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Review of Every Dog in the Neighborhood

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Matthew CordellPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g6/22    978-0-8234-4427-4    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5298-9    $11.99Louis tells his grandma that he wants a dog. When she replies that there are already enough dogs in the neighborhood, Louis goes door to door to get a...

Review of The Great Zapfino

The Great Zapfino by Mac Barnett; illus. by Marla FrazeePreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-1154-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1155-5    $10.99The stage is set, the circus curtains part, and out walks the short, bald, and unassuming Great Zapfino, who will leap from death-defying heights onto a tiny trampoline. Barnett plays...

Review of Just to See

Just to See by Morgane de Cadier; illus. by Florian Pigé; trans. from French by Johanna McCalmontPreschool    Blue Dot Kids    40 pp.    g5/22    978-1-7376032-0-7    $18.95A girl in a treehouse regularly explores the woods through her binoculars: “I know the forest inside out.” Suddenly, she spots something new—the antlers of a...

Review of The Tide Pool Waits

The Tide Pool Waits by Candace Fleming; illus. by Amy HevronPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g4/22    978-0-8234-4915-6    $18.99This informative and appealing nonfiction picture book gives young readers a detailed look at the tide-pool ecology of the Pacific Coast, the “astonishing world” of creatures that wait in seawater collected among rocks on...

Review of Children of the Forest

Children of the Forest by Matt Myers; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 4/22    978-0-8234-4767-1    $18.99 “We are wild. We are children of the forest,” proclaims the story’s narrator, an unnamed older sibling wearing a fern-colored hooded jacket and brown pants and carrying a (toy)...

Review of Moving Words About a Flower

Moving Words About a Flower by K. C. Hayes; illus. by Barbara Chotiner Preschool    Charlesbridge    40 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-62354-165-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-961-3    $9.99 A seed grows into a dandelion and becomes a ball of seeds that scatter. In a book that relies on typographical creativity to relate information,...

Five questions for Kevin Young

Emile and the Field (Make Me a World/Random, ages 3–6; illus. by Chioma Ebinama) is the picture-book debut of Kevin Young, an acclaimed poet, poetry editor of the New Yorker, and the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the lyrically...

Review of Emile and the Field

Emile and the Field by Kevin Young; illus. by Chioma Ebinama Preschool    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-9848-5042-3    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-5043-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-5044-7    $10.99 Young Emile, his dog at his side, frequents a field that is “wide and blue” and filled with flowers, bumblebees,...

Review of Mina

Mina by Matthew Forsythe; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    64 pp.    g 2/22    978-1-4814-8041-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8042-0    $10.99 Mina is a mouse, her nose always in a book, who lives “in her own little world where nothing ever bothered her.” Her busy father brings home things he...

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