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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...

Review of Before Music: Where Instruments Come From

Before Music: Where Instruments Come From by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Madison SaferPrimary, Intermediate    Amulet/Abrams    88 pp.    g5/22    978-1-4197-4555-3    $24.99e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0696-9    $18.65One person collects clay from the earth and shapes it into an ocarina; another finds metal ore deep in the ground and fashions it into a bell....

Review of Eggs from Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps

Eggs from Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps by Monica Wellington; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-8234-4782-4    $18.99How do eggs get from “farm to table”? From the very outset of this cleverly presented and organized book, readers are invited to find out:...

Review of At the Pond

At the Pond by David Elliott; illus. by Amy Schimler-SaffordPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5362-0598-5    $18.99After visiting such settings as the skies (On the Wing, rev. 11/14), the past (In the Past, rev. 3/18), and the forest (In the Woods, rev. 3/20), Elliott invites readers into another poetic exploration of...

Inside Cat

Cats, both inside and outside, are admittedly unfamiliar territory to me, a dog person as required by my allergies. Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat (a 2017 Caldecott Honoree) and now Inside Cat have so kindly offered an outlet through which to admire them from a safe distance. His care and cleverness...

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