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This Story Is Not About a Kitten

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   This Story Is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Séve ; illus. by Carson Ellis Primary     Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.     g 10/22...

Cover Reveal for Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading

I’m thrilled to share cover art by Mia Saine for my forthcoming essay collection Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading, debuting April 18, 2023 with Imagine Publishing, an imprint of Charlesbridge. Here and throughout the book, Mia’s warm, bighearted illustrations perfectly capture the cozy feeling I hope readers will experience...
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Review of A Place for Pauline

A Place for Pauline by Anouk Mahiout ; illus. by Marjolaine Perreten Primary       G     roundwood    48 pp.       g9/22      978-1-77306-609-7     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-610-3    $16.99 Pauvre Pauline! The eldest of three (soon to be four) children in a lively bilingual (French/English) household, she needs a...

Review of Off the Wall

Off the Wall by Theodore Taylor III ; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.       g 10/22     978-1-62672-294-1     $19.99 Part fish-out-of-water story, part ode to street art, this vibrant offering will grab readers’ attention. Narrator Sam is unhappy about a family move that has...

Review of Bottle Tops: The Art of El Anatsui

Bottle Tops: The Art of El Anatsui by Alison Goldberg; illus. by Elizabeth ZunonPrimary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    40 pp.    g5/22    978-1-62014-966-9    $20.95This picture-book biography is a fascinating introduction to Ghanaian artist El Anatsui and his innovative artistic process. Early pages present Anatsui’s childhood love of artmaking in the British...

Review of Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4521-8270-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4521-8292-6    $11.99 The child in Harris’s pencil illustrations first appears as a bright patch of color within a grayscale cityscape and then emerges into a rainbow...

Review of Over the Shop

Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson; illus. by Qin Leng Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-5362-0147-5    $16.99 As in Sidewalk Flowers (rev. 5/15), author Lawson conceptualized the story for this wordless picture book. Here, words appear only as text within the illustrations (a sign displays the name of the...

Treasuring when "nothing happens"

I admit I was immediately skeptical when I received a copy of the picture book Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye fame, with illustrations by Gillian Reid. Though I’ve watched and enjoyed the show with my teenage daughters, I have a healthy suspicion of celebrity-penned children’s books. My leeriness was coupled with an...

Review of Hello, Jimmy!

Hello, Jimmy! by Anna Walker; illus. by the author Primary    Clarion    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-358-19358-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-36090-2    $12.99 Jack doesn’t live with his dad full time, and lately when he stays with him, the house seems especially quiet. Although the text never uses the word depressed, this...
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