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New Review: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

You know what I love doing? Audio reviews for the Brain Burps podcast. I have so much fun writing and reading them. I didn’t do any allllll summer long, because it turned out it was hard to write with everyone home this summer, and also I couldn’t ever figure out how to record a review [...]

New Review: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUNNY!

Back in March, I was lucky enough to win one of agent Steven Malk’s trivia contests on Twitter, and he sent me a huge pile of amazing, amazing books. My favorite from this pile changes daily, but Ramona immediately glued herself to Happy Birthday Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. This [...]

New review: Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist

First of all, I love grumpy picture book characters. Right off I am likely to love  your book if your main character is annoyed, grumpy, naughty, or a little mean. But this goat, with his indiscriminate kicking, harumphing and antisocial behavior really worked his way into my heart. Love him. And love this story, and [...]

New reviews: Monster’s Monster and Pirateria

Last week, I reviewed The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell on Brain Burps About Books. I really love the use of color in this book: In the beginning of the book, when the three little monsters are trying to be bad, the colors are all grey and dark and gloomy. And then, when they build [...]

New review on Brain Burps: Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs

Today on Brain Burps I review Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs. This is one of those books that I grabbed without reading it first, because Ramona insists that a certain percentage of our library haul is made up of dog books. We were all completely charmed by this story, and every photo is [...]

New Review: Nighttime Ninja

This book! It’s like a thriller! For kids! Perfect, perfect tension (and a lot of it). Zuzu’s eyes get impossibly large every time we read this. There should be more picture books that are this frightening, with such satisfying conclusions, I tell you! Lots more! I review it today on Brain Burps. Also today on [...]

New Review on Brain Burps: Dear Flyary

You know how sometimes you just kind of randomly grab books at the library, and don’t really screen them until you get home? Sometimes I do that and get weirdos that I quietly hide back in the library bag. And sometimes I get books like Dear Flyary, which are so cute and silly and surprising [...]

New review: Cecil the Pet Glacier

Do you really need me to sell you on a book called Cecil the Pet Glacier? Plus, look at that cover — Giselle Potter’s illustrations are lush and rich, somehow simple and complex all at once. I originally picked this book up because Giselle Potter is the illustrator; her The Year I Didn’t Go to [...]

Review on Brain Burps: And Then It’s Spring

Oh boy, this is a good book. Which you’ll figure out after hearing my near-rapturous review. This book manages to pull together sweet-sad poetry and humor in just a few words, and the words are perfectly matched with Erin Stead’s illustrations. What I didn’t mention in my review is that the first few times we [...]

New review: A Strange Place to Call Home

New review today! Check out the Brain Burps About Books podcast to hear all about how the first time I read A Strange Place to Call Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young, I had no idea what to do with it. And then how I looked at how much Henry was loving it, just [...]

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