The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

New Books: 6/16 June 16, 2009

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Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen

(Viking, hardcover, $19.99)

Ages 12+

Sarah Dessen is one of my all-time favorite YA writers. Her newest book totally delivers, and whether you’re a hardcore Dessen fan or a new reader, you’ll love this well-written summer romance.

Sir John Hargrave’s Mischief Maker’s Manual

(Grosset & Dunlap, hardcover, $15.99)

Ages 8-12

This fun little book will help your kids get into all sorts of wonderful trouble!


by Ursula Vernon

(Dial Books, hardcover, $12.99)

Ages 7-10

This is a fun, short book perfect for reluctant readers – a step before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.  Our hero, Danny Dragonbreath, is the only mythical creature in his school of amphibians and reptiles.  Danny is a dragon, but he’s having trouble breathing fire, though his father tells him it will happen “if he applies himself.”  He’s your standard underachieving, head in the clouds fifth grader, who dreams of pirate adventures and samurai frogs.  On a research trip for a paper he’s writing on the Ocean, Danny and his best friend Wendell (an iguana) head out to visit Danny’s cousin Edward, a sea monster.  From there they go on a crazy underwater adventure and live to tell the tale.  Plus, Danny gets an A on his paper!  This book has just the right balance of full text and graphic novel pages to satisfy any concerned parent and excite any kid.


New Books: 6/9 June 9, 2009

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The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes

by Kelly Easton, illustrated by Greg Swearingen

(Wendy Lamb Books, hardcover, $15.99)

Ages 8-12

I haven’t gotten a chance to read this one yet, but Pippi Longstocking-esque title character is too good to resist. Plus, she’s a total book reader! What could be better than that?

Itty Bitty

by Cece Bell

(Candlewick Press, hardcover, $9.99)

Ages 2-4

I love Cece Bell (see Bee-Wigged) and her newest picture book is a cute one. Itty Bitty, a very tiny dog, finds a bone and decides it is the perfect place to make his home. So he digs out the inside of the bone and heads out on a mission to furnish it. Luckly, the very big department store has a special section just for itty-bitty things. This is a fun picture book for all kids, but it’s also good for kids who may be moving into a new home.

Love, Aubrey

by Suzanne LaFleur

(Wendy Lamb Books, hardcover, $15.99)

Ages 10+

Another book on my TBR list! My friend Kenny from DDG Booksellers in Farmington, Maine liked this one.

It’s a Secret!

by John Burningham

(Candlewick, hardcover, $16.99)

Ages 3-5

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of cats. This book is great – it concerns a sharply dressed cat who takes a boy and girl with him on a nocturnal adventure! They sneak out of the house, past the dogs, and go to a big cat party (even the Queen of Cats is there!). How great is that?


Suzanna on the radio! April 21, 2009

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Today I was on The Roundtable on WAMC. CLICK HERE to listen to me talk about books!

Here are the kids’ books I talked about:

A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino
Sergio Saves the Game! by Edel Rodriguez
The Enemy: A Book About Peace by Davide Cali & Serge Bloch
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


Indiebound on your iPhone April 20, 2009

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Today Indiebound launched their new iPhone app! Using this free app, you can read book recommendations from indie booksellers around the country, view indie bestseller lists, title search, and find your local independent bookstores in a snap! I downloaded it today and I love it. If you look at the kids picks, you can see my blurb for If I Stay!

Check it out (it’s free!)


Mo Willems’ Dining Room April 12, 2009

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Happy Easter everyone! I just came across this great post on Mo Willems’ blog. Not only is he the author of some of my favorite books, he is also super cool. So cool, in fact, that he painted the walls of his dining room with chalkboard paint and lets his kids draw on them!!  I might just have to get some of this paint and find a use for it.

And because I also adore Martha Stewart (guilty pleasures!), here are her tips on how to use chalkboard paint to your advantage.