. And it certainly does not pull its punches on the racism that inheres in slavery and its effects on the main character. If anything, the book does a great job of illuminating the way that slavery thwarts, perverts, and ultimately almost destroys the possibility of a nuclear family. However, I did still feel like it was still sentimentalized and individualized, as opposed to slotting this individual story within the broader institution of slavery. It also seemed like the Northerners got let off the hook slightly. Certainly a good read and occasionally thought-provoking, but mostly it is gripping because you care about the character and want to know what will happen to her at the end.
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