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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.     g10/22     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...

Review of The Sky We Shared

The Sky We Shared by Shirley Reva Vernick Intermediate     Cinco Puntos/Lee & Low    256 pp.         g6/22     978-1-947627-52-9     $22.95e-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....

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...

Review of Luli and the Language of Tea

Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang; illus. by Hyewon YumPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g5/22    978-0-8234-4614-8    $18.99While adults attend an ESL class, their children go to a playroom next door. The room is full but quiet; no one speaks the same language, and all the kids play separately....

Review of Together We Ride

Together We Ride by Valerie Bolling; illus. by Kaylani JuanitaPreschool    Chronicle    32 pp.    g4/22    978-1-7972-1248-7    $16.99A little girl learns to ride a bike in her suburban Bay Area neighborhood, her father by her side until off she goes on her own. Soon enough comes the ­inevitable wobbliness and first fall...

Review of Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!

Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Dan SantatPrimary, Intermediate    Chronicle    88 pp.    g4/22    978-1-4521-4482-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-7972-0121-4    $11.99Though oversize, this eighty-eight-page picture book is not for story hour; it’s perhaps best suited for just one or two listeners. And get...

Review of Ollie’s Hug

Ollie’s Hug by Olivier Dunrea; illus. by the authorPreschool    Clarion/HarperCollins    16 pp.    g3/22    978-0-358-66393-5    $7.99Gosling Ollie (Ollie the Stomper) is feeling out of sorts, and “Nothing feels right!” One by one, his friends kindly offer help. Does he want to wear Gertie’s boots or play with Peedie’s ball or go...

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