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Hot Dog

[Many 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.]   Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99...

Review of Sun Wishes

Sun Wishes by Patricia Storms ; illus. by Milan Pavlović Preschool, Primary     Groundwood    32 pp.     g5/22     978-1-77306-450-5     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-451-2    $16.99 “If I were the sun, I would sing a gentle morning song,” begins Storms and Pavlović’s ( Moon Wishes ) second collaboration, which invites readers...

Review of Maybe You Might

Maybe You Might by Imogen Foxell ; illus. by Anna Cunha Preschool, Primary     Lantana    32 pp.     g10/22     978-1-913747-86-2     $17.99 This lyrical, poetic picture book addresses a perennial question: ­Why try? The story begins on the front endpapers where the child narrator stands alone amid a barren...

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...

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