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Review of The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale

The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale by Jon Klassen; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    112 pp.7/23    9781536223361    $19.99e-book ed.  9781536232158    $19.99“One night…Otilla finally ran away.” After trekking through the snowy forest, she knocks at the door of a large old house. A skull in the window says he’ll let the girl...

Review of Carina Felina

Carina Felina by Carmen Agra Deedy; illus. by Henry ColePrimary    Scholastic    48 pp.8/23    9781338749168    $19.99Spanish ed.  9781339013183    $7.99In this folktale retelling, Pepe the parrot doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into when he invites his crush, Carina Felina, over for some homemade Cuban crackers. Carina, a fluffy aqua-colored feline with...

Review of Arthur, the Always King

Arthur, the Always King by Kevin Crossley-Holland; illus. by Chris RiddellIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick Studio    240 pp.4/23    9781536212655    $29.99Crossley-Holland (the Arthur Trilogy, including The Seeing Stone, rev. 11/01) presents a retelling of several Arthurian stories and parts of Thomas Malory’s sweeping Morte d’Arthur. He has shaped his work “to tell...

Review of The Making of Butterflies

The Making of Butterflies by Zora Neale Hurston; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi; illus. by Kah Yangni Preschool    Amistad/HarperCollins    24 pp. 3/23    9780063111585    $9.99 In this board-book adaptation of a pourquoi story chronicled in Hurston’s 1935 anthology Mules and Men, Kendi and Yangni collaborate to introduce young children to the...

Review of Ancient Night

Ancient Night by David Álvarez with David Bowles; illus. by David Álvarez Preschool, Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    40 pp. 3/23    9781646142514    $18.99 Spanish ed.  9781646142545    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781646142859    $18.99 Rabbit keeps the moon shining brightly by trekking across the world to bring back aguamiel, “the precious, glowing nectar that...

Review of The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp. 10/22    9781338673845    $18.99 Frequent collaborators Barnett and Klassen serve up a delectable rendition of the oft-retold folktale. The bare-bones narrative “clip clops” along with abundant humor and plenty of verbal delights, repetition,...

Review of An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales

An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin; illus. by the author; trans. from Finnish by Jill G. Timbers Primary, Intermediate    Floris    128 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-78250-744-4    $22.95 These twenty-six Nordic tales are mostly inspired by stories from the author-illustrator’s native Finland. In a brief introduction, Surojegin...

Review of Nine Color Deer

Nine Color Deer by Kailin Duan; illus. by the author; trans. from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64614-178-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-199-9    $18.99 “Deep in the Kunlun Hills, there lived a mystical deer,” the Nine Color Deer, so called because of the varied...
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