Julie Roach

79 Articles

Last 30 days
Last 6 months
Last 12 months
Last 24 months
Specific Dates

Review of The Bee Without Wings

The Bee Without Wings by Amberlea Williams; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Princeton    40 pp.3/23    9781797222509    $18.99Inspired by a news article about a woman who cared for a wingless bee found in her garden, this picture book follows young Sasha, who discovers, rescues, and befriends a small bee in need....

Review of As Night Falls: Creatures That Go Wild After Dark

As Night Falls: Creatures That Go Wild After Dark by Donna Jo Napoli; illus. by Felicita SalaPreschool, Primary     Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.3/23    9780593374290    $18.99Library ed.  9780593374306    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593374313    $10.99With a going-to-bed frame, this picture book in rhyme takes those still wide awake after dark on a frenzied tour...

Review of The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing

The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing by Molly B. Burnham; illus. by Fanny LiemIntermediate    Dial    208 pp.1/23    9780593406663    $17.99e-book ed.  9780593406670    $10.99Ten-year-old Dottie’s treehouse-construction plans are interrupted when Grandpa Walter shows up at the family’s front door, a Chock full o’Nuts coffee can in tow. Mourning the recent loss of...

Review of Starla Jean Cracks the Case

Starla Jean Cracks the Case by Elana K. Arnold; illus. by A. N. KangPrimary    Roaring Brook    96 pp.4/23    9781250305800    $15.99e-book ed.  9781250305817    $9.99Back for a third adventure (Starla Jean, rev. 3/21; Starla Jean Takes the Cake), our ­heroine and her chicken, Opal Egg, have a mystery to solve. Starla Jean...

Review of Woven of the World

Woven of the World by Katey Howes; illus. by Dinara MirtalipovaPrimary    Chronicle    40 pp.2/23    9781452178066    $17.99“Click. Clack. / Swish— / pull back. / Bobbin and heddle, / foot pedal, no slack.” A rhyming, rhythmic text, meant to mimic the sounds of a modern floor loom, uses a child’s first-person voice...

Review of Sometimes It’s Nice to Be Alone

Sometimes It’s Nice to Be Alone by Amy Hest; illus. by Philip SteadPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.2/23    9780823449477    $18.99This question-and-answer story featuring an independent, bespectacled child joyously explores and celebrates everyday moments, whether spent alone or in unexpected company. The book opens with the child focusing on her cookie, disregarding a...

Review of Firefighter Flo!

Firefighter Flo! by Andrea Zimmerman; illus. by Dan YaccarinoPreschool    Holiday  32 pp.10/22    9780823451579    $18.99Geometric digital art using bright, flat colors and patterns paired with the fast rhythm of the text catapult viewers through an emergency call to the fire station and a nighttime run. “Hey, yo! / Firefighter Flo! /...

Review of A Book, Too, Can Be a Star: The Story of Madeleine L’Engle and the Making of A Wrinkle in Time

A Book, Too, Can Be a Star: The Story of Madeleine L’Engle and the Making of A Wrinkle in Time by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Jennifer Adams; illus. by Adelina Lirius Primary, Intermediate    Farrar    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-374-38848-5    $18.99 This picture book, a partial biography...

Some (former) Real Committee Members Talk Books!

A quick note before we jump in: as I'm always saying, one of the aims of Calling Caldecott is to model book discussion about picture books — the kind of specific, granular, almost microscopic discussion that would occur on an actual Caldecott committee. So I'm very excited about today's post: a conversation among...

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing.