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Review of Rodney Was a Tortoise

Rodney Was a Tortoise by Nan Forler; illus. by Yong Ling KangPrimary    Tundra    40 pp.  g2/22    978-0-73526-662-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-73526-663-6    $10.99Bernadette loves her pet tortoise, Rodney. “Day after day, / year after year, / Rodney was there, / loyal and true.” In Rodney, Bernadette sees a willing playmate, always up...
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Review of Time Flies: Down to the Last Minute

Time Flies: Down to the Last Minute by Tara Lazar; illus. by Ross MacDonaldPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g4/22    978-0-7595-5492-4    $17.99In the third punderful picture book (7 Ate 9, rev. 5/17; The Upper Case) featuring Capital City’s dogged detective Private I, clocks and watches are disappearing, the time-strapped letter citizens...

Review of Big Truck Little Island

Big Truck Little Island by Chris Van Dusen; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-0393-6    $17.99This story of cooperative problem-solving begins on a crystal-clear summer day as a massive tractor trailer is delivered via barge and tugboat to a small coastal island. Van Dusen’s dynamic color-saturated gouache illustrations...
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Review of I’m a Virus! [Science Buddies]

I’m a Virus! [Science Buddies] by Bridget Heos; illus. by Mike CiccotelloPrimary    Crown    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-593-30293-4    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-593-30294-1    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-30295-8    $9.99A friendly rhinovirus virion (a single “virus particle”) narrates this accessible and timely introduction to viruses, our immune system, and the benefits of vaccines. From an infected...

Transgender Day of Visibility

For Transgender Day of Visibility, here are some recently published books — for primary, intermediate, and older readers — from the Guide/Reviews Database that celebrate identities beyond the binary. See also: Transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary characters from November 2021 Notes from the Horn Book "LGBTQIA+ Books That I Have Read" by Onyx H. (Family...

Review of Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor Intermediate, Middle School    Tegen/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g 2/22    978-1-5344-8079-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-299938-2    $9.99 When eleven-year-old Frenchie Livernois, who is nonvocal and neuroatypical, goes missing in the Maine woods, Aurora Petrequin blames herself. Frenchie has been her best (and only) friend since third...

Review of Bathe the Cat

Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty; illus. by David Roberts Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-4521-4270-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4521-6919-4    $11.99 A family of five has a lot to do before Grandma’s visit; luckily, the father narrating McGinty’s (The Water Lady, rev. 3/21) energetically rhyming story is...

Elfland 2021

For those who celebrate the holiday, Christmas is looming fast approaching. But if grownups are feeling festively stressed, how do you think things are going up at the North Pole? I hope there’s lots of hot chocolate and cookies to keep the elves on task (and these Holiday High Notes books).  And...

National Adoption Day

The Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 20 this year) is National Adoption Day. The day is designed to bring “awareness of the more than 120,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States.” To recognize this day (and National Adoption Month), follow the age-level specific links below...
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