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Review of Once upon a Book

Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace LinPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.2/23    9780316541077    $18.99Cold sleet is falling, and the protagonist of this home-and-back-again adventure tale, Alice, is stuck inside, bored. Then she spots a book on the floor and starts to read: “Once...

Review of Bomb (Graphic Novel): The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb (Graphic Novel): The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; illus. by Nick BertozziMiddle School, High School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.1/23    9781250206732    $24.99Paper ed.  9781250206749    $17.99Sheinkin’s work of award-winning narrative nonfiction (Bomb, rev. 11/12) is here sharpened by the author’s own graphic adaptation—and portrayed through...

Review of Honey and Me

Honey and Me by Meira DrazinIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    304 pp.10/22    9781338155433    $17.99Milla and Honey are best friends who spend time together at synagogue but have always attended different Orthodox schools. When Honey and her siblings transfer to narrator Milla’s school at the beginning of sixth grade, the colliding worlds...

Review of Dark on Light

Dark on Light by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 12/22    9781534487895    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534487901    $10.99 “Gentle the evening. Sweeping the skies. / Dark the shadows as twilight arrives. / Rose the horizon, gleaming and bright. / Twilight and evening and dark on...

Review of All About Nothing

All About Nothing by Elizabeth Rusch; illus. by Elizabeth GossPreschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.4/23    9781623543525    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893222    $9.99Rusch’s thought-provoking text begins: “Nothing is the space around and between everything.” The presence of nothing, cued by plain white areas in the cut-paper illustrations, appears first as physical space: the gap...

Review of We Are Human Animals

We Are Human Animals by Rosie Haine; illus. by the authorPrimary    Eerdmans    48 pp.3/23    9780802856012    $18.99Readers journey to the Stone Age to meet our human ancestors and the animals that inhabited the Earth with them. Haine’s text is spare and lyrical. Although there is no written history, the archaeological record—including...

Review of The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic

The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic by Jennifer Thermes; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Viking    56 pp.1/23    9780593117729    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593117736    $11.99The little-known subject of this enthralling picture-book biography, Tom Crean (1877–1938), first went to Antarctica as a last-minute replacement, signing on as an able seaman on...

Review of When the Angels Left the Old Country

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb High School    Levine Querido    408 pp. 10/22    9781646141760    $19.99 In this expansive queer tale that marries historical fiction with inventive world-building based on Jewish folklore, a demon called Little Ash (short for Ashmedai) and an angel who takes on different...

Review of City Under the City

City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino; illus. by the author Primary    Minedition/Astra    64 pp. 11/22    9781662650895    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781662650901    $10.99 This unusual picture-book adventure stars one small girl who thwarts authority, starts a revolution, and saves the world. The futuristic tale plays out in three parts. The first...
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