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Review of Just like Millie

Just like Millie by Lauren Castillo; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536224818    $17.99e-book ed.  9781536237122    $17.99In this comforting story, a young girl and her mother move to a cozy apartment in a new city where she happily plays by herself whenever her mom has to work in...
      

Review of Remembering Rosalind Franklin: Rosalind Franklin & the Discovery of the Double Helix Structure of DNA

Remembering Rosalind Franklin: Rosalind Franklin & the Discovery of the Double Helix Structure of DNA by Tanya Lee Stone; illus. by Gretchen Ellen Powers Primary, Intermediate    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    40 pp. 2/24    9780316351249    $18.99 Stone’s dedication—“For anyone who did something awesome and didn’t feel the love”—sets the reparative tone for this...
      

Review of Ferris

Ferris by Kate DiCamilloIntermediate    Candlewick    240 pp.3/24    9781536231052    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536237375    $18.99Returning to her literary roots in Florida (see: Because of Winn-Dixie, rev. 7/00; Raymie Nightingale, rev. 3/16), DiCamillo again explores bonds of family, friends, and community. Ferris Winkey finds the summer before fifth grade a puzzling one. Much turbulence...
      

Review of The House Before Falling into the Sea

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The House Before Falling into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang; illus. by Hanna Cha Primary    Dial    40 pp. 3/24    9780593530153    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593530160    $10.99 In this picture book set in 1950, Kyung lives with her family in a seaside house in the southeastern Korean coastal city of Busan....
      

Review of American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky

  American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky by Sherri L. Smith and Elizabeth Wein Middle School, High School    Putnam    384 pp. 1/24    9780593323984    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780593324004    $11.99 Smith (The Blossom and the Firefly, rev. 3/20) and Wein (Stateless, rev. 3/23) introduce readers...
      

Review of Not the Worst Friend in the World

Not the Worst Friend in the World by Anne RellihanIntermediate    Holiday    272 pp.2/24    9780823454792    $17.99e-book ed.  9780823457663    $10.99In this pitch-perfect middle-grade novel, Lou (short for Louise) copes with her deep shame over some unkind words she said in anger to Francie, her (now former) best friend. Lou can hardly believe...
      

Review of The Last Zookeeper

The Last Zookeeper by Aaron Becker; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.3/24    9781536227680    $18.99Becker’s (The Tree and the River, rev. 3/23) latest wordless fantasy takes readers to a post-apocalyptic future. Animals in a flooded zoo huddle on exposed bits of dry land; they are tended by an enormous...
      

Review of Time to Make Art

Time to Make Art by Jeff Mack; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holt    48 pp.1/24    9781250864666    $19.99There are many misconceptions about what art is and what it should do. An inquisitive brown-skinned girl wants to know more about art and asks a series of simple yet profound questions about it. Each...
      

Review of Wildful

Wildful by Kengo Kurimoto; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Groundwood    216 pp.2/24    9781773068626    $22.99e-book ed.  9781773068633    $16.99In this gorgeous graphic novel with minimal text, it’s an ordinary day as Poppy takes her dog, Pepper, out for a walk, all the while listening to music, scrolling mindlessly through her cell phone. Pepper,...
      

Review of What’s New, Daniel?

What’s New, Daniel? by Micha Archer; illus. by the authorPreschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.2/24    9780593461303    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593461310    $10.99Daniel (Daniel Finds a Poem; Daniel’s Good Day, rev. 7/19) is back in another open-hearted, child-friendly picture book. It’s spring, and Daniel is meeting his grandfather in the park. When Grandpa asks him...
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