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Review of Rodney Was a Tortoise

Rodney Was a Tortoise by Nan Forler; illus. by Yong Ling KangPrimary    Tundra    40 pp.  g2/22    978-0-73526-662-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-73526-663-6    $10.99Bernadette loves her pet tortoise, Rodney. “Day after day, / year after year, / Rodney was there, / loyal and true.” In Rodney, Bernadette sees a willing playmate, always up...
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Review of The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found

The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found by Dina Nayeri; photos by Anna Bosch MiralpeixIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    64 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-1362-1    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-1854-1    $18.99“When home is lost and a new one not yet found, children are sent to the Waiting Place.”...

Review of The Prisoner of Shiverstone

The Prisoner of Shiverstone by Linette Moore; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Amulet/Abrams    160 pp.    g4/22    978-1-41974-391-7    $24.99Paper ed.  978-1-41974-392-4    $14.99e-book ed.  978-1-68335-896-1    $13.49This debut graphic novel introduces readers to Helga Sharp, a unique and entertaining iteration of the plucky heroine. Tired of boarding school, Helga sets off to rescue the...

Review of Every Dog in the Neighborhood

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Matthew CordellPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g6/22    978-0-8234-4427-4    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5298-9    $11.99Louis tells his grandma that he wants a dog. When she replies that there are already enough dogs in the neighborhood, Louis goes door to door to get a...

Cinco de Mayo 2022

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with three updated booklists from the Guide/Reviews Database starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. We've got recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for primary, intermediate, and older readers. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion....

Review of I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau

I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau by Julie Dunlap; illus. by Megan Elizabeth Baratta Intermediate, Middle School    Tilbury    96 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-88448-908-5    $18.95 Dunlap begins her illustrated biography with a question posed by Thoreau in a school report, his earliest known writing: “Why...

Review of Sir Ladybug and Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee

Sir Ladybug by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-06-306906-0    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-306908-4    $7.99 Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperAlley/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g 6/22    978-0-06-306909-1    $12.99 e-book ed. ...

Review of Our Fort

Our Fort by Marie Dorléans; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Alyson Waters Primary    NYRB    48 pp.  g 4/22    978-1-68137-658-5    $19.95 Three children venture out for a day of imaginative play on the way to visit their fort. Dorléans (The Night Walk, rev. 5/21) centers nature in illustrations...

Review of Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku

Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Matthew TruemanPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5362-0356-1    $18.99The huge expanse of space and its mind-blowing wonders are crystalized by Walker (Earth Verse, rev. 1/18) into seventeen precise syllables making up each of thirty-two haiku. She begins with the...
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