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Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here's how we reviewed our 2016 winners. The Bear Ate Your Sandwichby Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Knopf   40 pp.1/15   978-0-375-85860-4   $16.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-307-98242-1  ...

Reviews of the 2016 Sibert Award winners

Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaverasby Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate Abrams 40 pp.8/15 978-1-4197-1647-8 $18.95Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four...

Reviews of the 2016 Printz Award winners

Winner:Bone Gapby Laura RubyHigh School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   353 pp.3/15   978-0-06-231760-5   $17.99Finn has always been considered a little strange, and now that Roza has disappeared, his small town of Bone Gap holds him responsible. Finn alleges that she was kidnapped, but he cannot offer up a useful description of the...

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian RobinsonPrimary     Putnam     32 pp.1/15     978-0-399-25774-2     $16.99CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we...

Picture Book Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Picture Book Winner The Farmer and the Clownby Marla Frazee; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary Beach Lane/Simon 32 pp.10/14 978-1-4424-9744-3 $17.99e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9745-0 $10.99Appearances can be deceiving in this superb wordless book from two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Frazee. At sunset, a grim-faced, pitchfork-wielding farmer comes to the rescue when a...

Review of BirdCatDog

BirdCatDog [Three-Story Books]by Lee Nordling; illus. by Meritxell BoschPrimary    Graphic Universe/Lerner    32 pp.11/14    Library ed.  978-1-4677-4522-2    $25.26Paper ed.  978-1-4677-4523-9    $6.95e-book ed.  978-1-4677-4524-6    $25.32In this innovative wordless picture book told entirely through cartoon panels, three pets escape the ennui of domestication for brief, interconnected adventures in the wild. An introduction explains...

Review of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambiaby Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth ZunonPrimary   Millbrook   32 pp.2/15   Library ed. 978-1-4677-1608-6   $19.99e-book ed. 978-1-4677-6299-1   $19.99In the 1980s in the cities of the Gambia, a switch from using baskets made of natural materials to non-biodegradable plastic bags led...

Review of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunnyby John Himmelman; illus. by the authorPrimary   Holt   128 pp.10/14   978-0-8050-9970-6   $13.99e-book ed. 978-0-8050-9972-0   $9.49Young rabbit Isabel is known as Bunjitsu Bunny for her proficiency in martial arts class. Himmelman’s thirteen short, generously illustrated chapters relate Isabel’s adventures as she demonstrates that “bunjitsu is not just about...

Review of Smick!

Smick!by Doreen Cronin; illus. by Juana MedinaPreschool, Primary   Viking   32 pp.2/15   978-0-670-78578-0   $16.99   gWith minimal text, a clever use of sight words and word families, and a bounty of playfulness, Cronin introduces preschoolers (and early readers) to their new best friend: good-natured, tail-wagging, droopy-eared dog Smick. A game of fetch...

Review of Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoirby Liz Prince; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School   Zest Books   256 pp.9/14   Paper ed. 978-1-936976-55-3   $15.99e-book ed. 978-1-936976-56-0   $15.99“When you don’t look or act like what everyone has been told is the norm, you get proverbially barfed on a lot.” In an often funny, sometimes...

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