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Review of The Circles in the Sky

The Circles in the Sky by Karl James Mountford; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick Studio    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5362-2498-6    $18.99 After a day on the hunt, Fox hears the birds singing in a new and different way. Fox follows their “strange morning song” and finds...

Review of The Dark Was Done

The Dark Was Done by Lauren Stringer; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5344-6292-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6293-9    $10.99 “Night lights, streetlights, flashlights, and table lamps” often shine against a childhood fear: the Dark. Here gently curved indigo outlines form the...

Review of Where in the World Are You?

Where in the World Are You? by Marie G. Rohde ; illus. by the author Preschool    What on Earth    48 pp.       g9/22     978-1-913750-76-3     $17.99 Rohde constructs a vibrant exploration of place beginning with a simple question and answer: “Where is the cat? Under the wobbly table.”...

Review of I Cannot Draw a Horse

I Cannot Draw a Horse by Charise Mericle Harper; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Union Square Kids  48 pp.     g9/22     978-1-4549-4594-9     $17.99 A gray shape—almost a half of an oval—sits alone on a sheet of what looks like graph paper. “This is my shape,” declares...

Review of Moonlight

Moonlight by Stephen Savage; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g8/22    978-0-8234-5084-8    $18.99e-book ed. 978-0-8234-5305-4    $11.99“Something is on the move,” but what could it be? In the darkness of night, each page-turn offers the viewer tantalizing glimpses—along a jungle’s vines, down a waterfall’s descent, and into a river...

Review of Peanut Gets Fed Up

Peanut Gets Fed Up by Dana Wulfekotte; illus. by the authorPreschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g4/22    978-0-06-245582-6    $17.99Narrator Peanut, a stuffed penguin, has been with preschooler Pearl since the very beginning. First words, first steps—­Peanut has seen it all. But life with Pearl can be messy, too. Naptime drooling, muddy puddles,...

Review of Bedtime for Bo

Bedtime for Bo by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold; illus. by Mari Kanstad Johnsen; trans. from Norwegian by Kari DicksonPreschool    Enchanted Lion    72 pp.    g8/22    978-1-59270-374-6    $19.95“Bedtime!” is a call that can elicit groans of dread from young children and caregivers alike. While Bo performs “tumblesaults on the sofa and sings as...

Review of Little Houses

Little Houses by Kevin Henkes; illus. by Laura DronzekPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.  g5/22    978-0-06-296572-1    $18.99Library ed.  978-0-06-296573-8    $19.89A pigtailed child visits her grandparents at the shore, where the waves call them to explore the sands just outside the steps of their small seaside house. Amid the colorful detritus left...

Review of Would You Come Too?

Would You Come Too? by Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Diana SudykaPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-5206-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5207-7    $10.99“If we were walls, we’d have windows, and we’d throw them open wide.” A child with brown hair and dark skin invites a red-haired, light-skinned friend to come outside...

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