Reviews of the 2016 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna; illus. by the author; trans. from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick Primary     Enchanted Lion     44 pp. 9/15     978-1-59270-180-3     $18.95 Review to come.     Honor Books: Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld; illus. by Philippe Dumas; trans. from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green Intermediate     […]

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Music by Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael López Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99 A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums. […]

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle Middle School   Atheneum   195 pp. 8/15   978-1-4814-3522-2   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-3524-6   $10.99 Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own […]

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary   Abrams   40 pp. 4/15   978-1-4197-1465-8   $17.95 In New Orleans parlance, “Where y’at?” means “hello.” As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable 
autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on […]

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia Intermediate, Middle School   Amistad/HarperCollins   291 pp. 4/15   978-0-06-221587-1   $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-06-221588-8   $17.89   g e-book ed. 978-0-06-221590-1   $9.99 Williams-Garcia says goodbye to the Gaither family (One Crazy Summer, rev. 3/10; P. S. Be Eleven, rev. 5/13) in this involving and emotional concluding installment. It’s been a year […]

Reviews of the 2016 Printz Award winners

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Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   353 pp. 3/15   978-0-06-231760-5   $17.99 Finn has always been considered a little strange, and now that Roza has disappeared, his small town of Bone Gap holds him responsible. Finn alleges that she was kidnapped, but he cannot offer up a useful description of the […]

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson Primary Putnam 32 pp. 1/15 978-0-399-25774-2 $16.99 CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we don’t got […]

Reviews of the 2016 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the 
World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick; 
illus. by Sophie Blackall Primary   Little, Brown   56 pp. 10/15   978-0-316-32490-8   $18.00   g A little boy named Cole curls in the crook of his mother’s arm and asks for a story; she spins him two. The first one tells of […]

Review of Emma and Julia Love Ballet

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Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Scholastic   32 pp. 3/16   978-00-439-89401-2   $16.99   g “Emma wakes up early. Julia wakes up early, too…They both have ballet lessons this morning.” McClintock follows young Emma as she goes to her ballet lesson and professional dancer Julia as she attends company […]

Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope app review

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In Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope (Appy Kids/Growl Media, 2013), elephant Haathi and boy Alfie are best friends who discover a “strange old box” in a stall at a fair. They fall into the box, which seems to contain a world filled with animals. (The title leads one to believe that the box is […]