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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 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 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...

Review of Sunshine

Sunshine by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    240 pp. 4/23    978133856328    $24.99 Paper ed.  9781338356311    $14.99 e-book ed.  9781338747621    $14.99 This follow-up graphic memoir to Hey, Kiddo (rev. 9/18) is aesthetically similar to its predecessor but altogether different in subject and scope. Krosoczka...

Review of The Storyteller

The Storyteller by Brandon HobsonIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    224 pp.5/23    9781338797268    $17.99Paper ed.  9781338893281    $7.99Hobson (Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma) combines elements of classic Western literature, Cherokee culture, pop culture, and the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit People to forge the thematic backbone for this fantastical...

Review of Out There

Out There by Seaerra Miller; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Little, Brown    232 pp.6/23    9780316591867    $24.99Paper ed.  9780316591874    $12.99e-book ed.  9780316591850    $9.99In a graphic novel set during the seventy-fifth anniversary of the alleged alien crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico, Julia searches for extraterrestrial life on a road trip with...

Review of In Limbo

In Limbo by Deb JJ Lee; illus. by the authorHigh School    First Second    352 pp.3/23    9781250252654    $24.99Paper ed.  9781250252661    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250322869    $11.99Lee deftly chronicles their tumultuous high school years through elegant cartooning, presenting a difficult story with sincerity, compassion, and grace. An immigrant from Korea, Lee goes by Deb...

Review of The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish

The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish by Chloe Savage; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.6/23    9781536228519    $18.99Savage presents a fanciful yet plausibly realistic portrayal of an intrepid group of scientists in search of a creature that “everyone talks about but no one has ever seen: the giant Arctic...

Review of Different for Boys

Different for Boys by Patrick Ness; illus. by Tea BendixHigh School    Walker US/Candlewick    104 pp.3/23    9781536228892    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536231762    $18.99Ness’s postmodern short story (a version of which was previously published in an anthology), intermittently illustrated with Bendix’s striking pencil drawings and digital collage, candidly depicts the relationships among several teenage...

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