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Review of The North Wind & the Sun

The North Wind & the Sun by Philip Stead; illus. by the authorPreschool    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.10/23    9780823455836    $18.99In this retelling of an Aesop’s fable, three elderly sisters don their patched-up coats—yellow, blue, and red—and head out for a walk. The next two spreads are vertically oriented: readers turn the book...

Review of 10 Dogs

10 Dogs by Emily Gravett; illus. by the authorPreschool    Boxer Books    32 pp.9/23    9781914912597    $16.99Readers can expect much more than just a counting book in Gravett’s (10 Cats, rev. 5/23) latest: it’s also a delightful mathematical puzzler for preschoolers. In the opening spread (one of only two moments of peace),...

Review of What If One Day…

What If One Day… by Bruce Handy; illus. by Ashleigh CorrinPreschool, Primary    Enchanted Lion    80 pp.9/23    9781592703838    $19.95This playful and introspective book asks readers to ponder what the world would be like if things taken for granted disappeared. What if “all the birds flew away”? What if “all the water...

Review of One More Jar of Jam

One More Jar of Jam by Michelle Sumovich; illus. by Gracey ZhangPrimary    Dial    40 pp.8/23    9780593112670    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593112663    $10.99A close-knit family living in a small blue house treasures the sprawling mulberry tree that grows in their yard. They drape it with “sparkling baubles and beads” to keep the birds...

Review of The Red Fruit

The Red Fruit by Lee Gee Eun; illus. by the authorPreschool    Levine Querido    64 pp.11/23    9781646147007    $18.99Hungry baby bear wakes up early and wanders off alone. When a delicious red fruit falls from a tree and lands on his head, he decides to search for more. The tree is exceedingly...

Nell Plants a Tree

Nell Plants a Tree was released in January of 2023, and it was one of the year's first great picture books. I imagine that it was a rewarding challenge for illustrator Daniel Miyares to bring Anne Wynter's text to life in pictures on the page. It is a beautifully constructed...

Review of Tomfoolery!: Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children’s Books

Tomfoolery!: Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel; illus. by Barbara McClintockPrimary    Chronicle    40 pp.11/23    9780811879231    $18.99British illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) transformed illustrated books for children (“stiff, full of pretty poses and cluttered scenery”) into picture books (ones that featured stories that “tumble[d] forth like...

Review of Do You Remember?

Do You Remember? by Sydney Smith; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.10/23    9780823442621    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823450237    $11.99A mother and child lie in bed, sharing memories in the dark. Changes in font color and placement guide readers in knowing who is speaking at which moment. First, the mother asks...

Review of Gotta Go!

Gotta Go! by Frank Viva; illus. by the authorPrimary    TOON    32 pp.9/23    9781662665073    $18.99This level-two TOON comic opens with a poem, reminding readers that “everybody pees!” Owen is on his way to see Grampa, with his mother at the wheel, when the need to urinate overcomes him (in one very...

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