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Review of Windows

Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99 “At the end of the day, before the town goes to sleep… / you can take a walk, out your door / into the almost-night.” A brown-skinned child puts on a red hoodie and heads out to take the […]

Review of That Is My Dream!

That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes; illus. by Daniel Miyares Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp. 10/17    978-0-399-55017-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55018-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55019-5    $10.99 Langston Hughes’s 1924 poem “Dream Variation” tells of a wish “to fling my arms wide / In some place of the sun, / To whirl and to dance / Till […]

Review of The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-7754-1    $17.99 The opening of this latest Barnett/Klassen collaboration (an original pourquoi tale) seems to presage dire events: “Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.” But once inside, […]

In the middle of fall

Celebrate the season with these four autumnal picture books, perfect for sharing with preschoolers as the days get chillier. For more, see last November’s Notes article “Wonderfall!” In Rachael Cole’s City Moon, a mother and child embark on an autumnal evening ritual: they take a walk through the city, looking for the moon. The sharp-eyed […]

Review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Gordon C. James Primary   Millner/Bolden Books/Agate    32 pp. 10/17    978-1-57284-224-3    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-57284-808-5    $17.95 Brown skin, a dimpled smile, and a fresh haircut worthy of a standing ovation. Barnes takes a weekly, mundane activity for an African American boy — a trip […]

Review of Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers; illus. by Shawn Harris Primary, Intermediate    Chronicle    104 pp. 9/17    978-1-4521-6281-2    $19.99 In digressive, idiosyncratic prose, Eggers outlines the history of the Statue of Liberty, gradually leading readers into the detail he’s really interested in — the statue’s right foot, poised as if to take a step. While it […]

Review of Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Game

Who Am I?: An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; illus. by Steve Jenkins Preschool    Houghton    40 pp.    g 11/17    978-0-544-93539-6    $14.99 “Who Am I?” ask seven animals, including a rabbit, crab, monkey, and flamingo. Viewers are first challenged with a set of five or six clues to each creature’s identity, including […]

Review of Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds; illus. by Peter Brown Primary    Simon    48 pp. 8/17    978-1-4424-0298-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7670-6    $10.99 This companion book to the author-illustrator team’s Creepy Carrots humorously spookifies another not-usually-scary item. While underwear-shopping with his mom, young bunny Jasper Rabbit spies a pair of green glow-in-the-dark undies with a Frankenstein’s-monster […]

Review of Red Again

Red Again by Barbara Lehman; illus. by the author Primary    Houghton    32 pp.    g 11/17    978-0-544-81859-0    $16.99 Lehman picks up where The Red Book (rev. 9/04) ends — and begins — in this wordless, surreal tale. After a red book falls from the snowy sky, a brown-skinned young cyclist wearing glasses discovers it in a […]

Review of Masterpiece Mix

Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    32 pp.    g 8/17    978-0-8234-3699-6    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3912-6    $16.95 Munro is known as both a picture-book illustrator and a painter of large, detailed cityscapes. Here, the two disciplines converge. We watch as an artist walks to her studio, stretches a new canvas, and […]