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Review of Shared Space

Shared Space by Maddie Frost; illus. by the authorPrimary    Harper/HarperCollins    32 pp.4/24    9780063246096    $19.99Frost’s tribute to the importance of community and friendly compromise delivers its message through a solid mashup of effective cartooning, witty visual gags, and sentimental (not saccharine) writing. Mouse likes living alone in his tree-stump duplex, especially...

Review of Viewfinder

Viewfinder by Christine D. U. Chung and Salwa Majoka; illus. by the authorsPrimary, Intermediate    Tundra    144 pp.2/24    9780735268753    $18.99e-book ed.  9780735268760    $10.99Chung and Majoka offer a wordless graphic novel for younger readers that presents dystopian science fiction through a gentle, nearly amicable viewpoint. After a brief sepia-tone introduction showcases a...

Review of Ant Story

Ant Story by Jay Hosler; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    160 pp.3/24    9780063294004    $24.99Paper ed.  9780063293991    $15.99e-book ed.  9780063294011    $10.99Hosler’s distinct combination of biological science and cartooning is on full display throughout this informative, emotionally compelling, and skillfully illustrated graphic novel. Rubi is a bright red cartoon leafcutter...

Review of The School for Invisible Boys

The School for Invisible Boys by Shaun David Hutchinson Intermediate, Middle School    Labyrinth Road/Random    304 pp. 2/24    9780593646298    $17.99 Library ed.  9780593646304    $20.99 e-book ed.  9780593646311    $10.99 Hutchinson’s (Howl, rev. 7/22) middle-grade debut is a captivating combination of dark fantasy and tween drama built on a cast of nuanced characters,...

Review of Stuntboy, In-Between Time

Stuntboy, In-Between Time by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Raúl the Third Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    272 pp. 8/23    9781534418226    $14.99 e-book ed.  9781534418240    $9.99 Set one week after its predecessor (Stuntboy, in the Meantime, rev. 1/22), this illustrated novel follows Portico Reeves through one very eventful day as the self-appointed...

Review of Go-Go Guys

Go-Go Guys by Rowboat Watkins; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.9/23    9781797205717    $15.99The Go-Go Guys, three egg-shaped youngsters, “NEVER sleep!” and have brains that go “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” While they’re tucked into bed reflecting on more appealing activities than going to sleep (such as driving cars, bulldozers, and...

Review of The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom

The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom by Mac Barnett; illus. by Shawn HarrisPrimary, Intermediate    Tegen/HarperCollins    272 pp.10/23    9780063084117    $16.99e-book ed.  9780063084131    $11.99Following The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza (rev. 7/22) is an elaborate and emotionally sincere graphic novel that fortunately retains much of the oddball...

Review of Stickler Loves the World

Stickler Loves the World by Lane Smith; illus. by the author; design by Molly LeachPreschool, Primary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.8/23    9780593649831    $18.99Library ed.  9780593649848    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593649855    $10.99Smith (A Gift for Nana, rev. 5/22) again explores a world of friendly monsters, talking animals, and personified inanimate objects, here celebrating...

Review of Big Tree

Big Tree by Brian Selznick; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    528 pp. 4/23    9781338180633    $32.99 Selznick elegantly intertwines pictures and words to tell the macro story of the natural world through the micro perspective of two sycamore seeds. Louise and Merwin are siblings who occupy the same...

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