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Review of Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport

Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport by Caren Stelson; illus. by Selina Alko Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    40 pp. 2/23    9781541598683    $19.99 In this quiet but immediate nonfiction picture book, Stelson (A Bowl Full of Peace, rev. 7/20) tells the story of the 669 children evacuated...

Review of The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum High School    Philomel    224 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-5935-2582-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-5935-2584-5    $10.99 Along with a small segment of their ultra-Orthodox community, fifteen-year-old Yehuda “Hoodie” Rosen’s family has recently moved from their predominantly Jewish town to another place...

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

[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 Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp. 10/22    9781338673845    $18.99 Frequent collaborators Barnett and Klassen...

Review of Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids by Michael Rosen; illus. by Polly Dunbar Preschool    Candlewick    64 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-5362-2497-9    $18.99 This collection of poetry for the very young opens with a note to adults: children need to explore the sounds of language, and...
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Review of Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One

Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne Middle School     Clarion/HarperCollins    240 pp.         g10/22     978-0-358-66470-3     $16.99 Twelve-year-old loner (and snarky, self-aware narrator) Hazel is accustomed to her role as casual confidante for classmate Tyler. But then popular Ella, Hazel’s speech competition rival and...

Review of Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story

Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin; illus. by Kris Easler Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-62354-156-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-937-8    $9.99 It’s Hanukkah, and the Menashe family is stuck at home during a blizzard in this picture-book reissue, with new illustrations and an updated...

Review of Hanukkah Nights

Hanukkah Nights by Amalia Hoffman; illus. by the author Preschool    Kar-Ben    24 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-7284-2883-3    $8.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-6921-8    $7.99 “1 light. / Special night. / 2 lights. / Happy nights.” A soothingly simple text guides young listeners through the nights and lights of Hanukkah in this...

Review of Snow Horses: A First Night Story

Snow Horses: A First Night Story by Patricia MacLachlan; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    McElderry    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-5344-7355-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7356-0    $10.99 On New Year’s Eve, young Jenny drives Percheron horses Tim and Tom from their farm to the market for a bustling celebration (“There is...

Review of Hanukkah, Here I Come!

Hanukkah, Here I Come! [Here I Come!] by D. J. Steinberg; illus. by Sara Palacios Primary    Grosset    32 pp.    g 10/22    Paper ed.  978-0-593-09426-6    $5.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-38525-8    $5.99 This collection of poems covers Hanukkah history (“Macca-BAM! Macca-BOOM!”), eternal questions (“Applesauce vs. Sour Cream”; “Enough Food?”), and...
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