Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday NY Times 12/13/09

New York Times Children's Book Review for 12/13/2009

It's that time again for the New York Times Bestsellers Children's book lists in the Sunday New York Times! Here is the link:

Here is the list of children's Picture Books for 12/13/2009

This Week

Weeks on List
SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) Fancy Nancy, knee-deep in tinsel. (Ages 4 to 8)
THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, adapted by Chris Schoebinger from the story by Glenn Beck. Illustrated by Brandon Dorman. (Aladdin/Mercury Radio Arts, $17.99.) Seeking the meaning of Christmas. (Ages 4 to 7)
LEGO STAR WARS, by Simon Beecroft. (DK, $21.99.) An annotated visual dictionary. (Ages 7 and up)
SKIPPYJON JONES, LOST IN SPICE, by Judy Schachner. (Dutton, $16.99.) The peppery red planet captures a cat’s fancy. (Ages 4 to 8)
NUBS, by Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99.) A wild dog in Iraq makes a friend for life. (Ages 4 to 8)
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, by Clement C. Moore. Various illustrators. (Various publishers) Not a creature was stirring; various editions. (All ages)
WADDLE!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals in motion, with color. (Ages 4 to 8)
LISTEN TO THE WIND: THE STORY OF DR. GREG AND "THREE CUPS OF TEA", by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. (Dial, $16.99.) A school grows in Pakistan. (Ages 4 to 8)
THE LION AND THE MOUSE, by Jerry Pinkney. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) A fable of reciprocal kindness, redrawn. (Ages 4 to 8)
JULIE ANDREWS’S COLLECTION OF POEMS, SONGS, AND LULLABIES, by Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Andrews. Illustrated by James McMullan. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) All of the above. (Ages 4 to 8)


Here is the list of the Chapter Book best sellers for 12/13/2009:

This Week
Weeks on List
1THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 and up)65
2CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) The protagonist of "The Hunger Games" returns. (Ages 12 and up)14
3BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) A secret wrapped in a Southern Gothic novel. (Ages 12 and up)1
4THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT, by Kate DiCamillo and Yoko Tanaka. (Candlewick, $16.99.) An orphan in search of his sister follows a fortuneteller’s mysterious instructions. (Ages 7 and up)13
5MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, by Mike Lupica. (Philomel/Penguin Young Readers, $17.99.) In tough times, an opportunity arises for a quarterback. (Ages 9 to 12)5
6SHIVER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) Love among the lupine. (Ages 12 and up)19
7THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave McKean. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) To avoid a killer a boy takes up residence in a cemetery. Excerpt (Ages 10 and up)60
8LEVIATHAN, by Scott Westerfeld. Illustrated by Keith Thompson. (Simon Pulse, $19.99.) A round-the-world airship trip before the eruption of World War I. (Ages 12 and up)5
9TRICKS, by Ellen Hopkins. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $18.99.) A novel in verse about five teenagers who become prostitutes. (Ages 14 and up)14
10THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN SPORTS, by Len Berman. (Jabberwocky/Sourcebooks, $16.99.) Highs and and a few lows, spanning the globe; with CD. (Ages 9 to 12)3


Here is the list of Paperback children's best sellers for 12/13/2009:

This Week
Weeks on List
1THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi burning. Excerpt (Ages 14 and up)117
2THREE CUPS OF TEA: YOUNG READERS EDITION, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin, $8.99.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12)46
3THIRST NO. 1, by Christopher Pike. (Simon Pulse, $9.99.) A reissue of "The Last Vampire" (1994), "Black Blood" (1994) and "Red Dice" (1995). (Ages 14 and up)18
4DARK VISIONS, by L. J. Smith. (Simon & Schuster, $9.99.) A school for psychic teens. (Ages 14 and up)13
5THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG: JUNIOR NOVELIZATION, by Irene Trimble. (Random House/Disney, $4.99.) A movie tie-in about love amphibian style. (Ages 9 to 12)2
6GRACELING, by Kristin Cashore. (Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99.) A girl with special talents is also valued for her warrior attributes. (Ages 14 and up)10
7THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. (Little, Brown, $8.99.) A young boy leaves his reservation for an all-white school. (Ages 12 and up)36
8BETRAYALS, by Lili St. Crow. (Razorbill, $9.99.) The only girl in this special school is not quite human, and she has a lycanthropic best friend. (Ages 12 and up)3
9THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. (Candlewick, $7.99.) A mouse, a rat and a girl on a magic trip. (Ages 10 and up)63
10SLAM, by Nick Hornby. (Riverhead, $14.) A skateboarder gets his high school girlfriend pregnant, and asks: What would Tony Hawk do? (Ages 12 and up)25

 Here is the list of Children's Series books for 12/13/2009:

This Week
Weeks on List
1THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown, hardcover and paper) Vampires and werewolves in school. (Ages 12 and up)122
2DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Abrams, hardcover only) The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12)47
3PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, hardcover and paper) Battling mythological monsters. (Ages 9 to 12)126
4HOUSE OF NIGHT, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. (St. Martin’s, hardcover and paper) Vampires in school. (Ages 14 and up)67
5THE 39 CLUES, by various authors. (Scholastic, hardcover only) A brother and sister travel the world in search of the key to their family’s power. (Ages 9 to 12)30
6WARRIORS, by Erin Hunter. (HarperCollins, hardcover and paper) Four clans of cat warriors aspire to meet up with the StarClan. (Ages 10 to 14)79
7THE ALEX RIDER ADVENTURES, by Anthony Horowitz. (Philomel/Speak, hardcover and paper) A young spy follows in his father’s stealthy footsteps. (Ages 10 and up)57
8VAMPIRE DIARIES, by L. J. Smith. (HarperTeen, hardcover and paper) Vampires in school, with a love triangle. (Ages 12 and up)32
9THE IMMORTALS, by Alyson Noël. (St. Martin’s/Griffin, hardcover and paper) Love and angst of the supernatural variety. (Ages 14 and up)3
10THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, by Trenton Lee Stewart. (Little, Brown, hardcover and paper) Gifted kids undertake a mission. (Ages 9 to 12)

Most of the children's book best sellers have been on the lists for several weeks from 1 to 126 weeks. I will be going to the Scholastic Warehouse sale tomorrow and purchasing $200 worth of children's books. I am hoping to buy many that are on this list for my St. Benedict the Moor library. I will write and give you an update on my findings... and purchases!

Until the next time!

A children's book today, keeps the scary monster away!


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