The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

PODCAST: Nerds December 8, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:53 pm

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by Michael Buckley

(Abrams, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 8-12

Michael Buckley, author of The Sisters Grimm series, is a favorite at our store. This fall, Michael debuts a brand new series: Nerds. Nerds introduces us to an elite team of 5th grade spies. Together, they make up the National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society, and the government calls on their service frequently, but they meet a new challenge in Dr. Jigsaw, an evil mastermind trying to take over the world.
Michael Buckley will be signing copies of his books at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck on Saturday, January 9th from noon to 2. Visit for more information.

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PODCAST: The Lion & the Mouse

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:50 pm

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The Lion & the Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney

(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 3-6

This exceptional book is The Lion and the Mouse, a wordless re-telling of the classic fable. Illustrator Jerry Pinkney does an exceptional job telling the story visually. Set in the African Serengeti, Pinkney’s illustrations show us a lion that mercifully frees it’s prey, the mouse. Later, when the lion is caught in poacher’s trap, the mouse remembers her debt and chews the ropes to set the lion free.

This book is making lots of best-of lists and was selected as one of the New York Times’ 10 best illustrated books of the year.

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Creature ABC

by Andrew Zuckerman

(Chronicle Books, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-5

Andrew Zuckerman’s Creature ABC is quite possibly the most beautiful and visually stunning alphabet book I’ve ever seen.  Over the course of 120 pages, each letter is accompanied by photographs of animals, exquisite, crisp photos that feature the animals against a stark white background.

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PODCAST: The Mitten

Filed under: Holiday Books,New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:42 pm

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The Mitten

by Jim Aylesworth

(Scholastic Press, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-5

For this gift-giving season, beloved author Jim Aylesworth brings us a re-telling of The Mitten, a favorite holiday picture book. With illustrations by Barbara McClintock, Aylesworth’s reimagines the story of a group of animals squeezing inside one tiny lost mitten to stay warm.

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