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Review of Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm; retold by Trina Schart Hyman; illus. by the retellerPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.9/23    9780823456437    $18.99Hyman’s much-loved retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” (a 1984 Caldecott Honor Book), with its endearing, pigeon-toed protagonist, is here reissued for a new generation of readers, with a...

Review of Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight

Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight by Melissa Stewart; illus. by Jessica Lanan Primary    Knopf    48 pp. 10/23    9780593435076    $18.99 Library ed.  9780593435083    $21.99 e-book ed.  9780593435090    $11.99 An offstage narrator speaks directly to the moon, expressing thanks for the light it provides, and sometimes doesn’t, to the inhabitants of...

Review of Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust

Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust by Neal Shusterman; illus. by Andrés Vera Martínez Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    256 pp. 10/23    9780545313476    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780545313483    $14.99 In this innovative book, five stories, all in graphic format, address aspects of the Holocaust and incorporate fantasy elements,...

Review of Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day

Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day by Astrid Kamalyan; illus. by Anait SemirdzhyanPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.9/23    9781623543587    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893307    $9.99A young girl describes a beloved summertime tradition for her Armenian family. Guided by Bábo, or Grandmother, four children jump into action to “soak, soap, and wash” their treasured...

Review of My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat

My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat by Sandol Stoddard Warburg; designed and illus. by Remy CharlipPreschool, Primary    Enchanted Lion    56 pp.7/23    9781592703852    $17.95First published in 1963. A playful, singsongy, almost stream-of-consciousness-like text (“He said / Mmm / He said / Umm / He said / Humm /...

Review of Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King

Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King by Alice Faye Duncan; illus. by R. Gregory ChristieIntermediate    Calkins/Astra    48 pp.9/23    9781662680045    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662680052    $11.99In a sophisticated, poetic picture-book biography, Duncan alternates double-page spreads featuring prose or poems in a variety of forms that highlight Coretta Scott King’s...

Review of Remember Us

Remember Us by Jacqueline WoodsonMiddle School    Paulsen/Penguin    192 pp.10/23    9780399545467    $18.99e-book ed.  9780399545481    $10.99Sage Durham, a basketball-obsessed Black twelve-year-old, is looking forward to a summer of pick-up games with the boys (she’s always the only girl on the court) in her close-knit 1970s Brooklyn neighborhood. Instead, it proves to be...

Review of Go-Go Guys

Go-Go Guys by Rowboat Watkins; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.9/23    9781797205717    $15.99The Go-Go Guys, three egg-shaped youngsters, “NEVER sleep!” and have brains that go “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” While they’re tucked into bed reflecting on more appealing activities than going to sleep (such as driving cars, bulldozers, and...

Review of Cornrows

Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough; illus. by Carole ByardPrimary, Intermediate    Putnam    48 pp.4/23    9780593625071    $17.99Paper ed.  9780698114364    $8.99This is a welcome reissue of a classic of early African American picture books, first published in 1979, for which Byard won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. A lengthy text by today’s standards,...
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