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Review of Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom

Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor; illus. by Kazimir Lee Middle School, High School    Little, Brown    112 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-7595-5550-1    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-0-7595-5551-8    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5766-6    $9.99 This Center for Cartoon Studies Presents entry (most recently, Glynnis Fawkes’s Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre, rev. 11/19) spotlights...

Why the Hell Don't More Holiday Books Win the Caldecott?

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt about holiday books and the Caldecott Award. (This is an entry in their why-the-hell Calling Caldecott series. Previous posts include discussions about the Caldecott and photography; board books; the Newbery Award; and "didactic intent.") – J.D. and M.V.P.  ELISA...

Review of A Snake Falls to Earth

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger Middle School, High School    Levine Querido    352 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-64614-092-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-114-2    $18.99 This original and suspenseful fantasy explores perceptions and understandings of space, time, identity, environmentalism, communication, and “the rightness of home.” Nina, a human, is determined...

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know: Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning / A Book About the Seasons

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know: Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning / A Book About the Seasons by Brittany Luby; illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley; trans. from Anishinaabemowin by Alvin Ted Corbiere and Alan Corbiere Preschool, Primary    Groundwood    40 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-77306-326-3    $18.95 e-book...

Review of Garlic & the Vampire

Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulsen; illus. by the author Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    160 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-299509-4    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-299508-7    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-299510-0    $9.99 In this silly-spooky graphic novel for readers just venturing into middle-grade books, anthropomorphic veggie and fruit folk, having been brought to life...

Review of Bad Sister

Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper; illus. by Rory Lucey Intermediate, Middle School    First Second    240 pp.    g 7/21    978-1-250-21906-0    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-21905-3    $12.99 Skillfully told through the comics medium, this memoir centers on the author’s childhood experiences as a self-identified “bad sister”: “It wasn’t on purpose. The badness...

Review of Wildflowers

Wildflowers by Liniers; illus. by the author Primary    TOON    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-943145-53-9    $12.95 Liniers (The Big Wet Balloon, rev. 9/13; Good Night, Planet, rev. 1/18) presents a charming celebration of nature, siblinghood, and imaginative play. As three sisters play together on a mysterious island (their backyard), they encounter...

Review of The Biggest Roller Coaster and The Great Bunk Bed Battle

The Biggest Roller Coaster [Fox Tails] by Tina Kügler; illus. by the author Primary    Acorn/Scholastic    48 pp.    g 9/20    Library ed.  978-1-338-56170-8    $23.99 Paper ed.  978-1-338-56169-2    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-63515-7    $2.99 The Great Bunk Bed Battle [Fox Tails] by Tina Kügler; illus. by the author Primary    Acorn/Scholastic    48 pp.    g...

Review of The Midnight Fair

The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer; illus. by Mariachiara Di Giorgio Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-5362-1115-3    $16.99 Forest creatures emerge from the shadows to have their own nighttime fun at the county fairgrounds in this wordless and wondrous picture book. Once the humans head home for the evening,...
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