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Review of The Real Riley Mayes

The Real Riley Mayes by Rachel Elliott; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    224 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-299575-9    $21.99Paper ed.  978-0-06-299574-2    $12.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-299576-6    $11.99“Fifth grade isn’t my kinda vibe,” admits Riley at the start of Elliott’s debut graphic novel, an exploration of self-identity that is both LOL funny...

The Newbery and Art

When most people think of the Newbery Award, they think of words, not art. After all, the Newbery criteria stipulate that “the committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when...

Review of The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back

The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back by Jonathan Stutzman; illus. by Isabelle ArsenaultPreschool    Candlewick    48 pp.    g8/22    978-1-5362-1679-0    $18.99 Vincent is a peripatetic mouse who carries a small house, in the form of a die-cut hole, on his back. He temporarily settles atop a small hill, where...

Review of I Love You like Yellow

I Love You like Yellow by Andrea Beaty; illus. by Vashti HarrisonPreschool    Abrams    48 pp.    g3/22    978-1-4197-4807-3    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0056-1    $15.54This bear-hug of a picture book features a series of similes that serve as declarations of love in various forms. Constructed in a first-person narrative in which the “I” switches...

Review of Growing Pangs

Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee; illus. by Molly Brooks; color by Bex Glendining and Elise SchuenkeIntermediate    Random    256 pp.   g5/22    978-0-593-30128-9    $20.99Library ed.  978-0-593-30129-6    $23.99Paper ed.  978-0-593-30131-9    $12.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-30130-2    $8.99Rising sixth graders Katie and Kacey, both homeschooled during the year, head to summer camp. Though Katie loves being...

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 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 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 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...

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