Megan Dowd Lambert

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Review of Front Desk audiobook

Front Desk by Kelly Yang; read by Sunny Lu Intermediate    Listening Library    Rev. 7/18 6 CDs    6.5 hrs.    978-1-9848-4609-9    $50.00 Yang’s vivacious protagonist, ten-year-old Chinese immigrant Mia Tang, is winningly voiced by narrator Lu. Mia’s trials and tribulations, at school and at the California motel where she lives and works...

Review of If I Was the Sunshine

If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano; illus. by Loren Long Preschool    Atheneum    48 pp. 5/19    978-1-4814-7243-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7244-9    $10.99 Fogliano and Long present a big, handsome picture book with a poetic text and lush full-bleed acrylic illustrations, highlighting the natural world and relationships within it. The...

Review of Home Is a Window

Home Is a Windowby Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Chris SasakiPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.4/19    978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99Ledyard 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

Anotherby Christian Robinson; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Atheneum    56 pp.3/19    978-1-5344-2167-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2168-4    $10.99For 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...

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

The eponymous Adrian Simcox in Marcy Campbell's debut picture book Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse is bullied because of his poverty. Some have likened this book to Eleanor Estes's classic chapter book The Hundred Dresses. I know many readers regard Dresses as a text that fosters empathy, but I can’t...

Review of Piecing Me Together audiobook

Piecing Me Togetherby Renée Watson; read by the authorMiddle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/175 CDs    5.5 hrs    978-1-5019-9779-2    $51.75Watson (winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award and a 2018 Newbery Honor for this novel) movingly conveys the emotions of her thoughtful, bright, artistic, African American protagonist...

Review of If You Come Softly audiobook

If You Come Softlyby Jacqueline Woodson; read by Jorjeana Marie, Guy Lockard, and Jacqueline WoodsonHigh School    Listening Library3 CDs    3.72 hrs    978-0-525-63790-5    $45.00The twentieth anniversary audiobook of Woodson’s novel opens with her heartfelt introduction about the persistent relevance of this tragic story about an interracial teen couple, Jeremiah (Miah) and...

Drawn Together

I was instantly intrigued when illustrator Dan Santat described on social media how he developed the display type for Drawn Together, writing, “It originates from the original Thai alphabet. Then I integrated Western alphabet components into the design to show a melding of cultures. Lastly, for design reasons, I modified...

Review of Jerome by Heart

Jerome by Heartby Thomas Scotto; illus. by Olivier Tallec; trans. from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin SnelsonPrimary    Enchanted Lion    32 pp.4/18    978-1-59270-250-3    $16.95Scotto and Tallec present a bittersweet story of an affectionate bond between two little boys. Raphael is the narrator, Jerome is his friend, and their...

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