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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...
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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 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...
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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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Review of Snow Angel, Sand Angel

Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Lois-Ann Yamanaka; illus. by Ashley LukashevskyPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g1/22    978-0-593-12737-7    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-12738-4    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-12739-1    $10.99Claire, who lives with her family in Hawai’i, yearns to experience snow. Her family visits Mauna Kea, but the snow there isn’t the kind she’s...
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Review of Big Dog, Little Dog

Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin; illus. by Lucinda GiffordPreschool, Primary    Kane Miller    32 pp.    g3/22    978-1-68464-383-7    $12.99Big Dog is perfectly happy before Little Dog comes along. It’s just him and his human friend—yelling “Walkies!” while hanging onto the leash as Big Dog hurtles along; “Come!” as off-leash Big...
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Review of Dream, Annie, Dream

Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. BrownIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    352 pp.    g1/22    978-0-06-301716-0    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-301718-4    $8.99Japanese American Aoi Inoue takes to heart her sixth-grade teacher’s advice (“You can be anything you want to be”) and decides she wants to be called Annie, after years of answering to...

Review of Himawari House

Himawari House by Harmony Becker; illus. by the author High School    First Second    384 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-250-23556-5    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-23557-2    $17.99 In this expertly crafted graphic novel, recent high school grad Nao, born in Japan and raised in the American Midwest, spends a gap year in Tokyo. “Only...

Review of The Big Bath House

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear; illus. by Gracey Zhang Primary    Random    40 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-593-18195-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-18196-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-18197-3    $10.99 A young girl visiting her grandmother in Japan narrates this not-so-traditional bath-time book about a very traditional and ancient Japanese custom. The narrator...
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