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The Great American Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl was a time in American history when conditions on the plains got so bad that some people thought it was the apocalypse. Over-farming, deforestation, and drought created dust storms of magnificent proportions that took over the Great…

Over the Wall

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A young girl leaves a note for her sleeping parents: “Mom and Dad, I know I have a brother, even if I can’t remember his name.” Thus begins Anya’s adventure over the wall, into an empty city ruled by demons…

Beginning Pearls

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In his successful attempt to reach out to a younger reading audience, Stephan Pastis has gathered age-appropriate examples from his successful syndicated comic strip, Pearls Before Swine. The collection is populated with the resident and familiar main characters, each launching…

Monster on the Hill

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Prepare yourself for a time travel journey back to a time that never was: the 1867 English countryside and the resident beasts that terrorize (loosely) the communities, bringing excitement and, of course, tourism dollars in return. Well, almost every community.…

The Big Wet Balloon

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Matilda can’t wait for her sister Clementine to wake up. Even though Clementine is so young she sleeps in a crib and only talks a little, Matilda has plans for them, big Saturday plans. That’s because everything is better on…

Snarked! Vol. 1-3

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And so it was Roger Langridge thought he would tell a tale. He’d draw some pretty pictures and then put it up for sale. He’d write some funny characters and put them all in peril. And he would base this…

The Little Prince: the graphic novel

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The iconic Little Prince and his author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, are brought vividly to life through the illustrations in this faithful textual adaptation by Joann Sfar and through the eloquent translation from the French by Sarah Ardizzone. Sfar’s adaption does…

Ozma of Oz

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There are some titles that I don’t want to review. I just want to tell you to go buy them, read them, and come back here so we can celebrate them together. Ozma of Oz is definitely one of those…

The Secret of the Stone Frog

One night Alan and Leah wake up to discover their beds have been transported to the deep forest. While Leah, the older sibling, is skeptical that what they are experiencing is real, Alan, the younger sibling, is entranced. They immediately…