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Review of Baby Be

Baby Be by Alison McGhee; illus. by Sean QuallsPreschool    Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.10/23    9781534405394    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534405400    $10.99McGhee and Qualls present an exuberant celebration of dads and their babies. A recurring, multiracial cast of father-and-baby pairs enacts the fun, with McGhee’s rhythmic, rhyming text backgrounding the mood: “Give me that tie...

Review of Shigeru Ban Builds a Better World

Shigeru Ban Builds a Better World [Art for Good]by Isadoro Saturno; illus. by Stefano Di CristofaroPrimary    Tra    40 pp.9/23    9798986640631    $19.99Thoughtful book design makes a perfect container for this series entry. On heavy stock pages, Saturno and Di Cristofaro introduce young readers to a Japanese architect whose preferred medium is...

Review of Paul Bunyan: The Invention of an American Legend

Paul Bunyan: The Invention of an American Legend by Noah Van Sciver and Marlena Myles; illus. by the authorsIntermediate    TOON    48 pp.8/23    9781662665226    $17.99Paper ed.  9781662665233    $11.99Wait, Paul Bunyan wasn’t born in Maine and cradled in the Bay of Fundy before making his way to Minnesota’s north woods with Babe,...

Review of Penny & Pip

Penny & Pip by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool  Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781665913317    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913324    $10.99Rohmann returns to the natural history museum setting of his debut, Time Flies, but this outing is far cozier than that 1995 Caldecott Honor Book. It’s just as fanciful, though. Penny, a brown-skinned...

Review of Don’t Worry, Wuddles

Don’t Worry, Wuddles by Lita Judge; illus. by the authorPreschool    Atheneum    40 pp.9/23    9781665916769    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665916776    $10.99Should Wuddles the sheep worry? Well, yes. A little yellow duckling who insists that the big, woolly sheep needn’t be concerned is literally fleecing its barnmate—with the best intentions, however. Winter is coming,...

Review of Ancestory: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art

Ancestory: The Mystery and Majesty of Ancient Cave Art by Hannah Salyer; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Clarion/HarperCollins    48 pp.4/23    9780358469841    $19.99Prehistoric rock art can be found all over the globe, forming what Salyer terms our ancestory. She doesn’t belabor the portmanteau but instead invites readers to wonder at the ancient...

Review of Remember

Remember by Joy Harjo; illus. by Michaela GoadePrimary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.3/23    9780593484845    $18.99Library ed.  9780593484838    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593484821    $10.99Generation-spanning Native creators deliver a lustrous celebration of generational memory. U.S. Poet Laureate Harjo (Mvskoke) wrote the poem that is this book’s text in 1983; Caldecott ­Medalist Goade’s (Tlingit) illustrations...

Review of The Woman in the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Helped Fly the First Astronauts to the Moon

The Woman in the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Helped Fly the First Astronauts to the Moon by Richard Maurer Intermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    272 pp. 3/23    9781626728561    $19.99 e-book ed.  9781626728578    $10.99 Maurer shines a deserved spotlight on Margaret Hamilton, whose computer code for the Apollo program was integral...

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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