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Cover: Ticktock Banneker's Clock

School Library Journal - Ticktock Banneker's Clock

This cheerfully illustrated volume centers on Benjamin Banneker’s invention of a striking clock. The story begins just as Banneker (1731–1806) has finished his farm chores for the day. He decides to take a moment to study a pocket watch lent to him by a friend. Inspired by the tiny… View »

Cover: The Wild World of Buck Bray: The Missing Grizzly Cubs

School Library Journal - The Wild World of Buck Bray: The Missing Grizzly Cubs

Buck Bray and his father are headed off to Denali National Park in Alaska to film the first episode in a new reality show about a kid exploring the wilderness. While surveying the park, Buck and Toni, the cameraman’s daughter, discover that animals are going missing. What follows is an… View »

Cover: Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts

Kirkus Reviews - Schnitzel

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" gets a new treatment as Schnitzel, apprentice to the renowned wizard Sir Willabald, is loath to tackle the housekeeping. The weedy, white youth, a self-described “lazy lout,” especially dislikes vacuuming, as he must use a temperamental, purple-tentacled beast of… View »

Cover: Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts

School Library Journal - Schnitzel

In this clever retelling of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” lazy Schnitzel, in an effort to avoid the household chores assigned to him by the wizard Willibald, accepts the offer of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman for a free demonstration. However, the Thing not only gobbles up cobwebs… View »

Cover: Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

Booklist - Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

When Antigone “Tig” Ripley’s frenemy Will makes the ridiculous pronouncement that girls are too snarky and jealous to be in a band together (“Girl bands are gimmicks. They don’t work.”), she considers the gauntlet thrown down. With the help of her grandfather—a former 1960s rocker—Tig takes… View »

Cover: Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow

Kirkus Reviews - Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow

In Palermo’s picture-book debut, various animals against snowy backdrops tell readers whom else they know and how those animals go about surviving the winter. “Winter, winter, cold and snow; / Chickadee Chickadee, who do you know? / I know bear asleep in her den, / she might wake up when… ”/editorial_reviews/274">View »

Cover: Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts

Booklist - Schnitzel

Shaw warns readers of the perils of laziness in this retelling of Goethe’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” while Barry sets the eerie, gothic mood with his Gorey-esque, watercolor-and-ink illustrations, sparingly scattering color over gray-washed scenes. The tale begins in a dusty stone… View »

Cover: Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden

School Library Journal - Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden

It is spring, so Digger the dog and his big sister Daisy decide to plant a garden. Daisy plants lots of different seeds that will be good to eat, but Digger plants a surprise. Daisy’s seeds begin to sprout, but nothing appears to be growing in Digger’s spot. When the garden is ready with… View »

Cover: Norbert's Big Dream

Kirkus Reviews - Norbert's Big Dream

The expression “when pigs fly” is given a new twist as Norbert the pig dreams of swimming—not in just any pond, lake, or ocean, but the English Channel.Norbert trains day after day and dreams night after night until he feels ready. Despite the snickering, snorting, and squealing of the… View »

Cover: Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

School Library Journal - Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel

Gr 4–6—This novel chronicles Tig Ripley’s quest to start an all-girl rock band named Pandora’s Box. The 13-year-old protagonist does not play an instrument, and she’s been brought up with Southern good manners. In spite of these obstacles, Tig wants to be the band’s drummer and leader. The… View »