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Fall's Best Children's Books According To Children

  First Posted: 10/24/11 10:40 AM ET   Updated: 10/25/11 05:43 PM ET


We get a lot of children's books in the mail. This is great, but we're a few decades away from the target demographic.

Wouldn't children's book reviews be so much better if they were written by, well, children?

And so we turned to the Associate Books Editor, Zoë, who has three younger sisters: Isabel (7), Olivia (6) and Sofia (4). Who better to give expert opinions on this fall's hottest children's books?

This season contains some unusual treats, including a new book from "Where The Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak and a posthumously published volume of poems by Shel Silverstein. Pulitzer-prizewinner Michael Chabon also took a shot at his first children's book.

Which ones will keep the little one's entertained, and which are little more than replacement roofs for dolls houses?

Here's what the girls (as well as their mother) had to say:

"The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man" by Michael Chabon, Illustrated by Jake Parker
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Olivia: "This is cool because it's really a kid who thinks he's a superhero, see? The kid's shadow is behind Awesome Man, so that means he's really a kid... then, when he goes home, his sister is one of the bad guys. The pictures are really good. He did a good job of coloring them."

Mom: "What a great idea...when you're feeling out of control, retreat to your room and grab yourself in a 'ginormous Awesome Power grip' to calm right down. I got a few people in my household I wish would take this advice from Awesome Man. We will have to read this book several more times to ingrain the seeds of wisdom within it."
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