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Review of Akim Aliu: Dreamer

Akim Aliu: Dreamer by Akim Aliu with Greg Anderson Elysée; illus. by Karen De la Vega and Marcus Williams Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    128 pp. 2/23    9781338787610    $24.99 Paper ed.  9781338787603    $14.99 Former NHL player Aliu made headlines in 2020 when he shared stories of the racism and hazing...

Review of Who Will Win?

Who Will Win? [I Like to Read]by Arihhonni David; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.4/23    9780823449484    $15.99e-book ed.  9780823455126    $9.99“Bear has fast legs. Turtle has a fast mind. Who will win the race?” An elder, Tota, tells a trickster story in a beginning reader that succeeds both as a...

Review of The Tree and the River

The Tree and the River by Aaron Becker; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.3/23    9781536223293    $18.99Becker explores many big ideas—­including war, humanity’s impact on the environment, and the resilience of nature over time—through a science-fiction lens. The wordless narrative focuses on an idyllic forested valley split by a river....

Review of The Sky Is Not the Limit

The Sky Is Not the Limit by Jérémie Decalf; illus. and trans. from French by the authorPrimary    Eerdmans    64 pp.3/23    9780802856029    $18.99This lyrical picture book is a paean to the vastness of space and the human drive to explore. The Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in 1977 and still traveling through...

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 Henry, like Always

Henry, like Always by Jenn Bailey; illus. by Mika SongPrimary    Chronicle    48 pp.3/23    9781797213897    $14.99Henry, a boy on the autism spectrum (first introduced in the 2019 picture book A Friend for Henry, rev. 5/19), likes everything about school. Life in Classroom Ten is entirely predictable. Mrs. Tanaka posts the schedule...

Review of My Baba’s Garden

My Baba’s Garden by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney SmithPreschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.3/23    9780823450831    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455157    $11.99This tender story from the ­author-artist team behind I Talk like a River (rev. 11/20) pays tribute to Scott’s Polish grandmother, whom he visited daily as a child. An opening note explains that...

Review of Ancient Night

Ancient Night by David Álvarez with David Bowles; illus. by David Álvarez Preschool, Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    40 pp. 3/23    9781646142514    $18.99 Spanish ed.  9781646142545    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781646142859    $18.99 Rabbit keeps the moon shining brightly by trekking across the world to bring back aguamiel, “the precious, glowing nectar that...

Review of We Go Way Back

We Go Way Back by Idan Ben-Barak; illus. by Philip BuntingPrimary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.2/23    9781250850799    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250291868    $10.99Ben-Barak and Bunting have impressively produced a thought-provoking, scientifically precise, and accessible explanation of the origins of life and evolution across Earth’s history for a young audience. Ideas about life, time,...
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