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The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett - Book Review

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By Mac Barnett, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393449
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 21st, 2019

The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown is that Barnett created a book that that must experienced. It will bring strong emotions to the forefront. It is illogical in its logic. This is not a biography, though it is. It does not take you from point A to point B smoothly. It is one long, unique poem. It talks about how good books are not always for everyone. And that they are not always about things that some people “think books should be about” and especially not books “for children.” Dare I say this book is a book of philosophy? Dare I say that it is a straight forward story about things, people, places, a person, events and so much more, but you will wonder about everything due to the twists, turns and sidebars taken. And Jacoby’s illustrations play with color and form just like Barnett does with the text making the two the perfect combination. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062907721
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Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2019

If you watched the news during June and July 2018 you know much of Titan and his Wild Boar teammates story. Twelve boys and their coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days. However, Hood and Sornhiran’s story is more centered around the feelings and the boys themselves. You also see the divers of the rescue teams, other people behind the scenes and have a more personal relationship with the story. The afterwards give you many of the facts that you would have seen on television and read about but bring them together in one place to tie everything together. Phumiruk’s illustrations bring the story alive. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander - Book Review

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By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

A poetic look at the history of blacks in this country. Covering from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Phillis Wheatley to Billy Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington to Jessie Owens to the Williams sisters and contemporary names such as Tamir Rice. Not to mention the fact he mentions the unknown men who fought and died in/for the Union and those who were brought here as slaves. There is passion and no holds bar telling from Alexander. The afterwards gives more details about the people seen and talked about. There is a lot given in very few words. There is a lot of punch per word for your money. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger by Colin Meloy - Book Review

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By Colin Meloy, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062368256
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 17th, 2018

With this book about Pete Seeger, you get a less traditional styled biography. The facts are there, but done in a poetic fashion. The adult might feel they are reading a Seeger song. Text flows along the page on eh main color of the book: the golden thread. His works, life and the history of the nation are all melded together in a tuneful story. there is a a brief history at the end of the book hitting the highlights. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Diamond and the Boy: The Creation of Diamonds & The Life of H. Tracy Hall by Hannah Holt - Book Review

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By Hannah Holt, Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062659033
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 2nd, 2018

On alternating pages, you see the time and effort that goes into natures creating a diamond and how Hall struggled to finally go to college and then create a process in the 1950s to make man-made diamonds. His granddaughter, Holt, deliberately makes the connection of how hard it is to make a diamond, how hard diamonds are and how hard it was for Hall to make his way in the world. The end has a wonderful brief history of not only Hall’s highlights, but the diamond in history. Fleck’s illustrations are bright, detailed, realistic in an animated way. This book needs to be read twice: once for the text and a second time to capture all the details of the art. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


A World of Cities by James Brown - Book Review

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By James Brown, James Brown (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763698799
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Published: Candlewick Studio - October 16th, 2018

Readers can create the perfect traveler’s bucket list or reminisce about places they’ve been while enjoying fun facts about famous cities around the world. ~ Reviewed by Necole Zemp


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