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Review of The Fisherman & the Whale

The Fisherman & the Whaleby Jessica Lanan; illus. by the authorPrimary    Simon    48 pp.5/19    978-1-5344-1574-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1575-1    $10.99In this dramatic wordless tale, a commercial fisherman and what appears to be his son collect fish in the large net thrown from their boat. They sail on — that is, until...

Review of Bear Came Along

Bear Came Alongby Richard T. Morris; illus. by LeUyen PhamPreschool    Little, Brown    40 pp.6/19    978-0-316-46447-5    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-46445-1    $9.99This boisterous adventure is a story about discovery, the twists and turns a day can take, and the ways in which friendships can be forged when least expected — all in the...

Spring Picture Books on the Radar

Why, hello there! We are running our fingers through a few months’ worth of cyber-dust here at the Calling Caldecott blog, given that our last post was in January.Have you been reading picture books in 2019? You can trust that we have, and we thought it would be a good...

Review of Carl and the Meaning of Life

Carl and the Meaning of Lifeby Deborah Freedman; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Viking    48 pp.    g4/19    978-0-451-47498-8    $17.99Carl 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...

Review of The Great Indoors

The Great Indoorsby Julie Falatko; illus. by Ruth ChanPrimary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp.    g4/19    978-1-368-00083-3    $17.99The tables are turned in this mischievous comedy about the highs and lows of camping. As a camper van full of humans drives away from a house, two bears in the front yard come out of...

Review of Hey, Water!

Hey, Water!by Antoinette Portis; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g3/19    978-0-8234-4155-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4201-0    $17.99A girl named Zoe explores water in this playful and informative book. Speaking directly to water (“Hey, water! I know you! You’re all around”), Zoe considers the role of water inside a home...

Review of Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebbleby Wendy Meddour; illus. by Daniel EgnéusPrimary    Dial    32 pp.    g3/19    978-0-525-55416-5    $17.99Wide-eyed Lubna befriends a pebble when she and her father arrive by boat at an unspecified refugee settlement she calls “a World of Tents.” She personalizes the small stone by drawing a happy face on it,...

The Official 2019 Caldecott Winners

The day has come! The 2019 Caldecott Medal Selection Committee has made its choices.The winner is:Hello Lighthouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (This is her second Caldecott Medal — Finding Winnie won in 2016).The honor books are:Alma and How She Got Her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-NealThe Rough...

Calling Caldecott: Not a Crystal Ball

We mentioned this in yesterday's post, but it's worth repeating: our mock vote yesterday was really close! WOWZERS. (You can head here to see the results if you haven't seen the numbers yet.) As we watched the results come in yesterday, we were oohing and aahing over how close it...

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