Book Review: Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams

9781423635284_p0_v1_s260x420“Edgar, finish your vegetables!”

“Nevermore!” quoth the tiniest little raven you’ll ever see.  The literature-themed board book series BabyLit gets an even more adorable addition with this Edgar Allen Poe-inspired picture book.  Edgar struggles through dinner, clean-up time, bath time, and bedtime stories, until his mama finally assures him that no matter what, she will love him “evermore”.  Will you ever find a cuter introduction to important American literature? I think you know the answer to that…

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams; Gibbs Smith Publishers; 16.99; 3-6 years old.

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What the Kids Are Reading!

Every Sunday our tireless and dedicated booksellers calculate our store bestsellers and put them in the coveted bookcase by our cash register. If you ever want to know what’s popular with young readers at any given time, this is the place to check! Here’s a peek at what’s trending this week.

Rapunzel (Les Petits Fairytalesby Trixie Belle & Melissa Caruso-Scott, illus. by Oliver Lake; Henry Holt (Macmillan); 7.99; Ages 0-2

This installment in a ridiculously cute series condenses popular fairy tales into their most basic form. Each title offers colorful spreads highlighted by one or two words that pick out concepts from the story (“baby,” “hair,” “tower,” etc.). Perfect for fans of BabyLit and Cozy Classics!

Press Here by Herve TulletChronicle; 15.99; Ages 3-6

One of our favorite interactive reads! Readers are prompted by the text to manipulate the colored dots on the page, creating patterns and images. A joyous exploration of art and creation!

Fly Guy and the Frankenfly by Tedd Arnold; Cartwheel (Scholastic); 6.99; Ages 6-8

Buzz dreams that his pet Fly Guy constructs a horrifying monster! FRANKENFLY! Thankfully, all works out in the end for these unlikely pals. We love the Fly Guy series for emerging readers who like a good laugh!

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff; Philomel (Penguin); 16.99; Ages 8-10

Cady has an enormous Talent for baking—but she has no idea that it will pull her into a twisted web of mystery! Told from multiple perspectives, this magical tale is good, clean fun for readers who like their books with a side of cake.

The Books of Elsewhere #4: The Strangers by Jacqueline West; Dial; 16.99; Ages 10-12

This latest installment of the tremendously entrancing Books of Elsewhere series finds Olive and company struggling with a difficult decision. Where do they put their trust? With mysterious magic? With her bizarre neighbors? And what about the titular strangers?

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau; HMH Books; 17.99; Ages 12 and up

In the not-too-distant future, admission to university is reserved only for those who survive The Testing, a rigorous competition of will and strength. Into the fray enters Cia Vale, warned by her father to trust no one. Tailor-made for fans of The Hunger Games trilogy!