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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Nerds

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 oblongbooks.com for more information.

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PODCAST: Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book November 8, 2009

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book

edited by Anita Silvey

(Roaring Brook Press, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 10+

Books are magical things, and most people can name a handful of books from their childhood – books that helped them learn to read or showed them how powerful stories can be. Anita Silvey, former editor of the Horn Book Magazine, has compiled a book full of such stories. Each page spread contains a short essay by a famous person about his or her favorite children’s book, as well as an excerpt and a history of that book. The volume features such important people as Gregory Maguire, Jay Leno, Kathy Bates, Russell Freedman, Dave Eggers, Lois Lowry, and many more.

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PODCAST: Odd and the Frost Giants October 7, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 9:51 pm

Odd and the Frost Giants

by Neil Gaiman

(HarperCollins, hardcover, $14.99)

Recommended for ages 6-10

This short fable is the perfect introduction to Neil Gaiman for younger readers. Odd may be a cripple, but his bravery and smarts help save his village.

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PODCAST: Graphic Novels September 4, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 7:11 pm

The Storm in the Barn

by Matt Phelan

(Candlewick Press, hardcover, $24.99)

Recommended for ages 10+

A fantastic work of historical fiction, this graphic novel takes place during the dust bowl.

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The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook
by Eleanor Davis

(Bloomsbury, paperback, $10.99)

Recommended for ages 8+

This book is hilarious! A must read for your favorite nerds.

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PODCAST: When You Reach Me August 1, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 2:16 pm

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

(Wendy Lamb Books, hardcover, $15.99)

Recommended for ages 10+

I wrote a long blog post about this wonderful book here, but let me just say that it’s the best middle grade novel I’ve read all year.

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PODCAST: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: My Rotten Life

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Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie: My Rotten Life

by David Lubar

(Starscape Books, paperback, $5.99)

Recommended for ages 9+

This book is a hilarious romp for fans of Science Fair and Carl Hiaasen. Nathan Abercrombie gets a mysterious potion spilled on him that starts to turn him into a zombie! Can he and his friends get the antidote in time?

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Title Revealed! July 24, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books — kidsbookcorner @ 6:42 pm

Amulet has announced the title of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book: Dog Days! It will feature Greg Heffley out of school on summer vacation. It releases on October 12th. I can’t wait! Read more about the new book here, and don’t forget to pre-order it from your local indie!