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Review of Patchwork

Patchwork by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Corinna Luyken Primary    Putnam    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-9848-1396-1    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-593-53234-8    $18.99 A rhythmic text speaks to an unnamed child in the second person, describing what “we see” and how that trait or characteristic may inform a young...

Review of When the Sky Glows

When the Sky Glows by Nell Cross Beckerman; illus. by David Litchfield Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5344-5039-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5040-0    $10.99 “Around the world, when morning comes…the sky glows.” But it also glows at times beyond sunrise and sunset, as Beckerman explains in four-page...

Review of Caprice

Caprice by Coe Booth Middle School    Scholastic    240 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-545-93334-6    $17.99 Big changes are happening in Caprice’s life. After an exciting, eventful summer spent at a wealthy private boarding school’s leadership program, Caprice is offered a full scholarship to attend the following fall as...

Holiday High Notes 2022

Sleigh bells ring. People pleading for some gifts made for reading. They’re new and they’re old and festively told: stories for a winter wonderland.* Here’s our annual list of recommended illustrated holiday books, new or reissued — season’s greetings from the Horn Book staff! *with apologies to lyricist Jeremy Stuart...

Review of Hot Dog

Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99 It’s a hot time in the city. A small, low-slung pup greets the morning from the window of a narrow NYC...

Review of Puffin

Puffin by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Jenni Desmond Primary     Candlewick    32 pp.     g 10/22     978-1-5362-2850-2     $17.99 Jenkins (Bird Builds a Nest, rev. 1/18; Beware of the Crocodile, rev. 3/19) again offers readers solid science in an entertaining package. The cover illustration of an Atlantic Puffin, beak...

Review of Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten; illus. by Garry Meeches Sr. Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-62354-290-0    $16.99 “Many Americans call it a day of thanksgiving. Many of our people call it a day of mourning.” A team of Native creators provides...

Review of An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales

An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin ; illus. by the author; trans. from Finnish by Jill G. Timbers Primary, Intermediate     Floris    128 pp.     g10/22     978-1-78250-744-4     $22.95 These twenty-six Nordic tales are mostly inspired by stories from the author-illustrator’s native Finland. In a...

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 Odder


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