The Classroom Bookshelf
March 21, 2019 by Esther Keller
'Positively Izzy' follows up 'Invisible Emmie' with a story that is less about the mores of middle school than about the awkward relationships between parents and children at that age.
August 8, 2018 by Esther Keller
I was checking out the Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel list and saw this title which I hadn’t heard of. I found the title on Brooklyn Public Library’s website and saw that there was both a print and audio version and I put a hold on both. Every so often I see an audio […]
July 31, 2014 by Esther Keller
If you feel like bookstores and library shelves in the children section are overflowing with illustrated diary novels, you won’t be wrong. But kids are loving the format, and as I always say, “Whatever floats your boat.” If that’s what they want to read and it gets someone reading for 20 minutes each day, then […]
July 29, 2014 by Esther Keller
Dork Diaries was by far the most requested series in my library this year, maybe only second to The Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The diary format, the illustrated novel, and the humor make this series a surefire hit. Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star By Rachel Renee Russell […]
July 23, 2014 by Esther Keller
Star Trek. Star Wars. To tell you the truth, I’m a mess when it comes to some pop culture phenomena. Leonard Nimoy. Princess Lea. Darth Vader. It’s all a huge jumble in my mind. (Sometimes, I even throw War Games into the jumble!) So why on earth am I reviewing a Star Wars book? Because […]
September 30, 2013 by Esther Keller
AMP Comics for Kids adds another Hybrid novel to the ever growing list of comics and prose mishmash titles. On sale in just two weeks, this will be a popular pick for students waiting for the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid or simply looking for a Diary read-alike. Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic Mark […]
April 1, 2013 by Esther Keller
The Dork Diaries has been steadily circulating in my middle school library for some time now, but for the last 5 months, this series has been the most requested and on the top 10 list of items circulated since September. The series reads like Diary of a Wimpy Kid but actually skews to a younger […]
September 13, 2011 by Esther Keller
Fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabaret have long waited to see what author/illustrator Brian Selznick would do next with his ground breaking format. Could he meet or exceed reader’s expectations? Finally, his latest release has been released and will it receive the same accolades as before
August 4, 2011 by Esther Keller
Reluctant and avid readers alike will devour the latest installment of the Dork Diaries. Filled with angst, humor, and terrific cartoon drawings, this latest installment does not disappoint.
October 26, 2010 by Esther Keller
When I purchased Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life for my library collection September 2009, I never imagined it would become so popular. The book had an interesting premise. It had a catchy pink cover and it seemed like it would fill a niche.
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