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Review of Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley; illus. by Tara Audibert Primary    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    80 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-301537-1    $15.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-301538-8    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-301539-5    $4.99 This series opener introduces Jo Jo Makoons Azure, a rambunctious first grader with “strong lungs” (according to her mom) and...

Review of Strollercoaster

 Strollercoaster by Matt Ringler; illus. by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay Preschool    Little, Brown    32 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-316-49322-2    $17.99 Preschooler Sam needs a nap. “The inside feels too small” for her, and she throws a tantrum. There’s only one solution: her father swings her up into the air...

Review of Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet

Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Miren Asiain Lora Primary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    72 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-8028-5528-2    $18.99 Sidman’s collection of short poems considers a variety of earth science concepts. On gorgeously illustrated pages that portray the planet in terms of space and time, weather...

Review of Wishes

Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn; illus. by Victo Ngai Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-338-30589-0    $18.99 A little girl living in an unsafe place watches her grandfather out the window. “The night wished it was quieter,” reads the text. With a page-turn: “The bag wished it was deeper,” as...

Reviews of 2021 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 2021 winners.   The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey; illus. by the authors Preschool, Primary    Norton    40 pp. 1/20   ...

Review of The Legend of Auntie Po

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor; illus. by the author Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-525-55488-2    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-525-55489-9    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55490-5    $8.99 In this graphic novel, thirteen-year-old Mei Hao shares her homemade pies and homespun tales about the eponymous Auntie Po (a...

Review of On the Trapline

On the Trapline by David A. Robertson; illus. by Julie Flett Primary    Tundra    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-7352-6668-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7352-6669-8    $10.99 From the creators of When We Were Alone (rev. 3/17) comes another powerful and affecting picture book, this one about a boy who accompanies his grandfather Moshom...

Review of A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day by Leah Henderson; illus. by Floyd Cooper Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4197-3630-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-560-1    $15.54 Through the eyes of a formerly enslaved ten-year-old boy, Henderson recounts the story of what some...

Review of A Fort on the Moon

A Fort on the Moon  by Maggie Pouncey; illus. by Larry Day  Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g  11/20    978-0-8234-4657-5    $18.99  Young narrator Dodge and his older brother Fox have a single goal — to build a fort on the moon. The brothers’ strong resolve playfully clashes with their father’s unsolicited input...
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