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Review of Night in the City

Night in the City by Julie Downing; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823452064    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455188    $11.99While a child gets ready for bed, a father gets ready for work—as do other night-shift workers in the city. Readers follow the dad (a nurse) and eight others: a taxi...

Review of The Bear and the Wildcat

The Bear and the Wildcat by Kazumi Yumoto; illus. by Komako Sakai; trans. from Japanese by Cathy HiranoPrimary    Gecko    48 pp.2/23    9781877467707    $19.99Young viewers may wonder why the cover art shows a bear and a bird, not a wildcat. On the title page, however, we see the bird lying on...

Review of Ancient Night

Ancient Night by David Álvarez with David Bowles; illus. by David ÁlvarezPreschool, Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    40 pp.3/23    9781646142514    $18.99Spanish ed.  9781646142545    $18.99e-book ed.  9781646142859    $18.99Rabbit keeps the moon shining brightly by trekking across the world to bring back aguamiel, “the precious, glowing nectar that brims in the heart of...

Review of The Snail

The Snail by Emily Hughes; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Chronicle    88 pp.11/22    9781797204673    $18.99In this picture book for an older audience than Yang’s A Boy Named Isamu (rev. 9/21), Hughes presents an impressionistic biography of artist Isamu Noguchi. The book’s emotional journey begins with an elderly Noguchi shouting into...

Review of An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales

An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin; illus. by the author; trans. from Finnish by Jill G. Timbers Primary, Intermediate    Floris    128 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-78250-744-4    $22.95 These twenty-six Nordic tales are mostly inspired by stories from the author-illustrator’s native Finland. In a brief introduction, Surojegin...

Review of The Sky We Shared

The Sky We Shared by Shirley Reva Vernick Intermediate    Cinco Puntos/Lee & Low    256 pp.    g 6/22    978-1-947627-52-9    $22.95 e-book ed.  978-1-947627-54-3    $22.95 Vernick’s absorbing historical World War II novel alternates between the perspectives of two teenage girls: Nellie Doud in Oregon and Tamiko Nakaoka in Japan. Nellie...

Review of Lemon Bird: Can Help!

Lemon Bird: Can Help! by Paulina Ganucheau ; illus. by the author Primary     RH Graphic/Random    112 pp.         g8/22     978-0-593-12267-9     $12.99Library ed.  978-0-593-12533-5    $15.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-12268-6    $7.99 Lemon Bird isn’t the only fruit-animal hybrid in this cute and kooky graphic novel—there are pairs of cherry mice...

Review of Smaller Sister

Smaller Sister by Maggie Edkins Willis ; illus. by the author Intermediate     Roaring Brook    320 pp.         g6/22     978-1-250-76741-7     $22.99Paper ed.  978-1-250-76742-4    $14.99 In Willis’s debut graphic novel, based on her own experiences, narrator Lucy worships her older-by-one-year sister Livy. They play together, then fight, then...

Review of Blanket

Blanket by Ruth Ohi ; illus. by the author Preschool     Groundwood    32 pp.     g9/22     978-1-77306-614-1     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-615-8    $16.99 Though wearing bright yellow pajamas that exude cheeriness, Cat wakes up in a gloomy mood, seemingly unaware of the sun shining through the window. Luckily, Dog knows...

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