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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,...

Review of You Are a Reader! / You Are a Writer!

You Are a Reader! / You Are a Writer! by April Jones Prince; illus. by Christine Davenier Primary    Ferguson/Holiday    40 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-8234-4625-4    $18.99 Rhyming text in an upbeat, singsong-y rhythm winds through soft spot art, cheering on new readers and writers in this two-books-in-one picture book. The effective...

Review of Beach Toys vs. School Supplies

Beach Toys vs. School Supplies by Mike Ciccotello; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Farrar    40 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-374-31404-0    $17.99 An end-of-summer standoff between seasonal accoutrements (sans humans) highlights the tough transition from summer vacation to the start of school. A toy shovel is looking especially relaxed on the...

Review of Ivy + Bean Get to Work

Ivy + Bean Get to Work [Ivy + Bean] by Annie Barrows; illus. by Sophie Blackall Primary    Chronicle    128 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-7972-0510-6    $14.99 The twelfth (and final) book about Ivy and Bean finds these best friends still in second grade but hurtling toward their futures by way of career...

Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance

Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    384 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-7636-9050-2    $17.99 Merci navigates the troubles of home and seventh grade — and the gap between the two — with her irresistible combination of spirit and heart in this follow-up to the Newbery-winning Merci Suárez...

Review of Starla Jean

Starla Jean by Elana K. Arnold; illus. by A. N. Kang Primary    Roaring Brook    96 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-30576-3    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-30577-0    $9.56 A routine tandem bike ride to the park with Dad ends in surprise when Starla Jean discovers a lost chicken scratching in the dirt. “‘If you...

Review of Fox & Rabbit Make Believe

Fox & Rabbit Make Believe [Fox & Rabbit] by Beth Ferry; illus. by Gergely Dudás Primary    Amulet/Abrams    96 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-4197-4687-1    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-983-8    $11.69 In their second volume, Fox and Rabbit return for five new loosely connected adventures as summer turns to fall. Flush with their lemonade-stand...

NYT/NYPL List, We Miss You!

JULES: Some of you may have already heard that, sadly, the New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book Awards will not take place this year, because of the pandemic. (Here are last year’s awards if you want to take a stroll down memory lane.) I look forward...
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