Laura Koenig

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Review of Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama

Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama by Loree Griffin Burns; photos by Ellen HarasimowiczPrimary, Intermediate    Charlesbridge  40 pp.   g5/22    978-1-62354-239-9    $16.99This clear and engaging book documents the painstaking work of relocating a hive of honeybees that has outgrown its hive box. In Burns’s conversational text, readers are introduced to Mr....
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Review of Whose Bones Are Those?

Whose Bones Are Those? by Chihiro Takeuchi; illus. by the authorPreschool    Candlewick Studio    40 pp.    g7/22    978-1-5362-2145-9    $17.99Colorful, bold type; brightly saturated backgrounds; and simple, clean design set the tone for a concept book that doubles as a surprisingly joyous celebration of bones. A friendly-looking hippo faces its own skeleton...
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Review of Up Your Nose

Up Your Nose by Seth Fishman; illus. by Isabel GreenbergPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.   g6/22    978-0-06-295338-4    $17.99Colorful, squiggly germs with alarmed cartoon faces swirl all around the three curious children at the center of this useful and entertaining book by the team behind A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars (rev....
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Review of The Aquanaut

The Aquanaut by Dan Santat; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Scholastic    256 pp.   g3/22    978-0-545-49760-2    $24.99Paper ed.  978-0-545-49761-9    $12.99In this fast-paced graphic novel, the story shifts quickly from the prologue’s dramatic underwater disaster to a goofy sci-fi buddy comedy set five years later. A motley crew of ocean creatures, led...

Review of Sir Ladybug and Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee

Sir Ladybug by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-06-306906-0    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-306908-4    $7.99 Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g 6/22    978-0-06-306909-1    $12.99 e-book ed. ...
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Review of Where’s My Cat?

Where’s My Cat? by Seymour Chwast; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Minedition    32 pp.  g6/22    978-1-6626-5069-7    $12.99e-book ed.  978-1-6626-5070-3    $7.99In this odd little delight, Chwast takes objects you might find around the house and turns them into improbable animals. The story begins on the book’s cover, which asks readers to...
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Review of Blast Off!: How Mary Sherman Morgan Fueled America into Space

Blast Off!: How Mary Sherman Morgan Fueled America into Space by Suzanne Slade; illus. by Sally Wern ComportPrimary, Intermediate    Calkins/Astra    40 pp.    g4/22    978-1-68437-241-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-63592-559-3    $11.99Slade (A Computer Called Katherine, rev. 7/19; June Almeida, Virus Detective!) follows noted chemist Morgan from her North Dakota childhood working on the...

Review of Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks by Bonnie Tsui; illus. by Sophie Diao Primary    Holt    32 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-250-23948-8    $18.99 Tsui’s picture-book debut introduces young readers to Sarah Gerhardt, a pioneering figure in modern women’s surfing. The text opens in...

Review of Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond; illus. by Daniel Minter Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 2/22    978-1-9848-9436-6    $18.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-9437-3    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-9438-0    $11.99 This wide-ranging nonfiction picture book explores the many facets...
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