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Review of Courage Hats

Courage Hats by Kate Hoefler; illus. by Jessixa Bagley Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.    g3/22    978-1-7972-0276-1     $17.99Mae (a human girl) and Bear (a bear) are both embarking on a train journey to an undisclosed destination, and neither feels comfortable. Mae worries about bears who might eat small people, and Bear...

Review of Eggasaurus

Eggasaurus by Jennifer Wagh; illus. by Hallie BatemanPreschool, Primary    Simon    40 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-5006-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5007-3    $10.99“Dear Customer, Thank you for your Eggasaurus purchase.” A “fragile” delivery that arrives for a child named Maximus launches an epistolary story paced like a tennis match. Bright cartoon art shows the delighted...

Review of Zoobilations!

Zoobilations! by Douglas Florian; illus. by the authorPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5344-6590-9    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6591-6    $10.99Florian returns to the zoo (zoo’s who, rev. 5/05) with twenty new pithy and jubilant poems about animals. Some of the poems are peppered with interesting facts, such as “The African Elephant”: “Each...

Review of Skater Baby

Skater Baby by Jack Noel; illus. by the authorPreschool    Razorbill/Penguin    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-593-32454-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-32719-7    $10.99Though signs on the opening page foreshadow drama, the narrator’s description of events stays obliviously deadpan: “This is Mom. This is Mom’s precious little baby. They are in the park together for some...

Review of Between the Lighthouse and You

Between the Lighthouse and You by Michelle LeeIntermediate    Farrar    192 pp.    g1/22    978-0-374-31450-7    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-374-31451-4    $9.99Six years ago, Alice’s mother, a cultural anthropologist, disappeared in a boating accident near Aviles Island off the coast of Florida. Now twelve, Alice pores over her mom’s books and notes, looking for clues...

Review of Cress Watercress

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire; illus. by David Litchfield Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    224 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5362-1100-9    $19.99 In this richly imagined woodland adventure, a grieving rabbit family — Mama, Cress, and baby Kip (with stuffed carrot “Rotty” always in tow) — must leave their comfortable warren to start over...

Review of Willodeen

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate; illus. by Charles Santoso Intermediate    Feiwel    272 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-250-14740-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-14741-7    $9.99 Applegate’s (Wishtree, rev. 11/17; The One and Only Bob, rev. 7/20) latest novel is set in a town that is home to two creatures unfamiliar to us but affected by...

Review of Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather by Matt Phelan; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-293414-7    $17.99 Opening on a morning scene of autumnal domestic bliss, a large, bathrobe-clad bear holding a steaming mug looks out the window at falling leaves. “Sweaters ON!” the bear declares to a roomful of...

The Museum of Everything

The art in Lynne Rae Perkins’s joyfully curious picture book The Museum of Everything, with its vivid colors and alluring assortment of bits and pieces, celebrates curation, creation, and the private life of the mind. The dust jacket depicts the landscape around an imagined museum —  Is that the sun, the moon,...

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