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Review of The Cat at Night

The Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar; illus. by authorPreschool, Primary    Tilbury    56 pp.9/23    9781958394229    $18.95e-book ed.  9781958394236    $18.95First published in 1969. When the farmer puts the cat out for the night, the cat doesn’t sleep; he goes exploring. Double-page spreads alternate between dark scenes showing silhouettes of objects, animals,...
      

Review of I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People

I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People by Anne Broyles; illus. by Victoria Tentler-KrylovPrimary, Intermediate  Holiday    48 pp.10/23    9780823450060    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457380    $11.99In this engaging and child-friendly overview of Fasanella’s (1914–1997) life and evolution as a self-taught, working-class artist, Broyles highlights the man’s “rambunctious,” resilient, and independent nature,...
      

Review of The Night Raven

The Night Raven [Moonwind Mysteries]by Johan Rundberg; trans. from Swedish by A. A. PrimeIntermediate, Middle School    Amazon Crossing Kids    192 pp.11/23    9781662509582    $17.99Paper ed.  9781662509599    $9.99This English translation of Rundberg’s lively historical mystery, set in 1880 and winner of several prestigious prizes in its native Sweden, is something to celebrate....
      

Review of Nesting Dolls

Nesting Dolls by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Crown    40 pp.10/23    9781984852373    $18.99Library ed.  9781984852380    $21.99e-book ed.  9781984852397    $10.99Brantley-Newton highlights the bonds, both visible and invisible, that connect family members. Anyiaka’s older sister, Sorie, has light brown skin like their mom’s and grandma’s. Anyiaka’s darker skin causes her...
      

Review of Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm; retold by Trina Schart Hyman; illus. by the retellerPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.9/23    9780823456437    $18.99Hyman’s much-loved retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” (a 1984 Caldecott Honor Book), with its endearing, pigeon-toed protagonist, is here reissued for a new generation of readers, with a...
      

Review of Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight

Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight by Melissa Stewart; illus. by Jessica Lanan Primary    Knopf    48 pp. 10/23    9780593435076    $18.99 Library ed.  9780593435083    $21.99 e-book ed.  9780593435090    $11.99 An offstage narrator speaks directly to the moon, expressing thanks for the light it provides, and sometimes doesn’t, to the inhabitants of...
      

Review of Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust

Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust by Neal Shusterman; illus. by Andrés Vera Martínez Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    256 pp. 10/23    9780545313476    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780545313483    $14.99 In this innovative book, five stories, all in graphic format, address aspects of the Holocaust and incorporate fantasy elements,...
      

Review of Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day

Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day by Astrid Kamalyan; illus. by Anait SemirdzhyanPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.9/23    9781623543587    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893307    $9.99A young girl describes a beloved summertime tradition for her Armenian family. Guided by Bábo, or Grandmother, four children jump into action to “soak, soap, and wash” their treasured...
      

Review of My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat

My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat by Sandol Stoddard Warburg; designed and illus. by Remy CharlipPreschool, Primary    Enchanted Lion    56 pp.7/23    9781592703852    $17.95First published in 1963. A playful, singsongy, almost stream-of-consciousness-like text (“He said / Mmm / He said / Umm / He said / Humm /...
      

Review of Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King

Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King by Alice Faye Duncan; illus. by R. Gregory ChristieIntermediate    Calkins/Astra    48 pp.9/23    9781662680045    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662680052    $11.99In a sophisticated, poetic picture-book biography, Duncan alternates double-page spreads featuring prose or poems in a variety of forms that highlight Coretta Scott King’s...
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