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Review of Not a Monster

Not a Monster by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez; illus. by Laura GonzálezPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.5/23    9781623543037    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632899446    $9.99In this picture book, Martínez seamlessly blends legend and science to expand readers’ understanding of axolotls. She starts with the creature’s life cycle, placing it in its natural habitat, and then recounts...

Review of Carina Felina

Carina Felina by Carmen Agra Deedy; illus. by Henry ColePrimary    Scholastic    48 pp.8/23    9781338749168    $19.99Spanish ed.  9781339013183    $7.99In this folktale retelling, Pepe the parrot doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into when he invites his crush, Carina Felina, over for some homemade Cuban crackers. Carina, a fluffy aqua-colored feline with...

Review of Benita and the Night Creatures

Benita and the Night Creatures by Mariana Llanos; illus. by CocorettoPreschool, Primary    Barefoot    32 pp.9/23    9798888590027    $17.99Paper ed.  9798888590034    $9.99Spanish paper ed.  9798888590416    $9.99Benita is wrapped up in her reading and not bothered by the night creatures who try to frighten her at bedtime. Annoyed at the growing crowd of...

Review of Sí. ¡No!

Sí. ¡No! [Skeletown]by Rhode Montijo; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.8/23    9780316464932    $17.99Two skele-kids have fun picking out a ­present and playing at a party (“Sí”) and wreak havoc trampling flowers and staging a daredevil jump over friends (“¡No!”). One skeleton’s dismayed “Sí” at having to throw...

Review of The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa by Doreen Rappaport; illus. by Oliver DominguezPrimary    Little, Brown    48 pp.9/23    9780759554948    $19.99Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut in space, said that when she was young, “No one would ever ask a girl, ‘Do you want to grow up and be an astronaut?’” This...

Robert McCloskey: The Art of Wonder Exhibit

“Robert McCloskey: The Art of Wonder,” currently on display at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, through October 15, 2023, makes for a delightful daytrip from the Boston area. This past weekend, I attended one of the exhibit events, a reading of Blueberries for Sal by Sally McCloskey herself....

Review of Día de Muertos: Números: A Day of the Dead Counting Book

Día de Muertos: Números: A Day of the Dead Counting Book by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Abrams Appleseed    24 pp.5/23    9781419764462    $15.99e-book ed.  9781647008246    $14.39Starting with “una foto / one photo” of their deceased loved one, a group of “diez familiares y amigos / ten family members...

Review of Water Day

Water Day by Margarita Engle; illus. by Olivia SuaPrimary    Atheneum    40 pp.8/23    9781665918718    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665918725    $10.99Spanish ed.  9781665926959    $18.99“Water days are busy days, grateful, laughing, thirsty days.” A young girl tells of her Cuban neighborhood’s experience of the “water man’s” once-every-five-days visit to deliver water for all the residents’...

Apply for a fall Horn Book internship + meet interns Connor and Karina

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2023 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and occasional in-person work...

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