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Review of All About Nothing

All About Nothing by Elizabeth Rusch; illus. by Elizabeth GossPreschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.4/23    9781623543525    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893222    $9.99Rusch’s thought-provoking text begins: “Nothing is the space around and between everything.” The presence of nothing, cued by plain white areas in the cut-paper illustrations, appears first as physical space: the gap...

Review of The Night Tent

The Night Tent by Landis Blair; illus. by the authorPreschool    Ferguson/Holiday    40 pp.4/23    9780823450985    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455164    $11.99Blair offers viewers a fantastical nighttime adventure. Because “Watson wasn’t sleepy,” he worries about what might be hiding under the bed or in his closet. Suddenly, a beam of light appears from beneath...

Review of Like

Like by Annie Barrows; illus. by Leo EspinosaPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp.9/22    9781452163376    $17.99“You are you, and I am I. We are people…This makes us different from most of the things on Earth.” Head crowned with a mass of brown curly hair, this book’s narrator speaks directly to readers, guiding...

Review of Zap! Clap! Boom!: The Story of a Thunderstorm

Zap! Clap! Boom!: The Story of a Thunderstorm by Laura Purdie Salas; illus. by Elly MacKayPreschool    Bloomsbury    40 pp.3/23    9781547602254    18.99e-book ed.  9781547602261    $13.29“No wind, / No rain, / No stormy sky.” Three children kick a bright red ball across the sloping island landscape. As they search for their ball...

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 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...

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