The New York Times is nothing if not a choice operation. They do some pretty good reporting, but what they really excel at is keeping us informed about what kids books are moving units nationwide. Below are the results from their latest bestseller study.
|1||GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8)||23|
|2||DON’T BUMP THE GLUMP!, written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) His first collection of nonsense verse, originally published in 1964. (Ages 5 and up)||5|
|3||DIRT ON MY SHIRT, by Jeff Foxworthy. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. (HarperCollins, $16.99.) Poems of childhood by the comedian and TV host. (Ages 4 to 7)||7|
|4||MY DOG MAY BE A GENIUS, by Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by James Stevenson. (Greenwillow, $18.99.) Fanciful poems about a pig in a bathing suit, a skunk in a courtroom and more. (Ages 4 to 8)||2|
|5||ALPHABET, by Matthew Van Fleet. (Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) An interactive safari ABC. (Ages 2 to 6)||2|
Gallop refuses to halt its canter, while Jeff Foxworthy continues to wax poetic.
|1||DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet/Abrams, $12.95.) How Greg embarrassed himself on his vacation; a sequel to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” (Ages 9 to 12)||14|
|2||DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. (Amulet/Abrams, $12.95.) The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12)||53|
|3||TWEAK, by Nic Sheff. (Ginee Seo/Atheneum, $16.99.) A memoir of a teenager’s methamphetamine addiction. (Ages 15 and up)||8|
|4||THE PENDERWICKS ON GARDAM STREET, by Jeanne Birdsall. (Knopf, $15.99.) Four sisters intervene in their father’s dating life; a sequel to “The Penderwicks.” (Ages 12 and up)||2|
|5||CITY OF ASHES, by Cassandra Clare. (McElderry, $17.99.) A girl must find her father in a hidden realm of demons; a sequel to “City of Bones.” (Ages 14 and up)||4|
In a move worthy of Boyz II Men circa 1994, the “Wimpy Kid” books are dominating the top of the charts. I’ve got no problem with that. Or “On Bended Knee”.
(Click here to see the entire rundown)