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Review of The Sun Is Late and So Is the Farmer

The Sun Is Late and So Is the Farmer by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Erin E. Stead Preschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 11/22    978-0-8234-4428-1    $18.99 A hungry mule, milk cow, and miniature horse wait for the sun to rise. Declaring that the sun is late (“and...

Review of Mr. McCloskey’s Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings

Mr. McCloskey’s Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings by Emma Bland Smith; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Primary    Calkins/Astra    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-63592-392-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-827-3    $11.99 On page one of this true story behind the making of the 1942 Caldecott-winning Make...

Every Dog in the Neighborhood

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Matthew Cordell Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 6/22    978-0-8234-4427-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5298-9    $11.99 Louis...

Review of Walter Had a Best Friend

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier Preschool     Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 10/22     978-1-5344-7700-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7701-8    $10.99 Walter (a mouse-like creature) and Xavier (who resembles a duck) do everything together, including boating (their canoe has “X + W”...
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Review of Too Early

Too Early by Nora Ericson ; illus. by Elly MacKay Preschool    Abrams    32 pp.       g11/22     978-1-4197-4207-1     $18.99 As the book opens, the child who narrates this atmospheric tale heads straight for Mama and Daddy’s bedroom and wakes them up. Both parents then admonish the child not...

Review of Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel by Molly Idle; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-316-54113-8    $18.99 As the seasons pass, young Hilda visits elderly witch Hazel. In the spring, she helps Hazel sweep her front porch; in summer, they air the music room; in fall, they clean cobwebs...

Review of Nine Color Deer

Nine Color Deer by Kailin Duan; illus. by the author; trans. from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64614-178-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-199-9    $18.99 “Deep in the Kunlun Hills, there lived a mystical deer,” the Nine Color Deer, so called because of the varied...
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Review of Little Good Wolf

Little Good Wolf by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel ; illus. by Janet Stevens Primary     Clarion/HarperCollins    48 pp.     g8/22     978-0-358-56188-0     $17.99 Little Good Wolf is menace-free: well-mannered, tidy, and hygienic. This frustrates Papa and Mama Wolf, who send him on the Big Bad Bus to...
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Review of Night on the Sand

Night on the Sand by Monica Mayper ; illus. by Jaime Kim Preschool, Primary     Clarion/HarperCollins    32 pp.     g8/22     978-1-328-88418-3     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-68325-4    $12.99 An unspecified natural disaster destroys the home of two brothers, who are then unable to locate their parents. With the “howl” of the...
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