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Review of Poetree

Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds; illus. by Shahrzad Maydani Primary    Dial    32 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-399-53912-1    $17.99 To celebrate the end of winter, young poetry lover Sylvia writes a poem about spring and ties it to a birch tree in the park. The next day her poem is gone; in its place is another that […]

Review of The Undefeated

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illus. by Kadir Nelson Primary, Intermediate, Middle School     Versify/Houghton     40 pp.    g 4/19     978-1-328-78096-6     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-05761-1     $12.99 Alexander and Nelson honor the achievements, courage, and perseverance of ordinary black people as well as prominent black artists, athletes, and activists. The free-verse poem begins: “This is for the unforgettable. / […]

Review of Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti

Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; illus. by Hadley Hooper Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    64 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-8234-4170-9    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4224-9    $16.99 Experts at accessibly describing art and exploring the often-complex lives of its creators, Greenberg and Jordan (most recently Meet Cindy Sherman, rev. […]

Review of Carl and the Meaning of Life

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Viking    48 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-451-47498-8    $17.99 Carl is an earthworm, always moving under the ground, digesting leaves and “turning hard dirt into fluffy soil.” When a field mouse asks him why he does that, […]

Review of Dogs in Space

Dogs in Space by Vix Southgate; illus. by Iris Deppe Primary    Kane Miller    32 pp. 3/19    978-1-61067-824-7    $14.99 With a happier ending than that of their legendary predecessor Laika, dogs Belka and Strelka became, in 1960, among the first animals to return, alive, from orbital flight. That does not, however, deny the suspense with which […]

Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

April is National Poetry Month. These illustrated collections for primary and intermediate readers show the variety of forms poetry can take (hello, riddle-ku!) and topics it can cover — from melting snowmen to creativity-unlocking pencils and more. For more on poetry from The Horn Book, see the tags National Poetry Month and poetry. Snowman – […]

Spring into nature

Spring is a season of rebirth, which makes it a great time to discover Mother Nature’s many wonders. These new picture books will inspire inquisitive preschoolers-and-up to venture outside and explore. The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj invites children to observe nature as a variety of creatures busily create homes to live in with their […]

Review of Home Is a Window

Home Is a Window by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Chris Sasaki Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 4/19    978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99 Ledyard offers a meditation of sorts on the sense of comfort and belonging that home should evoke, whether it’s a place we know well or a new home to which we’ve […]

Review of Another

Another by Christian Robinson; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    56 pp. 3/19    978-1-5344-2167-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2168-4    $10.99 For his solo picture book debut, Robinson (illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, rev. 3/15; School’s First Day of School, rev. 3/16; When’s My Birthday?, rev. 9/17; and more) offers a smart, sly, and […]

Review of Snowman − Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

Snowman − Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations by Laura Purdie Salas; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 2/19    978-1-58089-798-3    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-643-8    $9.99 This whimsical celebration of spring-time features a playful equation poem on every page. Take the titular “snowman – cold = puddle.” It’s a subtraction sentence — minus the usual […]