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Review of Picture Day

Picture Day by Sarah Sax; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Knopf    288 pp.6/23    9780593306888    $20.99Paper ed.  9780593306871    $13.99Library ed.  9780593306895    $23.99e-book ed.  9780593306901    $8.99Tween relationships and identity development are the focus of this engaging contemporary graphic novel. It is middle-school picture day, and Viv is determined to make her mark....

Review of The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu by Clément Xavier; illus. by Lisa Lugrin; color by Albertine Ralenti; trans. from French by Edward GauvinMiddle School, High School    Graphic Universe/Lerner    136 pp.8/23    9781728445656    $30.65Paper ed.  9798765607473    $17.99This immersive comic introduces readers to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU),...

Review of Lost in the Mountains

Lost in the Mountains [Survival Scout] by Maxwell Eaton III; illus. by the author Intermediate    Roaring Brook    144 pp. 5/23    9781250790460    $19.99 Paper ed.  9781250790477    $12.99 e-book ed.  9781250330956    $9.99 This humorous and informative comic-format guide showcases all things survival in the great outdoors. After getting lost while hiking and...

Review of Lo & Behold

Lo & Behold by Wendy Mass; illus. by Gabi Mendez; color by Cai TseIntermediate, Middle School    Random House    224 pp.5/23    9780593179635    $20.99Library ed.  9780593179642    $23.99Paper ed.  9780593179628    $13.99e-book ed.  9780593179659    $8.99In this moving and memorable graphic novel, twelve-year-old Addie loves tortoises, outer space, and moon trees (planted from seeds that...

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...

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