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Review of Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-62672-240-8    $17.99    g This follow-up to Niño Wrestles the World (rev. 7/13) is brimming with action, humor, and heart. It’s técnicos (“‘Good guys’ who play by the rules”) vs. rudos (“‘Tough guys’ who bend or break the […]

Are We There Yet?

There’s nothing like the words “by Caldecott Medalist…” on a book’s cover to generate award buzz. With Are We There Yet?, Dan Santat’s first authored picture book since The Adventures of Beekle, there’s a lot to examine. The front endpapers show a car advancing — frame by frame — down a highway. Its destination is revealed […]

Review of Lucy

Lucy by Randy Cecil; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    144 pp. 8/16    978-0-7636-6808-2    $19.99 In the fictional, old-fashioned metropolis of Bloomville, store-clerk-by-day Sam moonlights as a (stage fright–suffering) juggler. His daughter Eleanor lavishes attention on the neighborhood dogs, including a stray named Lucy. When Lucy — who is often in survival mode — […]

Review of A Year Without Mom

A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova; 
illus. by the author Middle School   Groundwood   168 pp. 10/15   978-1-55498-692-7   $19.95 e-book ed. 978-155498-693-4   $16.95 Tolstikova’s illustrated memoir recounts the time when her mother relocated to America for graduate school and she, twelve years old, was left in the care of her grandparents in Moscow. Through present-tense […]

Review of Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell; illus. by the author Primary    Feiwel    48 pp. 1/17    978-1-250-07636-6    $17.99    g A series of illustrations before the title page sets the scene: a prairie landscape in winter, home to both humans and wolves. Setting off alone toward home from school as a blizzard descends, a bundled-up child […]

Flop to the Top!

After Jillian Tamaki received Caldecott recognition for the graphic novel This One Summer last February, you can bet your honor seals that people are looking closely at all types of picture books in 2015. One title that I hope this year’s Caldecott committee will bring to the table is Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing’s Flop […]

Review of My Cousin Momo

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora; illus. by the author Primary     Dial     32 pp. 6/15     978-0-8037-4011-2     $16.99 Two squirrel siblings excitedly await a visit from their cousin Momo. Unlike them, he’s a flying squirrel — and once he arrives, they learn that the differences don’t stop there. Everything about Momo is foreign to the squirrel […]

Review of Float

Float by Daniel Miyares; illus. by the author Primary   Simon   40 pp. 6/15   978-1-4814-1524-8   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-1525-5   $12.99 The joys, fears, and frustrations of exploration — as well as the safety, support, and love of home — are examined in this wordless story. Using inspiration from the newspaper, a boy and his caregiver […]

Review of Roller Girl

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    240 pp. 3/15    978-0-8037-4016-7    $12.99 When Astrid’s best friend Nicole starts harping on ballet, fashion, and dating, Astrid is left behind (read: not interested). She’s behind on the roller derby track, too, where she’s signed up for summer boot camp even though […]