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Review of Home

Home by Isabelle Simler; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Vineet LalPrimary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    64 pp.3/24    9780802856203    $18.99e-book ed.  9781467467544    $18.99Simler takes on the perspectives of twenty-seven creatures who share the intricacies of their homes in this eye-catching French import. Each entry features a poem about, and illustration...

Review of The Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel by Tülin Kozikoğlu; illus. by Hüseyin SönmezayPrimary    Crocodile/Interlink    40 pp.11/23    9781623717216    $18.95In the first double-page spread of this Turkish import, readers see a boy and girl, each in their respective homes “somewhere in the world.” The boy looks out the window with delight as fireworks flash; the...

Review of Bird Is Dead

Bird Is Dead by Tiny Fisscher; illus. by Herma Starreveld; trans. from Dutch by Laura WatkinsonPrimary    Greystone Kids    40 pp.3/24    9781778401176    $18.95In this Dutch import, a community of birds comes to terms with the death of one of their own. In the wordless opening spread, a lifeless bird lies face...

Review of The First Day of May

The First Day of May by Henrique Coser Moreira; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Levine Querido    40 pp.3/24    9781646143825    $15.99First published in Portugal, this wordless book celebrates—with abundant style—the blossoming of spring. Most spreads convey the action in a series of four or six small, square panels. In the opening...

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...

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