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Review of Not Just the Driver!

Not Just the Driver! by Sara Holly Ackerman; illus. by Robert NeubeckerPreschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.4/24    9781665936378    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665936385    $10.99This spirited look at a range of mass transportation vehicles showcases some of the vital but less visible jobs involved in making them move. “Who makes buses rev and...

Review of A Friend for Eddy

A Friend for Eddy by Ann Kim Ha; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp. 3/24    9780063315464    $19.99 Eddy the fish lives by himself in a little glass bowl. He wants a friend. “Someone who could swim and blow bubbles. Someone like him. Eddy peered out, wondering if...

Review of Is This a House for Hermit Crab?

Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonald; illus. by Katherine TillotsonPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.2/24    9780823452194    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457595    $11.99First published in 1990 (with illustrations by S. D. Schindler), this story of a hermit crab’s quest for a safe new home appears in a bright reissue with fresh...

Review of Dalmartian: A Mars Rover’s Story

Dalmartian: A Mars Rover’s Story by Lucy Ruth Cummins; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Atheneum    48 pp.5/24    9781665911955    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665911962    $10.99The “dalmartians,” depicted as canine-esque creatures with green spots who walk on hind legs, arrive in Stephen’s backyard via spaceship one night. Upon being spotted by him, they make...

Review of Turtle-Turtle and the Wide, Wide River

Turtle-Turtle and the Wide, Wide River by Jane Hillenbrand and Will Hillenbrand; illus. by Will HillenbrandPreschool    Holiday    40 pp.3/24    9780823453979    $18.99A big storm threatens a small island in the middle of a wide river. Most of the animals—heron, otter, frog—recognize the warning signs and know what to do. “But Turtle-Turtle...

Review of Superbaby

Superbaby by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Lincoln AgnewPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.10/23    9780823445585    $18.99At the start of the story, narrated in an over-the-top style, readers are introduced to a sleeping, rosy-cheeked baby. But: “This is no ordinary baby. It’s—Superbaby!” Look out family! “3…2…1…BLAST OFF!” Superbaby wakes up, and for the...

Review of This Baby. That Baby.

This Baby. That Baby. by Cari Best; illus. by Rashin KheiriyehPreschool    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.2/24    9780593564639    $18.99Library ed.  9780593564646    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593564653    $10.99A jaunty, rhythmic text sets the mood for considering similarities and differences among people: “Somewhere in the big big city across a beep-beep street…up two tall buildings…two happy babies...

Review of Oh, Are You Awake?

Oh, Are You Awake? by Bob Shea; illus. by JarvisPreschool    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536226584    $17.99e-book ed.  9781536236774    $17.99A tired penguin perched atop the head of a gentle, goofy lion wants some sleep, but the lion is wide awake: “Tell me a story, Penguin.” Penguin, whose eyes are barely open, promises...

Review of Once, a Bird

Once, a Bird by Rina Singh; illus. by Nathalie DionPreschool, Primary    Orca    32 pp.9/23    9781459831438    $21.95e-book ed.  9781459831452    $16.99French ed.  9781459839045    $21.95This wordless story follows a small bird as she perches on a snow-covered branch. When she sees a little red bud on one of the branches, she takes flight....

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