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Review of Bring Back the Babka!

Bring Back the Babka! by Marilyn Wolpin; illus. by Madison SaferPrimary    Barefoot    32 pp.10/23    9798888590089    $17.99Paper ed.  9798888590096    $9.99Rabbi Sally is coming for Shabbat dinner, and Mama’s freshly baked babka has disappeared. Young Sammy and Sol’s ensuing search around the neighborhood quickly establishes a pattern: their neighbors haven’t seen the...

Review of Run and Hide

Run and Hide by Don Brown; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Clarion/HarperCollins    192 pp.10/23    9780358538165    $22.99e-book ed.  9780358538608    $10.99Brown (recently 83 Days in Mariupol, rev. 7/23) applies his signature graphic-nonfiction approach to the rescue of Jewish young people during the Holocaust through various means, including hiding and evacuation....

Review of The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman

The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari LoweIntermediate, Middle School    Levine Querido    176 pp.11/23    9781646142644    $18.99Sixth grader Shaindy feels invisible at school, so when popular Gayil invites her to sneak into the building together and help with pranks against their classmates, she can’t resist the allure of the shared...

Review of Latke’s First Hanukkah

Latke’s First Hanukkah by Alan Silberberg; illus. by the authorPreschool    Viking    16 pp.10/23    9780593623169    $7.99e-book ed.  9780593623183    $7.99In this eight-nights-of-Hanukkah counting book, Silberberg (Meet the Latkes, rev. 11/18) simplifies his signature absurdity for the board book set. Latkes celebrate and count with anthropomorphized applesauce, which argues with the sour cream;...

Review of The Mexican Dreidel

The Mexican Dreidel by Linda Elovitz Marshall and Ilan Stavans; illus. by Maria MolaPrimary    Kar-Ben    24 pp.10/23    9781728449289    $19.99e-book ed.  9781728495385    $8.99Danielito is visiting his Bobe for Janucá. He doesn’t have a trompo to play with the neighborhood kids, but Bobe supplies a dreidel. A chase through town after both...

Review of Santa Shark

Santa Shark by Mike Lowery; illus. by the authorPrimary    Orchard/Scholastic    32 pp.10/23    9781338803952    $14.99Paper ed.  9781339036663    $7.99Shark! the herald angels sing. Santa Shark (who builds toys with his “eelves” and has a sleigh pulled by magical seahorses) is coming, and shark Edgar intends to be prepared. He’s full of ideas...

Review of We Disagree About This Tree

We Disagree About This Tree by Ross Collins; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.9/23    9781536231984    $16.99So many decorating concepts, only one tree! The polar bear and mouse first seen in There’s a Bear on My Chair alternate showing off their own ideas and rejecting each other’s: tinsel, electric...

Review of A Little like Waking

A Little like Waking by Adam Rex; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Roaring Brook    400 pp.8/23    9781250621917    $20.99Paper ed.  9781250327963    $12.99e-book ed.  9781250621924    $11.99The characters of this surreal novel—teens Zelda and Langston and an absurd ensemble (a wizard, a laundromat clown)—are aware that they’re in a dream. But...

Five Questions for Remy Lai

In Ghost Book (Holt, 8–12 years), July Chen can communicate with the wandering soul of William Xiao, a boy who is in a coma. This middle-grade graphic novel takes them on an adventure through the Hungry Ghost Festival, with high emotional stakes but plenty of fun to be had along...

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