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Author: Jack Barger (Jack Barger)

The Word Pirates

The Word Pirates

THE WORD PIRATES. Written by Susan Cooper and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Holiday House. $18.99. Susan Cooper is a Newbery Medalist and author of The Dark is Rising series. She is also a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement from the Young Adult Services Library Association. In this funny pirate spoof,...

November 25, 2019November 25, 2019
A Promise Made is a Promise Kept: Mercers Take Up Dream

A Promise Made is a Promise Kept: Mercers Take Up Dream

Human beings are lucky if they have a single passion giving them joy on a regular basis. When a person is blessed with multiple passions, however, particularly those types of passions that can and do help others who are searching, whether it be for basic human needs–food, clothing, shelter, love–or other things that serve to...

November 5, 2019November 5, 2019
ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Harper. $17.99. Ruth Krauss was the beloved author of many children’s classics, including The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Roar Like a Dandelion was not previously published. It is an...

October 30, 2019October 30, 2019
The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

THE SCARECROW. Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by the Fan Brothers. Harper. $18.99. “Autumn sunshine. Haystacks rolled. Scarecrow guards the fields of gold.” Ferry uses terse verse to tell this story of a lonely scarecrow who has done his job a little too well. Through the seasons, the animals stay away from him in...

September 26, 2019September 26, 2019
The Farmer

The Farmer

THE FARMER. Written and illustrated by Ximo Abadia. Holiday House. $17.99. Ximo Abadia is a Spanish author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. This simple book features a joyous farmer as he goes about his chores to bring forth a new crop. Dressed in a black top hat, a blue and white...

August 22, 2019August 22, 2019
Music for Mister Moon

Music for Mister Moon

MUSIC FOR MISTER MOON. Written by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Neal Porter Books. $18.99. Harriet Henry loves to play her cello, but not for audiences. Just the thought makes her hot and sweaty. Instead, she imagines her room into a cozy house with a table, chair, fireplace, and her teacup—a perfect...

July 29, 2019July 29, 2019