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Review of The Cat at Night

The Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar; illus. by authorPreschool, Primary    Tilbury    56 pp.9/23    9781958394229    $18.95e-book ed.  9781958394236    $18.95First published in 1969. When the farmer puts the cat out for the night, the cat doesn’t sleep; he goes exploring. Double-page spreads alternate between dark scenes showing silhouettes of objects, animals,...

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 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 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,...

Review of Don’t Count Your Chicks

Don’t Count Your Chicks by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire; illus. by the authorsPreschool, Primary    University of Minnesota    40 pp.2/23    9781517914462    $17.95Based on a Scandinavian folktale, this lesser-known d’Aulaires’ picture book, first published in 1943, recalls Aesop’s fable “The Milkmaid and Her Pail.” An old woman walks into town to...

Review of Taking Care of Mama Rabbit

Taking Care of Mama Rabbit by Anita Lobel; illus. by the author Preschool    Wiseman/Simon    24 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-5344-7064-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7063-7    $10.99 Mama Rabbit (from Lobel’s 10 Hungry Rabbits, rev. 1/12) is sick in bed, so, one at a time, the little rabbits bring small items to cheer...

Review of The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Primary    Dial    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-11265-6    $17.99 In Agee’s 1988 picture book, a Horn Book Fanfare title, everyone at the Grand Contest of Art hates the title character’s painting — a simply drawn duck in a...

Review of The Blind Colt

The Blind Colt by Glen Rounds; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Holiday    83 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-8234-4353-6    $17.99 “You can’t hurry a Glen Rounds book,” says artist Matt Myers, who opens this eightieth anniversary edition with a new appreciation of the author-illustrator. That’s certainly true of this quiet yet...

Review of El Deafo: Superpowered Edition!

El Deafo: Superpowered Edition! by Cece Bell; illus. by the author; color by David Lasky Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    288 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-4197-4831-8    $19.99 Bell’s 2014 graphic memoir is here re-issued with a wealth of “superpowered extras.” Childhood photos with friendly hand-lettered captions, often showing key items referenced in...
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