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Review of The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale

The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale by Jon Klassen; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    112 pp.7/23    9781536223361    $19.99e-book ed.  9781536232158    $19.99“One night…Otilla finally ran away.” After trekking through the snowy forest, she knocks at the door of a large old house. A skull in the window says he’ll let the girl...

Review of Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred

Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Paul O. ZelinskyPrimary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp.8/23    9780593480038    $18.99Library ed.  9780593480045    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593480052    $10.99A fairly standard retelling changes course quickly when Cinderella storms out of the ball (“What a disaster!”) declaring that the prince is a snob and her...

Review of Ode to a Bad Day

Ode to a Bad Day by Chelsea Lin Wallace; illus. by Hyewon Yum Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 4/23    9781797210803    $16.99 With loads of age-appropriate melodrama, a young girl laments all the bad things that happen on a bad day, starting with “Too Much Milk in My Cereal.” Late to...

Review of The Very Unfortunate Wish of Melony Yoshimura

The Very Unfortunate Wish of Melony Yoshimura by Waka T. BrownIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    272 pp.7/23    9780063230767    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063230781    $10.99Sixth grader Melony tries really hard to please her overprotective Japanese immigrant parents and be the good girl they expect her to be, but inside she’s raging against their...

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 Miss Irwin

Miss Irwin by Allen Say; illus. by the authorPrimary    Scholastic    32 pp.4/23  9781338300406    $19.99Remembering what his parents have told him about Grandma, second grader Andy patiently goes along when she calls him by the wrong name, confusing him for a student she’d taught long ago. “I had you in kindergarten…I...

Review of Ancient Night

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

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 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...

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