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Review of Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World

Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Primary    Lee & Low    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64379-230-9    $20.95 e-book ed.  978-1-64379-474-7    $20.95 Hale (Water Land, rev. 7/18) introduces readers to biomimicry through fifteen examples found in everyday life as well as...

January/February 2023 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration from The Indestructible Tom Crean by Jennifer Thermes. The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2023 Horn Book Magazine: Like by Annie Barrows; illus. by Leo Espinosa (Chronicle) Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace Lin (Little, Brown) Black Gold...

Review of Bobby: A Story of Robert F. Kennedy

Bobby: A Story of Robert F. Kennedy by Deborah Wiles; illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Primary, Intermediate    Scholastic    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-545-17123-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-78373-5    $11.99 In 1968, a grandfather and grandchild wait for the train carrying the slain Robert F. Kennedy’s body to pass...

Review of Three Strike Summer

Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp Intermediate    McElderry    320 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-5344-9914-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9916-4    $10.99 Evicted from their Oklahoma farm in the midst of the Dust Bowl, the Willard family strikes out for California looking for work as migrant pickers. Scrappy Gloria Mae, the youngest...

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...
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