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Review of The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense

The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense by Jon Scieszka; illus. by Julia Rothman Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    80 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-7636-9434-0    $19.99 Since the 1992 publication of The Stinky Cheese Man (rev. 11/92), Scieszka has been upending conventions in children’s literature. Here,...

Review of Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria

Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus; illus. by Julie Robine; color by Shin-Yeon Moon Intermediate    Little, Brown    320 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-7595-5689-8    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-0-7595-5690-4    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5691-1    $9.99 Muhammad Najem was...

Review of The Sky We Shared

The Sky We Shared by Shirley Reva Vernick Intermediate    Cinco Puntos/Lee & Low    256 pp.    g 6/22    978-1-947627-52-9    $22.95 e-book ed.  978-1-947627-54-3    $22.95 Vernick’s absorbing historical World War II novel alternates between the perspectives of two teenage girls: Nellie Doud in Oregon and Tamiko Nakaoka in Japan. Nellie...

Review of Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story

Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story by Henry Cole; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-338-78404-6    $18.99 Cole’s skill in creating wordless picture books (see, for example, Nesting, rev. 3/20) shines in this engaging story about a boy and a dog that...

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...
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