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Review of Drag and Rex: Forever Friends

Drag and Rex: Forever Friends by Susan Lubner; illus. by Blythe RussoPrimary    Pixel + Ink/Holiday    64 pp.11/23    9781645951155    $14.99e-book ed.  9781645951179    $8.99In spite of their differences, Drag, a relaxed, spontaneous dragon, and Rex, a more serious and somewhat stiff dinosaur, are the best of friends. When they make a snowbear...

Review of Ten-Word Tiny Tales: To Inspire and Unsettle

Ten-Word Tiny Tales: To Inspire and Unsettle by Joseph Coelho; illus. by various artistsIntermediate    Walker US/Candlewick    56 pp.9/23    9781536231359    $18.99Illustrated by twenty-one accomplished artists from around the globe, each of the twenty “tiny tales” gives the reader just enough in word and picture to generate curiosity and discussion. Thea Lu...

Review of Trouble Finds Plum!

Trouble Finds Plum! by Matt Phelan; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    128 pp.10/23    9780063296244    $17.99Paper ed.  9780063296251    $9.99e-book ed.  9780063296268    $10.99Plum, a “peppy little purple peacock” at the Athensville Zoo, is the only animal in his enclosure one rainy day when Scratch, a bossy, greedy raccoon, and his gang...

Review of A Horse Named Sky

A Horse Named Sky by Rosanne Parry; illus. by Kirbi FaganIntermediate    Greenwillow    272 pp.8/23    9780062995957    $18.99e-book ed.  9780062995971    $10.99Sky is a wild mustang, at home in the Virginia Range of western Nevada. From his earliest days, Sky learns to live as part of a herd. During a time of drought...

Stars of the Night

The cover of Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport, written by Caren Stelson and illustrated by Selina Alko, immediately grabs viewers' attention with its somber and quite heartbreaking image of children looking through the window of a bus, their faces solemn. Who are they waving to, so joylessly? It's...

Review of Give

Give by Jen Arena; illus. by Rahele Jomepour BellPreschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.8/23    9781524714994    $18.99Library ed.  9781524714482    $21.99e-book ed.  9781524714499    $10.99This story begins on the title page, where a gift-wrapped package sits on a white background. The following wordless double-page spread shows an outdoor street scene, where an adult hands...

Review of Star Stuff

Star Stuff by Rand Burkert; illus. by Chris Raschka Primary    di Capua/HarperCollins    32 pp.10/23    9780062858177    $19.99Burkert’s (Mouse and Lion, rev. 11/11) original tale uses traditional folkloric structures and motifs to explain how the stars get into the night sky. Giovanni, with his felt hat and drooping mustache, and his donkey,...

Review of The Brothers Zzli

The Brothers Zzli by Alex Cousseau; illus. by Anne-Lise Boutin; trans. from French by Vineet LalPrimary    Eerdmans    40 pp.10/23    9780802856098    $17.99A girl lives alone in a big house deep in the forest. One day her bat friend suggests that she make room for three bears who “were driven out of...

Review of Where Can We Go?: A Tale of Four Bears

Where Can We Go?: A Tale of Four Bears by Dai Yun; illus. by Igor Oleynikov; adapted by Helen MixterPrimary    Aldana Libros/Greystone Kids    40 pp.9/23    9781771649810    $18.95After returning to his family with just one small fish, a father polar bear announces that they will have to move and find a...

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