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Review of On a Summer Night

On a Summer Night by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Kenard Pak Preschool    Chronicle    56 pp. 5/24    9781797200132    $18.99 In this quiet cumulative story, everyone—and everything—wakens, one by one. Who has woken the girl, the cat, the dog, the rabbit, the tree, the air, and the cloud? The reader and protagonist...

Review of Ahoy!

Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp. 4/24    9780593429396    $19.99 Library ed.  9780593429402    $22.99 e-book ed.  9780593429419    $10.99 Picture books about imaginary play can be belabored or overly precious. Not so Blackall’s brilliantly constructed latest. The opening setting is a living room (just a...

Review of A Friend for Eddy

A Friend for Eddy by Ann Kim Ha; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp. 3/24    9780063315464    $19.99 Eddy the fish lives by himself in a little glass bowl. He wants a friend. “Someone who could swim and blow bubbles. Someone like him. Eddy peered out, wondering if...

Review of While You’re Asleep

While You’re Asleep by Emmy Kastner; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Simon    48 pp.3/24    9781665931335    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665931342    $10.99“The Earth / slowly spins, / light fades away. / You’re ready for sleep / at the end of the day.” Soothing blue and gold illustrations in soft acrylic gouache, watercolor, and...

Review of Ten Little Rabbits

Ten Little Rabbits by Maurice Sendak; illus. by the authorPreschool    Harper/HarperCollins    32 pp.2/24    9780062644671    $19.99The jacket copy of this very simple, essentially wordless counting story calls its young protagonist Mino, but the M emblazoned on his stage podium could just as well stand for Max or Mickey or Maurice, as...

Review of With Dad

With Dad by Richard Jackson; illus. by Brian FlocaPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.5/24    9780823444953    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455362    $11.99“In Michigan country on a two-rut road along a stream called the upper South Branch of the Au Sable River,” a young boy sits on his father’s lap in a red Jeep, two sets...
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Review of Tiny Troubles: Nelli’s Purpose

Tiny Troubles: Nelli’s Purpose by Sophie Diao; illus. by the authorPrimary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.4/24    9780063214460    $19.99Two succulent-looking sentient plants search for meaning in this philosophical picture book. Easygoing Worthi seems content with life, but Nelli is restless and wonders about finding one’s purpose: “I heard it gives you strength when...

Review of Desert Song

Desert Song by Laekan Zea Kemp; illus. by Beatriz Gutiérrez HernándezPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.6/24    9780823453924    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823459162    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823457977    $18.99When the nocturnal animals that surround a family’s house in the desert come out, “they howl and buzz and hoot—a chorus in need of a band.” On the ample...
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Review of My Book and Me

My Book and Me by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Chris RaschkaPreschool, Primary    Red Comet    32 pp.6/24    9781636550947    $18.99Park and Raschka capture with deep understanding and admirable simplicity children’s attachment to their favorite books. Each of Park’s unpretentious nonrhyming quatrains is accompanied by a portrait of a different child, in...
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