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Review of The Quickest Bedtime Story Ever!

The Quickest Bedtime Story Ever! by Louise Fitzgerald; illus. by Kate HindleyPreschool    Nosy Crow    32 pp.4/24    9798887770512    $17.99Hindley brings a Richard Scarry vibe to Fitzgerald’s zany bedtime frolic. From the start, the direct-address narrator breaks the book’s titular promise: the “quickest bedtime story EVER” is “only ten words. BUT before...

Review of The Pelican Can!

The Pelican Can! by Toni Yuly; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.5/24    9780316497817    $18.99Yuly’s well-designed picture book presents a series of playful rhyming questions (“Who can soar down close to the shore?” “Who can fly up high in the sky?”) followed by the refrain, “The pelican can!...

Review of Remembering Rosalind Franklin: Rosalind Franklin & the Discovery of the Double Helix Structure of DNA

Remembering Rosalind Franklin: Rosalind Franklin & the Discovery of the Double Helix Structure of DNA by Tanya Lee Stone; illus. by Gretchen Ellen Powers Primary, Intermediate    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    40 pp. 2/24    9780316351249    $18.99 Stone’s dedication—“For anyone who did something awesome and didn’t feel the love”—sets the reparative tone for this...

Review of On a Summer Night

On a Summer Night by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Kenard PakPreschool    Chronicle    56 pp.5/24    9781797200132    $18.99In this quiet cumulative story, everyone—and everything—wakens, one by one. Who has woken the girl, the cat, the dog, the rabbit, the tree, the air, and the cloud? The reader and protagonist seek answers together,...

To Be or Not to Be (Eligible): The Real Dada Mother Goose

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]    The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense by Jon Scieszka; illus. by Julia Rothman Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    80 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-7636-9434-0...

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