Susan Dove Lempke

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Review of B Is for Baby

B Is for Babyby Atinuke; illus. by Angela BrooksbankPreschool    Candlewick    40 pp.3/19    978-1-5362-0166-6    $16.99Atinuke and Brooksbank (Baby Goes to Market) reunite for another tenderly funny slice-of-life story set in an unspecified African village and starring a winsome baby girl, who is dearly loved. This alphabet book sticks with the letter...

Review of The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog: And Other How-To Poems

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog: And Other How-To Poemsselected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus. by Richard JonesPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g3/19    978-0-7636-8168-5    $17.99The thirty-three poems in this “how-to” collection range from the whimsical, such as Monica Shannon’s “How to Tell Goblins from Elves,” to the very practical, such...

Review of The Home Builders

The Home Buildersby Varsha Bajaj; illus. by Simona MulazzaniPreschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g2/19    978-0-399-16685-3    $17.99This picture book invites children to observe nature for themselves as a variety of creatures busily create their homes: “Do you see the home builders?” The builders work “under the earth, /...

Review of Meet Miss Fancy

Meet Miss Fancyby Irene Latham; illus. by John HolyfieldPrimary    Putnam    32 pp.    g1/19    978-0-399-54668-6    $17.99 Frank (an African American boy who looks to be about ten years old) already loves elephants, with “their flip-flap ears, their tree-stump feet and their swish-swish tails,” so when he hears that a circus elephant named...

Review of The Mad Wolf's Daughter audiobook

The Mad Wolf’s Daughterby Diane Magras; read by Joshua ManningIntermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 7/186 CDs    6.62 hrs.    978-0-525-53134-0    $50.00Drest is determined to free her captured older brothers and father from Faintree Castle, where they soon will be hanged, and she means to use the young knight she rescued...

Review of Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu!by Oge Mora; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    32 pp.10/18    978-0-316-43124-8    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-43123-1    $9.99Grandmotherly Omu (a brief note on the front endpapers explains that the name is pronounced “AH-moo” and is “the Igbo term for ‘queen’”) seasons and stirs her “thick red stew in a big...

Review of The Night Diary audiobook

The Night Diaryby Veera Hiranandani; read by Priya AyyarIntermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 7/185 CDs    5.92 hrs.    978-0-525-53044-2    $45.00Twelve-year-old Nisha, whose mother was Muslim and father is Hindu, begins writing a diary in the form of letters to her mother, who died when Nisha and her twin Amil were...

Review of The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poemsby Calef Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Carolrhoda    32 pp.8/18    978-1-5124-2661-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5415-2468-2    $17.99Brown (Soup for Breakfast, rev. 3/09; Hypnotize a Tiger, rev. 3/15) gives his quirky, funny verse and art a spooky twist here with seventeen poems celebrating ghosts, witches, demons, and even...

Review of Tess of the Road audiobook

Tess of the Roadby Rachel Hartman; read by Katharine McEwanHigh School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/1813 CDs    16.27 hrs.    978-1-5247-7955-9    $70.00Narrated by McEwan in a crisply enunciated English accent, this fantasy (a companion to Hartman’s Seraphina, rev. 7/12) follows the anarchic Tess as the seventeen-year-old misfit almost ruins her twin sister’s...

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