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Review of Olivetti

Olivetti by Allie MillingtonIntermediate    Feiwel    256 pp.3/24    9781250326935    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250326942    $9.99Ernest is a quiet, shy boy fascinated by the Oxford English Dictionary. Along with his three siblings and his father, he is disturbed and mystified by the sudden disappearance of his mother, Beatrice. In his quest to find her,...

Review of The First State of Being

The First State of Being by Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    272 pp.3/24    9780063337312    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063337336    $9.99It’s the summer of 1999. Twelve-year-old Delawarean Michael has worries, chief among them the approach of Y2K. What if everything falls apart? Family finances are precarious, so he’s amassing a stash of...

Review of Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare; retold by Georghia Ellinas; illus. by Jane RayPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    32 pp.8/24    9781536231502    $17.99Feste the clown/fool is our tour guide in this retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He is uniquely suited to this job because, as he says, he’s the only person who knows “what...

Review of Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue by Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen; illus. by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard; trans. from Danish by Michael Favala GoldmanPrimary    Enchanted Lion    92 pp.3/24    9781592704019    $18.95The hero of this story lives alone in his extremely tidy house. He shines his shoes, irons his shirt, plays hide-and-seek with his cactus, and practices...

Review of The Monarchs of Winghaven

The Monarchs of Winghaven by Naila MoreiraIntermediate    Walker US/Candlewick    320 pp.5/24    9781536218305    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536224689    $18.99Poised between novel and information book, this story features Samantha, an eleven-year-old wildlife enthusiast who finds joy and excitement in a neglected natural area she christens Winghaven. An anxious new kid in town, she has...

Review of Under the Table

Under the Table by Allan Ahlberg; illus. by Bruce IngmanPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.6/24     9781536231519    $18.99In this tale of humorously escalating adventure and silliness, Elsie discovers a series of animals under the family dining table, an extravagant catalog that includes an elephant, kangaroo, and penguin. What to do with such...

Review of K Is in Trouble

K Is in Trouble by Gary Clement; illus. by the authorIntermediate    LB Ink/Little, Brown    224 pp.1/24    9780316468527    $24.99Paper ed.  9780316468602    $13.99e-book ed.  9780316468633    $9.99K is a bourgeois school boy in what appears to be late-nineteenth-century Bohemia. He is frail, anxious, and lonely, isolated at home, withdrawn at school. In each...

Review of The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn

The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn by Shawn Harris; illus. by the authorPrimary    Knopf    48 pp.2/24    9780593571880    $18.99Library ed.  9780593571897    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593571903    $10.99The title page of this adventure features both a unicorn and a rainbow, but things quickly shift from cutesy to a more absurd and sidelong tone. The unnamed teeny-weeny unicorn...

Review of The Little Match Girl Strikes Back

The Little Match Girl Strikes Back by Emma Carroll; illus. by Lauren ChildIntermediate    Candlewick    208 pp.9/23    9781536233353    $19.99In July 1888, women and girls working at a match factory in East London went on strike to protest dangerous working conditions and poor pay. Carroll takes the story of this significant event...

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