Tag: early chapter books

The Shelf Care Interview: Tracey Hecht

The Shelf Care Interview: Tracey Hecht

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Fabled Films Press. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to Tracey Hecht, author of The Nocturnals book series, which began as a middle-grade series with The Mysterious […]

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THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Mythical Jersey Devil

THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Mythical Jersey Devil

Lynn: Adam Gidwitz’s The Creature of the Pines (2018) introduces Elliot Eisner on his first day at a new school, which has started badly. It’s already three weeks into the school year—surely far too late to make friends. Even worse, the class is on a field trip to Pine Barrens with the terrifying Professor Fauna, whose […]

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

Lynn: Well, Brian Selznick has done it again: reinvented a format, that is. This time, it’s a whole new incarnation of an early chapter book, and what a delight it is! Selznick and David Serlin’s enchanting Baby Monkey, Private Eye (2018) has 192 pages—long for the format, but in these innovative hands, it works so […]