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Review of Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee Intermediate, Middle School    Random    288 pp.    g 2/22    978-1-9848-3025-8    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-3026-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-3028-9    $9.99 Eleven-year-old Maizy and her mother leave fast-paced Los Angeles to spend the summer in languorous Last Chance, Minnesota. Oma and Opa, Maizy’s grandparents, own Golden...

Review of Little Red and the Cat Who Loved Cake

Little Red and the Cat Who Loved Cake by Barbara Lehman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    64 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-358-31510-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-31663-3    $13.99 Lehman’s (The Red Book, rev. 9/04) latest is an inventive retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” — wordless save for signage and...

Review of Brookie and Her Lamb AND Fish for Supper

Brookie and Her Lamb by M. B. Goffstein; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   NYRB    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-68137-545-8    $16.95 Fish for Supper by M. B. Goffstein; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    NYRB    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-68137-546-5    $16.95 Two spare, barely there picture books by minimalist author-illustrator...

Review of We Are One: How the World Adds Up

We Are One: How the World Adds Up by Susan Hood; illus. by Linda Yan Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-5362-0114-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2785-7    $9.99 Math meets philosophy, as Hood views numbers, specifically groups of one to ten, through a unique and ­thought-provoking lens: the Aristotelian concept that...

Review of Himawari House

Himawari House by Harmony Becker; illus. by the author High School    First Second    384 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-250-23556-5    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-23557-2    $17.99 In this expertly crafted graphic novel, recent high school grad Nao, born in Japan and raised in the American Midwest, spends a gap year in Tokyo. “Only...

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2021 Fiction & Poetry   A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia (Quill Tree/HarperCollins) Honor Books: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam, illus. by Omar T. Pasha (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins); Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial)   Nonfiction   From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent...

Review of It Fell from the Sky

It Fell from the Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan; illus. by the authors Preschool, Primary    Simon    56 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5344-5762-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5763-8    $10.99 This contemporary fable begins on its title page with a cat’s-eye marble falling to earth from the sky. The mysterious object is...

Review of Little Bird's Day

Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan; illus. by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr Primary    Blue Dot Kids    32 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-7362264-6-9    $18.95 As soon as the sun peeks above the horizon, a silver-crowned friarbird alerts the denizens of Australia’s Arnhem Land region that the day has begun. Aboriginal writer Morgan (who...

Review of Across the Rainbow Bridge: Stories of Norse Gods and Humans

Across the Rainbow Bridge: Stories of Norse Gods and Humans by Kevin Crossley-Holland; illus. by Jeffrey Alan Love Intermediate, Middle School, High School   Candlewick Studio    88 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-5362-1771-1    $18.99 In five stories, Norse gods cross the rainbow bridge from Asgard and visit us below, in the world of...
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