Magazine article School Librarian

Armadillo

Magazine article School Librarian

Armadillo

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http://www.armadillomagazine.com/

The curiously named and quirky Armadillo magazine is 'your online source for children's book reviews, news and interviews'.

Armadillo began life in print 10 years ago as an 'independent review publication which exists to promote children's books through reviews and articles' under the direction of the mother and daughter author team, Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter, who moved it online in 2004. It was relaunched earlier this year under a new, less opinionated but equally independent and innovative editorial team; is published online four times a year and kept up to date between times with a wide-ranging and chatty blog. But with seemingly millions of book blogs and whizzbangy review sites out there on the web, why choose Armadillo?

Firstly, the reviews on Armadillo are 'written by some of the leading lights of the children's book world' including Celia Rees, Linda Newbery and a myriad of other professional writers and illustrators. This lends the reviews an authority and insight sometimes missing from comments by critics. Each review clicks through to Amazon UK for immediate purchase of the title reviewed and also, brilliantly, to the email address of the reviewer. Reviews open in a new window, making navigation easy and are clearly categorised into picture books, poetry, nonfiction, junior and teenage fiction. Though fewer in number than in the past (the largest category numbers 18 reviews in this issue) the highlighted titles are not always those you might expect which means that whichever issue you dip into you're sure to turn up something unusual to try. …

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