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Books We Missed

Every year we set off at Calling Caldecott with a determination to cover Absolutely Everything, and every year we don't quite make it — a testament, I think, to how many great books there are. (Which also prompts me to remind everyone of the gargantuan task the Real Committee must accomplish!...
      

Black Gold and Standing in the Need of Prayer

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book (or books), followed by the post's author's critique.]    Black Gold by Laura Obuobi; illus. by London Ladd Primary    Harper/HarperCollins   40 pp. 10/22    9780063015760    $18.99 Reminiscent of creation myths collected in Virginia Hamilton’s In...
      

Farmhouse

[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.]   Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-316-52894-8    $18.99 Blackall brings herself and her artistic process into this...
      

Review of Violet & Jobie in the Wild

Violet & Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate     Greenwillow    240 pp.    g 9/22     978-0-06-249969-1     $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-249971-4    $9.99 Mouse siblings Violet and Jobie live a cozy life in a human house where they are warm and comfortable,...
      

Review of I Don’t Care

I Don’t Care by Julie Fogliano; illus. by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary     Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 11/22     978-0-8234-4345-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5430-3    $11.99 It’s all about the body language in this enjoyable collaboration. Idle (Flora and the Flamingo, rev. 7/13; Witch Hazel, rev. 9/22)...
      

This Story Is Not About a Kitten

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[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.]   This Story Is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Séve ; illus. by Carson Ellis Primary     Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.     g 10/22...
      

Review of American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South

American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South [Medical Fiascoes] by Gail Jarrow Middle School, High School     Calkins/Astra    160 pp.    g 9/22     978-1-68437-815-9     $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-829-7    $14.99 Zoologist Charles Stiles discovered a new species of hookworm: Necator ­americanus , the titular “American murderer,” which affected a...
      

Review of Windswept

Windswept by Margi Preus; illus. by Armando Veve Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-4197-5824-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0504-7    $15.54 The time is the future. The “Powers-That-Be” are kidnapping children—using a meteorological weapon of windstorms that sweep them up, to then be sold to mountain trolls for profit....
      

Review of Walter Had a Best Friend

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier Preschool     Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 10/22     978-1-5344-7700-1     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7701-8    $10.99 Walter (a mouse-like creature) and Xavier (who resembles a duck) do everything together, including boating (their canoe has “X + W”...
      

Choosing Brave

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[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.]   Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy; illus. by Janelle Washington Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    64 pp.   ...
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