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John's Turn

[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   John’s Turn by Mac Barnett; illus. by Kate Berube Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5362-0395-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2676-8    $17.99 Barnett and Berube offer a...

Field Notes: The Day the Book Banners Came for Us

When our head of youth services came up to me one Thursday afternoon this spring and said, “I want to show you something,” I thought it was going to be something normal for the mid-sized suburban public library I run in Henrietta, New York — like a clogged toilet or...

Review of Farmhouse

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-316-52894-8    $18.99 Blackall brings herself and her artistic process into this (imagined) story of twelve siblings who grow up in a real-life farmhouse that was situated on a property Blackall owns. The text is one...

Review of Something Great

Something Great by Jeanette Bradley; illus. by the author Preschool    Levine Querido    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64614-171-5    $18.99 Even the youngest among us knows the pain of being misunderstood. Quinn has spent the morning in their workshop making Something Great. Then it’s echoes of Krauss’s The Carrot Seed as Quinn...

Review of Fish and Wave

Fish and Wave [I Can Read!: Comics]by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    48 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-307667-9    $16.99Paper ed.  978-0-06-307666-2    $4.99Fish (Fish and Sun, rev. 9/21) wakes up early to search for a new friend, and the first potential pal he finds is a wave. Wave starts...

Review of How Old Is Mr. Tortoise?

How Old Is Mr. Tortoise? by Dev Petty; illus. by Ruth ChanPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.    g6/22    978-1-4197-4670-3    $18.99e-book ed.    978-1-68335-972-2    $15.54In this comic in picture-book form, Mr. Tortoise is so old that he’s forgotten how old he is, prompting his friends to become preoccupied with trying to figure out how...

Review of Ten Owies

Ten Owies by Tony Johnston; illus. by Annabel TempestPreschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g6/22    978-0-06-264460-2    $17.99Johnston and Tempest bring the fun to this bright, bouncy read-aloud that tells the stories of ten children who sustain minor injuries in the midst of happy, active days. Tempest’s dynamic illustrations are packed with polka...

Review of The Book That Kibo Wrote

The Book That Kibo Wrote by Mariana Ruiz Johnson; illus. by the author; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Eerdmans    32 pp.    g4/22    978-0-8028-5589-3    $17.99A typical day on the savanna inspires Kibo, a rhinoceros, to write a book. “He wrote about the red sky of the savanna, the silhouettes of...

Review of Meet the Super Duper Seven

Meet the Super Duper Seven [I Like to Read: Comics]by Tim Hamilton; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holiday    40 pp.   g7/22    978-0-8234-4910-1    $14.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5304-7    $8.99The Super Duper Seven includes Electro-Elephant (“I can charge your phones”), Hypno-Hippo (“I put bad guys to sleep”), and Hungry Kitty, who keeps eating the...

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