Middle Grade Librarians need to know that Papercutz Slices has an entire line of graphic novels that are parodies of popular fiction titles. Harry Potter and the Deathly Boring and Percy Jerkson and the Ovolactovegetarians (*snerk*) are just two of their offerings.
Think Mad Magazine retellings, right down to the illustration style. Now, I have subscribed to Mad Magazine for Surly Teen Boy for years, but it's not necessarily something that I would have in the library. That said, when I finally opened the E ARC of this at lunch, several students started to peer over my shoulder, and we all had quite the good, but rather inappropriate, laugh over this great literary work.
Highly recommended for tweens and teens to give to each other for birthdays; fine for public libraries; don't think I'll be buying them for school!
The Kooky 3D Kids' Baking Book. Hardie Grant Books, 2012.
This book comes under the "no, really, I was doing real work when I found it!" label. There is a need for cookbooks in my library, and baking is certainly the most popular cooking for students, but I am not sure this book is the one I need. It would make a fun gift, but it is spiral bound and comes with 3D glasses. I may have been the first person to check it out of the library, so it still HAD the glasses. The recipes are okay, but the book is Australian. There are not only odd ingredients with dubious translations (is caster sugar really powdered sugar? In parentheses, "superfine sugar" is listed), but the sorts of things made seem a tiny bit off. Cream horns? Pineapple and ham rolls? And only one sort of cookie? I understand the in the United States we make more cookies at home than they do in many other countries, but this seems a strange lack.
The pictures really are 3D, though, so there is that wow factor!
Man, now I want to go and read A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. I bought a copy in 2005 at Harrod's in London. *Sigh* I do love wholemeal digestive biscuits, but not enough to pay $5 for a sleeve of them at Meijers. Marias are just not the same.
Because this blog is aimed at librarians and patrons of school libraries, I will not review books that are published solely in e-book formats or that are self published. Books should be available in hardcover or library binding through library suppliers such as Baker and Taylor or Follett. Books should fall within the target demographics of this blog.