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Stardines and plandas and slobsters, oh my!

Book reviews: Stardines, Dirt on My Shirt, The Baby Book

Art, shadows and soulful apes

Children's book topics include a lively little girl's museum visit, cutouts designed to produce intriguing shadows and a sumptuous counting book based on apes.

A heart-felt look at Horace Pippin

A new kids' book chronicles the life and art of renowned local, self-taught African-American painter Horace Pippin.

Fingerprint and duct tape art

Kids can make faces, animals, plants -- you name it -- from fingerprints. Older kids can make wallets clothes and jewelry from duct tape!

Pop-ups, fold outs & illusions

Pop-ups, fold outs and brain-benders books make great gifts for kids. A pop-up Star Wars leads the recommendations.

Sympathy for a cockroach

Kids' books centered on two unusual protagonists — a cockroach and a glacier — win thumbs up from reviewer Frank Lipsius.

Two classics, reimagined

The Odyssey is told in a human, modern way while a graphic novel presentation puts faces to A Wrinkle in Time's names and settings to its locations.

Wegman, cool facts and Gaileo

Weimeraner photographer William Wegman discusses how to depict nature. Often garish illustrations spice up a fact book. And a biography chronicles the "father of modern science."
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