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Review of How to Write a Poem

How to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    32 pp. 4/23    9780063060906    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780063309937    $10.99 Alexander and Nikaido offer a single poem as this lyrical picture book’s text, inviting young readers (and listeners) to “dive deep into the...
      

Review of Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel

Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Theodore Taylor III Intermediate, Middle School    Wordsong/Astra    144 pp. 6/23    9781662660023    $22.99 Paper ed.  9781662660085    $12.99 e-book ed.  9781662660092    $9.99 “Why can’t he put those books down, play football or basketball?” Garvey’s father wants to turn him into an athlete,...
      

Review of Bear with Me

Bear with Me by Kerascoët; illus. by the authors Preschool    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp. 6/23    9780593307670    $18.99 Library ed.  9780593307687    $21.99 e-book ed.  9780593307694    $10.99 Husband-and-wife team Kerascoët (I Walk with Vanessa, rev. 1/18) returns with this warm-hearted, affecting gem, wordless save for the rare (but effective) use of...
      

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 Warrior Girl Unearthed

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Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley High School    Holt    400 pp. 5/23    9781250766588    $19.99 e-book ed.  9781250766595    $11.99 Boulley returns to Sugar Island, Michigan, in 2014, ten years after the events of the multi-award-winning Firekeeper’s Daughter (rev. 5/21). This novel’s protagonist is Daunis’s sixteen-year-old niece, Perry Firekeeper-Birch. Perry reluctantly joins...
      

Review of Some of These Are Snails

Some of These Are Snails by Carter Higgins; illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    48 pp. 5/23    9781797220185    $15.99 Higgins’s companion to Circle Under Berry (rev. 11/21) invites an encore exploration of shapes, colors, counting, and creatures with a healthy dose of rhythmic fun and conceptual play. Two circles inhabit...
      

Review of The Making of Butterflies

The Making of Butterflies by Zora Neale Hurston; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi; illus. by Kah Yangni Preschool    Amistad/HarperCollins    24 pp. 3/23    9780063111585    $9.99 In this board-book adaptation of a pourquoi story chronicled in Hurston’s 1935 anthology Mules and Men, Kendi and Yangni collaborate to introduce young children to the...
      

Review of The Notorious Scarlett and Browne

The Notorious Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud Middle School, High School    Knopf    432 pp. 4/23    9780593430408    $17.99 Library ed.  9780593430415    $20.99 e-book ed.  9780593430422    $10.99 “Scarlett’s senses crackled with anticipation,” Stroud writes in the second book (following The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, rev. 1/22) in this fantasy series full...
      

Review of Big

Big by Vashti Harrison; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    64 pp. 5/23    9780316353229    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780316566223    $12.99 As Harrison writes in her author’s note, “In childhood, big is good. Big is impressive, aspirational. But somewhere along the way, the world begins to tell us something different: That...
      

Review of Big Tree

Big Tree by Brian Selznick; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    528 pp. 4/23    9781338180633    $32.99 Selznick elegantly intertwines pictures and words to tell the macro story of the natural world through the micro perspective of two sycamore seeds. Louise and Merwin are siblings who occupy the same...
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