REVIEW OF THE DAY
Jazz

Today is Poetry Friday across the kidlitosphere, and what better way to jazz up the day than with a collection on that very subject? Kelly R. Fineman celebrates this uniquely American music in her blog, and her review is short and sweet: I read much of Walter Dean Myers’s book, Jazz, while I was in the bookstore, and I simply …

REVIEW OF THE DAY
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

Like many of our panelists and judges, Elaine Magliaro is a relative newcomer to blogging, having joined The Blue Rose Girls a few weeks ago. Just in time to help us out at Cybils! Elaine’s been known to write a verse or two of her own, so she’s a natural for reviewing poetry: In Butterfly Eyes, Joyce Sidman displays her …

REVIEW OF THE DAY
Blackbeard, The Pirate King

Our entree today is Chicken Spaghetti, with a special order of poetry dished out by Susan: J. Patrick Lewis’s Blackbeard, the Pirate King wins the award for longest subtitle: "Several Yarns Detailing the Legends, Myths, and Real-Life Adventures of History’s Most Notorious Seaman." A pirate fan’s delight, needless to say. My second-grader and I loved the swashbuckling art. Read the …