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Review of It Fell from the Sky

It Fell from the Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan; illus. by the authors Preschool, Primary    Simon    56 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5344-5762-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5763-8    $10.99 This contemporary fable begins on its title page with a cat’s-eye marble falling to earth from the sky. The mysterious object is...

Review of A Fort on the Moon

A Fort on the Moon  by Maggie Pouncey; illus. by Larry Day  Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g  11/20    978-0-8234-4657-5    $18.99  Young narrator Dodge and his older brother Fox have a single goal — to build a fort on the moon. The brothers’ strong resolve playfully clashes with their father’s unsolicited input...

Review of In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race

In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race by Amy Cherrix Middle School, High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-06-288875-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-288877-8    $9.99 Starting with an intriguing preface, ­Cherrix informs her audience that the space race was...

Review of Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds; adapted and illus. by Danica Novgorodoff High School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    208 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-53444-495-9    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4497-3    $8.99 Skillful editing and rearranging of Reynolds’s original verse novel (Long Way Down, rev. 7/17) creates room for Novgorodoff’s impressionistic ink and watercolor...

Review of Cave Paintings

Cave Paintings by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by Rafael ­Yockteng; trans. from Spanish by Elisa Amado Primary    Groundwood    48 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-773-06172-6    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-773-06173-3    $16.95 Buitrago and Yockteng (Walk with Me, rev. 5/17; On the Other Side of the Garden, rev. 7/18) turn to full-blown science fiction in...

Review of How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure by John Rocco; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    264 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-525-64741-6    $29.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64742-3    $32.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64743-0    $17.99 In seven parts arranged chronologically, Rocco delivers...

Review of Robobaby

Robobaby by David Wiesner; illus. by the author Primary    Clarion    32 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-544-98731-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-41605-0    $12.99 In his latest picture book told with comics panels, Wiesner (Mr. Wuffles!, rev. 9/13) presents a new-baby story; the twist here is that the family in question are robots. The...

Review of Field Trip to the Ocean Deep

Field Trip to the Ocean Deep by John Hare; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Ferguson/Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-8234-4630-8    $17.99 Hare’s follow-up to Field Trip to the Moon (rev. 9/19) again features a compelling setting, a not-too-scary adventure, and immersive illustrations. This wordless story begins on the book’s...

Comics: Easy as ABC!: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids

Comics: Easy as ABC!: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids by Ivan Brunetti; illus. by the author and various artists Intermediate    TOON    56 pp. 4/19    978-1-943145-44-7    $16.95 Paper ed.  978-1-943145-39-3    $9.99 Brunetti, comics educator and cartoonist of TOON titles Wordplay and 3x4, offers a noteworthy and intriguing comics how-to...
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