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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 authorPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.3/24    9780063315464    $19.99Eddy 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 such a friend...

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....

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 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...

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