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Review of Oh, Sal

Oh, Sal by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    122 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-06-324492-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-324495-5    $10.99 This third, stand-alone installment of the Miller family saga (The Year of Billy Miller, rev. 9/13, and sequel) is told from four-year-old Sal’s point of view. It’s New Year’s...
      

Review of Little Houses

Little Houses by Kevin Henkes; illus. by Laura DronzekPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.  g5/22    978-0-06-296572-1    $18.99Library ed.  978-0-06-296573-8    $19.89A pigtailed child visits her grandparents at the shore, where the waves call them to explore the sands just outside the steps of their small seaside house. Amid the colorful detritus left...
      

CaldeGeisel 2022

Amanda Foulk is one of the bloggers at Guessing Geisel, a mock Geisel Award blog. She visits Calling Caldecott this year to discuss a book that could win either the Geisel Award or the Caldecott (or both!). -- J.D. and M.V.P. Kevin Henkes, recipient of the 2020 Children’s Literature Legacy...
      

Review of A House

A House by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    32 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-309260-0    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-309261-7    $19.89 Meet a house created out of simple forms and sturdy lines and nestled within a bordered square in a solid pastel blue space. The text (“A house”) is placed...
      

Review of Billy Miller Makes a Wish

Billy Miller Makes a Wish by Kevin Henkes Primary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    192 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-06-304279-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-304281-0    $8.99 When Billy Miller fell on his head at the beginning of The Year of Billy Miller (rev. 9/13), he worried about forgetting things and whether he was smart enough...
      

Ava Weiss (1925-2020)

We were sorry to learn that longtime Greenwillow Books art director Ava Weiss has died, at the age of ninety-five. She was with Greenwillow from its beginnings in 1974 (having followed founder Susan Hirschman from Macmillan), retiring in 2002. Greenwillow’s Facebook page called her “brilliant” and said: “Ava designed the Greenwillow logo (inspired by Janina Domanska’s etchings in Under the Green...
      

Review of Sun Flower Lion

Sun Flower Lion by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-06-286610-3    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-286611-0    $19.89 Meet the sun, “as bright as a flower”; a flower that looks like a lion; and a lion, who sees the flower and dreams about a field...
      

Profile of 2020 Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Kevin Henkes

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Dudley Carlson: The farmers’ market was a riot of color. Red and green lettuces, orange carrots, blue and purple berries, and breads in rich browns and tans stretched for two blocks. At one end, a single booth held only green. Beautiful green beans were neatly bundled and stacked like a...
      

Read Kevin Henkes's 2020 Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance Speech at ALA's Virtual Book Award Celebration

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When I found out on January 26th that I’d won the Legacy Award, I was ecstatic. However, it didn’t take me long — about an hour! — to start fretting about my speech. That’s just the way I am. I began working on my speech right away and had a...
      

Review of Summer Song

Summer Song by Kevin Henkes; illus. by Laura Dronzek Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp. 4/20    978-0-06-286613-4    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-286614-1    $19.89 Henkes and Dronzek complete their seasonal quartet (beginning with When Spring Comes, rev. 3/16) with a joyful ode celebrating summer and its myriad natural wonders and seasonal sights and sounds....
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