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Susan Dove Lempke

About Susan Dove Lempke

Susan Dove Lempke is a Horn Book reviewer and director of the Niles Public Library District in Illinois.

Review of Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School

Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School by Kay Winters; illus by Patrice Barton Primary    Dial    40 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-399-53898-8    $16.99 Thirty-five poems cover the school year from “Bus Stop” to “Sing a Song of Summer,” with a fire drill, a snow day, April Fool’s Day, and Earth Day in between. There’s […]

Review of A Round of Robins

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman; 

illus. by Sergio Ruzzier Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    40 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-399-54778-2    $16.99 Sixteen poems follow a pair of robin parents as they raise not one but two sets of baby robins in this factual and funny volume. The story begins with “Defender Dad” telling three annoyed-looking birds on […]

Review of Jabberwalking

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera Middle School, High School    Candlewick    138 pp. 3/18    978-1-5362-0140-6    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-7636-9264-3    $14.99 In a loose and jazzy style (and with a nod to Lewis Carroll), the former U.S. Poet Laureate offers instructions for “Jabberwalking,” or writing poetry while in motion: “You have to move fast! / Move, move, […]

Review of Warbler Wave

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre with Jeff Sayre; photos by April Pulley Sayre Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-4814-4829-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4830-7    $10.99 From the author of Woodpecker Wham! (rev. 5/15) comes another science picture book featuring spectacular photographs and spare, precise text, this time focusing on the migrating group […]

Review of When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…

When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang with Ann Stern; illus. by Molly Bang Preschool    Blue Sky/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 1/18    978-1-338-15298-2    $17.99 Each of the Sophie books (When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry…, rev. 3/99; When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt, rev. 9/15) helps children come to terms with emotions […]

Review of Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up by Sally M. Walker; illus. by William Grill Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-7636-7512-7    $17.99 Nonfiction writer Walker (winner of the 2006 Sibert Award for Secrets of a Civil War Submarine) and illustrator Grill (winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for Shackleton’s Journey) team up […]

Review of Flashlight Night

Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine; illus. by Fred Koehler Primary    Boyds Mills    32 pp. 9/17    978-1-62979-493-8    $16.95 On any dark night, a flashlight illuminating shadows can create delicious thrills. Here, a trio of kids is seen on the title page crossing a dark backyard toward a tree house. A boy carries a stack of […]

Review of Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing

Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert; illus. by Raúl Colón Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp.    g 6/17    978-1-62672-250-7    $17.99 This picture-book biography of folk legend Seeger lays out the events of his adult life with a focus not on dry facts but on helping child readers […]

Review of A Song About Myself

A Song About Myself by John Keats; illus. by Chris Raschka Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-5090-2    $17.99    g Raschka’s exuberant pictures and Keats’s playful nonsense poem make an irresistible combination from the very first page, which begins, “There was a naughty Boy…” A thick band of color runs […]

Chris Raschka on A Song About Myself

In our March/April 2017 issue, reviewer Susan Dove Lempke spoke with Chris Raschka about his free-spirited paintings for a new illustrated edition of John Keats’s A Song About Myself. Read the full review. Susan Dove Lempke: Your free-flowing illustrations are a perfect match for this type of child-friendly poem, which follows a form but seems […]