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Review of Just like Millie

Just like Millie by Lauren Castillo; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536224818    $17.99e-book ed.  9781536237122    $17.99In this comforting story, a young girl and her mother move to a cozy apartment in a new city where she happily plays by herself whenever her mom has to work in...

Review of Milo Walking

Milo Walking by James Howe; illus. by Sakika KikuchiPreschool    Abrams    40 pp.11/23    9781419755200    $18.99e-book ed.  9781647003425    $15.54Every morning, Milo and his mom go for the same walk, “but what they see is never the same.” It’s not just seeing, either—they use all their senses. When they come across a rain...

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 I Want 100 Dogs

I Want 100 Dogs by Stacy McAnulty; illus. by Claire KeanePreschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp.10/23    9781797214405    $17.99When a young girl says she’d like one hundred dogs, her dad logically asks where they would all sleep. The following spread shows her vision (dogs tucked comfortably into bed next to her) alongside...

Review of Mai and the Missing Melon

Mai and the Missing Melon by Sonoko Sakai; illus. by Keiko BrodeurPrimary    Bala Kids    32 pp.10/23    9781645471240    $18.95e-book ed.  9780834845329    $10.99When eight-year-old Mai gets off the train to visit her grandmother, her obāchama, she accidentally leaves behind the delicious-smelling muskmelon she was so excited to share. Sakai’s story, set in...

Review of Kozo the Sparrow

Kozo the Sparrow by Allen Say; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.10/23    9780063248465    $19.99As he often does, Say retells a moving story from his childhood in post–WWII Japan. An eight-year-old boy rescues an injured baby sparrow from some bullies intent on tormenting it, trading them everything he can...

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 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...

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