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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...

Review of Sallie Bee Writes a Thank-You Note

Sallie Bee Writes a Thank-You Note by Courtney Sheinmel and Susan Verde ; illus. by Heather Ross Primary    Abrams    32 pp.       g11/22     978-1-4197-4960-5     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-64700-864-2    $15.54 Sallie Bee, a little girl with bee-shaped clips in her hair, is surprised to receive a present one day...

Review of Whose Footprints Are These?

Whose Footprints Are These? by Gerda Muller; illus. by the author Preschool    Floris    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-78250-810-6    $17.95 This playful wordless picture book invites children to deduce from the shape and placement of footprints what is happening. The title page gives just a glimpse of a dark-haired child in...

Review of A Library

A Library by Nikki Giovanni ; illus. by Erin K. Robinson Primary     Versify/HarperCollins    32 pp.     g9/22     978-0-358-38765-7     $18.99 In this picture-book celebration of libraries and reading, poet Giovanni writes about the Carnegie Library, which she regularly visited as a child. Robinson’s digital art resembles vibrant collages...

Review of Bravo, Bucket Head!

Bravo, Bucket Head! by Helen Lester; illus. by Lynn Munsinger Preschool, Primary   Atheneum    32 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5344-9349-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9350-6    10.99 The author and illustrator of the hugely popular Tacky the Penguin series team up again for a book about Tacky’s opposite: painfully shy Mousetta, who “never squoke...

Review of Wait—and See

Wait—and See by Helen Frost; photos by Rick Lieder Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-5362-1631-8    $17.99 As in their earlier collaborations (e.g., Among a Thousand Fireflies, rev. 3/16), poet Frost and photographer Lieder celebrate the wonders revealed through close observation of the natural world—here, the praying mantis. The text...

Review of Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku

Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Matthew TruemanPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5362-0356-1    $18.99The huge expanse of space and its mind-blowing wonders are crystalized by Walker (Earth Verse, rev. 1/18) into seventeen precise syllables making up each of thirty-two haiku. She begins with the...

Review of I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau

I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau by Julie Dunlap; illus. by Megan Elizabeth Baratta Intermediate, Middle School    Tilbury    96 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-88448-908-5    $18.95 Dunlap begins her illustrated biography with a question posed by Thoreau in a school report, his earliest known writing: “Why...

Review of I’m Not Sydney!

I’m Not Sydney! by Marie-Louise Gay; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Groundwood    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-77306-597-7    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-599-1    $16.99On the title page, Sydney, a towheaded boy, stands smiling beneath a tree, but when the story starts, he is no longer in sight. Now up in the tree, he answers...

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