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Review of Paradise Sands

Paradise Sands by Levi Pinfold; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-5362-1282-2    $18.99 Pinfold (The Black Dog, rev. 10/12) pre­sents another surreal picture book, this one with shades of such folktales as the Grimms’ “The Six Swans” and Andersen’s “The Wild Swans.”...

Review of Einstein

Einstein by Jim Ottaviani; illus. by Jerel Dye; color by Alison Acton High School    First Second    304 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-62672-876-9    $32.99 This thoroughly researched comic-format account of the world’s most well-known physicist is described by its author as “not so much a biography of Albert Einstein as...

Review of Berliners

Berliners by Vesper Stamper; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Knopf    320 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-593-42836-8    $21.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-42837-5    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-42838-2    $10.99 An engrossing look at the emerging new world order after World War II, told through the experiences of one...

Review of The Sun Is Late and So Is the Farmer

The Sun Is Late and So Is the Farmer by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Erin E. Stead Preschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 11/22    978-0-8234-4428-1    $18.99 A hungry mule, milk cow, and miniature horse wait for the sun to rise. Declaring that the sun is late (“and...

Review of Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night

Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night by Julia Kuo; illus. by the author Primary    Greystone Kids    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-77164-888-2    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-77164-889-9    $18.95 “What if your body could make its own light?” In Kuo’s gorgeous exploration of bioluminescence, an adult and child...

Review of Freestyle

Freestyle by Gale Galligan; illus. by the author; color by K Czap Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    272 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-338-04581-9    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-338-04580-2    $12.99 The Eight Bitz dance crew has one more year together before they all go off to different high schools, and they’re...

Review of Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando

Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez; illus. by Magdalena Mora; trans. into Spanish by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite Primary    Children’s/Lee & Low    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-89239-434-0    $20.95 e-book ed.  978-0-89239-477-7    $20.95 This book’s bilingual text tells the story of a young child and his...

Review of Mr. McCloskey’s Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings

Mr. McCloskey’s Marvelous Mallards: The Making of Make Way for Ducklings by Emma Bland Smith; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Primary    Calkins/Astra    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-63592-392-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-827-3    $11.99 On page one of this true story behind the making of the 1942 Caldecott-winning Make...

Review of My Nest of Silence

My Nest of Silence by Matt Faulkner; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    384 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-5344-7762-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7764-3    $10.99 Like many Japanese Americans, the Asai family has been sent to Manzanar during World War II. Mari has always enjoyed a...
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