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Review of Polar Bear

Polar Bear by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 11/22    978-0-8234-4916-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5435-8    $11.99 Showcasing another fascinating animal (Giant Squid, rev. 9/16; Honeybee, rev. 3/20), and with their usual dynamism and immediacy, Fleming and ­Rohmann turn their attention to polar...

Review of The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense

The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense by Jon Scieszka; illus. by Julia Rothman Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    80 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-7636-9434-0    $19.99 Since the 1992 publication of The Stinky Cheese Man (rev. 11/92), Scieszka has been upending conventions in children’s literature. Here,...

Review of Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story

Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story by Henry Cole; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-338-78404-6    $18.99 Cole’s skill in creating wordless picture books (see, for example, Nesting, rev. 3/20) shines in this engaging story about a boy and a dog that...

Review of Three Strike Summer

Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp Intermediate    McElderry    320 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-5344-9914-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9916-4    $10.99 Evicted from their Oklahoma farm in the midst of the Dust Bowl, the Willard family strikes out for California looking for work as migrant pickers. Scrappy Gloria Mae, the youngest...

Review of Puffin

Puffin by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Jenni Desmond Primary     Candlewick    32 pp.     g 10/22     978-1-5362-2850-2     $17.99 Jenkins (Bird Builds a Nest, rev. 1/18; Beware of the Crocodile, rev. 3/19) again offers readers solid science in an entertaining package. The cover illustration of an Atlantic Puffin, beak...

Review of The Midnight Children

The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart Intermediate, Middle School     Holt    352 pp.         g8/22     978-1-250-19672-9     $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-19673-6    $9.99 In the dead of night, seven children arrive in Slaughterville, a typically sleepy town supported by a single industry—the local slaughterhouse. Only Ravani, a friendless, bullied boy,...

Review of Tree Hole Homes: Daytime Dens and Nighttime Nooks

Tree Hole Homes: Daytime Dens and Nighttime Nooks by Melissa Stewart ; illus. by Amy Hevron Primary     Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.         g10/22     978-0-593-37330-9         $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-37331-6    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-37332-3    $11.99 Stewart follows a familiar pattern (see Sibert Honor Book Summertime Sleepers , rev....

Review of A Very Big Fall

A Very Big Fall by Emily Kastner; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 8/22    978-0-358-41945-7    $17.99 From within a collective of autumn leaves, readers meet three individuals, each with a distinct human-like personality. There’s Birch, the optimist; Oak, the contented; and Maple, the complainer (and late...

Review of Building

Building by Henry Cole; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Tegen/HarperCollins    40 pp.   g6/22    978-0-06-313655-7    $17.99Sharing yet another example of the intricacies of animal home construction (see Nesting, rev. 3/20), Cole introduces readers to the masters of the trade: beavers. A practiced storyteller, Cole employs an engaging refrain (“Building, building....

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