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Review of Chip

Chip by Federico Gastaldi; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    40 pp.10/23    9780316381840    $18.99Gastaldi begins this gentle story about death on the front endpapers, which feature a collection of “photographs” of a little boy and his constant companion, a pet fish (in a fishbowl). The title page shows two...

Review of A Spider Named Itsy

A Spider Named Itsy by Steve Light; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary  Candlewick    32 pp.9/23    9781536225297    $18.99This riff on the classic children’s song begins with a prequel, as “Itsy Bitsy sits at home, / drinking tea, / all alone” in a web constructed on the spout and handle of a...

Review of Animals in Pants

Animals in Pants by Suzy Levinson; illus. by Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell Primary    Cameron/Abrams    32 pp. 4/23    9781951836627    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781647009502    $15.54 A red-haired child introduces the picture book’s topic forcefully with a large word balloon before the title page: “What? YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ANIMALS IN PANTS?!?” Twenty-three...

Review of 9 Kilometers

9 Kilometers by Claudio Aguilera; illus. by Gabriela Lyon; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Eerdmans    56 pp.2/23    9780802856005    $18.99Originally published in Chile, this picture book begins with a quick chart comparing meters to miles (nine kilometers equals 5.59 miles), then the main text begins. A child wearing boots, jeans,...

Review of Rain

Rain by Cynthia Rylant; illus. by Lisa CongdonPreschool    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.4/23    9781442465091    $18.99e-book ed.  9781442465107    $10.99Beginning on endpapers featuring a garden lush with brightly colored flowers in brown soil, this picture book celebrates the benefits of rain. We see the garden again as part of the first spread, which...

Review of A Bed of Stars

A Bed of Stars by Jessica Love; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/23    9781536212396    $18.99A redheaded child looks a little skeptical when Dad announces over breakfast that the two of them are going camping in the desert “to shake hands with the universe.” After saying goodbye to Mom and...

Review of Nubby

Nubby by Dan Richards; illus. by Shanda McCloskeyPreschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.1/23    9780593381090    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593381113    $10.99“Nubby was done.” Fed up with a life of being “carried, buried, dropped, dragged, torn, worn,” and so on, a dingy blue stuffed bunny is ready for a new beginning. While the text stays...

Review of Come See the Fair

Come See the Fair by Gavriel SavitIntermediate, Middle School    Knopf    336 pp.4/23    9780593378663    $17.99Library ed.  9780593378670    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593378687    $10.99Savit (The Way Back, rev. 9/20) skillfully blends historical fiction, fantasy, and murder mystery in his novel about Eva Root, billed by her traveling con-artist guardian as a medium. In the...

Review of Children of the Stone City

Children of the Stone City by Beverley Naidoo Intermediate, Middle School     Quill Tree/HarperCollins    240 pp.         g10/22     978-0-06-309696-7     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-309698-1    $11.99 White South African writer and apartheid fighter ­Naidoo ( Journey to Jo’burg , 1985) sets her novel in the fictional Stone City, where the...

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