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Night in the City

In a city after dark, the lit windows look warm and interesting. Each one has a story going on behind it. Who are these people? What are they doing? Julie Downing’s Night in the City explores that curiosity visually: some people, like the child in the story, prepare for sleep, but there...

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....

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 The Kitten Story: A Mostly True Tale

The Kitten Story: A Mostly True Tale by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Brittany CicchesePreschool, Primary    Minerva/Astra    48 pp.10/23    9781662651151    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662651168    $11.99“There are four people in our family. Rosie, Tulip, Daddy and me. I am Mommy.” So begins this funny, heartwarming story of a feline-loving family in need of...

Review of Mine!

Mine! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.8/23    9780593181669    $18.99Library ed.  9780593181676    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593181683    $10.99“In a tall, tall tree, / at the tip-tippy top, / hung a single red apple, / just about to drop.” Crisp, bright illustrations with smooth black outlines, created on stained paper...

Review of Wishing Season

Wishing Season by Anica Mrose RissiIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    240 pp.6/23    9780063258907    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063258921    $10.99When the school bus drops Lily off after the last day of fifth grade, four months after the death of her twin brother, Anders, her loneliness is so palpable that even the birds express...

Review of The Voice in the Hollow

The Voice in the Hollow by Will Hillenbrand; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp.10/23    9780823436811    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455072    $11.99When a blizzard forces the branch library (appropriately operating out of a tree) to close early, a little story-loving mouse named Hubert opts to “take a shortcut home through the...

Review of NO Is All I Know!

NO Is All I Know! by Chris Grabenstein; illus. by Leo EspinosaPreschool    Random    40 pp.5/23    9780593302040    $18.99Library ed.  9780593302057    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593302064    $10.99In this rhythmic picture book, Oliver McSnow finds himself stuck in a cycle of contrariness. He answers “NO!” to tedious requests such as cleaning up and brushing his...

Review of Small Places Close to Home: A Children’s Declaration of Rights

Small Places Close to Home: A Children’s Declaration of Rights by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Kate Gardiner Preschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp. 10/23    9780063092587    $19.99 Taking its title from Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1958 remarks delivered at the United Nations about the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights she had...

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