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Review of Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend

Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend by Janet Costa Bates ; illus. by Gladys Jose Primary     Candlewick    128 pp.         g10/22     978-1-5362-1630-1     $16.99 Eight-year-old Rica (short for Frederica) Baptista desperately wants a pet. When she overhears a conversation that leads her to believe...

Review of Billy & Rose: Forever Friends

Billy & Rose: Forever Friends by Amy Hest ; illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton Primary     Candlewick    48 pp.         g10/22      978-1-5362-1419-2     $16.99 Billy, a goat, and Rose, a pig, are friends who live on neighboring farms. In four short stories, the two work their way through...

Review of Boney

Boney by Cary Fagan ; illus. by Dasha Tolstikova Preschool       G     roundwood    32 pp.       g10/22     978-1-77306-548-9     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-550-2    $16.99 While hiking, Annabelle and her father discover a bone. “‘A bone from an animal?’ Annabelle asked.” At home they give the bone a...

Review of Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls

Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke; illus. by Onyinye Iwu Primary, Intermediate     Candlewick    96 pp.    g 9/22     978-1-5362-2517-4     $15.99 Tola, in spite of her young age and diminutive stature, accomplishes big things in this sequel to Too Small Tola (rev. 3/21). In...

Review of Leave It to Plum!

Leave It to Plum! by Matt Phelan ; illus. by the author Primary         G     reenwillow    128 pp.         g6/22     978-0-06-307916-8     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-307919-9    $9.99 The peacocks at the Athensville zoo have the privilege of roaming the premises, welcoming visitors with their impressive fantails with...

Review of Free Kid to Good Home

Free Kid to Good Home by Hiroshi Ito ; illus. by the author; trans. from Japanese by Cathy Hirano Primary     Gecko    112 pp.         g5/22     978-1-77657-442-1     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77657-452-0    $9.99 Disappointed that her new baby brother “looks just like a potato” and is always crying, a...

Review of Wombat Said Come In

Wombat Said Come In by Carmen Agra Deedy ; illus. by Brian Lies Preschool, Primary     Quinlin/Peachtree    40 pp.     g10/22     978-1-68263-321-2     $18.99 As fire spreads above his burrow, a wombat opens his underground home to a series of Australian animals, including a wallaby, kookaburra, and platypus. Each...

Review of Surely Surely Marisol Rainey

Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    160 pp.   g 8/22    978-0-06-297045-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-297047-3    $10.99 Marisol, the anxious heroine of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey (rev. 5/21), makes lists of favorite and least favorite things, with gym class—specifically the kickball...

Review of I’ll Take Care of You

I’ll Take Care of You by Maria Loretta Giraldo; illus. by Nicoletta Bertelle; trans. from Italian by Johanna McCalmontPrimary    Blue Dot Kids    32 pp.    g4/22    978-1-73760-323-8    $18.95“Once there was a tiny seed. So small in the great big world, it felt lost and lonely.” The earth, rain, and sky all...

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