Review of Mr. Wuffles!

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Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Clarion     32 pp. 10/13     978-0-618-75661-2     $17.99     g Is anything so fraught with potential energy as a stalking cat, or as relaxed as a bored one? Mr. Wuffles disdains all the playthings he’s offered — until, amongst scorned balls […]

Review of Locomotive

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Locomotive by Brian Floca; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate   Jackson/Atheneum   64 pp. 9/13     978-1-4169-9415-2   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8522-8   $12.99 Talk about a youth librarian’s dream come true: a big new book about those ever-popular trains from a bona fide picture-book-nonfiction all-star. Striking cinematic endpapers lay the groundwork, describing the creation of the Transcontinental […]

Review of Flora and the Flamingo

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp. 3/13    978-1-4521-1006-6    $16.99 A little girl, a pink flamingo, some decorative cherry blossoms, and singular lift-the-flaps contribute to a unique wordless picture book. On the title-page spread, a flamingo gracefully touches down en pointe. The next spread shows the […]

Review of Romeo Blue

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Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone Intermediate     Levine/Scholastic     350 pp. 6/13     978-0-545-44360-9     $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-52070-6     $16.99 Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn’t know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have. Its predecessor, The Romeo and Juliet Code (rev. 3/11), ended with British ex-pat Flissy content in sleepy Bottlebay, […]

Review of Niño Wrestles the World

Nino Wrestles the World

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Porter/Roaring Brook     40 pp. 6/13     978-1-59643-604-6     $16.99     g Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to […]

Review of Far Far Away

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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Middle School, High School     Knopf     373 pp. 6/13     978-0-375-84972-5     $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-94972-2     $20.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89698-9     $10.99 Sprightly, assured, and original, this story blends a small-town, middle-American, twentieth-century setting with the learned realms of the Brothers Grimm and their […]

Review of On a Beam of Light

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne; 
illus. by Vladimir Radunsky Primary    Chronicle    56 pp. 5/13    978-0-8118-7235-5    $17.99 The title of this book refers to the mental picture young Albert Einstein conjured one day while biking through the countryside; he looked at the sunbeams “speeding from the sun to […]

Review of Crankee Doodle

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Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger; 
illus. by Cece Bell Primary    Clarion    32 pp. 6/13    978-0-547-81854-2    $16.99    g As concepts for picture books go, it’s hard to think of one cleverer than this absurdist deconstruction of the familiar song. Depicted in spindly lined cartoons, Yankee Doodle and his pony debate their plans for the afternoon. When […]

Review of Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill; illus. by LeUyen Pham Primary, Intermediate    Holt    279 pp. 6/13    978-0-8050-9351-3    $15.99    g The disarmingly forthright tone is set right at the start of this chapter book when we meet Bo, a little girl who lives with her papas (yes, that’s plural) in a small, almost-worked-out gold-rush town […]

Review of Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King High School    Little, Brown    295 pp. 10/12    978-0-316-19468-6    $17.99 Astrid would be the quintessential Q-for-Questioning girl in her high school’s LGBTQ support group if her small-town, small-minded school had such a thing — and the gay question is only one of many weighing her down. When her humanities […]