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Review of Pet

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Middle School    Make Me a World/Random    204 pp. 9/19    978-0-525-64707-2    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64708-9    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64709-6    $10.99 A haunting and poetic work of speculative fiction—the first for young readers by adult author Emezi. Jam, the adolescent protagonist, is a transgender hearing person who communicates...

Why the Hell Hasn’t a Book Won the Newbery AND the Caldecott?

ELISA GALL: The Newbery and Caldecott committees used to be one and the same. Before they were divided into two separate committees (this happened in the late 1970s), a book was either considered for one of the awards or the other: never both. Now a book can win both the Newbery...

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansasby Tonya Bolden; illus. by Don TatePrimary, Intermediate    Knopf    40 pp.    g10/18    978-0-385-75276-3    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-385-75277-0    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-385-75278-7    $10.99This informational picture book spotlights the life, work, and legacy of African American farmer and businessman Junius G. Groves (1858?–1925), known...

All A-Board: Why the Hell Hasn't a Board Book Won the Caldecott!?

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt about board books and the Caldecott Award. (If you missed it, last year they asked a similar question: Why the hell hasn't photography won the Caldecott?!?) —J.D.ELISA GALL: Thanks to Allison Kaplan's 2012 Children and Libraries article "From Board to...

Review of Square

Squareby Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon KlassenPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g5/18    978-0-7636-9607-8    $15.99The Barnett-Klassen tag team is back with a companion book to Triangle (rev. 5/17), told through the collaborators’ signature meld of earthy, textured images and witty, thoughtful narrative. Square spends his days pushing square-shaped boulders from the bottom...

Review of All Summer Long

All Summer Longby Hope Larson; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Farrar    172 pp.5/18    978-0-374-30485-0    $21.99Paper ed.  978-0-374-31071-4    $12.99This sensitive, realistic coming-of-age graphic novel by Eisner winner (most recently, for her Wrinkle in Time graphic novel adaptation) Larson beautifully captures the experiences of finding one’s own rhythm and place in a...

Review of Be Prepared

Be Preparedby Vera Brosgol; illus. by the author; 

color by Alec LongstrethIntermediate    First Second/Roaring Brook    256 pp.4/18    978-1-62672-444-0    $22.99Paper ed.  978-1-62672-445-7    $12.99“This book is a true story. And also made up.” Brosgol’s (Anya’s Ghost, rev. 7/11; Leave Me Alone, rev. 9/16) fictionalized graphic memoir captures the ups and downs (let’s...

Review of Where's Halmoni?

Where’s Halmoni?by Julie Kim; illus. by the authorPrimary     Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch     96 pp.10/17     978-1-63217-077-4     $19.99Gentle and humorous, this graphic novel for younger readers is told exclusively through dialogue, sound effects, and visual narrative. Siblings Noona and Joon smell the wafting aroma of (their grandmother) Halmoni’s red bean...

Review of All’s Faire in Middle School

All’s Faire in Middle Schoolby Victoria Jamieson; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    248 pp.9/17    978-0-525-42998-2    $20.99Paper ed.  978-0-525-42999-9    $12.99Roller Girl (rev. 3/15) meets the Ren Faire in Jamieson’s new read-alike graphic novel. After years of homeschooling, Imogene Vega, a squire-in-training at the Florida Renaissance Faire where her family...

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