Review of Buddy and Earl

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Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus; illus. by Carey Sookocheff Primary   Groundwood   32 pp. 8/15   978-1-55498-712-2   $16.95 e-book ed. 978-1-55498-713-9   $14.95 Sweet, clueless mutt Buddy meets a “strange-looking thing” inside a box in the living room, who introduces himself as Earl. Earl claims to be first a racecar, then a giraffe, then a sea urchin, […]

Niko and the Sword of Light app review

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In Niko and the Sword of Light (Imaginism/Studio NX, 2013) the titular young boy is the only Warrior of the Light left. He has in his possession the last relic of his people: The Sword of Light. Forged by the gods, the sword is Niko’s key to saving his world by ridding it of the […]

Review of Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

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Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia Preschool, Primary   Kane Miller   40 pp. 9/15   978-1-61067-367-9   $14.99 The latest Anna Hibiscus picture book (Splash, Anna Hibiscus!, rev. 11/13) set “in Africa. Amazing Africa” relates Anna’s adjustment to the arrival of twin baby brothers, referred to as “Double Trouble.” Title-page art shows Anna […]

Toca Nature app review

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Siân ♥s Toca Band. While Toca Nature (Toca Boca, 2014) is more contemplative — no sunglasses-sporting emcee hollering “We rockin’ it!” here — it provides a similarly satisfying experience of experimental play. As the app opens, you are presented with a square chunk of landscape, floating in pleasantly dreamy, starry space. A few trees and […]

Review of Flutter & Hum / 
Aleteo y Zumbido

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Flutter & Hum / 
Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Holt   32 pp. 8/15   978-1-62779-103-8   $17.99 A turtle hides treasures in its shell. Whales dance with the ocean. A cat sleeps on a map and wakes to stretch across the world, from Arequipa […]

Sergio Ruzzier on Two Mice

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In our September/October issue, HB Mag editor Martha Parravano asked Sergio Ruzzier about choosing the perfect trim size for Two Mice. Read the full starred review of Two Mice here. Martha Parravano: Two Mice has an unusually small trim size. (Of course, it doesn’t have many words, either.) What was your thinking behind that decision? […]

Review of Two Mice

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Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Clarion   32 pp. 9/15   978-0-544-30209-9   $12.99 Using only two-word phrases (“One house / Two mice / Three cookies”) and a simple repeating number pattern (one, two, three; three, two, one; one, two, three), this clever book (with an extra-small, preschooler-perfect trim size) creates a […]

James E. Ransome on Granddaddy’s Turn

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In our July/August issue, reviewer Robin Smith asked James Ransome about the challenge of illustrating difficult subject matter — specifically, voting disenfranchisement — for picture-book readers in Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box. Read the full review of Granddaddy’s Turn here. Robin Smith: How do you convey the seriousness and emotion of your […]

Review of Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

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Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein; illus. by James E. Ransome Primary   Candlewick   32 pp. 7/15   978-0-7636-6593-7   $16.99 “Patience, son, patience.” That’s what the young narrator’s grandfather tells him as they wait for the fish to bite. That’s also what Granddaddy says when he puts on […]

Review of Daylight Starlight Wildlife

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Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Paulsen/Penguin   32 pp. 5/15   978-0-399-24662-3   $17.99 In his signature representational artistic style — detailed, luminous, and pristine — Minor compares and contrasts diurnal and nocturnal animals. The opening double-page spread establishes the pattern. The creatures introduced are shown in a meadow, with half […]