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Review of The Museum of Lost and Found

The Museum of Lost and Found by Leila SalesMiddle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.5/23    9781419754517    $18.99e-book ed.  9781647002824    $15.54Sixth grader Vanessa is mystified and saddened by the apparent end of her friendship with longtime BFF Bailey—so much so that when she comes across a dilapidated building, once a museum, in her...

Review of Bear with Me

Bear with Me by Kerascoët; illus. by the authorsPreschool    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.6/23    9780593307670    $18.99Library ed.  9780593307687    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593307694    $10.99Husband-and-wife team Kerascoët (I Walk with Vanessa, rev. 1/18) returns with this warm-hearted, affecting gem, wordless save for the rare (but effective) use of the titular phrase. A small...

Review of The Hospital Book

The Hospital Book by Lisa Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823446650    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455102    $11.99“When I went to the hospital, I cried nine times.” Brown returns to the family featured in her ingenious The Airport Book (rev. 5/16); here, the now-older little sister narrates. The book follows...

Review of Dark on Light

Dark on Light by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 12/22    9781534487895    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534487901    $10.99 “Gentle the evening. Sweeping the skies. / Dark the shadows as twilight arrives. / Rose the horizon, gleaming and bright. / Twilight and evening and dark on...

Review of The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic

The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic by Jennifer Thermes; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Viking    56 pp.1/23    9780593117729    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593117736    $11.99The little-known subject of this enthralling picture-book biography, Tom Crean (1877–1938), first went to Antarctica as a last-minute replacement, signing on as an able seaman on...
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Review of A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home by Laura SchaeferIntermediate, Middle School    Carolrhoda    280 pp.10/22    9781728416700    $18.99e-book ed.  9781728468464    $9.99At the start of this thought-provoking sci-fi novel, Abby, twelve, is unhappy and pessimistic: she misses her old life in Pennsylvania (her family has moved to Florida’s Space Coast for her physicist mom’s...
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Review of Mister Kitty Is Lost!

Mister Kitty Is Lost! by Greg Pizzoli; illus. by the authorPreschool    Little, Brown    32 pp.1/23    9780316056540    $16.99In this funny and satisfying story for the very young, a little girl asks readers, “Have you seen Mister Kitty? He is hiding somewhere inside this book.” We are asked to look for him,...
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Review of Wild Blue: Taming a Big-Kid Bike

Wild Blue: Taming a Big-Kid Bike by Dashka Slater; illus. by Laura HughesPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.2/23    9781536215670    $18.99“My pink pony and I ride the wide open spaces from sunrise to sunset,” young narrator Kayla declares. Her “pink pony” is a small bike with training wheels, and the “wide open spaces”...

The 2023 Caldecott Announcement

The Real 2023 Caldecott Committee chose one winner and four honor books. The winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal is (hot dog!!!) Hot Dog, illustrated and written by Doug Salati, published by Knopf. A possibly perfect picture book in terms of the interplay of text and art; the expert use of the picture-book...
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