What You Want To Read is a book review site by the Children’s Services Department of the Park Ridge Public Library in Park Ridge, IL.  We’re excited about these books, and we want you to be, too!

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    Jenny said,

    Hi, –

    A children’s book with a new kind of hero – an eleven-year-old who is Manhattan’s top therapist – will hit bookshelves in MAY 2008.

    Since I’m sure you receive many books for review, I wanted to check in to see if you would like to receive a galley in mid-January or a final book in early April.

    Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink by Melissa A. Calderone is the first book in a six-part mystery-action series that will bring a fresh, fun, and fantasy-free perspective to a market saturated with wizards, fairies, and Harry Potter knock-offs.

    Each of Anna’s friends boasts a successful career of their own- including a chef, an artist, and a reporter. Banding together as The Professionals, they use their expertise to solve the mystery of Mr. Who, the most horrendous criminal mastermind the world has ever known.

    Featuring cover art and in-your-face illustrations by comic book superstars Greg Horn (Elektra, She-Hulk) and Glenn Fabry (Daredevil, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere), Anna Smudge brings a new visual experience to the world of children’s books. Check out some of the cover art at: http://www.WhoisMrWho.com/sneak.htm.

    Again, please let me know if you’d like an advance review copy of Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink and the book’s press materials. I look forward to hearing from you.


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    Christine said,


    I am Christine Petrozzo, the publicist for JenPrint Publications. I noticed your blog online and was wondering if you might like for me or someone from my team to send you a review copy of the picture book titled “Chippers Kids: Counting in the Crazy Garden” by author Margarette Burnette. Please read the paragraph below to acquaint yourself with the picture book’s theme and its mission. I have also included a brief paragraph about the author.

    Arnold Chipper loves to make “food” from his garden, but he can’t get his little brother Albert and friend Maria to eat any of his messy meals! Will they try one of his crazy creations? Or will they convince Arnold to use his garden in a different way? This fun story counts Arnold’s creations, from one to ten, as it also helps readers learn about healthy foods and gardening.

    If you would like a copy please notify me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time and please visit chipperkids.com for an in depth look at the children’s book.

    Christine Petrozzo

    Margarette Burnette
    It all started when she wrote a story about camels that won her a prize in a local writing contest. An admirer suggested that Margarette Burnette should be a writer. But the timing wasn’t right, as she was in the first grade and had other priorities.
    Fast forward a few years: she made it through school (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). She got married. She had kids. And she started writing. Margarette’s work has appeared in Parenting, Pregnancy, and Essence magazines.
    Her Chipper Kids book, Counting in the Crazy Garden, will be in stores March 25, 2008. Be sure to call your favorite bookstore or library to pre-order a copy.
    Margarette enjoys visiting schools. Her presentations involve the themes of “counting to ten”, “healthy food”, and “gardening”. If you’d like her to come to your school, please contact Lauren Bradford at JenPrint Publications.
    She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Chuckie and two boys, ages four and five. To read the latest news about her projects, visit the Chipper Kids blog.

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    Jami said,

    I’d just like your readers to know that I am offring a 15% back to school special on my Barefoot Books website.
    Barefoot Books has been the recipient of many awards such as the Oppenheim Award
    Mother Goose
    NAPPA Gold Award
    NAPRA Nautilis Award
    and Many more.

    We have great library builder programs and fundraising opportunities as well. I’d Love if you would review a few of our new titles , like “Motherbridge of Love” and “The Great Race”, they would be a wonderful addition to any public or private library.

    More than a Career , A Passion !

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    Rebecca said,


    I am writing on behalf of G. P. Putnam’s Sons because we occasionally send out advance copies of books we are particularly excited about and we would love to have your contact information.

    If possible, please reply via email.

    Thank you so much,

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    Bonnie Lenz said,

    Would you be interested in reviewing one or both of our prehistoric series consisting of Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure and Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country? The first of these has received a couple of awards, and they just got the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Young Adult Series. They are really exciting, meaningful, good reads.

    The stories are150 pages each. The website has a lot of info about them and the author, Allan R. Shickman, including a sample chapter from the first book.


    Please let me know if you are interested, and if I should send you copies.

    Many thanks.

    Bonnie M. Lenz
    Editor, Earthshaker Books

    ZAN-GAH: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE. For young adults ages 11 and up. An exciting, enriching, and deeply moving story of a youth who struggles with the difficulties of his primitive world and achieves manhood and leadership. *The Midwest Book Review “Children’s Bookwatch”: “Highly recommended for young adult library collections.” *St. Louis Jewish Light wrote: “[Zan-Gah] is told with such verve, energy and style that it will appeal to readers of all ages and sensibilities. Shickman’s lively imagination is obvious on every page. The power of Shickman’s words becomes apparent in the very first chapter. Heart-pounding prose.” *”I could read it over and over.”––says Sam L., age 13. Distrib. by Bookmasters, Inc.. (Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Follett). ISBN 9780979035708

    ZAN-GAH AND THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY: The prehistoric saga continues as Zan-Gah and his disturbed twin brother, Dael, come into conflict. When their clan migrates to a new Beautiful Country, Dael’s furious violence, joined with the magnetic power of his personality, precipitates division and an unwanted, preventable war. Zan’s task is to restrain his brother’s destructive and self-destructive tendencies, leading him to peace and recovery in the bountiful new land. But it is not to be, despite Zan’s efforts and those of two strong female characters. Themes of war and peace, tribal conflict, traumatic stress, gender roles, sibling rivalry, bereavement, redemption. Distrib. by Bookmasters, Inc. (Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Follett). ISBN 978-097903571-5

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    erica said,

    pleez help i have a question

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    Joanne said,

    Just read your review of Book 6 in The Milo & Jazz Mysteries. What a wonderful way to start the New Year! I represent Kane Press, the series’ publisher. We’re working on Book 10 right now. We would love to hear from those of you who have read the earlier titles. As a small publisher, your comments mean a great deal to us. I’ll pass along your review to our author, Lewis B. Montgomery. I’m sure Lewis will want to alert Dash Marlowe!

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