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Review of The Iliad

The Iliadadapted by Gareth Hinds; illus. by the adapterMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    264 pp.3/19    978-0-7636-8113-5    $27.99Paper ed.  978-0-7636-9663-4    $16.99As with his treatment of The Odyssey (rev. 11/10), Hinds offers an ambitious and compelling comics adaptation of a Homerian epic. This complex, winding tale picks up in the tenth year...

Review of New Kid

New Kidby Jerry Craft; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    249 pp.    g2/19    978-0-06-269120-0    $21.99    Paper ed.  978-0-06-269119-4    $12.99    e-book ed.  978-0-06-269121-7    $10.99 Craft’s engaging graphic novel follows Jordan Banks (an African American seventh grader from Washington Heights) through his first year at the prestigious Riverdale Academy Day School (RAD). Jordan has...

Review of Found.

Found.by Jeff Newman; illus. by Larry DayPreschool, Primary    Simon    48 pp.11/18    978-1-5344-1006-0    $17.99e-book ed. 978-1-5344-1007-7    $10.99A sense of isolation permeates the opening spreads of this wordless story as a girl gazes out at a rain-drenched city street from an apartment window. She soon spots a little lost dog, and a...

Review of Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddoby Jarrett J. Krosoczka; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    320 pp.    g10/18    978-0-545-90247-2    $24.99Paper ed.  978-0-545-90248-9    $14.99e-book ed.  978-0-545-90249-6    $9.99Krosoczka offers a graphic memoir that is altogether more mature in style, theme, and content than his previous work for younger audiences (the Lunch Lady series; the...

Review of Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites

Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Oppositesby Mike Twohy; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   32 pp.    g8/18    978-0-06-246933-5    $17.99The playful and energetic yellow dog from Twohy’s Geisel Honor–winning, alphabet-themed picture book Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! (rev. 1/16) is back to create some more mayhem in this...

Review of It's Shoe Time!

It’s Shoe Time! [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!]by Bryan Collier; illus. by the author; with additional illustrations by Mo WillemsPrimary    Hyperion    64 pp.11/17    978-1-4847-2647-1    $9.99Witty wordplay, snappy dialogue, and rich watercolor and collage illustrations combine in Collier’s (Knock Knock, rev. 11/13; Trombone Shorty, rev. 5/15; et al.) first early reader....

Review of After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Againby Dan Santat; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.10/17    978-1-62672-682-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-19095-6    $9.99If The Adventures of Beekle is a study of friendship and Are We There Yet? (rev. 3/16) an appeal for mindfulness, then Santat is now...

Review of Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earth

Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earthby Don Tate; illus. by the authorPrimary    Charlesbridge    40 pp.8/17    978-1-58089-628-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-60734-886-3    $9.99The life of Eugen Sandow (1867–1925), a Victorian-era bodybuilding superstar dubbed “the Modern Hercules,” is rife with mystery. Not only did his family destroy his...

Tony

Did you notice that the first couple of Calling Caldecott reviews of the fall (see Egg and Big Cat, Little Cat) seem to suggest that this year’s Caldecott Medal winner could be a model of simplicity, nuance, and restraint? A quick look at recent award history, however, paints a different...

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