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Review of American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky

American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky by Sherri L. Smith and Elizabeth Wein Middle School, High School    Putnam    384 pp. 1/24    9780593323984    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780593324004    $11.99 Smith (The Blossom and the Firefly, rev. 3/20) and Wein (Stateless, rev. 3/23) introduce readers...

Review of Not the Worst Friend in the World

Not the Worst Friend in the World by Anne RellihanIntermediate    Holiday    272 pp.2/24    9780823454792    $17.99e-book ed.  9780823457663    $10.99In this pitch-perfect middle-grade novel, Lou (short for Louise) copes with her deep shame over some unkind words she said in anger to Francie, her (now former) best friend. Lou can hardly believe...

Review of The Last Zookeeper

The Last Zookeeper by Aaron Becker; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.3/24    9781536227680    $18.99Becker’s (The Tree and the River, rev. 3/23) latest wordless fantasy takes readers to a post-apocalyptic future. Animals in a flooded zoo huddle on exposed bits of dry land; they are tended by an enormous...

Review of Time to Make Art

Time to Make Art by Jeff Mack; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holt    48 pp.1/24    9781250864666    $19.99There are many misconceptions about what art is and what it should do. An inquisitive brown-skinned girl wants to know more about art and asks a series of simple yet profound questions about it. Each...

Review of Wildful

Wildful by Kengo Kurimoto; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Groundwood    216 pp.2/24    9781773068626    $22.99e-book ed.  9781773068633    $16.99In this gorgeous graphic novel with minimal text, it’s an ordinary day as Poppy takes her dog, Pepper, out for a walk, all the while listening to music, scrolling mindlessly through her cell phone. Pepper,...

Review of What’s New, Daniel?

What’s New, Daniel? by Micha Archer; illus. by the authorPreschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.2/24    9780593461303    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593461310    $10.99Daniel (Daniel Finds a Poem; Daniel’s Good Day, rev. 7/19) is back in another open-hearted, child-friendly picture book. It’s spring, and Daniel is meeting his grandfather in the park. When Grandpa asks him...

Review of The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith!

The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith! by Dean Robbins; illus. by Susanna Chapman Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/24    9781536224863    $17.99 Sixth in line to choose an instrument in her family’s band, Viola Smith (1912–2020) makes a life-changing decision when she picks the drums. At first her efforts...

Review of The School for Invisible Boys

The School for Invisible Boys by Shaun David Hutchinson Intermediate, Middle School    Labyrinth Road/Random    304 pp. 2/24    9780593646298    $17.99 Library ed.  9780593646304    $20.99 e-book ed.  9780593646311    $10.99 Hutchinson’s (Howl, rev. 7/22) middle-grade debut is a captivating combination of dark fantasy and tween drama built on a cast of nuanced characters,...

Review of Are You Big?

Are You Big? by Mo Willems; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Union Square    32 pp.2/24    9781454948186    $17.99Big, bigger, or downright astronomical—it’s all relative in Willems’s latest concept book. On the first page, a round-headed, stick-limbed child smiles at the reader; text opposite asks, “Are you big?” Sitting in the middle...
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